A brand new Table Service restaurant is coming to the Japan pavilion at Epcot this summer, Disney announced on May 9.
While this is exciting news, it might not be for those who enjoyed Tokyo Dining. Why? Because this new dining location is replacing Tokyo Dining.
Shiki-Sai: Sushi Izakaya is the new Table Service restaurant coming to the Japan pavilion.
It will be on the second floor of the Japan pavilion, meaning Shiki-Sai will be located in the Tokyo Dining location, which is currently closed now through summer 2023 for refurbishment.
The new restaurant will offer a festive dining experience in a sharable Izakaya-style. You’ll be able to experience the essence of Japan’s seasonal festivals, where each month brings a new celebration to your table.
As described by Disney, “From hanging tanzaku to celebrate Tanabata in July to savoring moon-viewing dumplings in September, a cultural representative from Japan will guide you through each unique festival experience, one bite at a time.”
The festivals of Japan will also be represented throughout the atmosphere of the restaurant, “featuring beautiful, hand painted artwork and lanterns highlighting some of the natural wonders that Japan offers as well.”
In addition to a full menu filled with Japanese delights like sushi and teppan items, there will be an open sushi bar and grill. Sushi will be made right in front of guests by the chefs when sitting at the sushi bar.
Some highlights from the sushi bar include the Kobore Sushi, Tokyo Negi Roll, Funamori, and The Monster Roll.
- Kobore Sushi: translates to “overflowing sushi” features negi toro and nakaochi tuna elegantly paired with salmon roe and green onion
- Tokyo Negi Roll: combines green onion tempura rolled with tuna tataki and topped with jalapeno aïoli, shredded carrot, and sliced jalapeno
- Funamori: features sashimi and sushi arranged on a boat-shaped platter, which is modeled after the “festive pomp and the boat procession of the famous Tenjin Matsuri”
The grill will also have options commonly found in Japanese cuisine, including the Okonomiyaki, a Japanese savory pancake made with a batter of flour, eggs, and water, and then filled with shredded cabbage and bacon, and topped with tangy okonomiyaki sauce, mayonnaise, aonori, bonito flakes, and pickled ginger.
As for “Japanese Izakaya,” this is a type of casual pub-style restaurant.
“One of the main highlights of Izakaya culture is the emphasis on sharing plates of food [a wide range of small dishes] while enjoying drinks and conversation with friends,” Disney notes.
Are you excited to try Shiki-Sai: Sushi Izakaya in Epcot’s Japan pavilion?
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