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Old 10-09-2012, 10:40 AM   #16
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i would say that the food is traditional, but the choices have been made to appeal to american palets... eg in the french restaurant, the choices could have been more "French" but they HAVE respected the french traditions, eg the profiteroles are served with icecream filling, and not cream, as would be traditional elsewhere. The UK restaurant again, serves UK food, with americanised twists... not what id serve at home, but not far off iyswim.

i can only comment on the UK, france and Italy, having spent time living in all 3 countries. the german one, from holidays there, seems pretty realistic too xx
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And that is why we are fat and they are not lol. Well except if they are Americanized.
Americanized like in China KFC is opening a new franchise like every 10 seconds and they still can't get enough.
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Americanized like in China KFC is opening a new franchise like every 10 seconds and they still can't get enough.
Too bad the part of American culture we seem to share the most is fast food. Really, it's not a very nice thing to do to the rest of the world!

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Hmmmm - not sure you will find authentic so much at the World Showcase. I have lived overseas most of my adult life and visited several countries/regions of the world, I do enjoy dining at the WS just not expecting authentic as if I were to actually visit the country - I haven't tried many of the table restaurants, so I can mostly comment about quick service.

A few thoughts/ observations - the hummus at Tangierine cafe is "spot on" really reminds me of the hummus man next door to the post office where I lived in Jordan. When I want some good hummus here I go to Tangierine Cafe - which is often - I order the swarma platter though - NOT the meze plate. Sorry I thought the meze plate was not so good - olives put me off I think - very "American" out of a can olives.

The chicken last time I had it was great - the lamb is the "Americanized Gyro" - in many parts of the Middle East you actually see the chunks of lamb added to the skewer in the morning - roasting all day - the lamb at Tangierine is more like the mall gyro food joint. The tabboule at Tangierine Cafe is good though may be not quite as "fresh" looking as is usual at a Middle Eastern home for example - where they chop it by hand hours before. IMO the shwarma platter is the way to go at Tangierine Cafe because you get the good hummus, decent tabboule, good chicken and decent lamb - and thought the couscous good as well on that.

So I would recommend Tangierine Cafe - for a quick service and especially the swarma platter.

I thought Chefs de France was very good - though I do agree the menu adjusted for Americans. I enjoy it and will probably eat there occasionally. I thought it was good food cooked in a French way - but not like being in France.

The sushi rolls in Japan I enjoy at the quick service - as an alternative to the ordinary - but yeah not like if you were in Japan - or in my case if your Korean roommate made kim bop fresh for you which she did often - she hated to see me eat that "evil" pizza again. Was it the best sushi roll I've had - no - but it was a good option if you are looking for something a bit different than a hamburger - yeah!

The tacos were ok in Mexico - not the best I've eaten but good none the less if you are craving taco. Now I am from Texas originally so seems like everyone in Texas has an opinion about Tex Mex or what good Mexican food should be - .

Anyway - hope you can find some good meals you enjoy at the World Showcase - it does make dining days at WDW much more interesting IMO and gives variety of options. At least have fun trying them!
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If you are looking for great ethnic food head to Sanaa at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. It offers food with a mix of Indian and African favors and everything we have tried has been wonderful. It is located in the Kidani Village Building, not the main building, Jambo House.
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Too bad the part of American culture we seem to share the most is fast food. Really, it's not a very nice thing to do to the rest of the world!
Ain't that the sad truth....

Yeah, you aren't going to find truly authentic food in WS, some good stuff, yes. But not authentic. If you are in WS & hungry, I suggest you go over to the Swan & Dolphin to eat - you will get some great sushi (the resorts have a large Japanese clientele) and I think Il Mulino is fantastic, altho sadly I can't vouch for it being truly authentic as I have not been to Italy. But it is not American-Italian with red sauce & meatballs, kwim?

If you have been to France, or enjoy a good authentic French restaurant near you, I would skip Chefs in France. I trained in classical French cuisine. I made the mistake of eating there & expecting the food to be what I was used to.

As a general rule in WDW - the resorts are going to offer you better food than the theme parks. And within that, the few places that do NOT take DDP are going to be better.
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I also recommend Tangierine Cafe in Morocco. I'm not sure how "Morocco authentic" it is, but it's very good and certainly less Americanized than some of the other options in World Showcase. When we went to Akershus, it seemed quite authentic, but we haven't been there in a few years. There is a snack cart in Japan that has miso soup, edamame, and that shaved ice stuff (I'm blanking on the name).
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On 2 different trips, we have taken German foreign-exchange students to Biergarten, and they were both delighted with the food and said it represented German food well.
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Chinese people do not eat the Chinese food they sell Americans. Their version is healthy without the addition of grease and sauces. Their portions are very small and plain.
While it is true that authentic Chinese food is quite different than what you'll find in an American restaurant, it is absolutely not true that most Chinese food doesn't add grease or is plain. I suspect your friend's father is from the southern parts of China (or even Taiwan) if that is the way he cooks. Many regions of China serve food that is quite spicy and/or greasy by American standards, and in Western China they eat lots of meat (and hardly any rice - they are noodle eaters). Sorry, but I lived in China for many years and traveled all over the country so I am very familiar with the cooking styles there and there is immense variation. There is not one "Chinese" style of cooking.

That said, what they serve at Epcot doesn't taste like anything I experienced anywhere in China. If authentic food matters to you, I strongly suspect you could do better in an Asian-owned restaurant in Orlando than you could at Disney.
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Originally Posted by msp2mco View Post
On 2 different trips, we have taken German foreign-exchange students to Biergarten, and they were both delighted with the food and said it represented German food well.

I agree! DH lived it Germany for 9 months and loves eating at Biergarten. It seems rather authentic to him.
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I agree! DH lived it Germany for 9 months and loves eating at Biergarten. It seems rather authentic to him.
I agree as well. As much as I said in an earlier post that most of the ethnic cuisines have been modified for the average American palate, Biergarten has tampered the least. We lived in Germany for 3 years, and I would rank Biergartens spaetzle, saurbraten, and saurkraut right up there with what we ate in some of the little villages near where we lived.
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I think there was a time when WS was more authentic, but after the first year of the DDP things had to change.

The problem (IMO) is that when the food plan came in the menus had to be changed to appeal to a wider audience.

I recall talking to several of the staff in the restaurants about this and the issues were people ordering the most expensive thing on the menu (because they wanted to get value for money) and then sending it back because it was not appealing to them. In addition they needed to operate within the constraints of the DDP reimbursement and things like the daily chefs specials went away.

Overall considering it is a theme park in the US and have to appeal to a wider range of people because of the DDP I think they do an OK job – but don’t expect it to be as good as the real thing.
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Tokyo Dining is great quality raw sushi and sashimi, and hand rolls. We love that place.

Tangierine Cafe is really great quality food as well, great value too.

I think the cheese plate in the bakery in France for $6.50 is one of the best values on property. Pair that with a baguette and a tarte de pomme (apple tart, literally amazing) and it's lunch for dh and me under $10

We love the brats in Germany

I don't know how authentic Norwegian they are, but the vegetable tarts at Kringla are yummy.

La Cava del Tequila has some seriously authentic Mexican tequilas, WOW! Hole up there for a couple of flights...fun!

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I'd also agree with Akershus being authentic. I mean, why else would you choose to serve herring for breakfast?
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