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Spice Road Table opens at Morocco pavilion in Epcot

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After last week’s soft opening, Spice Road Table has officially opened at the Morocco pavilion in Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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Spice Road Table focuses on Moroccan small plates, with an emphasis on regional flavors from the Mediterranean and specialty drinks. The drinks and tapas-size portions are served with a beautiful side: the scenic view of the World Showcase lagoon from the front of the Morocco pavilion.

Epcot’s Spice Road Table offers 120 outdoor terrace seats and 60 inside seats with booths and tables (some of which offer an tableside view of the World Showcase Lagoon). There is also a “juice” bar, with no seating, for Disney guests who would like to enjoy a glass or flight of wine, beer, cocktails and other beverages. The restaurant's decor features Moroccan light fixtures, tilework, and tapestries and art representing Morocco’s indigenous Berber tribes.

Spice Road Table takes Disney guests on flavorful journey of small delights

Spice Road Table’s menu, as its name suggests, offers Disney guests a flavorful journey through the Mediterranean. Its menu highlights the importance of spices to the region’s culinary history.

For its opening, the restaurant's menu offers a lamb slider; harissa chicken rolls; Moroccan merguez sausage; grape leaves; hummus, olives and pita bread; a Mediterranean omelet with potatoes and caramelized onion; spicy garlic shrimp; Mussels Tangine; salted cod croquettes; and fried calamari. The spiciness of these dishes ranges from mild to moderate.

In addition to these savory items, Spice Road Table serves three desserts: an almond and rosewater cake served with blood orange sauce; a lemon and saffron custard; and a chocolate pyramid.

Drinks on the menu include a nice selection of regional wines, beer and liqueur as well as specialty cocktails made with and without alcohol. Two specialties currently being promoted by servers include the organic sangria (red, white or sparkling) and the non-alcoholic Watermelon Delight.

The plates, big enough to share a small taste for two or maybe three people, invite a full-flavored experience if somewhat pricy one. Each plate runs between $7– $12. The two sampler platters ($16 each), one serving three tastes of meat/poultry and the other serving three seafood dishes – offer a slight savings over ordering the plates individually. A vegetarian sample platter would be a welcome addition to these options.

Spice Road Table offers café experience with Epcot World Showcase Lagoon view

The restaurant’s exterior evokes outdoor cafes along the Mediterranean, with its whitewashed façade accented with the shades of blue associated with famous “Blue City” of Chefchaouen in Morocco’s Rif Mountains. For Disney guests familiar with the Epcot World Showcase Lagoon view, the restaurant’s façade stands apart and draws the eye to the pavilion.

Also part of Morocco’s new waterfront look, adjacent to the restaurant, is a collection of shops designed to resemble a Moroccan souk. The marketplace includes a henna tattoo artist, who will offer temporary body art for a price, as well as the opportunity to browse – and purchase – various food stuffs, with a selection that ranges from olive oils to harissa to Turkish delight, as well as jewelry, clothing and home décor.

A beverages and dessert quick-stop window is also part of this waterfront area. It serves a number of casual desserts or snacks, including the almond and rosewater cake found at Spice Road Table and scoops of ice cream that feature some unusual flavor combinations (e.g. chocolate cinnamon, orange honey walnut, toasted almond and rosewater, green tea). The area also serves specialty cocktails and regional beer.

With a prime spot for viewing “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” along World Showcase Lagoon, Spice Road Table is sure to be popular with the evening crowd. Expect the restaurant to be crowded at night, especially as the restaurant will not accept Advance Dining Reservations (ADRs) or the Disney Dining Plan (DDP). The restaurant is currently open from 11 a.m until park close.

Spice Road Table is the third eatery in the Morocco pavilion. It joins The Tangierine Café, which serves Moroccan sandwiches and specialty pastries in a quick-service environment, and Restaurant Marrakesh, a table-service experience featuring Moroccan music and belly dancers.

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