Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen Dinner Review #CapturetheBite

Have you ever been on Disney's Jungle Cruise ride? Spent 10 minutes with a semi-humorous scripted ad lib boat captain? Imagine eating on the Jungle Cruise. That my friends is Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen. Everything from the decor to the names of the entree's "Tastes like Chicken - Because it is!" makes you feel like you are sitting on the Jungle Cruise ride, not knowing what to believe or what will happen next.

I grew up on burgers, fries and PB&J sandwiches while visiting Magic Kingdom. There were a few times where I found myself during this dinner thinking - are we really eating (insert here - Lamb, Whole Fish, Noodle Soup) at MK? The menu is far different than any other restaurant located inside Magic Kingdom but I really enjoyed it and do see myself returning.
A few months ago, all of the sit-down restaurants in Magic Kingdom started offering beer and wine for purchase during dinner. I will say, I truly enjoyed having a glass of wine at the Magic Kingdom. The wine list is not huge but they had some good options. I opted for a glass of Franciscan Chardonnay from Napa Valley.
We tried out quite a few appetizers from the Skippers Canteen Dinner Menu. From everything we tried, y favorite was the Shiriki Noodle Salad, just make sure to mix it up if you are sharing with a group because all the flavor was on the bottom. I also really enjoyed the Cachapas and the Shu Mai.

All of the food descriptions below are copied and pasted from the Walt Disney World website - only because some of the descriptions are so silly, I couldn't bring myself to write my own description.

Shiriki Noodle Salad
Noodles, Edamame Beans, Mushrooms, Green Mango, and Cucumber tossed with a Sweet Chili Sauce. Famously served at Hotel Hightower on December 31, 1899

Orinoco Ida's Cachapas
And you thought our jokes were corny! House-made Corn Pancakes, Mojo-braised Pork, Black Bean Salad, and Avocado Cream

S.E.A. Shu Mai
A legendary blend of Pork, Shrimp, Edamame Beans, and Spices wrapped in Gyoza Skin then steamed

Falls Family Falafel
A secret recipe of Chickpeas, Garlic, Onions, Lemon Juice, and Herbs served with White Bean Dip and Tomato-Cucumber Salad

This was my last meal after spending 3 full days eating and drinking at Disney and I needed something light. All day long, I was craving Pho (my go-to after eating myself silly). Lucky me - they have noodle soup at Skipper Canteen. I did have to add Hoison and Sriracha to the broth but it hit the spot.

Nile Nellie's Noodle Bowl with Chicken
Niles and Niles of Rice Noodles...Fragrant Broth served with Mushrooms, JalapeƱos, and fresh Herbs

Other dishes tried around the table:

Baa Baa Berber Lamb Chops
Berber-spiced Lamb Chop, Mint Couscous, Curried Carrots, Sun Chokes, Lamb-Butter Sauce

Sustainable Fish
"Not Piranha," served over Chinese Broccoli, Carrots, Shiitake Mushrooms, and Red Bell Peppers in a fragrant Lemon Grass Broth

Whole Fried Fish
You'll get hooked on Skipper Annette's latest catch! Served with Jasmine Rice, Grilled Scallions, and Soy-Ginger Vinaigrette

We also enjoyed a dessert trio but I did not get photos as we were in a hurry so we could make the Wishes firework show. Skippers Canteen is in great proximity for a place to have a sit down dinner prior to seeing the fireworks.
This visit to Magic Kingdom marked my last time seeing Wishes. The new fireworks show Happily Ever After debut on May 12. I have not seen Happily Ever After yet - but will leave you with one of the best photos I have taken at Walt Disney World.

This meal was provided by Walt Disney World as part of Capture the Bite Food Photography Workshop. No monetary compensation was provided. As always, all opinions are my own.

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