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Takumi-Tei restaurant now open at Epcot’s Japan Pavilion

by Seth Kubersky

The eateries of Epcot’s Japan Pavilion has been introducing tourists to formerly foreign foods like sushi and hibachi since the early 1980s, and now the newly opened Takumi-Tei restaurant is bringing a gourmet Japanese dining experience to Walt Disney World.

Takumi-Tei Epcot Japan food
A-5 Wagyu beef and other upscale ingredients are on the menu at Takumi-Tei, Epcot’s newest Japanese restaurant.

The new Takumi-Tei signature table-service restaurant has officially opened at Epcot‘s World Showcase. The latest addition to the Japan pavilion offers an upscale dining experience focused on giving guests a better understanding of Japanese culture, traditions, and their connection to the natural world. In addition to a prix fixe multi-course tasting menu and a chef’s table experience, the dinner menu highlights wagyu beef along with sushi, sashimi, desserts, signature cocktails, premium sake and more.

Appetizers include Teien (meaning “garden” and featuring compressed watermelon and tuna sashimi), Nikomi Wagyu (braised wagyu short rib with roasted bone marrow), or Hama no Kani (“Crab on the Beach” featuring crab tossed in a light ponzu sauce as well whole toasted crab). For a vegetarian option, there is Agedashi Tofu with fried silken tofu, brown butter black rice and shimeji mushroom.

Entrées include dishes like Kamo Rosu (roasted marinated duck with kabocha squash, edamame beans, Japanese mizuna, cured duck egg yolk, and a grape reduction), and Takumi Gyuniku (or artisan beef), a Japanese A-5 wagyu beef tenderloin with leek sauce, warishita, short rib gyoza, roast cippolini onion, curried potato, and seasonal mushroom. 

On the Maki Sushi menu, you’ll find Mozaiku (featuring tuna, yellowtail and asparagus), Temari Sushi featuring a chef-selected assortment of oceanic delicacies, and a Takumi Sashimi entrée featuring tuna, toro, salmon, yellowtail, uni and ikura.

Dessert selections include Kumo (yuzu cheesecake, spiced kabocha, orange yuzu gel and blackberry sake) or Suiren Dani (Water Lilly Valley featuring Japanese water cake, rose, kuromitsu and kinako crumb).

The beverage menu features premium sake, wine, beer and cocktails. Specialty cocktails are themed to each of the five dining rooms and include Kochi (Joto Yuzu citrus sake, rum, fresh mint, yuzu juice and orange), Raiju (Haku Japanese vodka, spiced ginger beer and lime), Sakurajima (Japanese whisky sour smoked with cherrywood), and Kami (Roku gin, Sayuri “White Lilly” Nigori sake, calipco and lychee). 

Takumi-Tei is now open for dinner in the Japan pavilion at Epcot starting at 4 p.m. daily. Walk-ups are currently being accepted, and reservations will be available beginning July 16, 2019, with bookings starting that same day.

For more information, visit the Walt Disney World Resort website or call (407) WDW-DINE. To make reservations for the Chef’s Table Dining Experience, call Mitsukoshi directly at (407) 827-8504.

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