REVIEW: Nomad Lounge at Animal Kingdom Adds Poutine, Pad Thai, and Beef Posole to the Menu

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Nomad Lounge at Disney’s Animal Kingdom has shaken things up once again with a rather major menu change. For more information on this establishment and thoughts on the past and present items, please check out our previous reviews:

And now, on to the latest menu…

So what has changed? New to the menu is the Snake River Farms Beef Posole, Vegetarian Pad Thai, and the House-Smoked Kobe-Style Brisket Poutine. For a review of the other items on the menu, please refer to the links above. The only loss was the Vegetarian Summer Rolls, which overall means the menu has grown by a couple of items, something that is always nice since “variety is the spice of life”.

OK, so let’s talk about these three new dishes…

House-Smoked Kobe-Style Brisket Poutine ($12)


Probably a little small for $12, this was still better than anything we had tried at The Daily Poutine at Disney Springs. I do wish there was more cheese to hold the meat to the fries, otherwise it was perfectly enjoyable as far as the quality of the ingredients. It doesn’t really fit in at Nomad Lounge as far as theme, so it is a bit of a head scratcher though. You can get a lot better here, so I would still skip this.

Snake River Farms Beef Posole ($15)


The best of the three, the cheese, meat, and poblanos on the jalapeño cornbread was fantastic. I do wish there was more cornbread as it is all best combined with that, but the dish isn’t bad on its own either. The service ing size is nice as well as the dish is pretty heavy in the consistency and with the bread to boot. I highly recommend this dish as it may be the very best at Nomad Lounge.

Vegetarian Pad Thai ($11)

The Vegetarian Pad Thai is a vast improvement over the summer rolls as far as vegetarian dishes go. It is very heavy on the peanut flavor, but it is a hearty portion, probably the only thing at Nomad Lounge that can pass for a meal on its own.. and it comes in an adorable ceramic take-out box with chopsticks.

OVERALL

Per my original review:

The food menu is really solid and may even improve as the days progress (our server was surprised to hear we did not like the wagyu beef). The drink menu might be second to none quite honestly. I can’t think of a specialty drink menu at Walt Disney World where I would have a more difficult time picking a beverage. There is a lot on this drink menu and a lot of it is absolutely phenomenal. Nomad Lounge will without a doubt will be a regular drink destination for us, and the bread service and ribs will likely be on the must-order short list overtime as we visit. The atmosphere alone is worth your money, never mind anything they will serve you. Kudos to all involved in the creation of Animal Kingdom’s latest masterpiece.

I still love Nomad Lounge, and nothing has changed my feelings on their stellar drink menu. These latest changes to the food menu are another improvement, adding some variety and more choices overall. There are now many more food choices that I would happily order again here, adding to what is already, in my opinion, the absolute best drink menu on Walt Disney World property (alcoholic and non-alcoholic).

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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.

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  • I’m looking forward to these changes. I agree with you that I love the drink menu, and am hoping these new dishes add to the menu. We had the fish tacos last time we were there and they weren’t bad, but for a lounge like that I expected better.