REVIEW: Kawaii Taiyaki is the Star of Goshiki at the 2020 EPCOT International Festival of the Arts

Welcome the new Japanese-themed booth, Goshiki, to the 2020 EPCOT International Festival of the Arts. Goshiki takes the place of Takumi Table, which could have been found in the festival in 2018 and 2019. With a new Food Studio, that means an all-new menu as well, so let’s get to eating!

Menu for Goshiki at the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts

Food:

  • Sushi Donut: Donut-shaped Sushi featuring Salmon, Tuna, Shrimp, Cucumber and Sesame Seed over a decorated plate of Wasabi Aïoli, Sriracha and Eel Sauce – $8.00
  • Taiyaki: Fish-shaped Cake stuffed with a Sweet Red Bean Filling served with Green Tea Chocolate and Whipped Cream Cheese – $5.75
  • 🆕 Vegetable Gyoza: Vegetable and Edamame filled Gyoza atop Truffle-mashed Potatoes, Shiitake Mushrooms, Pepper Strings and Tonkatsu Teriyaki Sauce – $5.75

Beverages:

  • 🆕 Deadly Sins Brewing Nomi Yasui Draft Lager, Winter Park, FL (4.3% ABV) – $5.00
  • Masu Sake in a Traditional Personalized Wooden Cup – $12.50
  • 🆕 Matsuri Sake Cocktail: Frozen Nigori Sake and Calpico accented with Strawberry and finished with Cotton Candy – $8.50

The Sushi Donut and Taiyaki return in 2020, but with different accompaniments. On the Sushi Donut, cucumber and sesame seed replace avocado and masago, and is served with wasabi aïoli, sriracha, and eel sauce. This year, the Taiyaki is served with green tea chocolate and whipped cream cheese, replacing whipped cream and sesame custard.

Photos of Menu Items from Goshiki at the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts

Sushi Donut: Donut-shaped Sushi featuring Salmon, Tuna, Shrimp, Cucumber and Sesame Seed over a decorated plate of Wasabi Aïoli, Sriracha and Eel Sauce – $8.00

This was quite decent for them park sushi to be honest, in fact, it’s better than half the sushi restaurants in Orlando. However, there’s nothing special to it besides the shape, so we’d suggest saving your money for the more unique festival offerings.

Taiyaki: Fish-shaped Cake stuffed with a Sweet Red Bean Filling served with Green Tea Chocolate and Whipped Cream Cheese – $5.75

This was easily the best dish at the booth. The cake was really good and the red bean filling really went well with the flavor of the cake. The green tea chocolate and whipped cream cheese complemented the dish quite well.

The presentation of this dish is quite cute too, definitely a very Instagramable option.

*NEW* Vegetable Gyoza: Vegetable and Edamame filled Gyoza atop Truffle-mashed Potatoes, Shiitake Mushrooms, Pepper Strings and Tonkatsu Teriyaki Sauce – $5.75

This dish was interesting, to say the least. Separately, the mashed potatoes were pretty good, but the combination of everything in that dish just didn’t work well together. There are a lot of flavors going on in this dish that just doesn’t belong, we’d recommend skipping this one.

*NEW* Deadly Sins Brewing Nomi Yasui Draft Lager, Winter Park, FL (4.3% ABV) – $5.00

From correspondence with Deadly Sins Brewing‘s Tom Adams, Nomi Yasui means “easy to drink” in Japanese. “It is a crisp lager brewed with Jasmine rice and noble hops that give it a uniquely floral nose.” From Untappd: “Nomi Yasui begins with a thin crackered malt and a hint of herbal snap on the finish. The beer is crisp, refreshing, and dry.”

Masu Sake in a Traditional Personalized Wooden Cup – $12.50

Masu Sake in a Personalized Wooden Cup $10.00
Masu Sake in a Traditional Personalized Wooden Cup – $12.50
Masu Sake in a Personalized Wooden Cup $10.00
Masu Sake in a Traditional Personalized Wooden Cup – $12.50

It’s a souvenir and a sizeable drink all in one. You really do get a wooden cup, which the Cast Members are more than happy to personalize with your name written in Japanese on the side. The sake was your average sake, but it was ladled into the wooden cup from a huge barrel. A really unique experience, something only Festival of the Arts can pull off.

*NEW* Matsuri Sake Cocktail: Frozen Nigori Sake and Calpico accented with Strawberry and finished with Cotton Candy – $8.50

This was a polarizing cocktail as some of us liked it, and some did not. Even for someone who isn’t a huge sake fan, this was pretty good. It had a subtle sake flavor, but the bit of added sweetness from the strawberry made it very palatable and tasty. The Calpico, which has a light, somewhat milky, and slightly acidic flavor similar to yogurt, added a unique flavor to the drink.

Location of Goshiki at the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts

Goshiki is located adjacent to the Japan pavilion on the World Showcase Promenade. You can find it at number 15 on the map below.

What did you think of Goshiki’s debut to the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts?

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