REVIEW: Island Flavors Satisfy at La Isla Fresca for the 2020 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

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The island breezes have swept in the return of La Isla Fresca to the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival. Lamb curry with sweet plantains and rice joins the lineup this year. But is this menu a delight or a dud?

Menu for La Isla Fresca at the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

Food:

  • 🆕 Lamb Curry with Sweet Plantains and Rice – $6.25
  • Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer with Steamed Rice and Coconut Lime Sauce – $7.00
  • Tropical Mousse Cup: Layers of Passion Fruit Cake, Coconut Mousse and a Tropical Fruit Glaze with Fresh Pineapple – $4.50

Beverages:

*Price per bottle is an average price of the spirit at your local liquor store.

Offerings from La Isla Fresca at the 2020 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

Photos of Menu Items from La Isla Fresca at the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

*NEW* Lamb Curry with Sweet Plantains and Rice – $6.25

Lamb Curry with Sweet Plantains and Rice – $6.25

The lamb curry had a nice, zingy aftertaste, while the rice and pigeon peas hold their own even without the sauce and meat.

Lamb Curry with Sweet Plantains and Rice – $6.25

The rice had a good texture, and the lamb was very tender, not overcooked or chewy. The curry was flavorful without being too overpowering or spicy.

Lamb Curry with Sweet Plantains and Rice – $6.25

On the other hand, the plantains were too mushy, and were very sweet. They seemed overcooked, but the taste wasn’t terrible. It’s a decent option.

Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer with Steamed Rice and Coconut Lime Sauce – $7.00

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival La Isla Fresca
Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer with Steamed Rice and Coconut Lime Sauce – $7.00

The coconut lime sauce is more interesting than the shrimp, which is unfortunate, being they’re not marinated in it. We received five plump shrimp on a skewer, all evenly cooked, that worked well with the sauce. It’s not an overly exciting dish, but it feels like a lot for the price.

Tropical Mousse Cup: Layers of Passion Fruit Cake, Coconut Mousse and a Tropical Fruit Glaze with Fresh Pineapple – $4.50

The tropical fruits really show their stuff in this dessert. While not overly sweet, each layer provided flavor to the overall cake making for a very good way to finish off the booth.

Golden Road Brewing Tart Mango Cart Wheat Ale, Los Angeles, CA (4.0% ABV) – $4.50

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival La Isla Fresca
Golden Road Brewing Tart Mango Cart Wheat Ale, Los Angeles, CA (4.0% ABV) – $4.50

Golden Road Brewing describes this ale as “a light Wheat Ale bursting with lots of fresh mango flavor and aroma, finishing crisp and refreshing.”

We expected an artificial mango flavor to permeate this beer. Instead, we were greeted with a nice fruity flavor that felt authentic. It’s worth your time to try a glass.

Tropical Freeze with Parrot Bay Mango Rum ($14/bottle) – $10.00

Tropical Freeze with Parrot Bay Mango Rum ($14/bottle) – $10.00

The drink was well-balanced. It wasn’t too strong or too weak.

Tropical Freeze with Parrot Bay Mango Rum ($14/bottle) – $10.00

Like with most Disney cocktails, it needed to be stirred after we received it, but the taste made it worth the effort.

Tropical Freeze with Parrot Bay Mango Rum ($14/bottle) – $10.00

The fruit in the drink was nice and fresh, which was nice. This drink has an overall mango fruit flavor, but it isn’t too strong or too sweet.

Location of La Isla Fresca at the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

La Isla Fresca is located just as you enter World Showcase heading towards the Mexico Pavilion. You can find it at number 3 on the map below.

You can enjoy this taste of the Caribbean at EPCOT from March 4th to June 1st, 2020. Let us know your favorite item in the comments below!

About the author

Matthew Soberman

Matthew has been a writer for WDWNT since June 2018. He probably should have realized he was a Disney Parks fan when he tried to make a model of the Horizons building in middle school shop class. (It didn't go well.) He is also a huge Muppet fan, and can also be found on ToughPigs.com. You can email Matthew at [email protected]

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