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REVIEW: Tangierine Café – Flavors of the Medina Turns Restaurant into Marketplace at the 2021 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

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New to the 2021 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival is Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina. This menu features Mediterranean-inspired flavors, serving up dishes like falafel and different types of grilled kebabs.

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The doorway facing World Showcase Lagoon doesn’t have signage reflecting the new name; it’s unclear if this will be updated, given that the new name was only announced for the festival.

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Inside, the setup is similar to how it used to be.

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The new options are place prominently above the open kitchen.

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Limited seating is available inside the restaurant.

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Guests head to the back of the restaurant to place their orders and pay, before heading forward to collect their food.

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But now it’s time to get to the tasting portion of our tour!

Menu for Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

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Food:

  • 🆕 Fried Falafel Pita with Tahini Sauce (Plant-Based) – $5.25
  • 🆕Grilled Kebabs with Couscous, Tomato-Onion Salad, and Garlic Aïoli – $5.75
    Lemon-Garlic Chicken
    Moroccan Spiced Lamb
    Harissa-marinated Beef Tenderloin Tips
  • 🆕 Stone-baked Moroccan Bread with Hummus, Zaalouk, and Zhoug Dips – $5.00
  • 🆕 Pistachio Cake with Cinnamon Pastry Cream and Candied Walnuts – $4.75

Beverages:

  • 🆕 Fresh Orange Juice (Non-Alcoholic) – $4.75
  • 🆕 Fresh Blood Orange Juice (Non-Alcoholic) – $5.25
  • 🆕 3 Daughters Brewing Fig Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL (5.5% ABV) – $5.00 for 6 oz., $9.00 for 12 oz.
  • 🆕 Bold Rock Ginger Turmeric Hard Cider, Nellysford, VA (4.7% ABV) – $5.00 for 6 oz., $9.00 for 12 oz.
  • 🆕 Woodchuck Cinnamon Nutmeg Hard Cider, Middlebury, VT (5.0% ABV) – $5.00 for 6 oz., $9.00 for 12 oz.
  • 🆕 Fig Cocktail with White-Cranberry Juice and Fig Vodka – $11.00
  • Cider Flight – $9.75

Photos of Menu Items from Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

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*NEW* Fried Falafel Pita with Tahini Sauce – $5.25

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The pita isn’t particularly stable enough to pick up and eat this, so we’d recommend grabbing a fork for this one.

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Otherwise, the falafel is not too dry, and has a nice spiced flavor. It comes in a well-sized portion. It’s a decent choice.

*NEW* Grilled Kebabs with Couscous, Tomato-Onion Salad, and Garlic Aïoli (Lemon-Garlic Chicken, Moroccan Spiced Lamb, Harissa-marinated Beef Tenderloin Tips) – $5.75

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The chicken portion was disappointingly small, but it was tender with a nice flavor added by the lemon-garlic glaze.

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The spiced lamb is the best option in terms of portion and quality. It was tender and flavorful. If you only get one kebab, this is the one to get.

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The beef was very tough, and frankly, it was hard to get past that. Avoid getting this one if you can.

*NEW* Stone-baked Moroccan Bread with Hummus, Zaalouk, and Zhoug Dips – $5.00

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This was the big winner! It’s a tender, doughy bread with three very nice accompaniments. The hummus, while simple, was restaurant-quality at least. The Zaalouk has eggplants and tomatoes with spices. It looks like harissa so we expected more spice, but in the end it was more savory and sweet with no spice. The zhoug is a spicy sauce with cilantro, hot peppers and garlic. It wasn’t hot, but it was heavy on garlic and cilantro flavors, though it needed more pepper. Still, we found it to be very enjoyable.

*NEW* Pistachio Cake with Cinnamon Pastry Cream and Candied Walnuts – $4.75

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This was a delicious, moist cake with sweet cinnamon pastry cream.

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It comes in a nice portion size, but is lighter than it looks. It’s a perfect cake for a hot summer day.

*NEW* Fresh Orange Juice (Non-Alcoholic) – $4.75

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This was a little bitter. It’s a weird offering, as the non-alcoholic options are still usually more special.

*NEW* Fresh Blood Orange Juice (Non-Alcoholic) – $5.25

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Of the two orange juices, this was the superior choice. It has a tanginess and tartness that’s more pleasant than the other juice. It’s refreshing in the Florida heat.

*NEW* 3 Daughters Brewing Fig Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL (5.5% ABV) – $5.00 for 6 oz., $9.00 for 12 oz.

From correspondence with 3 Daughters Brewing: “Tender, fresh figs with honey-like sweetness create this delicious fall cider. Complemented with hints of ripe berry, this brew may remind you of a certain type of cookie.”

*NEW* Woodchuck Cinnamon Nutmeg Hard Cider, Middlebury, VT (5.0% ABV) – $5.00 for 6 oz., $9.00 for 12 oz.

From correspondence with Woodchuck Cidery, the Cinnamon Nutmeg Hard Cider, also known as Spiced Apple Hard Cider, is “a balanced cider with notes of apple and bright cinnamon and a nutmeg finish.”

*NEW* Bold Rock Ginger Turmeric Hard Cider, Nellysford, VA (4.7% ABV) – $5.00 for 6 oz., $9.00 for 12 oz.

From Bold Rock Hard Cider: “Ginger Turmeric is an herbal tea inspired cider made with locally grown Blue Ridge Mountain apples paired with the distinctive spice of ginger root and aromatic earthiness of turmeric.”

*NEW* Fig Cocktail with White-Cranberry Juice and Fig Vodka – $11.00

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There’s probably not a lot of alcohol in this one, but it was really well-balanced. It’s not syrupy like other festival drinks, which was nice.

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It’s quite refreshing, and takes a pretty picture for the budding food photographers out there. We highly recommend this one.

Location of Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina is on the western side of the Morocco Pavilion, opposite the entrance to Spice Road Table. You can find it at number 27 on the map below.

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