PHOTOS: Artwork Installed at Walkway to Newest World Showcase Restaurant in EPCOT

Justin Giglio

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PHOTOS: Artwork Installed at Walkway to Newest World Showcase Restaurant in EPCOT

While the new, authentic Japanese sushi restaurant Shiki-Sai is still under construction, we spotted new artwork today that lines the hall connecting this latest World Showcase restaurant with the preexisting Teppan Edo in EPCOT.

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Both Teppan Edo and Shiki-Sai are located on the second floor of the Japan Pavilion, above the Mitsukoshi department store.

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Upon entry, you can see that the entrance to Shiki-Sai is still blocked off with temporary stanchions as well as a black tarp.

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When you turn to head toward the podium for Teppan Edo, you can see this brand-new Japanese artwork. Three new paintings line the wall to the right. They each depict different scenes from Japan utilizing animal characters.

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This painting depicts some rabbits eating with chopsticks, along with a fox cunningly stealing away some food from a smaller rabbit.

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This painting displays several frogs celebrating with fireworks in the distance, and a rabbit in a kimono holding another rabbit by the legs so it can reach a tea cup in the river below.

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This painting depicts several foxes writing in Japanese, along with Japanese cherry blossom trees and lanterns.

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Near the podium for Teppan Edo is a miniature bar where guests can purchase a beverage while they wait their turn for dinner.

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Shiki-Sai Coming Soon

Shiki-Sai: Sushi Izakaya is an upcoming table-service restaurant offering “a festive dining experience in a sharable Izakaya-style.”

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It ostensibly replaces Tokyo Dining, which closed last November.

At this new restaurant, guests will experience seasonal favorites of Japan. With each month comes a different celebration, from “hanging tanzaku to celebrate Tanabata in July to savoring moon-viewing dumplings in September.” A cultural representative from Japan will guide guests through each festival.

Hand-painted artwork and lanterns will highlight some of Japan’s natural wonders. There will also be a trellis inspired by the roof of the Phoenix Hall in Kyoto. The menu includes sushi and teppan items, as well as an open sushi bar and grill. Guests sitting at the sushi bar will be able to watch chefs make sushi.

Once again, Shiki-Sai: Sushi Izakaya is located on the second floor of the Japan Pavilion Mitsukoshi building, with views of World Showcase Lagoon and fireworks shows.

Here is a preview of some of Shiki-Sai’s menu items.

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Highlights from the sushi bar include the Kobore Sushi, Tokyo Negi Roll, Funamori, and The Monster Roll. 

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Kobore Sushi translates to “overflowing sushi.” The dish features negi toro and nakaochi tuna paired with salmon roe and green onion. The Tokyo Negi Roll combines green onion tempura rolled with tuna tataki and topped with jalapeño aïoli, shredded carrot, and sliced jalapeño.

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The Funamori features sashimi and sushi arranged on a boat-shaped platter. It’s served with the pomp and the boat procession of the famous Tenjin Matsuri, an Osaka festival honoring Sugawara Michizane, the Japanese god of learning.

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Shiki-Sai will also feature small dishes in the style of Japanese Izakaya, a type of casual pub-style restaurant with an emphasis on sharing plates of food while enjoying drinks and conversations with friends. Shiki-Sai’s menu includes Karaage Chicken, Salmon Misoyaki, and Tomato Salad with Avocado.

The grill will serve up various options, including Okonomiyaki, a Japanese savory pancake made with a batter of flour, eggs, and water, filled with shredded cabbage and bacon, and then topped with tangy okonomiyaki sauce, mayonnaise, aonori, bonito flakes, and pickled ginger. 

Are you curious about a new Japanese eatery in EPCOT? Have you ever been to Teppan Edo or the former Tokyo Dining? Let us know in the comments.

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