Reservations are now available for Japan's third dining location, Takumi-Tei. The restaurant is now the park's third signature dining experience and is now one of the most exclusive and expensive meals to enjoy in World Showcase. We now also have a better look and understanding of how the menu will work. The experience itself is similar to what you would experience at an upscale restaurant in Japan. Small intimate dining rooms, with sophisticated cuisine and of course stunning presentation. The restaurant features both a prix fixe menu and a higher price chef's table menu for those who really want to splash out.
The entire Takumi-Tei experience is focused on giving you a better understanding of Japanese culture, as explained to you by the Japanese cultural representatives. From the moment you walk in to the moment you put down your chopsticks for the last time, you will feel as if you’ve been transported to the island nation and will learn about Japanese traditions and their connection to the natural world.
Start your meal with appetizers like Teien (meaning “garden” and featuring compressed watermelon and tuna sashimi), Nikomi Wagyu (braised wagyu short rib with roasted bone marrow), or Hama no Kani (“Crab on the Beach” featuring crab tossed in a light ponzu sauce as well whole toasted crab). For a vegetarian option, you can dine on the Agedashi Tofu with fried silken tofu, brown butter black rice and shimeji mushroom.
Entrées include exquisite dishes like Kamo Rosu and Takumi Gyuniku. The Kamo Rosu features roasted marinated duck with kabocha squash, edamame beans, Japanese mizuna, cured duck egg yolk, and a grape reduction. The Takumi Gyuniku, or artisan beef, shines the spotlight on a Japanese A-5 wagyu beef tenderloin with leek sauce, warishita, short rib gyoza, roast cippolini onion, curried potato, and seasonal mushroom.
For the sushi and sashimi lovers, there are some delicious options. On the Maki Sushi menu, you’ll find Mozaiku (featuring tuna, yellowtail and asparagus). You can also try the Temari Sushi featuring a chef-selected assortment of oceanic delicacies. Or if sashimi is more your style, the Takumi Sashimi entrée features tuna, toro, salmon, yellowtail, uni and ikura.
Of course, there’s always room for dessert! Two choice selections include Kumo (yuzu cheesecake, spiced kabocha, orange yuzu gel and blackberry sake) or Suiren Dani (Water Lilly Valley featuring Japanese water cake, rose, kuromitsu and kinako crumb).
You will also find an extensive beverage menu with premium sake, wine, beer and cocktails. Specialty cocktails are themed to each of the five dining rooms and include Kochi (Joto Yuzu citrus sake, rum, fresh mint, yuzu juice and orange), Raiju (Haku Japanese vodka, spiced ginger beer and lime), Sakurajima (Japanese whisky sour smoked with cherrywood), and Kami (Roku gin, Sayuri “White Lilly” Nigori sake, calipco and lychee).
One thing to note for this new restaurant, is that at his present time, it appears Takum-Tei will not accept any of the Disney Dining Plans. That is according to Disney's official website. This could change in the future once the restaurant has been open for an extended period of time. For reference, other signature restaurants around the resort require two table service meal credits on the dining plan. Locations such as Monsieur Paul in the France Pavilion, also have additional up charges when choosing the more expensive tasting menus. Depending on what dining plan you are on, you sometimes have to forego two credits and some extra cash.
Reservations for Takumi-Tei can be made on Disney's website or by calling (407) WDW-DINE. The restaurant will be open for dinner only from 4pm to park closing time, which is usually 9pm. For those who want to make a reservation for the Chef’s Table Dining Experience, call Mitsukoshi directly at (407) 827-8504.