Tangierine Café and Moorish Café and Pastry Shop

Tangierine Café - Orlando, FL - Photo by Mike Bonfanti

I can never pass up a deal, so when the ticket seller at the entrance to Disney offered park hopper passes for an additional $15.00, I took him up on the offer.  Once the kids had their fill of the Magic Kingdom we headed to the hotel to shower up and rest before heading to Epcot for dinner.  The bus dropped us off and we made our way past the giant glowing golf ball and towards the World Showcase.

Walking through the various counties Becky and I remarked to one another that Epcot is one huge bar.  Guest walked about with flutes of champagne, cups of beer, and various mixed drinks.  There was a notable absence of young children, and we both agreed it would be a fun place to drink around the world.

Tangierine Café - Orlando, FL - Photo by Mike Bonfanti

Strolling through Canada, the United Kingdom and France nothing appealed to the kids.  Surprisingly, when we arrived in Morocco Mason suggested we eat at Tangierine Café.  It is the fast service dining option housed in a replica of the Koutoubia Minaret of Marrakesh.  Colorfully decorated tiles and intricate tapestries covered the walls.  A brick oven glowed behind the cashiers as I placed our order.

We sat outside at a mosaic table.  The sun was setting and the lanterns suspended in the doorways of Moroccan style gate glowed.  I opted for the keftka sandwich which consisted of a large spiced beef patty served on a bun and served with fries and salsa.  I asked for a side of harissa and topped the patty with the sauce.  The beef was very well seasoned and I detected notes of cumin and cinnamon.  The fries were unimaginative.

Moorish Café and Pastry Shop - Orlando, FL - Photo by Mike Bonfanti

Becky opted for the shawarma chicken platter served with a side of hummus, tabouleh, and couscous salad with fresh Moroccan bread.  She enjoyed the chicken, hummus and couscous salad.  The tabouleh was left on her plate, and I happily gobbled it up. The mixture of bulgur, parsley, mint, tomatoes and onion was delicious.

To cap off our dinner I bought an order of baklava from the Moorish Cafe and Pastry Shop which is inside the Tangierine Café.  The shop serves up coffee, pastries, and Middle Eastern inspired beers and cocktails. It also has a hidden intimate dining area that is perfect to enjoy a cup of coffee and some dessert.  I brought the small plate back to our table and set them in front of my family.  The delicately rolled pastries were full of chopped nuts, sweetened with honey, and topped with ground pistachios. They were very good, and the three rolls soon disappeared from the plate.

Tangierine Café - Orlando, FL - Photo by Mike Bonfanti

Moorish Café and Pastry Shop - Orlando, FL - Photo by Mike Bonfanti

Sweet Tea & Bourbon’s Rating:
Atmosphere: A
Taste: B+
Presentation: B+
Service: A
Cleanliness: A
Price: $$

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2 thoughts on “Tangierine Café and Moorish Café and Pastry Shop

  1. Mike, what would an “imaginative” French fry taste like?  Just curious.  By the way, one of best restaurants in Epcot is Le Cellier, the Canadian steakhouse.  My son is a software engineer at Disney and took us there one night.  We are going to Chef’s Table at Victoria and Albert in Dec.  Earliest you can make reservations is 6 months and it sells out in a few minutes.

    Take care John Clark 

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