If I had to choose one word to describe the Japan Pavilion at Epcot it would be Majestic. Majesty is defined as possessing lofty dignity or imposing aspect, stately, or grand. This pavilion is unique in how it is situated in the World Showcase. Whether you arrive from Morocco or the American Adventure, the Japan Pavilion has a way a sneaking up on you and then leaving you breathless with its beautiful theming and architecture. The view of the pavilion from below is truly majestic and allows the mind to race with the possibilities of what is hiding within its wall. One of those hidden possibilities is the restaurant Tokyo Dining.
Inside Tokyo Dining you will find soft lighting and dark wood accents. The light illuminating the sushi bar changes as you dine; shades of blue, purple, yellow, and green bathe the walls and the chefs as they delicately prepare the sushi. Soft Japanese music completes the restaurant’s atmosphere in relaxing tone while the food begins. We opened our meal with a small pot of hot Green Tea.
The primary draw for us at Tokyo Dining is the sushi although the restaurant does offer steak and chicken dishes. For sushi connoisseurs the menu offers a large selection of sushi rolls, nigiri, and sashimi among other selections. For our light dinner we chose to share the Tempura Roll with Yellowtail Nigiri and Tuna Nigiri.
The nigiri was extremely fresh and artfully prepared. The Tempura Roll combined tempura fried shrimp, kanpyo, and sesame seed in a white rice and a seaweed wrap. Add a touch of ginger, wasabi, and soy sauce for a wonderful flavor combination. Like the food, the service at Tokyo Dining was outstanding; very attentive to your dining needs and particularly courteous.
Demand at Tokyo Dining is not as high as other restaurants throughout the World Showcase. That means that dinner reservations can be made the day of or possibly even just walk up and check the availably. Along from the great food, the dining room also provides wonderful viewing for Illuminations as they pipe in the musical soundtrack from outside; a magical combination for creating lasting memories.
Tokyo Dining was a last second decision for us that turned out to be our favorite meal of the trip. Very unsuspecting, it snuck up on us just as the Japan Pavilion does when exploring the World Showcase. A delicate surprise concealed in a majestic setting.