Coral Reef restaurant is one of the few places to see what original EPCOT looked like (though the Living Seas did not open until 1986, 4 years after EPCOT Center) and we have some new vegan options! Some vegans do not enjoy dining here because it is a restaurant where every table faces the giant aquarium housed inside the Seas pavilion (formerly the Living Seas, now Seas with Nemo and Friends). Even crazier, is eating seafood while looking at the fish, but we definitely won’t be doing that. It’s of course up to you if you want to dine in this space, and the vegan options have never been something to really entice us vegans to flock to this spot. Previously, it was a Grilled Vegetable Skewer with Impossible Kefta, and it was actually delicious. The appetizer was previously some hummus dips with veggies.
However the menu just got a new entree option as well as a new salad appetizer. The dessert remains the same, and we’ll get to that in a bit.
Special thanks to @daily.britt for sharing her dinner photos with us – thank you Brittani! This restaurant is not the best for lighting, it’s dark and they have kind of undersea projections floating around, so kudos to Britt for capturing such great pics. I had a few photos from my last visit, so I’m adding those in as well. Click to enlarge any photo.
First up, the new salad is the Reef Salad – $11. Seasonal mixed greens and pickled vegetables with pomegranate vinaigrette and walnut praline, it is plant-based as-is with no modifications. Britt said the veggies definitely tasted pickled, which I love, so I’ll definitely have to give this one a try. It looks wonderful:
Next up, the new vegan entree at Coral Reef is Mushroom Ravioli – $26. A two dollar increase in the previous entree, this features roasted mushroom ravioli with scallion, blistered tomatoes and tomato-lavender broth and is also plant-based as-is. Brittani said this tasted almost like a minestrone soup in flavor and she couldn’t really detect the lavender (which sounds like a good thing to me). It was not served with a spoon but looks like it probably needed one. It’s definitely an unusual entree, but I do love mushrooms, so it seems up my alley.
What do you think? Will you be giving the new Coral Reef menu a try?
Worth a visit to Coral Reef is the vegan dessert, the Baileys Almande and Jack Daniel’s Mousse – $9.50. When I tried this last October, I absolutely loved it. Chocolate Ganache, over Jack Daniel’s mousse with candied almonds – delicious. Save room for this!
We’ll head over soon and check this out ourselves but let us know if you give these vegan options at Coral Reef a try and what you think. Thanks again to Britt for sharing her photos with us!
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