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New Look, New Authentic Tastes at San Angel Inn at Epcot

posted on July 5th, 2011 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


The Mexico Pavilion in Epcot World Showcase offers four diverse culinary options: La Cava del Tequila, with over 130 varieties of tequila and small bites on the menu; La Hacienda de San Angel, with the spicy flavors of Southern Mexico’s street foods; La Cantina de San Angel for quick service and now a spruced-up San Angel Inn.

Tlacoyos de Chilorio from San Angel Inn at Epcot's Mexico Pavilion

White tablecloths add a new casual elegance to the classic restaurant – the round tables are gone, replaced with long tables. New chairs, new flatware and pretty china all are inspired by the original San Angel Inn in Mexico City, according to Richard Debler, president of San Angel Inn, LLC.

We recently joined Richard and Epcot Executive Chef Jens Dahlmann for lunch in the spruced up space – a beautiful setting overlooking the water and passing boats in the pavilion’s ride-through attraction.

“It’s still a work in progress,” Richard said. They plan to add vintage photos that showcase the history of the San Angel Inn in Mexico City, which was owned for decades by his family and is still a busy restaurant. (The original dates back to 1692 and has hosted legions of famous diners.)

“Romantic, relaxing, sophisticated but not stuffy,” said Chef Jens. “The cuisine is more traditional and celebrates the original San Angel Inn.”

Mahi Mahi a la Veracruzana from San Angel Inn at Epcot's Mexico Pavilion

Sip a flight of tequilas or a signature margarita (blood orange or wild passion fruit are delicious) as you peruse the new menu – gueridon tequila service is new, too, with a fancy wheeled trolley that brings the tequila tableside. New appetizers include tlacoyos de chilorio, savory corn cakes topped with refried beans, pork, queso fresco, sour cream and green tomatillo sauce; and tacos de filete, grilled tenderloin on a soft flour tortilla with chipotle pepper sauce, scallions and avocados. Among new entrées are classic ensalada César (did you know the Caesar salad originated in Mexico?); pan-seared tilapia with huitlacoche (sometimes called the “Mexican corn truffle”); carne asada a la Tampiqueña, grilled tenderloin with cheese enchilada, black refried beans, red bell pepper, onion, Mexican rice and guacamole; and mahi mahi a la veracruzana, grilled fillet of mahi mahi with capers, olives, bell peppers, Spanish onions and tomatoes over poblano rice.

“Our guests are looking for authentic tastes,“ says Jens. “We haven’t toned down the true Mexican flavors.”

If you usually sacrifice desserts in a Mexican restaurant – don’t skip here. The elegant sweets are all new, and the one you don’t want to miss is crepas de cajeta, warm crepes with caramel sauce and topped with toasted almonds.

“We’ve created a restaurant that’s a little quieter, relaxing…a place to chill out from the heat and decompress,” says Richard.

San Angel Inn is open daily for lunch and dinner, for reservations call 407-WDW-DINE.

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11 Comments 3 Replies

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connie from KY on July 5th, 2011 at 9:50 am

I love the atmosphere at the Mexican pavilion, but the food isn’t the greatest. I kinda want to go there and be able to eat a taco but they don’t serve what we consider traditional Mexican food. I wish they would change their menu a bit.

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Marc from GA on July 5th, 2011 at 9:55 am

Exciting. The food has been lacking a bit lately in there, glad you are paying attention.

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Ben on July 5th, 2011 at 10:38 am

Contrary to the first two commentors, we’ve eaten at San Angel three times over the the last year or so, and have found both the food and atmosphere (and service) to be perfect every time. It’s one of our WDW favorite! Looking forward to seeing/tasting the new additions, but hope it doesn’t change too much!

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tasha on July 5th, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Curious to see the changes! Use to be one of my faves until a horrible experience with the hostess and the food on our honeymoon in 2008 and havent been back.. maybe its time!

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Melissa on July 5th, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Hmm … I love the San Angel Inn, but I’m not crazy about the idea of the dining room’s layout changing. When you say “long tables”, does that mean communal seating like at Biergarten or the communal table in Via Napoli? I like the San Angel for its good food and romantic atmosphere. I hope that romantic ambiance isn’t lost by having to share a table with strangers.

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Erin from RI on July 5th, 2011 at 2:00 pm

As if the chef was speaking directly to me: “We’ve created a restaurant that’s a little quieter, relaxing…a place to chill out from the heat and decompress,” says Richard. Spectacular…sign me up! Oh and let me put in my order for the signature margarita!

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Danielle from DE on July 5th, 2011 at 4:43 pm

This sounds wonderful! Will there be vegetarian entrees on the menu (not just appetizers, salads, and soups)??

 

Pam Brandon on July 7th, 2011 at 7:21 am

The complete menu is online at disneyworld.disney.go.com. And, yes, there are vegetarian options!

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Larry from AB on July 5th, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Sounds great, but do they still serve the wonderful chicken mole I had on my last visit?

 

Pam Brandon on July 7th, 2011 at 7:17 am

Yes, chicken mole, a classic, remains on the dinner menu!

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Kathy from CT on July 6th, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Is the new menu and pricing available online? Just made reservations for our trip in two weeks, sounds wonderful!

 

Pam Brandon on July 7th, 2011 at 7:22 am

Yes, go to disneyworld.disney.go.com, search San Angel Inn and check out the menus.

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Tracy on July 9th, 2011 at 10:27 am

Have the online menus been updated? They look the same as they were. Will some old items remain on the menu? Pollo a las Rajas was one of my favorites.

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sue on July 21st, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Have an ADR here next month – DD (an Adult) is a vegetarian and when we booked she liked the idea of cheese enchiladas – which I am sure was on the menu at that time – now I don’t see them – will they make these specially for her? She wouldnt like the 2 veggie options on the official vegetarian menu

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