Dining Review: New Epcot Breakfast Options

With all of the frenzy surrounding the opening of Frozen Ever After in the Norway pavilion of World Showcase in Epcot, it was easy to miss the recent news that there are a few new breakfast options in World Showcase now, too. Aside from the already-available options at Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie in the France pavilion and Sunshine Seasons at The Land, guests can now drop in to La Cantina de San Angel in the Mexico pavilion or Kringla Bakeri og Kafe in the Norway pavilion to satisfy their breakfast cravings. A few days ago, I tried many of the new items to see if they are worth a stop (spoiler alert: they definitely are!).

Chilaquiles con huevos
Chilaquiles con huevos

Mexico’s new options all come from La Cantina de San Angel, the quick service location just across from the main pyramid of the pavilion. The new breakfast menu features three new full-sized entrees unique to this restaurant and a kid’s scrambled-eggs-with-potatoes option, all of which are offered until 11:00 AM daily in addition to a few of the standard menu items (including soft drinks and the restaurant’s popular churros dessert – yes, you can have churros for breakfast, because why not, it’s vacation?). Once you order and receive your food, just like during the early hours of lunch service here, you can take a seat in the covered area on World Showcase Lagoon, or if the sign near the back of the building indicates, make use of the additional (air-conditioned!) seating in the back of La Hacienda’s main dining room (a welcome option in 100% humidity).

Pambazo de chorizo con huevo
Pambazo de chorizo con huevo

My first taste of the new breakfast options came from the pambazo de chorizo con huevo, a breakfast sandwich-type meal with scrambled eggs, chorizo, jack cheese, red onions, lettuce, and guacamole ($9.95). The pambazo is served dipped-sandwich style, covered in a mild red chili salsa – traditionally filled with potatoes and chorizo, but here we see eggs instead. The scrambled eggs within the bread roll are real eggs (no weird powdered eggs here, a definite positive), cooked with the chorizo to give them a smoky, savory bite offset by the creamy guacamole and crunchy lettuce. My bread roll was a bit stale, but nothing that couldn’t have been fixed by a few drips of the green tomatillo or spicy red chili sauces available on the restaurant’s condiment bar. This is a fairly traditional Mexican take on a popular on-the-go style breakfast, full of flavor and pretty filling, considering the roll and the scrambled eggs. Overall, I was a fan, and think this will probably be a winner for many, though I did prefer the next two menu items I tried a bit more.

Tamal verde con huevos
Tamal verde con huevos

Next up was the tamal verde con huevos, a pork chorizo tamal covered in green tomatillo sauce and served alongside a healthy portion of scrambled eggs ($8.75). The smoky ground chorizo inside the tamal is counterbalanced by the acidic tomatilla salsa, sweet corn dough of the tamal, and the tangy cheese topping it all off. Fluffy scrambled eggs make the dish a bit heartier (and “breakfast”-y), and surprisingly, to me, really work here. I’d gladly come here to eat this specific dish for breakfast any day, and the same also goes for the chilaquiles con huevos ($8.75), my favorite overall of the three. Two eggs are fried each in a red onion ring, served alongside layered, fried corn tortillas and green tomatillo sauce with queso fresco and a bit of sour cream. The crispy fried eggs (with fully cooked yolks, if runny yolk scares you away) offer a textural contrast to the tortilla casserole, and the fresh onion brings an extra punch of flavor to the mix. I probably could’ve eaten an entire tray of this dish – comfort food at its best, and relatively cheap, to boot. Overall, this dish was my favorite, only slightly edging out the tamal, both slightly overshadowing the fresh flavors of the pambazo.

Jarlsberg and onion biscuit
Jarlsberg and onion biscuit

If Mexican food isn’t your thing, there’s another option for a slightly lighter breakfast just down the path at Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe (home of school bread!) in the Norway pavilion. Two new savory hot breakfast items are available here now, in addition to the full slate of sandwiches and pastries offered throughout the day. First bite went to the Jarlsberg cheese and onion biscuit ($5.99), served with two strips of bacon and lingonberry jam. To be honest, there wasn’t a whole lot of flavor here, but the scone-like fluffy texture of the biscuit was filling and its mild onion and slightly-nutty cheese notes pair well with the sweet, tart lingonberry jam.

Egg and leek pastry
Egg and leek pastry

I’d probably not order this again, with my first choice going to the decadent egg and leek pastry ($4.49). A smaller, snack-size portion, this buttery and flaky pastry is filled with an egg custard and leeks bursting with oniony-garlicky goodness. This dish might be my new go-to at Kringla, and though it is small, you could always make it a full meal by adding school bread or another dessert item (hey, if churros are reasonable for breakfast, I’m sure school bread’s fine, too, right?).

Both La Cantina and Kringla’s new menu items should come in handy if you’re looking to break out of the mold of the typical Disney quick service breakfast (think: bounty platter at your resort or a pastry hastily purchased from the Joffrey’s stand while in line for rope-drop). All of the options at both restaurants are World Showcase-appropriate and pretty tasty, plus none of them will break the bank. The convenience of new breakfast choices in this area of World Showcase is great, making both restaurants worth a stop after an early morning Frozen Ever After Fastpass+.

 

One thought on “Dining Review: New Epcot Breakfast Options

  • June 30, 2016 at 5:37 pm
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    Great review! The chilaquiles look delicious, wondering why the egg whites look yellow. Is there a sauce on them? Is it just the lighting on this particular picture?

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