While Epcot features several world class attractions, exciting thrill rides, and stunning entertainment; it is undoubtedly famous for its international dining options and authentic cuisine. I recently visited Nine Dragons, the full service restaurant in the China pavilion, and it is a stunningly beautiful dining location with equally delicious meals (including a vegan entree, which we’ll discuss later). Let’s take a closer look at the restaurant, its menu, and my experience.
Nine Dragons Restaurant
As I mentioned, Nine Dragons is located inside the China pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase. Generally available for both lunch and dinner reservations (it is recommended to make reservations ahead of time as the available seating may fill up), the restaurant features an ornate interior with wood carvings, glass artwork, and traditional lanterns.
Epcot Nine Dragons Menu
Nine Dragons features Cantonese, Mongolian, Szechuan, Hunan and Kiangche-style dishes including Crispy Duck Bao Buns, Sichuan Chicken Dumplings, and Kowloon Spare Ribs. In order to suit a wide range of nutritional needs, dietary restrictions, and food preferences; entrees are offered in a variety of proteins including chicken, beef, shrimp, and tofu. There are also combination dishes like the Kung Pao Duo with chicken and shrimp or the Spicy Mala Family with beef, chicken, shrimp and vegetables. Visit Disney’s website to browse their menu in more detail.
Our Nine Dragons Meal
My friends and I ordered three super different meals from the Nine Dragons menu. The Spicy Honey Crispy Chicken was served with rice and a few broccoli florets.
The Canton Pepper Beef included a few more vegetables (like carrots and onions) as well as the familiar scoop of rice.
I ordered the Vegetable and Tofu Stir Fry, a vegan dish with a light sauce and a variety of vegetables.
The sauce was flavorful and mild. You don’t need to worry about any unexpected spice or heat with this dish. The vegetables were fresh, and the tofu had a soft, satisfying texture. My only complaint about the stir fry is that it wasn’t incredibly filling. While I greatly enjoyed my meal, I found myself needing a snack just a couple hours later. Vegans, I would suggest supplementing your entree with a plant-based appetizer like the Vegetable Spring Rolls!
Epcot Nine Dragons: Freaky Thoughts
While the Epcot Nine Dragons location may not offer the most satisfying options for vegans, their meat-based entrees seem to be a little more filling. With a beautiful interior, chill atmosphere, and great Disney service; Nine Dragons makes a great option for a lunch break or dinner date.