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New Shiki-Sai: Sushi Izakaya Restaurant Opening in Japan Pavilion at EPCOT

Walt Disney World has announced that a brand new restaurant –Shiki-Sai: Sushi Izakaya – will open this summer in the Japan pavilion at EPCOT. The new dining location is in the same spot where Tokyo Dining used to be.

Tokyo Dining was located on the second floor of the Japan pavilion, so we know that Shiki-Sai will also offer a spectacular view of EPCOT, the World Showcase Lagoon, and fireworks at the end of every night.

The new table-service restaurant will offer “a festive dining experience in a sharable Izakaya-style.”

[Guests will also] be able to experience the essence of Japan’s seasonal festivals, where each month brings a new celebration to your table. From hanging tanzaku to celebrate Tanabata in July to savoring moon-viewing dumplings in September, a cultural representative from Japan will guide you through each unique festival experience, one bite at a time. The atmosphere also embraces the festivals of Japan, with the atmosphere featuring beautiful, hand painted artwork and lanterns highlighting some of the natural wonders that Japan offers as well. Each and every visit is designed to create unforgettable memories that capture the spirit of Japan’s vibrant seasonal festivities.

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The restaurant will serve various Japanese dishes such as Kobore Sushi, Tokyo Negi Roll, Funamori, and The Monster Roll. Teppan items will also be on the menu in addition to an open sushi bar and grill. Guests who sit at the sushi bar will be able to watch the chefs making sushi first-hand.

Kobore Sushi translates to ‘overflowing sushi’ and this item is ‘overflowing’ with flavors. It features negi toro and nakaochi tuna elegantly paired with salmon roe and green onion. The Tokyo Negi Roll combines green onion tempura rolled with tuna tataki and topped with jalapeno aïoli, shredded carrot, and sliced jalapeno.

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The Funamori features sashimi and sushi arranged on a boat-shaped platter. This iteration of Funamori is even served with the festive pomp and the boat procession of the famous Tenjin Matsuri! 

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[Guests will] also be able to sample dishes from the delicious world of Japanese Izakaya, a type of casual pub-style restaurant. One of the main highlights of Izakaya culture is the emphasis on sharing plates of food while enjoying drinks and conversation with friends. The menu at an Izakaya typically features a wide range of small dishes, and here is no different. From savory Karaage Chicken to succulent Salmon Misoyaki, even a refreshing Tomato Salad with Avocado, Izakaya cuisine is all about offering a variety of delicious small plates that can be indulged in a social and relaxed atmosphere.

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Not only can you get dishes from the sushi bar, but the grill will also be serving up delicious options commonly found in Japanese cuisine. Among the grilled items to enjoy, Okonomiyaki is a highlight. This Japanese savory pancake is made with a batter of flour, eggs, and water, and then filled with shredded cabbage and bacon, and topped with tangy okonomiyaki sauce, mayonnaise, aonori, bonito flakes, and pickled ginger. 

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