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A New Restaurant at EPCOT is Set to Open at the End of August!

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A few months ago, Disney announced that a new restaurant would replace Tokyo Dining in the Japan Pavilion. Today we finally got an opening date for Shiki-Sai: Sushi Izakaya. Guests will be able to enjoy this brand-new restaurant starting August 30th, 2023!

Currently, we don’t have a full menu available, but let’s look at the descriptions Disney has given us so far.

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

[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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Oh wait, there’s more!

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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This all sounds so exciting and delicious. I love Sushi. It’s one of my favorite foods, so I already know this restaurant will become one of my favorites, especially since they will have an area where you can watch them make the different Sushi rolls. It’s important to note that reservation booking dates have not yet been released. When Disney announces that information, we will update this article.

Hi, I'm Erica, and I write about all things Disney. Before working for The DIS, I was a theme park performer at SeaWorld, but I also performed at Disney. I have such an immense love for theme parks to the point I studied them in college.


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