Epcot’s Japan pavilion will host a new table service restaurant opening this summer, Shiki-Sai: Sushi Izakaya.
Located on the second floor replacing Tokyo Dining, this table-service restaurant will offer a festive dining experience in a sharable Izakaya-style, complete with World Showcase lagoon firework views.
You’ll 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.
In addition to a full menu with sushi and teppan items, there will be an open sushi bar and grill.
Sushi lovers will get a first-hand look at sushi being made right before their eyes by the chefs when sitting at the sushi bar. This unique spot provides a view of a magnificent trellis inspired by the roof of the Phoenix Hall in Kyoto.
Some highlights from the sushi bar include the Kobore Sushi, Tokyo Negi Roll, Funamori, and The Monster Roll.
Kobore Sushi translates to “overflowing sushi” and features negi toro and nakaochi tuna 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.
The Funamori features sashimi and sushi arranged on a boat-shaped platter.
You’ll also be able to sample dishes from the 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 small plates that can be indulged in a social and relaxed atmosphere.
Among the grilled items, 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.