Morocco is probably one of my favorite pavilions at Epcot. It has great theming and I love wandering around the meandering maze of shops in the back. It’s also a great place for vegans and vegetarians to find a tasty meal. There are three restaurants here. Some are better than others. You can choose from two table service restaurants, Restaurant Marrakesh and Spice Road Table, and a quick service, Tangierine Cafe.
Tangierine Cafe might be one of the best quick services for vegetarians. There are two options here for vegetarians. The first is a falafel wrap served with lentil and couscous salads. It’s not the best falafel that I’ve ever had, but it is still pretty tasty and filling. This item could be veganized if ordered without the tzatziki sauce, but I would recommend confirming the ingredients in the bread with a cast member as well.
The next item on the menu is a vegetarian platter. I love this platter! It is big enough to share with another person and reasonably priced (compared to other Disney quick service options). The platter comes with a myriad of salads. It has an olive, lentil, garden, and couscous salad. The couscous salad is my favorite. It has some dried fruit mixed in it, which gives it a nice sweet and savory flavor. I’m pretty sure it’s the same couscous salad served at Spice Road Table… In addition to the yummy salads, the platter comes with falafels, hummus and pita bread. Everything on the vegetarian platter is delicious and vegan friendly (again, double check the bread ingredients). This is my go to place when I am really hungry and I’ve never left unsatisfied.
Spice Road Table
The best of the two table service restaurants in Morocco is Spice Road Table. This spot has a limited small bites menu that’s big on flavor. Spice Road Table is like a little oasis within the World Showcase. It’s a nice place to cool off with a drink and take in the view. Unlike Tangierine Cafe, this is not the place to go when you’re famished. This is where you go when you want a sample of everything yummy at the Morocco Pavilion. Spice Road Table offers a vegan Mediterranean vegetable platter that comes with hummus fries, stuffed grape leaves, couscous salad, babaganoush and pita bread. Everything is REALLY good, but I especially like the babaganoush. It has this smoky flavor that I just can’t get enough of it. I could seriously eat a whole bowl of this stuff with a spoon. I was a little apprehensive of the hummus fries, but they were actually pretty good.
This table service has an amazing atmosphere. It’s dark and hidden away. I love the belly dancing. It makes me feel like I just stumbled upon a hidden gem. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same about the vegetarian option here. Restaurant Marrakesh currently serves a vegetable couscous. I was super excited to try this and love Moroccan spices. This dish had none. I think the couscous was only flavored with butter, and the vegetables were so over cooked that it was basically mush.
The server saw the disappointment in my face and said to me, “You must not be used to the spice.” At first I was offended and then I reminded myself that some people he serves might not have as adventurous of palates. This usually isn’t true about vegetarians and vegans though, who usually favor ethnically diverse foods and flavors. It’s been awhile since I’ve eaten at the Restaurant Marrakesh. I want to love this spot, but my experience was so disappointing and there are too many better options at Epcot to compel me to return. I occasionally check the menu to see if the vegetarian option has changed, but it has remained the same overpriced bland offering. I would love to hear other vegetarian and vegan experiences to know how it compares to my own.