Inspired by the outdoor cafes along the Mediterranean, Spice Road Table is Epcot’s newest spot to have a bite. With a whitewashed façade, covered outdoor seating along the water and an interior decorated with Moroccan lamps and lanterns, tile work, tapestries and woodcarvings, Spice Road Table is a pretty respite from the bustle of the crowds outside.
An interesting selection of aperitifs, such anise-flavored ouzo and French Lillet; house-made organic red, white or sparkling sangria; and a collection of signature cocktails are a festive way to start the meal. Hard-to-find imported beers, including Moroccan Casa Beer and Almaza (a personal favorite from Lebanon) and wines from around the Middle East and Europe round out the drink menu.
Small plates include hummus and flatbread dusted with za’atar (a Middle Eastern spice mix with sumac, thyme and sesame seeds)
Rustic and delicious stuffed grape leaves topped with plump raisins and fried capers
Salt cod fritters; mussels with preserved lemons and tomato sauce
Moroccan merguez sausage with fresh tomato salad
And garlicky jumbo shrimp in a spicy sauce.
There are three desserts for a sweet ending—a chocolate pyramid (kind of like a flourless chocolate cake) with almond ice cream, a saffron and lemon custard with a crisp paper-thin sugar crust like crème brûlée and a wonderfully fragrant cake made with rosewater.
Spice Road Table is ideal for nibbles and cocktails or a whole lunch or dinner. And its location hugging the lake at the center of World Showcase means it’s a prime spot to watch the evening fireworks as you linger over dessert.