Try the new dishes at Epcot's newest restaurant, Takumi-Tei in the Japan Pavilion (Photo: Disney Parks Blog)

Takumi-Tei is officially open at Epcot. Located in the Japan pavilion in World Showcase, the new signature table-service restaurant whisks guests away to the island where they will indulge in Japanese cuisine and learn about Japanese culture. In fact, what makes this new restaurant so unique is its focus on providing guests with a better understanding of Japanese culture, which is explained to you by the Japanese cultural representatives.

As you learn about the traditions of Japan and how they affect our world, get a taste for the country with a prix fixe multi-course tasting menu and a chef’s table experience. Additionally, the menu includes such popular items as sushi, sashimi, unique desserts, signature cocktails, premium sake and more.

Start your experience with such appetizers as Teen (meaning “garden and featuring compressed watermelon and tuna sashimi), Nikomi Wagyu (braised wagyu short rib with roasted bone marrow), or Hama no Kani (“Crab on the Beach” featuring crab tossed in a light ponzu sauce as well whole toasted crab). A vegetarian option includes the Agedashi Tofu with fried silken tofu, brown butter black rice and shimeji mushroom.

Entrees include such dishes as Kamo Rosu featuring roasted marinated duck with kabocha squash, edamame beans, Japanese mizuna, cured duck egg yolk, and a grape reduction. Or try the Takumi Gyuniku, or artisan beef, with a Japanese A-5 wagyu beef tenderloin with leek sauce, warishita, short rib gyoza, roast cippolini onion, curried potato, and seasonal mushroom. 

For sushi or sashimi options try The Maki Sushi menu, which includes Mozaiku (featuring tuna, yellowtail and asparagus). There is also the Temari Sushi featuring a chef-selected assortment. If you prefer sashimi try the Takumi Sashimi entree with tuna, toro, salmon, yellowtail, uni and inure.

Save room for such decadent desserts as Kumo (yuzu cheesecake, spiced kabocha, orange yuzu gel and blackberry sake) or Siren Dani (Water Lily Valley featuring Japanese water cake, rose, kuromitsu and kink crumb).

Wash it all down with Takumi-Tei’s extensive beverage selection of premium sake, wine, beer and cocktails. Specialty cocktails are themed to each one of the five dining rooms and include Kochi (Joto Yuzu citrus sake, rum, fresh mint, yuzu juice and orange), Raiju (Haku Japanese vodka, spiced ginger beer and lime), Sakurajima (Japanese whisky sour smoked with cherrywood), and Kami (Roku gin, Sayuri “White Lilly” Nigori sake, calipco and lychee). 

Takumi-Tei is currently open for dinner beginning at 4 p.m. daily. Walk-ups are currently accepted, and reservations will be available July 16.