There’s just something so fun about going to Epcot! You’ve got so many options there for sights and sounds, but what about the food?
I’m going to be honest- I’m pretty hesitant when it comes to allergies and unknown food items. This was actually our first time eating at Katsura Grill and it was only because the quick serve in America was closed.
Thankfully we had a pleasant experience and we had some good food! Check out the full details and the menus below!
***As Always, please speak to a qualified restaurant employee when ordering food. In order to see the most accurate ingredients and risk assessment, you will need to confirm allergy safety in real-time. This is my personal experience, I am not employed or endorsed by companies or brands mentioned.***
Allergy Friendly Options in 2021
There have been a few menu changes, notable the dressing that they use to soak the meats has changed (and no longer contains soy or MSG).
They don’t offer many allergy friendly substitutes, but they do have a gluten free teriyaki sauce that you can sub out for the regular sauce. This is likely because they are independently owned (like many places in EPCOT). You can see a list of places that are not owned by Disney on Disney Property here.
We spoke with a Chef and ordered a Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Egg Free, Nut Free, Fish/Shellfish Free Beef and Chicken with white rice meal (opted out of the veggies because of the oil used).
Then I got a Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Egg Free, Nut Free Beef and Shrimp meal for myself.
Where’s it located
It’s located in Japan in Epcot- so pretty much on the other side of the World Showcase lagoon.
The quick serve restaurant is located at the top of a hill, and it’s kind of tucked to the left side of japan when you enter. It is VERY easy to miss.
There is a nice ramp to get to the top where the quick serve is located, not too steep and has a very pretty view. The bathrooms are on the outside of the restaurant and leave some to be desired. Very dark and no changing tables.
The inside of the restaurant is a pretty tight squeeze, but there are two ADA spots for mobility devices. Counter isn’t too high and the condiments are easily accessible.
Of course they serve the food to you on a tray and no lids for drink- that’s pretty standard.
What’s Special There?
I didn’t see (and I don’t know of based on the menu and instagram) any speciality food items.
What I did see that I thought was great was the non food items.
There was a very sweet cast member who came out and gave my son two dinosaurs and my daughter a flower. It was really the highlight of our meal!
Our Review and what we ate in 2019
This time we went pretty basic since we haven’t eaten here before and the menu isn’t very large!
We grabbed a chicken teriyaki rice plate (sauces on the side) Check out the menus below!
This was our first time personally seeing the allergen sticks labeled with specific allergens. It was really cool. This meal is actually top 8 free (you can look at the allergen ingredient lists below) because we got the sauce on the side since it has soy.
Ordering Food and The Allergy Menus
I was pretty hesitant with somewhat of a language barrier, so I asked to speak with a manager. He was much more confident and we went over the allergen menu together. I asked for all the sauces on the side and no spices, plus I took pictures of the menus for personal reference and for anyone else reading this that needs to confirm ingredients!
Bonus for Dessert- Top 8 free- Kakagori Shaved Ice or
How fun is this! This huge shaved ice was a great treat after our meal. It was easy to eat, surprisingly didnt melt too fast, and it had just the right amount of flavor.
We tried honeydew this time (due to avoiding red dyes) and it was very yummy. We actually split this between myself and the two older kids. I can easily see a family grabbing two flavors and splitting it amongst themselves!
Kakagori ingredients and allergens list
Do they have gluten free soy sauce here?
No, they only had the teriyaki sauce. I had some (we avoid soy for the younger kids) as did my husband, and we enjoyed the flavor. The chicken by itself was also very good if you can’t have soy.
Overall, we didn’t have any reactions and we were very satisfied with the service, the food and the length of time to get our meals!