Takumi Tei Epcot’s Newest Japanese Restaurant

Dining in serenity and sophistication is what you’ll experience at Takumi Tei, Epcot’s newest Japanese restaurant which officially opened in July of 2019.

As you walk through Takumi Tei, you’ll notice the natural beauty of Japan infused everywhere inside of the table service restaurant.

Once you are guided to your seat, you’ll be immediately placed into a peaceful state-of-mind as you observe the mixture of nature and artistic craftsmanship of the world presented.

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akumi Tei Epcot Japanese Restaurant Front Entrance

What Does Takumi Mean?

Takumi is a Japanese word that means “artisan” or “skillful,” which is something you’ll notice engulfing the serene restaurant no matter where you sit.

Whether from the décor to the exquisite presentation of the food, you’ll quickly come to understand the meaning of Takumi in this new Epcot Japanese restaurant.

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How to Make Reservations at Takumi Tei?

Like many of the Walt Disney World Resort restaurants, Takumi Tei takes reservations up to 6 months (180 days) in advance.

Takumi Tei Japanese Restaurant Epcot Elements in Hallway

Reservations are not hard to get, but I’m pretty sure that as the word spreads more about this dining location, they may become much more difficult in the future.

I do recommend booking as soon as possible if you are celebrating a special occasion on your next Disney vacation.

I was super lucky to get a reservation within one (1) day of my requested date, but this may not work for everyone.

What to Know About Takumi Tei at Epcot Before You Go

Takumi Tei Japanese Restaurant Epcot Table Setting with Red Napkin

Takumi Tei is currently not participating in the Disney Dining Plan. So, you’ll want to keep that in mind when planning your Epcot trip.

It is operated by Mitsukoshi USA and is located on the side of the Japanese Pavilion that’s closet to the Morocco Pavilion.

This artisan dining experience is divided into 5 rooms that are inspired by a natural element:

  1. Water
  2. Wood
  3. Earth
  4. Stone
  5. Washi Paper
Takumi Tei Japanese Restaurant Epcot Elements in Hallway
Artwork representing the 5 elements.

You’ll immediately notice these natural elements upon arrival in Takumi Tei if you look to your left.

Note the dress code: Tank tops, flip-flops, swimsuits, swimsuit cover-ups, hats for gentlemen, cut-offs, torn clothing and t-shirts with offensive language and/or graphics are not allowed in Takumi Tei.

Takumi Tei Menu

Takumi Tei showcases modern Japanese cuisine with impeccable ingredients and presentation to display the beauty of the island.

Takumi Tei Japanese Restaurant Epcot Outdoor Menu near Entrance

You’ll enjoy Japanese-inspired dishes like braised tiger prawns, wagyu beef, roasted duck, Misoyaki Sea Bass, maki sushi and yuzu cheesecake.

Plus, signature cocktails, premium sake, wine and Japanese craft beer.

Appetizers

  • Miso: Silken Tofu, Scallion, Toasted Nori
  • Dashi: Furikake White Rice, Toasted Nori
  • Teien – Garden: Compressed Watermelon, Tuna Sashimi, Frisée, Grapefruit, Daikon and Watermelon Rind Tsukemono, Yuzu Dust, Watermelon Vinaigrette
  • Nikomi Wagyu – Braised Wagyu: Roasted Bone Marrow, Braised Jackman Farms Wagyu Shortrib, Yuzu Kosho, Wasabi Shiso Bavaroise Warishita
  • Hama no Kani – Crab on the Beach: Ponzu Crab, Toasted Crab, Frisée, Heirloom Tomato, Watermelon Radish Tsukemono, Leek Gel, Sesame Pollen, Plum Wine Reduction
  • Agedashi Tofu: Fried Silken Tofu, Tentsuyu Brown Butter Black Rice, Shimeji Mushroom, Daikon Tsukemono, Carrot Ginger Purée, Lotus Root
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Kamo Rosu

Main Course

  • Takumi Gyuniku – Artisan Beef: Japanese A-5 Wagyu Tenderloin, Leek Sauce, Warishita, Shortrib Gyoza, Roast Cippolini Onion, Curried Potato, Seasonal Mushroom
  • Ushikai no Shukaku – Cattleman’s Harvest: Jackson Farms Wagyu Tenderloin, Yuzu Kosho, Arima Sansho Pepper Reduction, Potato and Lotus Root, Shiitake Mushroom, Wasabi Emulsion, Roasted Cippolini Onion
  • Makiba no Megumi – Gift of Ranch: Jackman Farms Wagyu Strip Steak, Purple Sweet Potato, Fresh Wasabi, Maitake Mushroom, Matcha Maldon
  • Misoyaki Ochazuke: Misoyaki Sea Bass, Karikari Sushi, Shirasu, Tsukemono, Toasted Nori, Shimeji Mushroom, Ocha Dashi Broth
  • Kamo Rosu – Roasted Duck: Marinated Duck, Kabocha Squash, Edamame Beans, Japanese Mizuna, Cured Duck Egg Yolk, Grape Reduction
  • Tempura Ebi – Tempura Tiger Prawns: Tempura Tiger Prawns, Crisped Silken Tofu, Green Tea-smoked Black Rice, Caramelized Togarashi Cream, Sea Beans, Shimeji Mushroom


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Maki Sushi

  • Mozaiku: Tuna, Yellowtail, Asparagus, Tobiko, Red Shiso Rice, Lemon Grass Ponzu

Sashimi Entrée

  • Takumi Sashimi: Tuna, Toro, Salmon, Yellowtail, Uni, Ikura
  • À la Carte, 2 pieces per order: Tuna (10), Salmon (12), Yellowtail (12), Ikura (16), Toro (24), Uni (24)

Nigiri Entrée

  • Temari Sushi: Chef-selected Assortment of Oceanic Delicacies
  • À la Carte, 2 pieces per order: Tuna (11), Salmon (13), Yellowtail (13), Ikura (17), Toro (26), Uni (26)

7- Course Omakase Tasting Menu

Takumi Tei Japanese Restaurant Epcot Menu
  1. Otoshi: Imagined daily by the Chefs at Takumi-Tei
  2. Temari Sushi: Chef-selected Assortment of Oceanic Delicacies
  3. Nikomi Wagyu – Braised Wagyu: Roasted Bone Marrow, Braised Jackman Farms Wagyu Short Rib, Yuzu Kosho, Wasabi Shiso Bavaroise, Warishita
  4. Hashiyasume: Palate cleansing course
  5. Wagyu Pairing: Japanese A5 Wagyu Strip Steak paired with Jackman Farms Wagyu Strip Steak, Roast Cipollini Onion, Curried Potato, Seasonal Mushroom, Daikon and Watermelon Radish Tsukemono, Yuzu Kosho, Fresh-grated Wasabi, Arima Sansho Pepper Reduction, Matcha Maldon
  6. Suiren Dani – Water Lilly Valley: Japanese Water Cake, Rose, Kuromitsu, Kinako Crumb
  7. Tea Ceremony: Traditional ceremony featuring Matcha Green Tea prepared in front of the Guest

Dessert

  • Kumo – Cloud Cake: Yuzu Cheesecake, Spiced Kabocha, Candied Yuzu Gel, Blackberry Sake
  • Suiren Dani – Water Lilly Valley: Japanese Water Cake, Rose, Kuromitsu, Kinako Crumb
Takumi Tei Japanese Restaurant Amuse Bouche
Amuse Bouche

Children’s Appetizers

  • Teien – Garden: Compressed Watermelon, Frisée, Grapefruit, Daikon and Watermelon Rind Tsukemono, Heirloom Tomatoes, Watermelon Vinaigrette
  • Miso Soup with Silken Tofu, Scallion, Toasted Nori
  • Agedashi Tofu: Fried Silken Tofu, Tentsuyu, White Rice, Shimeji Mushrooms, Carrot-Ginger Purée
  • Edamame with Sea Salt

Children’s Main Course

  • Kamo Rosu – Roasted Duck: Marinated Duck, Kabocha Squash, Japanese Mizuna, Grape Reduction
  • Wagyu Strip Steak: Jackman Farms Wagyu Strip Steak, Arima Sansho Pepper Reduction, Curried Potato, Roasted Cippolini Onion
  • Misoyaki Sea Bass: Potato and Lotus Root, Shimeji Mushroom, Edamame, Leek Sauce
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Children’s Dessert

  • Frushi: Dragon Fruit, Strawberry, Pineapple, Sweet Rice, Red Bean Mousse, Grape Gel
  • Kumo – Cloud Cake: Yuzu Cheesecake, Spiced Kabocha, Candied Yuzu, Orange Yuzu Emulsion

Kids’ menu items for children ages 9 and younger.

Non-Alcoholic Beverages

  • Blood Orange Spritzer: Blood Orange Syrup, Lemon, Mint, Falernum, Sparkling Water
  • Ginger Mimosa: Ginger Ale, Orange Juice, Falernum, Fresh Ginger
  • Soft Drinks: Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Lemonade, Ginger Ale

Specialty Cocktails

  • Kochi: Joto Yuzu Citrus Sake, Rum, Fresh Mint, Yuzu Juice, Orange
  • Unkai: Midorikawa Green River Junmai Sake, Singani 63 Spanish Brandy, Taylor Velvet Falernum, Green Tea-infused Foam
  • Raiju: Haku Japanese Vodka, Spiced Ginger Beer, Lime
  • Sakurajima: Kaiyo Japanese Whisky Sour with Smoked Cherrywood
  • Kami: Roku Gin, Sayuri ‘White Lilly’ Nigori Sake, Calipco, Lychee
Kami: Roku Gin, Sayuri 'White Lilly' Nigori Sake, Calipco, Lychee at Epcot Japanese Restaurant
Kami: Roku Gin, Sayuri ‘White Lilly’ Nigori Sake, Calipco, Lychee

Wine

  • Piper Heidsieck Brut Sparkling, Champagne, France
  • Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley
  • Raeburn Chardonnay, Sonoma
  • Zen Garden Riesling, Pfalz, Germany
  • Jean-Claude Boisset Les Ursulines Pinot Noir, Burgundy, France
  • Donnafugata Sul Volcano Etna Rosso, Etna, Sicily
  • Scattered Peaks Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • Stag’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • The Choya Single Year Plum Wine

Japanese Beer

  • Asahi Super Dry Draft
  • Kirin Light Bottle
  • Coedo Beniaka Amber Bottle
  • The Coedo Kyara IPL Bottle
  • Coedo Shikkoku Black Bottle
  • Orion Premium Lager Bottle

Please note: The menu can change at anytime, so what I describe today maybe different during your dining experience.

Chef’s Table

As if the menu wasn’t mouthwatering enough, you can book a private dining session at the Chef’s Table inside Takumi Tei.

You’ll experience an incredible 3-hour meal with nine (9) courses amongst the serenity of the dining space provided for you.

Epcot Japanese Restaurant Takumi Tei Front Entrance

Cost of the Chef’s Table

The price for enjoying your dinner at the Chef’s Table is $180 per person, plus tax. Here’s what you should know before you make your reservation:

  • A 6-course beverage pairing is available for an additional $100 per Guest, in addition to the full beverage selection
  • An 18% gratuity will be applied to the check for the Water Room experience
  • Party Size: A minimum of 6 guests and a maximum of 8 are required for this room

According to Disney, if a number of Guests are lower than the minimum who were stated to arrive on the day of the reservation, then a charge of $300.00 will be applied to the check for each spot below that number.

How to Book Reservations at The Chef’s Table

The Chef’s Table experience can only be booked by calling (407) 827-8504 or by emailing takumitei@mitsukoshi-orlando.com

Takumi Tei Japanese Restaurant Epcot Outdoor Zen Garden
Outdoor Garden
What About the Cancellation Policy or Changes to Your Reservation at The Chef’s Table?

You can modify or cancel your reservation at least 72 hours prior. If you cancel with less than 72 hours in advance, you will have to pay a $100.00 charge per person in your party.

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Takumi Tei at Epcot Review

Ever since I heard that Takumi Tei was coming to Epcot, I was excited to experience this new Japanese restaurant since it’s my favorite type of food.

I made my reservation online the day of which was pretty easy since it was still in soft opening.

Takumi Tei Japanese Restaurant Epcot Hallway

First Impressions

As I walked through the beautiful doors, I was pleasantly welcomed by the ambiance and décor. I was led through the entry hall that has the 5 elements that Takumi Tei is based on. They are:

  1. Water
  2. Wood
  3. Earth
  4. Stone
  5. Washi Paper

I was greeted by the cheerful staff as I walked towards my table, then I was seated quickly in the stone room. Once I was seated, I was given a wet cloth to cleanse my hands.

Epcot Japanese Restaurant Stone Room

My waitress took her time and explained every item on the exquisite menu. She was knowledgeable, friendly, and professional.

As I sat in the superb restaurant, I was put in a relax state by the peaceful Japanese soundtrack.

Sand and stone work at Takumi Tei in Epcot

The décor was simple, but sophisticated. Which is something you don’t see in theme park dining locations.

The Food

For the most part I did enjoy my dinner at Takumi Tei.

I didn’t get the beef, which is supposed to be the Wagyu beef that is very famous in Japan. I did get the duck and I felt like it was very tender and pretty delicious.

Takumi Tei Japanese Restaurant Epcot Kamo Rosu - Roasted Duck_ Marinated Duck, Kabocha Squash, Edamame Beans, Japanese Mizuna, Cured Duck Egg Yolk, Grape Reduction
Takumi Tei Japanese Restaurant Epcot Kamo Rosu – Roasted Duck_ Marinated Duck, Kabocha Squash, Edamame Beans, Japanese Mizuna, Cured Duck Egg Yolk, Grape Reduction

And although everything was pristinely presented, I did have some disappointments.

Maki Sushi

For my starter dish I got the Mozaiku which came with Tuna, Yellowtail, Asparagus, Tobiko, Red Shiso Rice, and Lemon Grass Ponzu.

I didn’t really care for it. Although I really like sushi, the Mozaiku roll was just okay…

For what you’re paying for here, I wanted the best and I didn’t feel like I got that with the sushi.

Takumi Tei Epcot Japanese Restaurant Sushi
Maki Sushi

The flavor of the fish was bland and it just felt like there was something missing that I couldn’t quite put my hands on.

I was upset that I got this sushi knowing that I could’ve got something better at Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs.

Kamo Rosu – Roasted Duck: Marinated Duck, Kabocha Squash, Edamame Beans, Japanese Mizuna, Cured Duck Egg Yolk, Grape Reduction

I’m not really a duck fan because of the fatty texture, but this one was fine. It did have some fat texture, but it was on the outer shell.

Takumi Tei Japanese Restaurant Epcot Kamo Rosu - Roasted Duck_ Marinated Duck, Kabocha Squash, Edamame Beans, Japanese Mizuna, Cured Duck Egg Yolk, Grape Reduction

It was well seasoned, but I do feel like the roasted duck could’ve had a bit more salt.

What I did like about this dish is that it had little bits of cut-up grapes around it in a reduction.

Combing the grapes along with sautéed leafy accompaniment gave the Kamo Rosu a nice blend of savory and sweet.

Kami Cocktail

For my adult beverage of choice, I got the Kami which came with Roku Gin, Sayuri ‘White Lilly’ Nigori Sake, Calipco, and Lychee.

 Japanese Restaurant Epcot Kami Cocktail

It had a little bit of ginger flavor to it, but it wasn’t too overpowering. The lychee hint was an added bonus and very refreshing.

The Kami cocktail was sweet, but not too sweet where it would overpower the taste of the dinner.

Epcot Japanese Restaurant Takumi Tei Kami which came with Roku Gin, Sayuri 'White Lilly' Nigori Sake, Calipco, and Lychee

The Kami was the highlight of the night for me. Plus, each drink came with an origami on the top of the cocktail.

Final Thoughts

Overall it was a nice dinner. I will say it is very pricey and I’m not sure it is something that I would recommend you coming to do.

You can expect to spend about $65 to $100 per person.

Is Takumi Tei Worth It?

I’m not really sure I would recommend it for family travelers, but if you are trying to do something like a romantic date here in Epcot or a solo trip, then it’s cool.

Epcot Japanese Restaurant Takumi Tei Front Entrance

The ambiance was romantic and cozy and I think you’ll like it. Takumi Tei is expensive, so I can’t say that I can 100% recommended for you.

It’s a nice addition to Epcot, but there are some other places out there that you might be able to try that’s in a better price range.

But if you want to try something new and you love Japanese food, definitely come to Takumi Tei in Epcot World Showcase.

You can visit the official restaurant website to book your reservation here.

Epcot Japanese Restaurant Takumi Tei Front Entrance
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