My husband and I love food and we also love Disney, so it’s no surprise that when we go we like to try new things that we haven’t had before. Sometimes, we try something new to us (or that’s not as popular) and are blown away by how much we love it. That was the case with Il Mulino, and that was also the case here.
For those unfamiliar with La Hacienda de San Angel, it’s a restaurant at the Mexico pavilion at Epcot in Walt Disney World. Most pavilions at the Epcot World Showcase have three tiers when it comes to restaurants: a counter service, a mid-tier sit down restaurant, and a high-tier sit down restaurant; such as Le Cellier in the Candada pavilion or Monsieur Paul in the France pavilion. La Hacienda de San Angel is the high-tier restaurant but also under the radar, as proven by the fact that I was able to snag a reservation for 4 the day before we went on a busy Saturday. The reviews were mixed and I honestly had no idea what to expect.
Long story short, we went with our friends who are also foodies and we all had amazing experience. I have everything we ordered below, as well as the pictures in the same order.
- Queso Fundido
- Crema de Elote
- Baja Tacos de Pescado
- Cochinita de Pibil
- Carne Asada
- Tres Leches
Everything was delicious! My personal favorite was the Crema de Elote. This corn cream soup was sweet but also had a spicy kick at the end, and we loved it so much that we want to attempt to make it at home.
The true highlight of the meal was our server Jerry, who has been working at the restaurant since its opening. Jerry is originally is from the Guadalajara area and loved talking with us all about the food found in different regions of Mexico. He also kept giving us special surprises throughout the night! The first was some amazing Elote that reminded me of the kind my husband and I had when we were in Mexico City. The second surprise was…crickets! That’s right, roasted crickets. My husband was the only one brave enough to try them and said they were okay.
Jerry explained to us during the meal that many people who came to restaurant when it first opened were upset because they expected Tex-Mex style food, and La Hacienda San Angel is not that. This most likely explains the mixed reviews, so keep in mind that this is an authentic Mexican restaurant!
One thing to note while visiting is that this restaurant is not Disney owned, so Annual Passholder discounts are not accepted. However I encourage anyone reading to give it a try on their next Walt Disney World trip and ask for Jerry if possible!