Dinner

REVIEW: Space 220’s new dinner menu at EPCOT fails to maintain stellar standards

REVIEW: Space 220's new dinner menu at EPCOT fails to maintain stellar standards

Space 220 Restaurant, which opened last fall at EPCOT, has an updated menu for spring. Earlier we tried the new lunch menu, and now we are back to try new dinner options.

Interior

Inside the lobby, we prepared to board the Stellarvator to the restaurant.

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The views are always amazing.

Menu

The following items have been removed from the menu: Bluehouse Salmon, Flat Iron Steak, Roasted Free Range Chicken, Baked Maccheroni, Galactic Lobster Globe, and Brussels Sprouts.

Three-course dinner is $79 per adult.

The following items have been added: Steak Salad, Quinoa Burger, Steak and Fries, Supreme Chicken Breast, Spaceghetti and Shrimp, Roasted Carrots, and Galactic Salmon.

New cocktails include the Celestian Cosmopolitan, Orion Old Fashion, Stratosphere Strawberry Lemonade, The Big Tang, The Nebula and Atmospritz. Chardonnay Rombauer Vineyards, Sauvignon Blanc Duckhorn and Tempranillo Camp Viejo have been added to the wine list.

Takeoffs (Aperitifs)

Centauri Caesar Salad

Miniature Romaine, Classic Caesar Dressing, Parmigiano Reggiano

This choice gives diners a nice serving of a hearty salad. The anchovy flavor is strong here, and the lettuce or dressing gives a bitter taste.

It’s a decent presentation, but we can’t get over the bitterness.

Burrata Big Bang

Burrata di Mozzarella, Grilled Artichoke Hearts, Arugula, Romesco Sunflower Seeds

This simple and “safe” dish contains only cheese and arugula.

It may not shine, but it’s a decent offering that we recommend sharing. Artichoke hearts taste fresh.

Neptune Tartarus

Albacore Tuna, Miso Yuzu Ginger, Soy, Avocado, Radish, Mango Coulis, Micro-Green, Sesame Crackers

The tuna tartare was slightly salty. Although there was no wow factor here, the fish was good and fresh.

It’s a decent light offering if that’s what you prefer.

Bibb lettuce, compressed watermelon, spiced pecans, apple cider vinaigrette

This is one of the dishes that has been updated with seasonal ingredients. Watermelon is a suitable substitute for roasted cranberries and pears.

Pecans are slightly spicy.

Apple cider dressing adds tartness and acidity for a refreshing salad. This salad was a good choice for a starter.

We also had the star calamari and Blue Moon cauliflower for lunch today which was unchanged.

Star Course (Entrance)

Chicken Breast Supreme is a new item and Galactic Salmon replaces Bluehouse Salmon.

Fried Jasmine Rice, Asparagus, Pineapple, Orange Hoisin Sauce

The space glazed duck breast was a little greasy but well seasoned and tender.

The sweet icing was nice.

The fried rice tastes fresh and has a hint of sweetness, possibly due to the glaze seeping underneath.

The asparagus are grilled, well cooked and seasoned. It was one of the best dishes we have tried.

Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Carrots, Red Wine Reduction.

We ordered our tenderloin medium. It was a thin, tender steak.

Mashed potatoes are standard and are salted and buttered.

The vegetables are well cooked. Overall a safe but well executed dish.

Pan-fried chicken breast, parmesan polenta cake, small balsamic lentils, basil oil

The skin was thick and tough, but the chicken itself was okay.

He could use more salt. We found the slightly chalky cake off-putting.

Lenses don’t do much here. We would not recommend this particular dish.

Seared Snapper, Barigoule Fennel, Potato Stew

The fish is flaky, tender and fresh but has little flavor or seasoning.

The straws are crispy and the tomato is the most important seasoning because the fish has none.

The sauce resembles an Italian tomato sauce.

Supernova Candy (Desserts)

Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake and Lemon Mousse are no longer on the dessert menu.

Coconut panna cotta

Coconut cream, citrus fruits, lychee, raspberries, meringue coconut, toasted coconut

The coconut panna cotta was a runny consistency but still quite light and refreshing.

The coconut, basil and fresh additions are nice.

The coconut meringue straws were light and crispy. We recommend

short cake

Matcha Air Cake, Mascarpone Mousse, Strawberries

It was soft and light but more of a cheesecake consistency. Strawberries and compote are powerful but in a good way. The matcha cake was a great textured item.

It was by far the winner of the meal. We all enjoyed it and highly recommend it.

Chocolate Cheesecake

Whipped chocolate ganache, chocolate sauce, crunchy white chocolate pearls, cookie crumbs, dark chocolate chips

This decadent chocolate cheesecake will please any chocolate lover.

This dessert is nothing too unique but still a good staple. White chocolate pearls add a little sweetness.

This dessert would be good to share.

lemon sorbet

After a potentially heavy meal, this light, tangy, tangy sorbet is a refreshing option. It’s basic but works well as a palette cleanser.

Cocktails

Old Fashioned Orion – $17

Buffalo Trace, Grand Marnier, Chocolate Bitters

It was a basic Old Fashioned with a hint of citrus.

We found this drink forgettable.

Stratosphere Strawberry Lemonade – $16

Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Cointreau, Simple Thyme Syrup, Strawberry, Fresh Lemon Juice

This cocktail tasted like fresh strawberry lemonade, perfect for the upcoming summer season. The rim is sweet.

If you like cold drinks where the alcohol does not dominate the drink, we recommend this one.

Tito’s artisanal vodka, tuaca, iced espresso, homemade whipped cream float and dark chocolate shavings

The initial taste of espresso is robust here, followed by vodka.

It was good and creamy. It was a decent espresso martini.

Homemade whipped cream infused with Maker’s Mark bourbon, table side finished with a double shot of espresso

This martini tastes like an espresso con Panna.

The espresso is the intense flavor here, but the whipped cream is fresh.

The bourbon is robust. It warms you from the inside.

Espresso and bourbon go very well with spices. Everything was balanced.

This hot drink was our favorite.

Globally

Essentially, we felt the quality had gone down since Space 220 opened. It’s cool to take a ride on the Stellarvator to space, but we’d recommend the lounge instead. We had plenty of decent options, but nothing really stellar, other than the shortcake.

Have you ever tried Space 220? Let us know in the comments.

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