I always get hungry after going on Indiana Jones Adventure. I get hungry as I am waiting in line, watching the video of Paco explaining about safety procedures for the attraction. Whenever he says, "Adios", my stomach starts to grumble and I always think about getting myself a Spicy Smoked Chicken Leg at Lost River Cookhouse. I don't know why. It just happens, all the time. It might be because Paco reminds me a lot of this Mexican man whom I once knew of. He cooked up the sickest burritos. That moustache, belly and smile brings back fond memories of Guillermo, cooking up a storm in his kitchen, yelling, "Burrito for the Mexican look-alike is ready!"
Many a time, after going on my adventure with Indiana Jones, I would end up with dirty hands, chewing away like a caveman on that Spicy Smoked Chicken Leg. However, if I wanted to have a seat and enjoy my meal, like a well respected Mexican look-alike, I would take a short walk to the neighboring Yucatan Base Camp Grill and get myself a plate of smoked meat with rice.
Yucatan Base Camp Grill is a counter service restaurant. You get in line, order your food, collect your food and head to an empty table. With regards to finding an empty table, you don't have to worry too much. I've dined here probably about five times now and have never had a problem with finding an empty table. There are plenty of seats both indoor and out. For some reason, the restaurants in Lost River Delta, Yucatan Base Camp Grill and Miguel's El Dorado Cantina, were never packed when I visited. They seem to be least popular restaurants in the whole park, so if you are looking for seats, these might be the eateries to go to.
Yucatan Base Gamp Grill serves up Mexican plate lunches. A plate lunch would cost you around 1,000 yen. Ordering the set would cost a bit more. A set comes with a drink and a plate of salad. You can choose between Smoked Chicken, Smoked Salmon and Smoked Pork to go with Mexican rice and vegetables.
Whenever I dine in Tokyo Disney, I never get a set if it only consists of a drink and salad. To me, it's just not worth the extra money. The portion of salad served up is just sad. You will probably be able to finish it in 3 spoonfuls. Also, I never get a drink, unless I'm up for some alcoholic beverage or cocoa. The rest of the drinks on offer are just not attractive enough for me to be spending that kinda money on. In most dining establishments, water is free!
The food served up in Yucatan Base Camp Grill is not too bad, but also not great. If you came here looking for authentic Mexican food, I would like to apologize on behalf of Tokyo Disney. Authenticity is not what Tokyo Disney does best, unless it's Japanese, Italian or American. Plate lunches that you order here come with your choice of smoked meat, Mexican rice and vegetables. Somehow, the food here reminded me of Mexican food, without it being Mexican food. It had that little bit of Mexican flavor to it, but not the full experience. I don't know about you, but when I have Mexican food, I expect to be blown away by the combination of different spices. I expect the sauces to have some sort of spicy, tomatoey, limey flavor and whatever it is that gives Mexican food pack that punch. I have never got that at Yucatan Base Camp. Instead, I always get what I would like to call, Jap-Mex. What's Jap-Mex? Well, imagine Tequila with zero alcohol content. I'll give you sometime to ponder about that.
If you are looking for smoked meat and an empty table, head on down to Yucatan Base Camp Grill. It's one of the most affordable places in all of Tokyo DisneySea to get your meat on and as I mentioned earlier, finding a table here has never been a problem for me. This is great if you just wanna rest your weary feet with a delicious cup of hot cocoa. However, if you are looking for Mexican food, get out of Tokyo Disney. You are not gonna find any of that here.
Honorable Rating: 3/5 (Don't Break Your Notes)