|Restaurants at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge|
|Disney hotels and resorts, Orlando, Florida|
The restaurants at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge are inspired by the flavors of Africa. But if you are not familiar with African cuisine, don't be nervous. You'll find a lot of familiar flavors here.
"African cuisine has something for everyone," says Dieter Hannig, vice president of Walt Disney World Food & Beverage. "There is freshness, elegance and simplicity -- borrowing flavors from many of the 53 countries on the world's second largest continent. This is our interpretation of Africa."
Because Africa borders both the Indian and Atlantic oceans, seafood is abundant, and the multi-cultural influences -- grilled meats from the British, vineyards from the French, curries from India and Asia, stews from the native Africans -- create a tremendously versatile cuisine.
Jiko-The Cooking Place
The restaurant’s children’s menu features everything from grilled salmon to a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Jiko offers exclusive South African wines that are rarely available in the United States with most of the 65 vintages available by the glass. South African climate mirrors the northern coast of California, so the grape varietals and flavors are familiar.
Jiko's artful interior, the work of noted restaurant designer Jeffrey Beers, is inspired by Disney's "The Lion King," with muted earth tones and stylistic white birds gracefully suspended from the ceiling. Twin wood-burning ovens are the centerpiece of the open kitchen in the 235-seat dining room. For private dining, the glass-walled Cape Town Wine Room seats up to 40.
Boma-Flavors of Africa
Soups, from hearty seafood gumbo to curry-infused mulligatawny, are a highlight, along with salads such as avocado, grapefruit and papaya or roasted chicken with chili-cilantro vinaigrette. Entrees include grilled seafood, slow-roasted ribs and whole-spiced chicken accompanied by couscous, saffron rice or fried sweet potato. Add chutneys, a peppery sambal or a sweet-and-sour chile papaya sauce for a delightful international treat. Breads, too, are African-inspired, including golden-brown naan, light and flaky chapatis or a blue cornbread.