We are heading for an African adventure at the Animal Kingdom lodge.
For an African ambiance and flavor, Jiko is an excellent choice!
It is a quietly dusk ambiance...
with twilight birds flying overhead...
and an open hearth kitchen
We began our meal with an order of African flatbreads and dips... yummmmmm!
For appetizers, we chose
Tomato and cucumber salad with watermelon dressing
Cream of asparagus soup with hot peppers (my personal favorite!)
and Fresh greens with a buttermilk curry dressing
Our entrees included
Beef Tenderloin with macaroni and cheese (Alan raved over this)
Braised lamb shank with couscous in a berber sauce
and Baked vegetable pilaf with tofu and vegetables
and for a dessert, a sugarfree birthday torte for Alan (lucky for us he shared )
Our meals averaged $50 per person and included two beverages, an appetizer, an entree, and dessert. Everyone was pleased with the quality, presentation, and ambiance of our experience. Indeed, Ahnalira has a new favorite restaurant Six OLP thumbs up for Jiko!
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For our last meal of the trip we went to Jiko for dinner and it was a homerun -- possibly the best meal of the trip! This in spite of the fact that our options were somewhat limited by our dietary needs of no-sugar-added and gluten-free.
I started out with the boar tenderloin which was very savory and toothsome with a soup like broth. Ahnalira had the jiko salad with sugary nuts removed and was very happy with it. For dinner I had the filet mignon which was a perfectly cooked filet mignon, pink inside, moist and flavorful. Ahnalira had the lamb shank which looked fork tender and tasty.
But, the real winner was the nsa/gf dessert which was a dark chocolate pot de creme with cranberry compote. The cranberry compote was perhaps a bit much but it was still a tremendous dessert and really my favorite of all the nsa/gf desserts we had during the week.
The flavors are like from another part of the world! I am an adventurous eater so I enjoyed all the different spice combinations, but I wouldn't recommend this restaurant to someone who only wants to eat what they are familiar with. I don't drink wine, but my friend said the selection is really good, too.
The decor is really cool! Sunset on the savannah, I think.
Since we have been staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge, Jambo house, this trip we decided we might as well make the most of the African inspired eateries here. That had to include a dinner at Jiko's which is the fine dining option for AKL. Jiko's has delightful ambience, wonderful artwork, and the service is tremendous. One quick look over the menu will tell you that this place requires an adventuresome spirit! We decided to go for the full meal deal, so I ordered the Taste of Africa appetizer; a sampling of breads -- Lavosh, Papadam, Na'an -- and 4 different dips. I found the Lavosh to be exceptional, and all of them to be very fresh. I had mixed feelings about the dips, my favorite turned out to be the Kalamata hummus which was very tasty -- the others were a little strange to my tastebuds. My wife had a tomato salad which she raved about, including slices of perfectly ripe peach.&am
Jiko has possibly the most beautiful and pleasant ambience of any restaurant on property, We found the service to be excellent and the chef was very helpful with special food requests.
For my appetizer I had a rather unusual cucuumber, tomato and red onion salad. This was a really unique and fresh tasting salad with a bit of spicy flavor, possibly from the arugula on top. For my entree I had a Filet Mignon; unfortunately it wasn't really seared properly so it ended up being a bit on the dry side. However, the mac and cheese that comes on the side is absolutely fantastic, as good as any I've ever had. For dessert they made me a special sugarfree chocolate cake.
Overall I give the food a 4.2, ambience and service a 4.8. Price is pretty high as you would expect for this type of restaurant. Unfortunately, I felt like the food just didn't quite live up to the price
The breads were really good. The wine list is amazing. The waitress said it was the largest collection of South African wines in the country, which I absolutely believe after looking at the size of it. Our waitress was exceptional as well. I had the scallops as an entree which were the best quality scallops I've ever had, and living near the ocean i get a great selection of seafood.
Jiko is by far the best dining experience in WDW (other than Victoria & Albert’s for special occasions). Be adventurous and try something you have never eaten before – you will not be disappointed! The atmosphere is great, the wait staff is attentive and friendly and I cannot say enough great things about the food. Try it – you will love it!!!
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