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Boma – Animal Kingdom Lodge
There is often a misconception that to eat at a Disney restaurant you must be a resident at one of their hotels or lodges….this is definitely not the case!!
Tables at most restaurants on Disney property can be reserved up to 90 days in advance by using their dedicated phone line (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463). Just remember to bring along some sort of photo identification (driving licence or passport), which the security guard at the entrance barrier will ask to see before allowing you to park the car.
Boma has been chosen for this review not just because of the fine food on offer but also for its location within Animal Kingdom Lodge and its African ambience.
This secluded lodge-style resort, at the western end of the Osceola Parkway, is set amidst
thirty-three acres of tropical savannah. It is recommended that you arrive early, preferably just before dusk, and stroll the many meandering pathways at the rear of the lodge to encounter more than thirty species of wildlife, including Giraffe and Zebra, up close in an open and natural habitat.
Before heading for the restaurant check out the many artefacts on show in the lodge, the creative use of Zulu spears and shields in the extraordinary overhead lighting, and the rope bridge which spans the lobby area.
Boma’s is located in the basement area and resembles an African bazaar. It is a family oriented restaurant and your appropriately attired server will provide a warm welcome to all. Complimentary beverages (non alcoholic) are included as part of the service and will be topped up throughout the course of your meal. Once settled, experience the open kitchens and watch the creative culinary team prepare salads, vegetarian dishes, grilled seafood and roasted meats, all inspired by the varied flavours of over fifty African countries from the coast of the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean.
This is an open buffet with the food conveniently and generously laid out together with a brief description of each dish. The chefs on duty will gladly provide additional guidance and recommendations. At the time of our visit the beef and roasted chicken were superb. The secret here is to take each course in moderation as you can always go back for more.
Just make sure you leave enough room for the exquisite desserts, which include some wonderful cheesecake and chocolate creations.
For around $30 per head including gratuity this is an experience not to be missed.
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Page added on: 6 June 2006
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