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Jiko - The Cooking Place

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, 2901 Osceola Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32830
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Ranked #31 of 3,117 restaurants in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: African
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Jiko – The Cooking Place fuses the bold flavors of traditional African, Indian and Mediterranean cuisine at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.Twin wood-burning ovens roar and the soothing, warm colors of an African sunset bring energy to this remarkable restaurant. The menu features modern cuisine with an African flair. Delight your palate with dishes that change seasonally, such as braised short ribs, Chermoula-roasted prawns, and Peri Peri roasted chicken, along with conventional favorites. Take a culinary tour of Africa with tantalizing appetizers such as grilled wild boar tenderloin, crispy beef bobotie roll and brick oven-fired flatbreads. Watch the chefs prepare each meal in The Cooking Place, a show kitchen with a rich atmosphere befitting the beauty of this unique restaurant. Jiko also offers 2 tantalizing wine-and-dine experiences: Jiko Wine Dinner Series: Four times a year, Jiko partners with renowned winemakers from South Africa to take you on a culinary journey. The chefs prepare a 6- to 8-course meal carefully designed to complement the unique characteristics of the African terroir. As you dine, the winemakers paint a picture of their vineyards through the taste of their wines—and Jiko's Wine Room transforms into a mixture of flavors, friends, aromas and conversations that go into the night.Jiko Wine Tastings: Every Wednesday, explore the South African wine regions as you taste unique wines paired with artisanal cheese.Whether you're seeking a decadent wine dinner or a vibrant accompaniment to your meal, Jiko offers wine options to suit your style.
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Gatineau, Canada
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I liked the Braised Beef Short Rib, but I asked without onions and was given onions in my plate. So had to return it then did not come back overcooked. Wondering if it was the same plate that they overheated.

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D.C. area
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

My food was delicious and unique, I would give it 5 stars. Well, maybe 4 because it is super expensive. My husband would give it 1 star bc they didn't cook their most popular dish correctly. He ordered filet mignon medium rare and it come out mooing. That's pretty bad when that's one of their specialties. His dessert was a... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

It is fabulous to find such interesting flavours and food options at Walt Disney World. The hotel and lobby are stunning - the restaurant itself overlooks the stream that runs around the pool area but landscaping makes the restaurant view look like it is in a private oasis.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

This was our second trip to Jiko's and it did not disappoint! Not only is the food amazing, the staff is courteous and attentive and the atmosphere is warm and inviting! We had the wild boar and a beef carpatchio flatbread for appetizers and they were like nothing we have ever tasted before! Truly delicacies. I had the beef spare... More

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Greenwich, Connecticut, United States
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

At Jiko- The Cooking Place, I had a spectacular Flatbread and Incredible Filet Mignon! Certainly one of the best restaurants at Disney World and an incredible atmosphere! When you go to Disney, You must go to Jiko just to get a feeling about this place and hopefully you will like it as much as i did! I will most certainly... More

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Connellsville, Pennsylvania
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

This is a must do restaurant on Disney property. We ate there as part of the Wanyama Safari experience. Everything was amazing from the pre Safari tea to the main dinner and wine parings. The chef came to the table to explain every element of the meal and our server was just beyond excellent. This meal made our Disney trip... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Not worth the price for the quality of what you get. The food was terrible. Our orders including app came out wrong and had to be sent back. Also, ordered kids a yougurt and fruit plate and the yogurt was sour. Service was very slow and the resturant was not busy. Eat outside this resort!!!

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Carrollton, Georgia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Very pricy and not impress at all. Need reservations, but there no people in the restaurant. Very slow and the chef was not very friendly at all. He seen piss for some reason. Our server was excellent.

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Top Contributor
99 reviews 99 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Treat yourself to an amazing experience. Oscar was the most attentive server, we went for our anniversary as our previous plans did not work out so this was a last minute reservation. We were treated to the most amazing food and service yet on Disney property. Very nice will be back for sure!

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This was my second time at Jiko (first time in 2007) and it was once again, excellent. The food and wine selection were outstanding. I had the Kenyan Pepper steak. It was cooked to perfection, tender, flavorful. My husband had the lamb two ways and he loved it. My appetizer was a cauliflower and sunchoke soup that was bursting with... More

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