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Jiko - The Cooking Place

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, 2901 Osceola Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32830
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Ranked #28 of 3,118 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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88% Recommend
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English first
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Fab restaurant in the middle of the madness that is Orlando. Great table service, beautiful food and a great selection of wines and craft beers. Really good with the kids too and a chance for the kids to have some proper food away from chicken nuggets and mac n cheese

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Boston, Massachusetts
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119 reviews 119 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Dined here my first night at the resort. Service was friendly and helpful. The food was quite good. I started with an amuse–bouche. I don't know what it was but I enjoyed it! The heirloom tomato salad was my favorite. With goat cheese, avocado and slice peaches, I could have eaten two of them. A nice strawberry sorbet palate cleanser.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

I love this place! No matter what you order is going to be serve in a very elegant and delicious way. The only bad thing, is that the plate is too small and you ended up wanting to eat more.

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

This is probably one of the best fine dining restaurants located within Disneyworld. Everything from the decor to the ambience to the service was outstanding. The extensive wine selection is 100% South African. The bottle we had was excellent. The food is delectable. I had the monkfish which was cooked to perfection. My wife's short-ribs was mouth-watering and super tender.... More

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I recently moved to Orlando and we have been eating "around the world" at the various restaurants at Disney and in town. This is a restaurant not to be missed. The food was the best we have had yet, and service exceptional. Atmosphere is warm and stylish - definitely more of an adult restaurant. I was quite... More

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London, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Absolutely loved this restaurant, service great and food fantastic and tasty. Really different menu but also caters to kids. Macaroni cheese yummy. Nice wine and coffees. Really enjoyed the experience, this is quite a pricey place to eat especially if you have a decent bottle of wine with the meal but would highly recommend experience will definitely visit again next... More

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Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We had made reservations at Boma for a child free night. When we got there, it was so loud and crowded and there were kids everywhere! Nothing wrong with that, but, not what we expected for a date night;) we noticed Jiko right across the hall. It was low lit and much quieter. People were dressed up (not still in... More

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Fairview, New Jersey
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113 reviews 113 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I am a foodie and I'm not afraid to try new things . Half way through our wdw we arranged for our son to attend kids camp at AKL so we could enjoy a date night . We weren't disappointed ! Delicious wines, great service , fabulous presentations . The waitress explained every dish that we asked - and they... More

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Gatineau, Canada
13 reviews 13 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

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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