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Jiko - The Cooking Place

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, 2901 Osceola Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32830
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Ranked #27 of 3,102 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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Cleveland, Tennessee
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We stayed at AKL on our last visit and always try out the onsite restaurants. This place was phenomenal! We loved it so much that we cancelled another reservation we had made to eat here twice! I had the duck which was amazing and the prawns on the next visit, which were huge! The Black Pearl wine is unbelievable and... More

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Miami, Florida
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The official name is Curried Sunchoke and Cauliflower Soup Peppadew and Piquillo Pepper Relish with Thyme Crostini - I call it heaven. I am still trying to recreate this at home!

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Davenport, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

They had me at the rose water hot towels. Then the food. Unique, delicious, superb and they have separate Vegetarian & Vegan menus! Attentive, knowledgeable waitstaff. Wine selection was extensive. Desserts were so, so good. Going back next year!

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Los Angeles, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

the service was very friendly and attentive! The food is just a-okay. Nothing too special as I expected. The only thing I remember is the bread and dip, and they are tasty. The decor is lovely. Recommend it if you wanna stay around in the hotel (but better make a reservation on Disney website).

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Dallas, Texas
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I enjoyed the upscale dining experience at Jiko. I was able to find excellent food without heavy sauces containing dairy. I loved the naan bread with dipping sauces. The service was very good and ambience was relaxing.

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Whitehall, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I loved this place. It was a signature restaurant so we had to use two dining plan table services. The steak was wonderful and so was the service. There is one signature restaurant I like better so I haven't been back and don't want to use all my allotments on two restaurants, but is is definitely worth a try!

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Red Oak, Texas
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This was the worst restaurant we encountered at Disney - the food was marginal, our children are well behaved and go to restaurants like this on a regular basis - they were summarily ignored (the waiter walked off and had to be stopped half way away from our table so we could give him the kid orders.) We brought 29... More

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This restaurant is amazing. It's a bit more 'adult' there were some children there when we visited, and they were very well behaved - not a place for screamers! - take them to the buffet downstairs. This is a nice escape, and is more grown up. The food was delicious! The atmosphere wonderful, and the staff friendly and helpful. We... More

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Grafenwohr, Germany
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge is a bit off the beaten path from the main Disney attractions, but it hosts a fine restaurant! The decor is eclectic and attractive, the menu varied, the staff extremely knowledgeable about every selection and which (South African) wines to pair with each dish. My wife and I can recommend the Wild Boar appetizer and... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We ate here two years ago and it was so great that I couldn't wait to take my friend and her daughter there. We were a bit disappointed. For the most part, the food was good, but my friends fish was way overcooked and she had to wait long for another so it through the meal off for us. Our... More

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