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“Our new favorite” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Jiko - The Cooking Place

Jiko - The Cooking Place
Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, 2901 Osceola Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32830
407-939-3463
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Ranked #29 of 3,180 Restaurants in Orlando
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.
new orleans
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39 reviews 39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Our new favorite”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013 via mobile

This is now by far our favorite restaurant in all of Disney. The service was immpecable. Our server, Lucius, was so knowledgable and attentive throughout our entire meal. His recommendations were right on the mark. We had the lamb flatbread (AMAZING), the bison, filet and childs grilled fish. All were cooked to perfection. I wish we could have stayed for dessert but our 4 year old was making it clear that he was ready to go. Their wine list is extensive and the 2 we tried were perfect. You must go here when in Disney. Go to Be Our guest for the experience and Jiko for the food!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, England, United Kingdom
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“perfect!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

a fantastic ambiance, gorgeous food and great service what more can you expect?

i ordered the wild boar to start cooked rare-medium cooked perfectly the flavours will make you melt. the staff have a lot of knowledge about the wines and food so listen to them.

the main i ordered was the fish in an orange based sauce the sauce was the most amazing thing i have ever tasted expensive yes, worth it yes, would i go back again? yes

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Brilliant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

I go to Disney World once every two years, and eating at Jiko is one of the things I look forward to the most! (I'm 17 yrs old,so I should be excited to see Mickey) The food is great and the service matches it. I highly recommend.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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DeLand, Florida
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“Overrated”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

The food here was over cooked, overrated, and over priced. We got a terrbible waiter, Ryan B., who just couldn't be bothered explaining things on the menu or even listening when we asked for dishes for someone who was lactose intolerant. He was VERY unDisneyesqe. The restaurant is VERY dark and most folks had to use the light from their cell phones to read their menus or see their food, the prices are very high. Our tab was $180 including tip. We shared one appetizer, two entrees, two drinks, and a dessert each. We noticed that other waiters were very attentive and explained everything on the menu making suggestions as to their tastes.They suggested wines and were so nice. Our fellow just rushed us through. The diner next to us got a free intermezzo. Not offered to us. He got a free appetizer. Not offered to us. He was dining alone. Our waiter was very busy taking fotos for another large table but just couldn't be bothered with 2 old folks. We usually dine out at very nice places and don't mind the prices if we fell we are being treated well. My husband's steakk was ordinary. My prawns were rubbery. Can't recommend it.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Jacksonville, Florida
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“Disappointing.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013 via mobile

Don't eat here. Food is not as good as the price. 240 dollars for 2 people. For that price the food should be spectacular but it wasn't. I left disappointed.

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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