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“An interesting taste of Africa”

Jiko - The Cooking Place
Ranked #24 of 3,883 Restaurants in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: African
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
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.
Reviewed January 8, 2013 via mobile

We enjoyed our evening at Jiko, mainly because African restaurants are not easy to find. The food was very tasty. We had the filet mignon, the duck, and the Taste of Africa appetizer. The first two were very good, but the latter was amazing. It consisted of four different dips and types of bread exclusive to African cuisine. We also appreciated that a cheat sheet was provided detailing what each dip was made of and the region where it's from. And also, the bread and the butter given before our meal arrived were delicious, and so was the white South African wine that we ordered. Our waitress was very attentive and provided us with useful suggestions. Overall, Jiko was nothing out of this world, but if you've never been to an African restaurant before, you can be certain of having an enjoyable and interesting meal.

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Reviewed January 5, 2013

This is such a wonderful destination for a grown up meal full of flavor. Great use of spice, array of interesting breads and a wine selection that is fantastic.
The short rib entree fabulous. The staff warm and knowledgeable.

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Reviewed January 5, 2013

My family was very excited to try new foods at Jiko -- and after a divine meal and attentive service at the less expensive Sanaa, we were disappointed by slow service, a very blah $43 snapper dish, and a 45 minute wait to get our check. All was not lost, however, our hostess was kind enough to bring a high chair for our 7 year old's new stuffed animal lovey; the wine list is impressive and filled with some fantastic South African wines; and the chef was discreetly attentive to a gluten allergy in our family. All in all, I wish we'd gone to Sanaa again.

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Reviewed January 5, 2013

This was just another example of selling overpriced food because it is part of Disney. The food was decent but not for the price. Portions were fine for the women in the group but the men were looking for more. The wine list wasn't bad but also a bit pricey for South African vintages. I would not return. There are far better places to eat in the Orlando area that will not empty your wallet.

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Reviewed January 2, 2013

The service was slow and the food was just ok. I greatly preferred Sanaa which is the restaurant in Kidani Village over Jiko.

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