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Jiko - The Cooking Place
Ranked #19 of 3,849 Restaurants in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: African
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, 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 19, 2014 via mobile

4 of us started our 4 day Animal Kingdom Lodge KidaniVillage Village Vacation Club vacation with dinner at Jiko.

A drink at the small bar then off to our table. Our waitress Dawn was stellar, and part of the excellent experience.

Birthday hubby loved his birthday "booster dessert" of choco (picture) dessert. Our scallops, Berkshire pork, flat breads and South African wines were fabulous.

Milk tart, coffee creme brulee, chocolate green tea safari, all delicious with

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Reviewed January 17, 2014

We absolutely loved the food & the service. The bar was nice as well and we had a lovely dinner for under $200.00. Would totally recommend!

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Reviewed January 17, 2014 via mobile

Went to Jiko last year and really liked it, however, this year the service was VERY slow and the food was average at best. We ate at the best Disney restaurants this year with older kids (17 & 20) and parents and we all felt the same way. Given the price of this restaurant, we expected much better. If anyone is going to spend this kind of money, you can do better at other finer restaurants in the area - I would avoid Jiko for now.

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Reviewed January 12, 2014 via mobile

We didn't know you could find excellent cuisine in Orlando. The food is spicy so beware those who suffer from stomach problems. It is not cheap but it is not terribly expensive. We had great African wine

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Reviewed January 12, 2014

Jiko's cuisine, which is a cleverly mastered blend of African, Indian and Mediterranean influences, is delivered by an informed, friendly and attentive staff. The dishes cater to a plethora of palates, ranging from vegan to carnivore and the wine list includes varietals that are hard, if not impossible, to find in the U.S. Jiko is Disney dining at it's finest, delivering very good, to sometimes great, food in a slightly upscale setting. Many of the signature dishes (the wild board and "Taste of Africa" appetizers to name just two) are always winners. There are times, however, when the flavors, such as during our latest visit with the preserved lemon chicken that the dish just missed it's mark where the lemon flavor was noticeably absent in the slightly overcooked chicken. Conversely, the lamb "two ways" was fabulous, delivering tantalizing flavors cooked to perfection. Bottom line, this is a wonderful restaurant that occasionally misses the bullseye but it should definitely remain on your target! Note, if I could give this a 4.5, I would.

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