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“Nice meal in a lovely setting”

Jiko - The Cooking Place
Ranked #20 of 3,827 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, Lunch, Dinner, 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.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Nice meal in a lovely setting”
Reviewed January 24, 2014

We travelled to Disney for our honeymoon last year so decided to book a number of signature dining meals for the occasion, Jiko was one of them.

Let me start by saying that if you are not staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge then make sure you allow time before or after your meal to take a look around the hotel and at the animals outside. You won’t be disappointed, it’s pretty amazing. The attention to detail is second to none.

Also if you are using the Disney bus service from another hotel (as we did) allow plenty of time as this hotel is quite remote and it took some time to get there. I would allow 1 hour to be on the safe side.

Now to the restaurant - the service was a little slow, although very friendly, and we were slightly put out that at the time of booking they asked if it was a special occasion and we informed them that it was our honeymoon, however, it wasn’t mentioned during our meal. At the other restaurants we booked they made quite a fuss of the occasion and gave us complementary drinks or chocolates so I feel that this is an area Jiko could work on. That being said the waiters made us feel very welcome regardless so it didn’t take away from the experience.

The menu is pretty unusual which was a nice change. The chicken flatbread was delicious and a very good size for sharing. I don’t feel you could go wrong with any of the mains as they all looked amazing and my Crème Brule dessert was melt in the mouth.

Overall it was a very nice meal in a lovely setting and we would defiantly eat here again.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank ChloeSimone86
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Monkfish was awful. Filet was edible”
Reviewed January 23, 2014

Terribly disappointed at the cost and quality. They removed the fish from the bill and the cost was still over $120. Very disappointed.

  • Visited January 2014
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2 Thank atreutel
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Closed another restaurant....and they were so gracious”
Reviewed January 21, 2014

We ate here to celebrate my son's birthday with a large group-we had reservations and my son and his friends were late but the staff was so nice about it, assuring us it was alright. Great seat overlooking the whole restaurant, and our waiter Nasser was top notch. We had lots of questions, (so many herbs, vegetables you never heard of) and all our questions were answered very well. Food was very good, with top honors going to the Roxanne’s Kitfo Leb Leb Flatbread, topped with Beef Carpaccio. This was a looooong meal and I felt bad as we DID close the place but they were all smiles and genuinely seemed to want us to have the best time ever. Which we did! A wonderful way to celebrate, stretching our food experiences and making new friends.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank WhyteWind
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San Antonio, TX
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Loved it!”
Reviewed January 20, 2014

My husband and I were staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge and have done so on several occasions, but never tried Jiko. On this trip we had a sub-par experience at Boma and thought we would finally make the plunge and try Jiko. We had heard the flatbreads were great, so we went the "inexpensive" route and just went in for those for dinner.

We walked up at 5 p.m. for an early dinner without reservations and they were able to easily accommodate us within 5 mins.

Our waitress was fantastic and even though we only ordered the flatbreads each, still gave us the same attention and great service that she did to others spending a fortune.

The flatbreads were fantastic and would definitely return to try again.

The atmosphere was beautiful. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

  • Visited December 2013
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1 Thank wdwfan15
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“10% off using your annual Disney Passport”
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

Thank astrojane
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