Welcome our Guest Reviewer Andrew Serio, who takes us to dinner at Boma inside the exotic Animal Kingdom Lodge. Let’s sample the flavors of Africa with him!
Boma, which is nestled down the stairs from the lobby of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, is among the most popular “non-character” buffet restaurants at the Walt Disney World Resort. After a several year span away from Boma, my wife Joy and I tried it again on a Thursday night in late February.
Because Boma shares a common exterior area with Jiko, things can get a little hectic when approaching the podium. This was the case on this evening, as there were a good many people milling about. However, when we approached the host stand, we were greeted immediately and cordially by James and Anna. Our ADR was verified, and we were asked to wait briefly while being handed a pager.
After a very short wait, we were ushered to our table, which was situated by a big window, though we could see nothing through it, since it was dark.
Soon Victor, our server, arrived, and took our drink orders and explained the buffet procedure.
On to the food and drink! Though I associate it with a morning beverage, I couldn’t NOT order a glass of Frunch. Victor, our server, said they had Jungle Juice, which is similar. I’m still unsure of the difference between Jungle Juice and Frunch, but in any case, this juice on this evening really hit the spot. Joy ordered a glass of South African red wine.
The buffet at Boma is organized in sections called pods. Each pod contains several choices arranged by course (salads, grains, meats, desserts, etc.). There is also a children’s section, which contains popular and less daring choices for the little ones.
It would be an incredible achievement to try everything at Boma, but we sampled more than one dish from each pod.
From the salad pod, choices include Watermelon Rind Salad, Kool Salaai, Curry Salad, Apple and Jicama Salad, Chick Pea and Edamame Salad and Shrimp Couscous Salad. We found our favorites to be Chick Pea and Edamame Salad and the Curry Salad.
If you are fond of recipes that use curry, this last salad is for you. Strong on curry flavor, Joy reports that the crunch of the celery in concert with the curry flavor, makes for a very nice precursor to a meal. While the Watermelon Rind Salad piqued our curiosity, it didn’t live up, in my opinion, as it didn’t have the fruit flavor I expected. Joy liked it, and says it reminded her of pickled ginger.
The next pod in which we indulged was one that contained breads and spreads. These included lavash and pita bread, and the spread choices were hummus varieties such as white bean, black olive and sun-dried tomato. Neither of us had a complaint about any of them, and under different circumstances, they could’ve been a meal by themselves. Very highly recommended!
The pod which contained the “main course” choices contained dishes like Nut-Crusted Salmon, Lamb Curry, Bourbon Spiced Chicken, and a carving station serving Carved Chicken and African Carved Strip Loin.
The loin was lean and tasty and was accompanied by a variety of dipping sauces. Joy says that the Lamb Curry was her favorite dish of the evening.
And of course a few photos of the delectable desserts:
What’s your fave dish at Boma?