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“Well worth it”

Jiko - The Cooking Place
Ranked #24 of 3,762 Restaurants in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 31 - USD 40
Cuisines: African
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Norwich, England
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Well worth it”
Reviewed 23 February 2012

Yes this does look expensive but it is definitely worth every penny. Our waitress explained how she was working here for a year to help out her family back in Africa. She took so much time with our son explaining many Swahili words to him. Food was so delicious as was the wine.

Visited September 2011
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Who knew African cuisine could be so good?”
Reviewed 22 February 2012

My wife and I, and our 3 teens, enjoyed dinner at Jiko after a long day at Animal Kingdom. The service was superb, and we were all amazed at the Wild Boar appetizer that we shared. All agreed that it was simply some of the best-tasting and best prepared meat we'd ever had. The entrees were outstanding as well - it's just that the wild boar appetizer is truly something to go out of the way for. Too bad tht they do not have an entree size. Likely too many wild boars would have to die.

We've been DVC members for 11 years, and I wish we had heard about Jiko long ago. We would have made it a regular stop. Right up there with Artist's Point - maybe even better.

  • Visited February 2012
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Mississauga, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Delicious experience”
Reviewed 21 February 2012

The food and service was superb. We did not have reservation but were accommodated at the appetizer bar watching and talking with the appetizer chefs. This was a true experience.

  • Visited February 2012
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Orlando, Florida
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108 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Great food and atmosphere.”
Reviewed 20 February 2012

For the price, the food you get is top notch, expertly made, with touches of interesting affrican flavors. This is one of the best restaurants in the area.

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Palm Beach, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Food great- ambience is declining”
Reviewed 20 February 2012

We celebrated my son's birthday there the week they opened, and have been back several times for special occasions. The Animal Kingdom Lodge is so beautiful and the cast members are phenomenal. Over the past ten years, though, it is very obvious that the change in society has affected the custom of dining out.
I enjoyed the goat cheese and beet salad and the blackened grouper. The fish was flaky and perfectly cooked. My son ordered a different type of salad, and we asked if we could split each one, but the waitress refused. She said we would have to do that ourselves. The water glasses were not refilled and my son's ginger ale was not either. Actually, we never saw the waitress after the food arrived. This was in stark contrast to the usual level of service there. We also had to wait almost 15 minutes at 5:30 with a reservation.
The worst part of the meal, though, was the other diners. Next to us was a family with two small children. One was about seven and he was constantly running around their table, jumping in and out of the chair. He finally came over to our table and began rocking one of the empty chairs back and forth, and making strange noises. Two tables down was a crying baby that the parents did not think should be removed.
Many of the patrons were dressed in shorts and almost beach wear. Two men who showed up in white tank top tee shirts were given shirts to put over them, which they just left hanging open. . The dress code is clearly posted and there are hundreds of other restaurants on Disney property without a dress code. Actually, there are two African themed restaurants within 25 yards of Jiko's. It is very disconcerting to put on even business casual clothes for a nice dinner and be seated next to people who think, and act, like they are at a pool bar.
I love the food, but dinner for two without alcohol will run over $100, plus tip. That is a lot of money to spend feeling out of place. The management should do more to keep the dining room a bit more civilized.

  • Visited January 2012
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