Reviews of Boma Flavors of Africa Dinner - Jambo House
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Animal Kingdom Lodge - Jambo House
Dinner Menu: http://allears.net/dining/menu/boma/dinner
Reviewed by ChallengerHK1 Review Date: 01/23/2017
Rating: (5) Not Recommended
The food was good. That being said, it wasn't great. Furthermore, I detected very little by way of exotic flavors. It was basically a nice Disney buffet. My opinion, Jiko is no more expensive and much better food.
Pros:OK to good food
Cons:Not at all what I was expecting
Reviewed by DisneyDana Review Date: 06/30/2016
Rating: (4) Not Recommended
I have given this restaurant several chances just because I love the atmosphere, but in all honesty I have never had a good meal here and definitely not worth the price. I'm pretty adventurous, in fact Indian is one of my favorites, and love a good buffet where you can find your favorites and go back for more of the things you love. but for me, this just doesn't happen here. I never can find anything that I want to try more than once. Nothing on the buffet is THAT good except for maybe some of the soups. However, I just can't justify $60 worth of soup. Even the much touted zebra domes are nowhere near worth the hype that they get. I mean they are good, but I can't figure out why people go on and on about them as if they are the best thing on the planet. They're good. I would leave it at that. At Boma I always have that scary, "I'm not sure what I'm eating" feeling that you never want to have. I try to remind myself that this is Disney and nothing is going to be too far out there, but the descriptions on the foods are very vague. I'm adventurous as far as food combinations but I'm not one to stray too far from chicken, beef or pork. I don't do gamey stuff or lamb etc. and the combinations just don't sound appealing at all. Nothing about watermelon rind salad sounds fabulous IMO. Just a little too out there for me and I don't want to pay a fortune for a carving station like you'd find at Golden Corral. If they had just one or two dishes that were to die for I might have a different opinion, but as it stands, unless you want to try bizarre foods and things you're not likely to run into ever again.
Pros:Atmosphere is great, beautiful hotel worth visiting
Reviewed by jluck Review Date: 10/04/2014
Rating: (4) Not Recommended
Visited end of September 2014.
I really wanted to like this place. We came after a full day at Animal Kingdom and had been told by the dining reservation lady that we could use the time until our 7pm res. to explore the resort. We walked out, saw the pool, found an "overlook" and saw giraffes in the very far distance, looked at flamingos, found a little playground that we used (not sure if we were allowed or not) then went back to the lobby to wait. And wait.
Finally time for our res. so we went down. The restuarant was PACKED. The buffet lines are so poorly planned. You get in line for meats and when you reach the end of those stations, you can't just merge over to side dishes because that is a completly separate line and if you do merge, you will be cutting in line. So this means Multiple trips to the buffet just to get to all the stations.
The choices were not great. I know we were going to experience international cuisine, but I expected plenty of American style choices as well. There really wasn't much except a large roast beef. The ribs were coated in an extremely spicy paste, the chicken was marinated in spices that while good, were not for anyone looking for American flavors. About the only foods for picky/non-adventurous eaters was pasta and sauce. So, if you have a child over the age of 9 who just wants plain food, you get to pay $40 for them to eat a plate of pasta.
Even for those of the party who wanted to explore the different foods and flavors, it was difficult. The signs marking the food were not up to date. You go up and get something and it was yummy so you want more, and when you return, the sign is still there but the dish is totally different.
I was very disappointed in the whole experience and to pay well over $200 for a meal that was not enjoyable is really unfortunate.
Pros:some interesting foods
Cons:incredibly crowded, not worth the price
Reviewed by David Carrano Review Date: 09/20/2013
Rating: (3) Not Recommended
We had the dinner buffet at Boma on September 13th, 2013. We were staying at the AKL so it was convenient. We have eaten at Boma before; however, this time around we found it to be very noisy and unorganized. Although it was busy, we did get our table rather quickly. Our party consisted of 6 adults, 4 on the dining plan, two not. I tried to explain that to our waitress when we sat down but she seemed confused and said she would take care of the details later. We used the wrist bands all week, so we knew what to expect. To be truthful, she never did take care of the details, at the end, we got billed for the full amount as well as an 18% gratuity charge. Believe me; the service was not worth an 18% gratuity. We finally did get the bill straightened out. Overall, the food was just mediocre, not bad, but nothing to write home about. More than likely we will not go back. Maybe the breakfast buffet is better?
Pros:Nice theme, convenient if staying at AKL
Cons:Noisy, unorganized, low quality food, poor wait staff
Reviewed by milesmom17 Review Date: 03/14/2013
Rating: (5) Not Recommended
First time dining here, and we booked it based on reviews from family. I am definitely not a picky eater and I do enjoy trying new things, but this was a little far out for even my tastes. One major thing I think they need to work on it describing what the different foods are, and contain. I was leery of a few dishes that I didn't know the ingredients. My 4 year old refused to eat anything, and we didn't get charged for his meal. Probably won't be back, even the desserts were disappointing.
Cons:Food, size of restuarant
Reviewed by JJKHughes04 Review Date: 09/17/2020
Rating: (7) Recommended
a great buffet for the adventurous diner. We had a very late reservation so we felt very rushed but the food was great
Pros:lots of choice, found some amazing soups, zebra domes,
Cons:we were rushed
Reviewed by JanelleB Review Date: 04/29/2020
Rating: (10) Recommended
Wonderful way to try many different foods from the continent of Africa. The choices are many and interesting. The restaurant is beautiful and the resort as well.
Pros:Visiting Animal Kingdom Lodge Ambiance Food choices
Cons:Location - Harder to get to if you are in another resort.
Reviewed by Sheri10s Review Date: 04/14/2020
Rating: (10) Recommended
Have never had a bad meal
Pros:Different types of foods. Love all the soups and foods you normally won't see anywhere else. My picky daughter loves this place. The desserts are out of this world as well!
Cons:It's a little bit of travel to get there-but so worth it!
Reviewed by Jamiegii Review Date: 03/22/2020
Rating: (9) Recommended
Our favorite meal the entire time we were in Disney. We were recommended to come here by my brother-in-law and this did not disappoint. My boyfriend loves meat and I am a vegetarian, we both were so happy! He could not wait to try all the different options from the carving station. I loved the soups, veggies and rice. The different flavors were amazing, my favorite was the carrot ginger soup and the curry pasta salad. We also both loved the desserts! SO GOOD! We were so full when we left, it was amazing and so worth the money.
Pros:The waiters are so friendly and amazing. Food is so good and great for anyone (meat lovers, vegetarians, spice lovers or more mild lovers)
Cons:Usually a line for the carving station so my boyfriend spent a lot more time waiting but no biggie there, to be expected. Really no cons for adults, definitely go!
Reviewed by Bubbe415 Review Date: 06/19/2019
Rating: (8) Recommended
we are not too adventurous but we come here almost every trip. there's something for everyone. one of our party is allergic to garlic and they always make her a great steak. We do try a lot of the foods but not all! have found few things we cant stand and havent seen those in a while so i cant say what they are. there's a wide range of food.