Boma – Flavors of Africa, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, allows you to travel to Africa without leaving the comfort of Walt Disney World. This restaurant has something for everyone, which might be why it’s difficult to snag a reservation here! Here are 8 reasons why you should still try, and why you’ll definitely love your dining experience at Boma.
8. Buffet Beauties
Boma offers buffet breakfasts and dinners. For breakfast, in addition to the familiar American fare we’re all familiar with (omelets, pancakes, bacon, sausage, cereal, fruit), there are also African variations on breakfast foods, such as African pastries and corn beef quiche (called “bobotie”). When dinner time rolls around, you can try a variety of unique dishes, including African salads, curry salmon, Nigerian peanut soup, curried butter seafood, and plaintain crisps. And don’t forget the tempting desserts, which include familiar and not-so-familiar sweets. Eating at Boma is like a safari for your taste buds!
7. Options for Less-Adventurous Guests
Boma is a great opportunity to introduce younger guests to African foods. But if your little ones aren’t that adventurous when it comes to food, don’t worry – there’s still plenty to appeal to them here. The kids’ menu offers kid-friendly options like chicken nuggets, mac ‘n cheese, and meatballs. And for adult guests who don’t want to stray too far from the familiarity of good ol’ American food, they have you covered, too! You’ll find tried-and-true offerings like roasted turkey, pasta salad, ribs, sirloin and even apple cobbler.
Let’s face it; it’s hard to beat Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. One of the most highly-regarded resorts on Walt Disney World property, AKL is a wonderful place to visit, even if you aren’t lucky enough to stay there. Before or after your meal at Boma, take some time to wander through Jambo House to enjoy the stunning, African-inspired design and decor. You’ll find beautifully decorated hidden niches and rest spots that will tempt you to stop and relax for a few moments. And don’t forget to check out the animal viewing stations after your meal; you can use night vision goggles to spot your favorite African animals on the Lodge’s savannah, and it’s completely free, even to guests not staying at AKL!
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Boma draws inspiration from an open air market in Africa, and you’ll see this reflected in the fabric draped along the ceiling, made to look like marketplace tents. There are thatches of sticks throughout the restaurant, as a nod to the restaurant’s name, which roughly means “a fence made of sticks”. There are also statues of African animals, which will make any guest feel like they’re on safari. Make sure you keep an eye out for Hidden Mickeys in the backs of the chairs.
4. Cultural Experience
With flavors and dishes from dozens of African nations, dining at Boma is not just a delicious meal – it’s a dining experience. Many guests aren’t aware of this, but much of Boma’s staff is comprised of cultural interpreters who actually hail from countries in Africa. So this is the perfect opportunity for curious diners to ask questions about the food they’re eating, or the diverse African countries that staff call home. Who knows what you could learn?
If you enjoy a bottle of wine with dinner, then you won’t be disappointed at Boma! The restaurant has quite an impressive wine list. Rumor has it’s actually the most extensive selection of African wines outside of Africa, so oenophiles will truly feel like they’re on an expedition here! And by the way, they do mean extensive. The only problem you’ll have is narrowing down your options.
2. Open Kitchen
Who doesn’t love to watch a master chef at work? Kids and adults alike will enjoy the fact that Boma has an open kitchen. If you attend during dinner, you’ll be treated to the fantastic sight of chefs preparing everything from African salads to fire-grilled meats to fresh pastries to vegetarian dishes, right in front of you! The wood-fire rotisserie grill used by the talented chefs goes a long way to explaining the lovely flavors you’ll enjoy at Boma.
1. Zebra Domes
We’re all about the desserts when it comes to buffets. And Boma doesn’t disappoint! You can sample key lime cheesecake, coffee tarts, bread pudding, guava panna cotta and assorted other sweets. But the dessert MVP at Boma is definitely the Zebra Dome. One of the most popular desserts in Walt Disney World, and for good reason, Zebra Domes are small bundles of heaven! They contain Amarula liqueur mousse (from the African Marula tree; fruity and caramel-y) on a cake base, covered with white chocolate and a drizzle of dark chocolate ganache. Make sure you save room!