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Boma restaurant, Animal Kingdom Lodge
When our neighbour’s next door to our Floridian home know we are flying over we get an email saying ‘ Do you guys want to go to Boma?’ I say to our daughters we’ve got an email from Katie (the neighbour’s 10 year old daughter) and they just shout “YESSSSSSSSSS”. They know we’re off to Boma!
The girls love to visit Animal Kingdom Lodge’ Boma Restaurant. You won’t find Disney character meals here, and like many Disney establishments it is large and can be quite boisterous; however, the atmosphere is vibrant with tasty food for all the family.
As you enter the Lodge you walk into the huge main entrance. Before eating (and after if you wish) walk through the large foyer and you’ll come to some steps and then some large glass doors. Go outside and here you can see hotel rooms built around a large open area – a mock ‘savannah’ observing animals such as zebra. During the day the animals camouflage but at dusk they come out to graze (no doubt they do at sunrise but I’ve not been there at that time of day!) There is some seating here and ‘camp’ fires.
Boma Restaurant is actually in the lower level of the hotel. The décor continues the African theme with more heavy, dark wood carvings down the stair case and pillars - the walls decorated with African memorabilia. It’s not the quietest restaurant being quite large but the atmosphere is enjoyable. The staff are friendly and help in true Disney style and they also bring staff over from different countries in Africa. During your meal you’ll hear some of the African staff playing drums and singing their native country’s songs – they’re quite happy to teach you … and to let you have a go at performing!
The food is tasty! And this is the main reason you come to the restaurant! Although it’s an ‘eat as much as you like’ buffet it isn’t one long line – or one long queue - rather little areas with different foods to try. You can move from one area to another or just visit one at a time if you prefer.
There are salads – try the Moroccan seafood salad with shrimps, scallops and mussels; soups and stews, vegetarian dishes including yummy sweet potato pancakes, Durban spiced chicken – a favourite of mine which reminds me of several trips I’ve made to South Africa…. Wood roasted meats – and spaghetti meatballs – although not an African dish, a favourite with kids all around the world!!
Deserts have fun names – zebra domes, Simba paw prints and there is a selection of pastry cakes and fresh fruit offering a healthy option.
The staff, as you would expect are very helpful – and those behind the food counters help if you’re wondering what’s in a recipe. We’ve always had very helpful table staff who often asks where you’re from – I guess it helps them to enjoy their job as much as makes you feel welcome!
If you are looking for a quiet, cosy, intimate restaurant this is not the one for you but if you want a family meal and an alternative to traditional US menus this offers that choice.
If you’re interested in visiting Boma its $25.99 for adults and $11.99 for children aged 3 – 9 years. Its best to call and make a reservation as it can be popular, especially at peak times…. And then after the meal you can return to the tranquillity of your rented villa. Maybe we’ll see you there!
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