Updated: Dec 8, 2020
Whether you are staying at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge or just visiting for a meal, Boma is one of Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Restaurants. From the warm and inviting dining room to the delicious food on the buffet, there are many reasons to love Boma. According to what I've been able to find, Boma means a barricade around a village or something precious. This definition can very much apply to the heart of a village where everyone would gather. I get the feeling that this is what Disney was going for with the total dining experience here at the lodge.
The decor of Boma Flavors of Africa sticks out because it seems like you have been transported to an African village for a great evening of fun. When checking in to the front desk, the first thing that will catch your eye is the use of dark and ornate colors throughout the restaurant, a lot of black and dark blues that are contrasted by nice tans golden light from the lanterns. There are ornate wooden carvings of animals on your way into the restaurant that pass on the way to your meal.
Once inside, the Boma Flavors of Africa restaurant will become aware of the extra decorations that adorn this particular restaurant. Over your head, you will find beautifully colored pieces of fabric. On the restaurant walls, you will find both wooden fencing and pots to signify that you are in the village. The buffet itself has thatch roofing as you go and get your food. Each of these pieces is one of a whole that marks the change from the outside world into the restaurant. The warm that this gives your dining experience is tremendous, and this only continues to grow with each passing second in the restaurant.
The service that I have gotten in Boma Flavors of Africa has always been fast and friendly. Every server and buffet attendant is very nice, and they certainly know what they are talking about. Since this is a buffet, your server will mostly be responsible for your beverage orders and checking to ensure if your table is okay. The server is also the person you need to tell if someone in your party has any allergy. Once they know, they will get a chef from the kitchen, and the chef will tell you what kind of allergy-friendly fare the restaurant has on hand.
This Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Restaurants' basic setup makes it pretty easy to get your food, but it is not the fastest buffet in Disney World. You go to one end of the buffet, the farthest away from the entrance. Once there, you pick up a plate and go along the buffet, picking up whatever food you want. After you have finished your main food and find yourself ready for dessert, you can head over to the other side of the buffet where the desserts and pastries are kept. It is very funny to see a Disney buffet without two sides, but this is one of the few.
There are a variety of beverages that you can get from this restaurant Animal Kingdom, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. First, we will start with the non-alcoholic. You have your ordinary soft beverages here, things like Coke, Diet Coke, Root Beer. After that, you can find things like coffee, cappuccino, and lattes. They have milk and juice products like juice products. If you are a fan of juice, then I highly recommend the guava juice. It is very tasty. You can only get it at the Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort and Animal Kingdom park in Africa's tusker house buffet.
In terms of alcoholic drinks, the restaurant is well served by the Victoria Falls Lounge just above the restaurant. Since it is a full bar, you can get a wide variety of drinks. Another big draw of this location is that the spirits on offer also come from Africa, giving them a unique flavor palet to usual restaurant beer or wine.
There is a really good variety of main dishes to choose from that range from fish to beef. There is a very nice salmon available on the line. One of my personal favorites is the spice covered beef that you can get from the carving station. Also, you can find a whole roasted chicken at the carving station that packs a good favor. Of these three, I would pick all of them because they are all very good, the beef is my top recommendation, but if you don't care for beef, the chicken is a good alternative to meat. These and many more items are available at this restaurant Animal Kingdom.
You will often find a few other main dishes on the menu, but not all the time. When they can find them, they will be worth a try. The first thing that I have to recommend is ribs. If you eat meat and find these on the line, you should try them and thank me later. Bobotie is a beef dish that I have tried and would personally recommend if your feeling adventurous. The pork shoulder is a more standard alternative but still good in flavor and texture.
So one of the largest sections of the buffet is the soup line, with the other being the salad section. Thus, it is very important to like soups and salads, but these are not ordinary soups or salads. They have stews, curries, and gumbos for soups, plenty with a large variety in the spice palate of each. The chicken-coconut-curry soup is on the spicy side for those who like a slight burn with their meal. If you want something sweet and pleasant, the butternut squash soup is a better fit. You should defiantly sample from the options on your plate because you might just find something that never knew you would like.
The salad section is no less plentiful for those who come here. The range of the salads is just as good if not better than the soups. There are pasta salads, vegetable salads, cold mixed salads, and other cold items that pack quite a flavor profile. There is also a regular salad bar set up here if you look for something more generic than others on offer. The salads are a big deal because there are many spices and flavors that you can find in Africa. So there is something on the salad here for you if you look.
Of my favorite salads, there are three that I can highly recommend to you. The first is the spinach and quinoa salad, a bit of the safer side if you are just working your way into the various flavors on offer. Next, I would recommend the pasta salad. I remember there being a bit more flavor to this but was still familiar as a pasta salad should be, making it a nice middle ground
of the three salads. The last is the sweet watermelon rind salad, with the watermelon being the most defining flavor. I also highly recommend the Chermoula-chilled shrimp for their flavor and because they are really good shrimp. The salad section has a lot to offer. These are just where I recommend starting.
To summarize, Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Restaurants offer you African Inspired foods. Boma Flavors of Africa is the perfect buffet while in Disney World to provide you the opportunity to same a wide range of these foods, while still have access to more traditional fare for those pickier eaters in your party. We recommend this venue as one of Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Restaurants best values for cost, flavor and quality.
Now to finish out the evening meal, we have dessert. The dessert bar at Boma Restaurant Animal Kingdom is one of the best dessert areas that I have seen in Disney. One of my top recommendations is the zebra domes, delicious white chocolate creation that is filled with an alcohol ganache when you go for dessert. The bread pudding is also a standout here because of the sweet flavor that it has and the vanilla sauce that you can get for it. There are more deserts than this, though, items that range from cookies to fruit tarts and many items in between. Keep in mind that much like for the main meal, there are also allergy-friendly offerings on offer at Disney restaurants, and you need to tell your waitress before hand about it.
Full menu - Boma Flavors of Africa, Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Restaurants
Rotating Soups & Stews
Butternut Squash Soup
Cape Malay Lamb Stew
Ghanian Oxtail Stew
Boerewors Sausage Stew
Watermelon Rind Salad
Chicken Salad with Chili Cilantro
Tunisian Couscous Salad
Spinach and Quinoa Salad
Apple Jicama Salad
Ghana Tomato Salad
Pearl Couscous Salad
Artichoke and Preserved Lemon Salad
Avocado, Grapefruit, and Papaya Salad
Lentil and Hearts of Palm Salad
Pap and Chakalaka
Whole Durban-style Roasted Chicken
Whole Roasted Salmon
Slow-roasted Pork Ribs
Spice-crusted Beef Sirloin
Spiced Sweet Potatoes
Spiced Sweet Potatoes
Penne Pasta and Marinated Meatballs
Mac & Cheese
Specialty Non-Alcoholic Beverages
Specialty Cocktails & Beers
African Rum Runner
Tusker Premium Lager, Kenya
Casa Premium Lager, Morocco
Cigar City Jai Alai IPA, Florida
Orlando Brewing Organic Blonde Ale, Florida”(Disneyworld.com)
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