Day 21: Out Of Africa / WDW-40, 2016

After our Afternoon Tea at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, we headed out to Walmart as we needed a few things. You have to love Walmart because it’s the only place I know that you can buy groceries, aquarium fish, and air guns (and more!) under the same roof!

After our shopping excursion, we headed back to our Resort to unpack properly, and then get ready for dinner at Jiko – The Cooking Place over at Jambo House.

There is a walkway between Kidani Village and Jambo House, but we couldn’t figure it out, so we ended up just driving over there! There is a shuttle bus service between the two resorts if you don’t have a car, and don’t want to walk.

Us at Jiko - The Cooking Place

Jiko – The Cooking Place is a Signature Dining Restaurant. If you are on the Disney Dining Plan, dining here will cost you two credits per person. We have dined here several times now and really enjoy it. As it is a Signature, there is a smart dress code. I tend to wear a tunic top with leggings, or a dress; Steve tends to wear a pair chinos and a shirt. Ultimately don’t turn up in tank tops, flip-flops, swimsuits, swimsuit cover-ups, hats for gentlemen, cut-offs, torn clothing and t-shirts with offensive language and/or graphics. Which is the direct guideline from the Disney website.

Because the restaurant is that bit more fancy than the regular restaurants at Walt Disney World, (and pricier too), it’s nice to dress up for the occasion.

Jiko - The Cooking Place - Animal Kingdom Lodge

Discover a delicious blend of traditional African, Indian and Mediterranean cuisine. Steak, chicken, seafood, vegan and vegetarian dishes are infused with a uniquely bold blend of tantalizing flavors and fragrant spices. – Walt Disney World

Jiko – The Cooking Place » Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House


Me: Crispy Bobotie Roll – Beef, Boar, Buffalo, Cucumber Raita, Green Mango Atjar, Honey-Roasted Peanuts ($16)

Him: Charcuterie – Lamb Merguez, Smoked Chicken Rillettes, Mangalica Jamón, Duck Sausage, Accoutrements ($20)

We always seem to have a bread service when dining at a Disney Signature Restaurant – for this evening we had some Ethiopian Beer Bread with Wisconsin Butter.

Steve and I are sharers when it comes to starters/appetisers – and this was no exception. We have had the Bobotie Rolls before, and if a Charcuterie board is on the menu (which it often is) we will opt for that.

Ethiopian Beer Bread with Wisconsin Butte

Crispy Bobotie Roll - Jiko - The Cooking Place

Charcuterie - Lamb Merguez, Smoked Chicken Rillettes, Mangalica Jamón, Duck Sausage, Accoutrements

Main Course…

Me: Grilled Buffalo Ribeye – Rainbow Swiss Chard, Sweet Peppers, Smoked Bacon, Jiko Slap Chips, Port Wine Emulsion ($55)

Him: Nigerian-Spiced Pork Shank – Brussels Sprouts, Ancient Grains Risotto, Apple Butter ($40)

Side: Braai Macaroni & Cheese – Chakalaka, House-Made Boerewors Sausage, Provolone, Fontina, Gruyère, Asiago ($14)

The food was amazing, and full of wonderful flavours. A visit to Jiko for me isn’t complete without their Mac ‘n’ Cheese – it is so good, and in my opinion the best Mac ‘n’ Cheese at Walt Disney World!

Grilled Buffalo Ribeye - Jiko The Cooking Place

Nigerian-Spiced Pork Shank - Jiko The Cooking Place

Nigerian-Spiced Pork Shank - Jiko The Cooking Place

Braai Macaroni & Cheese - Jiko The Cooking Place

We were too stuffed for dessert, so passed on that, although our server did bring us out a plate with a couple of coconut macaroons with our bill. Both for me since my husband doesn’t like coconut!

Coconut Macaroons - Jiko - The Cooking Place

Jiko: The Cookin Place, Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House

Bill: $151.58 + Tax: $7.91 + Tip: $27.36 = $186.85
TiW Discount: $30

Total Paid: $156.85

After paying our bill we headed back over to Kidani Village for an early-ish night. It was an early one in the morning for our day at Discovery Cove.

Read about the day after:
Day 22: Underwater World « coming soon
Discovery Cove

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Day 20: Robots In Disguise
Universal Studios / Dinner at Hard Rock Cafe

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