The last time we stayed at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge we had enjoyed a visit to Boma - Flavors of Africa. This restaurant resembles a lively African marketplace and features bountiful buffets at both breakfast and dinner. On non park days we tend to get up a bit later and enjoying a later and larger breakfast. We decided on a recent trip to dine at Boma once again and wanted to share the unique offerings of this establishment. Read on for some more details and pics…
The term “boma” can refer to a livestock enclosure, stockade, corral, small fort, or a district government office and community used in many parts of Africa. It does seem that the feeling of the restaurant mimics a community gathering at an open air market, and you can see a lot of the design takes inspiration from this term with stick like structures and wooden fencing. The interior style incorporates bright colored fabrics and lights, natural textures like wood and stone flooring, and the buffet areas feature thatched roofing. With open kitchens and tall ceilings this restaurant feels very energetic and vibrant.
The restaurant is typical of Disney World buffets. They tend to be very busy with people walking around everywhere with a constant chance of running into others. One downside to Boma is that it can get loud in the dining area as it is open to the two floors above, the second of which is the lobby of the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Luckily we did get a table closer to the windows and further from the buffet line.
Boma features both classic American dishes as well as unique cuisine inspired by over 50 African countries. You’ll notice some more vibrant flavors dress up a typical breakfast buffet and there are some more adventurous things to try as well. Our meal began by being served Kenyan coffee and a carafe of tropical juice. (This is Andrew’s fave and he must have drank several cups!). We were then able to head up to the buffet line to help ourselves to whatever we liked. We went back a few times to try many things. Here is a peek at the variety of items on the menu.
Turkey Boboti - South African dish with Turkey, Mushrooms, and Egg
Chakalaka - South African Spicy Tomato Stew
Pap - Creamy White Cornmeal
Oak grilled asparagus and tomotoes
African Fruit Fool - tropical fruit salad in a sweet cream sauce
Plantains (Julie loves these!)
French Toast Bread Pudding
Hot Breakfast Selections
Hand-carved Breakfast Ham & Turkey
Bacon & Sausage
Corned Beef Hash
Various Egg Dishes
Made to order Omelets
Pancakes & Waffles (Mickey of course, as well as Simba!)
Cold Breakfast Selections
Yogurt & Oatmeal with toppings bar
Cheese & Meat Selection
Plenty of carb-y goodness such as muffins, croissants, pastries, bagels, etc.
All of the food was just so flavorful. We enjoyed that even traditional dishes seemed to be uniquely seasoned. For instance we aren’t sure what kind of seasoning they put on the Tater Tots but we couldn’t stop wanting more. Tropical fruit and roasted vegetables were a flavorful healthy touch. Many of the meats had a wood smoked flavor. So many things even just looked colorful and pretty too. (And we couldn’t help but both get a Simba waffle for the novelty of it too!)
The food was all fresh and constantly refilled. One exception to this was when Andrew grabbed some fresh cut ham. It was way over done and very dry. The server asked why he hadn’t eaten it when she came to get the empty plates and we explained why. One of the chefs came out a few minutes later with a new piece of much improved meat. We chalked it up to just one bad piece as this was the only thing that didn’t hit the spot.
As with any buffet, the service is what it is since guests are responsible for getting their own food. For this particular meal, our server was just ok, not terrible, not great. It was busy so we had to wait a little longer than we should have for drink refills and other requests. Also, our used dishes stacked up quite a bit. We were two at a four top table so we had enough room, but had there been four of us, the used dishes would have been an issue. However, our server was very friendly.
Considering this isn’t a character meal, the price is a little on the high side at $35 per adult for breakfast and $60 for dinner (plus tax and gratuity). To save a few bucks on a trip, we generally eat breakfast in our room some of the days and only eat hot breakfast a handful of times. Boma is one of those rare exceptions where we will spend the money for breakfast. Since we plan to eat a bit later and get our fill at the buffet, we end up skipping lunch, so that makes it a better value for us. (We do also save 10% as DVC members as well.)
We really like the fact that there are some unusual dishes to try and we make sure to go in hungry to try a bit of everything! We highly recommend eating at Boma and not only would we eat breakfast here again, but we look forward to trying dinner. We feel really good knowing that our Disney Vacation Club home resort has a couple outstanding sit down dining options (such as Jiko) along with a very good quick service option (The Mara). Even if you are not staying at the resort we think a trip over here could be warranted for a cool experience. If you stop by make sure to walk around the resort and enjoy the animal areas too!