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Posted: Sep. 24, 2001 1:20 am/pm Quote

I am helping a couple that needs info about the Resturant in the Animal Kingdom Lodge, called Jinkos.
If anyone has been there- please explain prices, atomospher, and location. Let me know anything that could be helpful. List other sites that might have info as well. They need to know so they can decide if they want to go there and skip the Parade and fireworks at MK. If you have suggestions or ideas please post. I need this asap. THANKS! :smile:


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Posted: Sep. 24, 2001 8:44 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, Jennifer!

I'm sure Rufus will have much more first-hand info for you, but here's what I've gleaned from the Internet about Jiko:

Jiko - The Cooking Place is a casual restaurant, open dinner, that features a taste of Africa in an atmosphere shaped by local traditions and customs. Focusing on simpler, lighter cuisine, it retains the spirit and refinements of a great restaurant while concentrating on the basics of cooking with an emphasis on the freshest of products. The design represents an abstract view of Africa, with twin wood-burning ovens as the restaurant's icons.

Here's  Jiko's Dinner menu, including prices.

Kids can order from a kids' menu (here's the kids' dinner menu) if they aren't as adventurous about food as their parents. :tongue: :wink:

There are LOTS of vegetarian options available -- several items on the Jiko menu would/could easily be adapted to vegetarian. They are very tuned into special diets. The same for Boma -- ask the chefs at each of the pods and they will take care of you!

Vegans just showing up at Jiko or Boma will have a harder time, however, CALL 24 hours ahead and you will be well taken care of.

Here's a whole bunch of pictures, from Deb's WDWIG
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Jennifer and Dave's impressions (they're authors of PassPorter Walt Disney World Resort guidebook) of Jiko: "The list of Disney's finest dining rooms has an exciting new member. From inventive food to delightful ambience to brilliant service, Jiko is a winner! Chef Serge Burckel applies his French/Alsatian flair to everything on the menu, and melds African/Moroccan, Asian, and European flavors into a magical experience."

Tip: Have a very early or very late dinner one evening. Go out the front door about 5:15 when the cultural representatives gather for song as they wind their way through the lobby, down the stairs and into Jiko and Boma. Afterwards, go out to the Savannahs until about 7:30pm, spending time at at each of them (Sunset, Arusha, and Uzima). This is one of the best times to see the animals and each savannah offers a very different look and feel.

Here's a Disney press release about it:

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Chef Serge Burckel is chef de cuisine of Jiko-The Cooking Place, the signature restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.


Burckel’s cooking odyssey began at the age of 13 in the kitchens of his family’s neighborhood bistro in the Alsace region of France. His journey to culinary stardom took him through Europe to Asia, then to California -- all the while layering the flavors of his destinations with the well-grounded classical techniques of his French training.

Like many accomplished European-trained chefs, Burckel’s education was the slow and precise method of eight years of apprenticeship. From his father’s bistro in Mulhouse to the Michelin three-starred kitchens of L’Archestrate et Lucas Carton in Paris and Restaurant Lameloise in Chagny, France, Burckel absorbed the teachings of his masters as smoothly as any well-emulsified sauce. His European training also included the kitchens of Marchesi in Milan, Italy; Aubergine in Munich, Germany; Negresco in Nice, France; and the Hotel Three Kings in Basel, Switzerland. From Europe, he headed for Southern California and the kitchens of Splash and his own Restaurant One, which both received rave reviews from the food critics for his exquisite fusion cooking.

For Jiko (Swahili for “cooking place”), Burckel will create modern African signature dishes using flavors borrowed from many of the 53 countries that make up the continent. From brick oven breads such as crisp cumin wafers with avocado, chili Sambal and cucumber sauce to Malabar peppered sirloin steak roasted to a perfect pinkness in the wood-fired grill, Jiko’s menu promises to be a compendium of the bold flavors and down-to-earth foodstuffs the African nations are famous for.

Click here for a map of the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Jiko is above and to the right of the main entrance on the map, below Boma.

Any other questions, Jennifer?
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Posted: Sep. 24, 2001 10:22 am/pm Quote

Ur, yeah, sure Rich, I know *lots* more than you do about Jiko.

First, Chef Serge has already moved on. Not certain why, but rumors about non-Disney language within earshot of guests have come to me. Pity, he seemed like a fun guy.

We dined at Jiko the night of their grand opening, the day after MikeE and company, and it was indeed grand.

The food is ... peculiar, if you're new to the flavors of Africa.  After a half dozen meals at Boma next door, these flavors are becoming far more familiar and enjoyable.

While the term "casual" does apply to guest attire and the laid back atmosphere, do know that this is a gourmet restaurant of top caliber. Come expecting that level of service (and appropriate prices).

I found the food menu to be surprisingly limited, with only half a dozen entrees worth note. Where this restaurant shines is in the wine list -- it brags of having the longest list of South African wines of anywhere in the world, and I think it's deserved.

Not as well known as they deserve in the U.S., South Africa has a long tradition of winemaking, longer than California certainly, and a surprising variety of varietals. Find a reason to try the pinotage, a grape unique to S.A., and worth the time to sample.

Unsure about your choices? No cause to be embarassed, as few know S.A. wines well enough to choose. Throw yourself on the tender mercies of your server and the sommalier -- I've yet to be recommended a wine that failed to compliment the food.

How does Jiko rank among the restaurants of the World IMHO? High, but perhaps not my favorite. The flavors of Africa are available across the hall at Boma for far less, and the buffet allows for sampling (and unadventuresome family members). Any wine available at Jiko can be ordered to your table at Boma, too -- just ask.

My personal taste leads me to rank the Kona Cafe higher *at this time*, along with Citricos and California Grill in the same class. None of the four are a bad choice for a grand meal by any means, and your preferences may well differ from mine. The restaurant is still new, however, and has received a new chef since I dined there, so please don't take this as the -- or even my -- final word on the subject.

This is one of the reasons why I love living here -- so many wonderful places to eat!

Did that (and Rich's links) answer your question?

Rufus  :mickey:

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Posted: Sep. 24, 2001 10:48 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, Rufus!

Boy, are my ears red! :blush:

Things sure changed fast there! Goes to show ya that you can't get all your info just off the Internet. Thanks for sharing your on-site experience with us, Rufus!

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Posted: Sep. 29, 2001 10:47 am/pm Quote

You guys are GREAT! I have just what I wanted and I hope I can help them make their decision easier.

Your personal preference question:
If Disney only offered the fireworks and Light parade at MK once during your trip and you had every day/night planned except one night, would you go for the parade/fireworks or eat at Jiko?

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Posted: Sep. 30, 2001 3:33 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, Jennifer!

Well, I've never been to Jinko (so I don't know what I'm missing!;)  :cheesy: but if I were in your shoes I'd see the fireworks and eletrical parade again over supper at Jinko.

How about going to Jinko for lunch instead?

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Posted: Sep. 30, 2001 3:39 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, Jennifer!

No question about it.  I'd have an early dinner at Jiko, then go over to MK for the fireworks and SpectroMagic parade.

Jiko doesn't serve lunch, so it's an early dinner or not.


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Posted: Oct. 05, 2001 11:46 am/pm Quote

Well remember this is not for me, I too would go as early as possible to Jiko and then head right over to MK! I can't miss one night of action especially that this would be their only night on the vacation to see the fireworks and parade. I have given them all of the wonderful information you gave me, but they have not written back to me at all. I hope they got my letters. Oh well if they did get the info and did not write back I hope it helped. THANKS! :smile:

(Edited by jenpiehl at 11:49 pm on Oct. 5, 2001)

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Posted: Oct. 06, 2001 6:59 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, Jennifer!

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I'm sure I also speak for Rufus when I say it is our pleasure!

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Posted: Oct. 13, 2001 12:03 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, Jiko fans!

Just a quick correction: Serge left Jiko because his visa expired, not because of any action of his. Wanted to set that straight.


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