There are more than a few restaurants at the Walt Disney World Resort where I have never had a meal. I try my hardest to try new dining experiences but in the end settle for the familiar. As my wife’s parents planned their vacation and were picking dining locations I really pushed for one in particular, Boma at Animal Kingdom Lodge. This became a no brainer when they actually booked their stay at the very resort that houses the restaurant. This was to be my opportunity to try one of the most popular dining locations in all of Walt Disney World. As the date of our Boma experience grew closer I was upset to find that I was scheduled to work during our reservation. Oh well, I guess it wasn’t meant to be. After hearing about this my amazing in-laws demanded that we change the reservation so that I could finally partake in what I had been told was one of the finer dining experiences. Reservations were changed and the excitement began to grow!
I have never written a review of a restaurant before and am sure that there is proper protocol including pictures of the food and explaining the exact names of every bit of food that was going into my mouth. You won’t find that here. That seems like a lot of work and quite honestly could take away from the overall experience. What you will find here is an honest opinion of my experience at Boma. I am just a normal everyday person who does not dine out very often and doesn’t experiment much with different types of food. If this sounds like you then this review could really help you decide if Boma is the right choice.
We arrived for our reservation about 15 minutes early. It was extremely busy in the waiting area between Boma and Jiko (another dining location inside of Animal Kingdom Lodge). This was a good sign I would think. Many people obviously were jumping at the chance to dine here. When you combine this with the fact that I have heard many great things before arriving you can see how my expectations were through the roof, and Animal Kingdom Lodge has a rather large roof! We didn’t wait long and were seated very close to our original reservation time. My son actually didn’t want to leave the water feature that is in the waiting area. He loved the waterfall! When I entered the dining room I was very impressed by the décor and ambience of the dining room. This restaurant is a buffet so I wasn’t sure how the dining room would appear with a large buffet. They did an amazing job blending the buffet in with the other décor. The visible kitchen added to the experience and really allowed the aroma of the food to fill the area. Our server took our drink orders and we were off to the buffet.
I knew going in that I was going to try everything. I didn’t care if I had never heard of it before, one bite couldn’t kill me. Who knows I might find something that I absolutely loved! I tried every soup that they had, which was 5, and I have to tell you that I was a fan of all but one which I felt tasted like soap, the Carrot and Ginger Soup. My favorite turned out to be the Lentils and Sausage Soup. As I went through experimenting with items like Avocado, Grapefruit, and Papaya Salad and Pearl Cous Cous Shrimp Salad I found that everything that I tried was a totally different taste that what I was accustomed. It was like a party for my taste buds. I wasn’t really sure if it was a good or bad thing, it was just different. I am not a big meat fan so I tried the salmon and it was delicious. I will say that everyone else really seemed to like the ribs but all agreed that they were really spicy. The ironic thing is that my favorite items were items that were for the children. I loved the macaroni and cheese and they have the most incredible mashed potatoes. I was curious if my opinion of those two items was due to the fact that they were the only familiar items on the buffet. I guess we will never know. The desserts were good, not great. My favorite was a Pumpkin Cheesecake followed second by the Kenyan Coffee Tarts. I have never been a huge fan of Zebra Domes, I know boo/hiss.
Overall I thought that the experience was A+! I was able to try food that was different and in a safe buffet environment so I was still able to have enough to eat. The atmosphere was very nice and the dining room did not seem too overcrowded. I personally did not care for the food however. I guess that it is just not my cup of tea. I do not believe that I will return to Boma for dinner but will still possibly try breakfast at some point. Do I regret dining there? Absolutely not! I think it is important for everyone to try, especially those who are huge fans of Disney. I am glad that I had the experience and am happy that I tried new things and allowed my taste buds to have a little party. So I would definitely recommend seeing if it is your thing. Many, many people love Boma and will defend it until the end. I am just not one of them.