Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, one of Disney’s Deluxe Resort Hotels, has some wonderful table-service restaurants. Jiko – The Cooking Place is one such restaurant.

Fun trivia fact: The word “Jiko” in Swahili means “the cooking place,” or “fireplace,” or “kitchen.”

I was treated to a special meal at Jiko for Father’s Day, and I wanted to share my experience and review with you!

Let’s take a look at Jiko – The Cooking Place!

Welcome to Jiko - The Cooking Place inspired by the flavors of South Africa.

Welcome to Jiko – The Cooking Place inspired by the flavors of South Africa.

The Atmosphere

Jiko reflects the essence of Africa. It’s warm, inviting, and modern with hues of blue and gold. It almost feels like you’re on an African plain at sunset; the dark blue ceiling and bird-shaped light fixtures flying overhead support the scene.

The atmosphere inside Jiko is so cool! Just look at the birds flying overhead!

The atmosphere inside Jiko is so cool! Just look at the birds flying overhead!

One really cool part of the dining room is the two wood-burning stoves; you can watch your food cooking right in front of you.

Off To a Good Start

After settling in, the server brought a sample of the Moroccan peppermint tea, which was cool and refreshing.

The meal started with a complimentary taste of Moroccan peppermint tea, which was unique and delicious.

The meal started with a complimentary taste of Moroccan peppermint tea, which was unique and delicious.

The Food

Many Disney World restaurants offer special menus on holidays. Since we visited on Father’s Day, Jiko reduced the overall menu in favor of a pre-fixe menu.

There were still a variety of appetizers like the wild boar tenderloin, JIKO salad with greens from Living with the Land in Epcot, North African Spiced Scallops, and Mushroom flatbread, entrees including Mrouzia-Style Moraccan Lamb Tagine, Bo Kaap Malay Seafood Curry, Peri Peri Chicken, Oak-grilled Filet Mignon, and West African Koki Corn, and “enhancements” like Bobotie Mac and Cheese, Coconut Curry Shrimp, and Lobster Tail.

Jiko reduced their menu to offer a pre-fixe menu for Father's Day.

Jiko reduced their menu to offer a pre-fixe menu for Father’s Day.

I opted for the pre-fixe menu, which was $65 per guest and included Fire Roasted Bone Marrow, Oak Grilled Bone in Ribeye, and Kilimanjaro Tanzanian Chocolate Mousse for dessert.

I decided to go for broke (almost literally) but adding the wine pairing option to the meal for another $22.

Jiko had a pre-fixe menu for Father's Day.

Jiko had a pre-fixe menu for Father’s Day.

Let’s eat!

Bread Service

The meal started with potato roles with a side of maple butter.

The meal started with potato roles with a side of maple butter.  Very nice.

Appetizer

The prix-fixe appetizer was fire roasted bone marrow with salt cream capers, preserved lemons, parsley, shallots, rusk Cederberg Bukettraube, and Cederberg.

The pre-fixe appetizer was fire roasted bone marrow with salt cream capers, preserved lemons, parsley, and shallots.

The white wine paired with the roasted bone marrow was a Cederberg Bukettraube, which was sweet like a Riesling. Very nice.

The white wine paired with the roasted bone marrow was a Cederberg Bukettraube, which was sweet like a Riesling. Very nice.

Entree

The prix-fixe entree: Oak Grilled Bone in Ribeye with chili and garlic slap ships, creamed collard greens, roasted globe carrots, and Blood Orange Gastrique with Rudi Shultz Syrah and Stellenbosch.

The pre-fixe entree: Oak Grilled Bone in Ribeye with chili and garlic slap ships, creamed collard greens, roasted globe carrots, and Blood Orange Gastrique

The red wine paired with the Bone In Ribeye was a Rudei Shultz Syrah from Stellenbosch.

The red wine paired with the Bone In Ribeye was a Rudei Shultz Syrah from Stellenbosch.

Dessert

Dessert: Kilimanjaro Tanzanian Chocolate Mousse with Pistachio Financier, Pink Peppercorn Meringue, and Cocao Crunch.

Dessert: Kilimanjaro Tanzanian Chocolate Mousse with Pistachio Financier, Pink Peppercorn Meringue, and Cocao Crunch.

In Summery – Delicious!

Overall, the meal was really good!

The bone marrow was really salty and intense – different but delicious. I had never tried this dish before, but enjoyed the strong flavors.

The steak was huge and tender, and the sauce was amazing. The roasted potatoes and carrots were delicious, and the dessert was beautifully presented.

We even had a few bonus chocolate truffle balls at the end.

Bonus truffle balls!

Bonus truffle balls!

Reservations

This was my first time at Jiko, and I would definitely like to go back.

If you would also like to visit Jiko, you should make Advanced Dining Reservations. If you’re on the Disney Dining Plan, Jiko is two table-service credits, and they also participate in Tables of Wonderland.

Beyond the main dining room, Jiko has a really cool wine room called Cape Town Lounge and Wine Bar. You can’t make reservations here, but if you can get a table, you can order from the full menu.

Dress Code

You should also know that Jiko, as is common for signature dining restaurants in Disney World, has a dress code. At a minimum, men must wear khakis, slacks, or dress shorts. Jeans in good condition are acceptable, and sport coats are optional. Women must wear capri pants, skirts, dresses, or dress shorts. Women may also wear jeans if they are in good condition. Neither men or women are permitted to wear tank tops, flip-fops, swimsuits or swim suit cover-ups, cut-offs, torn clothing, or t-shirts with offensive language or graphics. Women may wear hats; men may not.

Jiko offers many special dining experiences, and you don’t have to wait for a holiday to experience one! Consider the Wanyama Safari, which ends in a multi-course meal at Jiko!

Have you eaten at Jiko? Would you like to?