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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!