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Boma

Boma is a restaurant that seems to distinctly split people, either they really like it or they really don't. The buffet menu is unabashed in presenting African flavors and dishes and some find it just too exotic for personal tastes. While many dishes are served, the daily changing selection of soups is particularly noteworthy. A breakfast buffet is also served but the options are mostly American breakfast standards.

The food in the Boma buffet is served at a half dozen stations allowing you to quickly get at whatever you want to try for the first time or need to get more of. Offerings change daily but there are always several meat dishes, light salads (such as watermelon rind salad), a diverse selection of soups and couscous, and an expansive dessert station. Though all of the desserts are well regarded, the zebra domes (a large mousse-filled chocolate mound), are particularly famous.

General Information - Hide Section
  • Location: One level down from the lobby, in the direction of the pool.
  • Date Opened:
  • Seating: Indoor tables
  • Service Type: Buffet
  • Children's Meals: Yes
  • Vegetarian Options: Yes
  • Annual Pass Discount: No
  • Reservations: Online or call (407) 939-3463 up to 180 days prior to your visit.
 
Menu Information - Hide Section

Menu as of February 2011

Breakfast Offerings

Fresh fruit, African pastries, omelets, pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, pap, and corn beef bobotie. Also, carved breakfast ham and turkey.

Dinner Offerings

Comfort food favorites prepared with African flair.

Watermelon Rind Salad
Chicken Salad with Chili Cilantro
Tunisian Coucous Salad
Tabouleh
Watercress Salad with Raisin Dressing
Spinach and Quinoa Salad
Apple Jicama Salad
Butternut Squash Soup
Crab Soup
Mulligatawny
Lentils and Sausage Soup
Coconut Chicken Curry Soup
Mushroom Soup
Falafel
Pap and Chakalaka
Pork Shoulder
Whole Durban Style Roasted Chicken
Spice Crusted Beef Striploin
Assorted African Breads
Children's Menu
Assorted Fresh Fruit
Pasta Salad
Kool Slaai
Ghana Tomato Salad
Pearl Couscous Shrimp Salad
Artichoke and Preserved Lemon Salad
Avocado, Grapefruit, and Papaya Salad
Lentil and Hearts of Palm Salad
Carrot Ginger Soup
Harira Soup
Chicken Corn Chowder
Curried Coconut Seafood Stew
Cote d'Ivoire Seafood Gumbo
Couscous Dried Fruit
Coconut Curried Green Bean with Tofu
Mater Paneer
Sausage and Peppers
Black Eye Peas with Ginger Juice
Fufu
Whole Roasted Salmon
Slow Roasted Pork Ribs
Bobotie

Assorted Desserts

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Average Reviewer Rating: 4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5
Number of Boma at Animal Kingdom Lodge Reviews: 34
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5.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.0   December 2011
Reviewer: Kaits Inside Dish (kcap92@comcast.net) Orlando     December 18, 2011
The restaurant was vibrantly decorated with bright African inspired colors ranging from bright yellows, reds, purples, and greens. The Large buffet wrapped around the front of the restaurant showcasing the lively open kitchen which was situated behind.

Now normally I am not into buffets, theres something about the idea of food which is openly exposed to the public who messily grab plates full of food, just disguising. Plus a buffet with an endless supply of food can be very dangerous for an over eater like me. Boma however, was the exception; the buffet was kept extremely clean, and was supervised by a culinary cast member, who also freshly restocked each buffet offering within minutes of the dish becoming half empty.

Once sat in the large airy restaurant the chef came over to discuss my special dietary need, upon telling him I was a vegan he knowingly led me through the buffet pointing out all the vegan offerings which I would be able to eat. With a large selection of salads, soups, and rice dishes, I was excited to grab a plate and dig in.

I started out with the Harira Soup, a delicious hearty African spiced soup made with lentils, chickpeas, stewed tomatoes, cilantro, and onions. The soup was delicious and hearty, yet because it had a vegetable broth base it wasnt overly filling on the stomach.

Next it was onto a sampling of hummus, my favorite. I tried both the creamy sun dried tomato hummus and the savory black bean hummus served with soft Pita points, yum whats not to love about the creamy pureed spread, I honestly could have made a meal purely from the hummus and pitas, but with a buffet full of vegan offerings it was time to try next thing.

Next I had a helping of white Basmati rice topped with Chakalaka, a spicy sauce made of freshly stewed tomatoes and onions. This dish had just the right amount of spice and sweetness to it.

Next I had a heaping helping of the tunisian cous cous salad, a salad severed at room temperature made with corn, red onion, parsley, and red pepper. The cous cous salad was delicious and had a slightly nutty flavor.

I then helped myself to the refreshing watermelon rind salad, which was made with thinly sliced watermelon. The dish was quite interesting and had an immense gingery flavor. The combination of sweet watermelon and spicy ginger flavor made for one delicious combination.

I was doing a last browse through the buffet line when I noticed an offering of root vegetable that happened to look quite appealing, however, I didnt remember the chef ever saying that the selection of root vegetable were vegan. I questioningly inquired with my sever as to whether or not I could have the root vegetables. she promptly checked with the chef and reported that I was unable to have the root vegetables because they were finished with an herb butter (always ask first, a lot of restaurants use ingredients you otherwise wouldnt think to make the dish look more appealing, in this case the butter was used to add a delicate sheen to the dish). However, she did report that the chef would be happy to make me a vegan version of the dish, I was ecstatic.

Upon returning to the table I saw a plate filled with delicious seasoned root vegetables including parsnips, and carrots, plus there was a side of crisply seasoned broccolini and asparagus waiting for me. I couldnt be happier, the root vegetables were delicious and lightly seasoned in a buttery olive oil.

Although I was pretty much stuffed I did manage to save a bit of room for dessert. I decided on a selection of assorted fruit. Fresh honey dew, sweet pineapple, cantaloupe, crisp red grapes, and sugary red strawberries.

My Dad who claimed he was stuffed and only wanted coffee for dessert returned to the table with a plate full of mini desserts. Amongst the dessert was a caramel bread pudding which he claimed was absolutely decadent, there were also several creamy custard desserts which he noted were also delicious.

The chef then brought over a bowl of raspberry sorbet topped with fresh blueberries and raspberries which Dad and I split. A perfect light finish to our exotic African meal.

Boma was a delicious meal and definitely lived up to its highly talked about reputation. Boma is also open for Breakfast and from what I hear it makes for one amazingly delicious experience.

I definitely advise you to come hungry and be prepared to leave Boma completely stuffed, be advised to wear stretchy pants, buttons or tight skinny jeans are definitely are not recommended.
 
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5.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.0   1/17/07 & 3/12/08
Reviewer: csuwyn Sacramento, CA     October 16, 2008
Boma is the only table service restaurant that my family has gone back to for a second time, and we'll probably be going back there again this January. The food is superb! The buffet has a variety of African dishes, as well as some delicious "safe" dishes for those of you that aren't too adventurous. This is my wfie's favorite restaurant in all of the Disney parks. The atmosphere is wonderful, all of the deep rich woods and African themes are beautiful. I've never been there for anything but dinner, but I'm sure the views out the windows would be wonderful during the day. The service, as it is at most of the Disney restaurants, is top notch. And the buffet line is always filled, you never have to wait for anything. I can't comment on price, because we use the Disney Dining Plan, but I'd say it's the best buffet for the money. If you're in for trying new things, this is the place for you. I recommend everything, but my wife would smack me if I didn't recommend the bread pudding to you. Enjoy!
 
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5.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.0   June 20, 2008
Reviewer: mouseketeer70 Northport, Alabama     June 22, 2008
We wanted to see this resort as we are DVC members and like to scope out options for future trips. On the way over on an empty bus, the driver recommended Boma to us. As it was 5:00 we thought, why not. We were blown away by the beauty of the lobby but Boma is what will get us to return. We walked up to receptionist at the front and fully expected a very long wait, if they could even seat us at all. We did not have priority seating and the resorts were at 100% capacity so we just knew we wouldn't get in. Not only did we get in, the pager went off within 15 seconds of her handing it to us, literally! As it was our anniversary, and we were still wearing our anniversary buttons, we were given a happy anniversary card signed by all the cast members in their respective African dialects-pretty cool. Overall the staff was very friendly, from reception to the waitstaff to the food service/preparers. The food was amazing. There is a huge selection. My husband is not an adventurous eater and he found more than enough (and then some!) and we both loved it. The soups were amazing. My husband enjoyed all of the meat selections. The selection overall was huge, (and it included macaroni and cheese and such for kids or those who just didn't want to try anything new). Our waiter, Paul, was so nice and very attentive. We never had to want for drinks or anything. We were seated in a quiet table by the window which was great since we were without children and wanted a quiet, romantic dinner. Next time we will probably come for lunch instead of dinner as the price was a little high, but it was well worth it. And we will definitely return! We both enjoyed Boma and ate way too much. Everyone raves about the Zebra Domes, and they were good, but I have to say the Cheese Flan was my favorite dessert.
We had a great experience and some very delicious food.
 
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