Boma – Flavors of Africa Breakfast Buffet Dining Review

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Boma – Flavors of Africa: Walt Disney World

Boma is an African inspired buffet located in Jambo House at Animal Kingdom Lodge.  Animal Kingdom Lodge is a Deluxe Resort at Walt Disney World and is located near Animal Kingdom.

Breakfast has many options from standard American fair to some more unique items inspired by the flavors of Africa. Even if you are not at adventurous eater we would recommend you give it a try. To sum up our meal in one word: delightful. Our server was amazing and the food is delicious.

Boma is located on the lower floor at Jambo house. From the lobby you can access the restaurant by stairs or elevator. This restaurant is very easy to find and check in is a breeze as the check in desk is the first thing you see exiting both the elevator, and the stairs. This is a very popular location so you may be waiting a few minutes after your reservation time.

Our Experience

We were seated within 10 minutes and greeted by our server within seconds. In fact, I was still getting my daughter situated in the high chair when our server took our drink orders. One thing I did appreciate is that the servers here seem to be very to the point. She was pretty much spot on about what we would want. The conversation basically went, “Hi, I’m Tristin, everyone wants POG and coffee right? And does the little one want milk or water? Okay great, make sure to spend a decent amount of time with the pastries, especially the sticky buns.”

Passion Fruit, Orange, Guava Juice AKA POG
Passion Fruit, Orange, Guava Juice AKA POG

Then she was on her way. I don’t mean to sound too gushy but she was so good at her job. She’d stop by every so often to see how we were on coffee. Brought a light up Tinker Bell for Kaitlyn to play with when she decided she was sick of her high chair, and talked to her for a little bit. She cleared our plates while we were getting more food and even asked us if we wanted coffee to go. Or as Tristin put it, parents need caffeine, and lots of it.

One thing to be aware of is that the tables are super close together at this location. Boma in and of itself isn’t a very large venue. It’s also very popular so Disney needs to cram you in a little. I could hear the conversation of the people next to me and I had to keep on apologizing to them for excessive noise on our part. I know Kaitlyn’s pleas to be freed of her evil high chair had to be driving them a little crazy.

The Food

I think it’s safe to say that most of the buffets on Walt Disney World property really aren’t very good. That is definitely not the case here, the food is delicious. They have a very solid mix of African inspired dishes with traditional American food items.

Simba Waffle, Sticky Bun, Bobotie
Starting Clock Wise: Simba Waffle, Sticky Bun and Bobotie

Items available at Boma Buffet Breakfast:

  • Pastries
  • Assorted Cheeses and Meats
  • Oatmeal, quinoa, yogurt
  • Omelette station
  • Carved meats (ham and turkey)
  • Eggs (scrambled plain or with goat cheese)
  • Simba or Mickey Waffles
  • Fried Plantains
  • African Spiced Corn Beef Hash with a corn bread topping
  • Bobotie
  • Bacon and Sausage

Instead of going into all the food items that are available I’m going to focus on the things that we are still talking about even though we are back at home.

For starters the pastry selection was great. Standouts are the bread pudding and sticky buns. Donuts, croissants, banana bread and more general items are also available. Seriously, load up a plate of sticky buns and take them back to the table. You’ll be saving everyone from making that trip back for seconds.

Omelettes are also high on the recommendation list at Boma.  The eggs on the buffet were scrambled soft and very runny. At the made to order station there was no line at all.  In fact, I think most people miss that its even there. They have a small sign on the buffet that says omelet options available and a cast member just waiting for someone to walk up and ask them to make something. It only took two minutes and was super tasty.

Omelette, Friend Plantains and African Spiced Corn Beef Hash
Made-to-Order Omelette, Fried Plantains, and African Spiced Corn Beef Hash

Get the Simba waffles!!! Do they taste any different from the Mickey Waffles? No…but they are Simba and adorable.

Watermelon Rind Salad is another unique dish offered at Boma. Basically it’s watermelon rind sliced very thinly and covered with a ginger simple syrup.  We gave it a try because a lot of people do enjoy it. Unfortuantely, Adolfo and I didn’t care for it. It wasn’t bad exactly but the ginger was intense and it was very sweet.

There are two items on the menu that are were really out of this world good. The African Spiced Corn Beef and the Bobotie.

The African Spiced corn beef hash was far from what you would normally get when you order a hash. Traditionally corn beef hash is potatoes, corn beef, onions, peppers, and eggs.  This has all of the deliciousness going on, minus the eggs, with a thick layer of cornbread on top. It also had some additional spices that took it to the next level. It was so good I went back for seconds.

The real star of the show is the Bobotie. I was pretty full at this point but I knew I had to try this dish. So many people have raved about it, how could I not? This is beef, lamb, onions, carrots, eggs, warming spices such as curry, coriander and cinnamon mixed with raisins and almonds.  I got a pretty big helping to share with my husband. After one bite I decided I wasn’t really in a sharing mood anymore. Luckily for me Adolfo didn’t really care for it anyway. He acknowledge that it was good but he really doesn’t care for anything that has curry in it.  Give it a chance if you are hesitant, you might be pleasantly surprised.

For the parents out there with young children, don’t worry. There are a lot of options here that your kids will be happy with. Mickey waffles, yogurt, cottage cheese, bacon and sausage are all available. Along with fresh fruit and that AMAZING POG juice.

 

Would we eating there again?

Absolutely!!!!! Boma was one of the best meals that we had while at Walt Disney World. Dinner at Boma will definitely be taking place in the future.

I’m seriously looking for a recipe so I can make Bobotie at home, and I’ve been craving some POG (passion fruit, orange, guava) juice.

Breakfast costs $27 per person and includes all standard drink items. Specialty drinks such as lattes and the Kenyan pressed coffee are an additional charge. Dont forget that if you are an annual passholder you do get a 10% discount.

It is recommend that you have a reservation for Boma. You can book that as early as 180 days in advance if you are staying on property at Walt Disney World.

10 Percent AP Discount at Boma
Annual Pass Holder Discount is Available at Boma.

 

Getting To Boma

Walt Disney World is a big place. Getting to Animal Kingdom Lodge can be a little bit of a trek. If you want to go for breakfast you are going to need to catch a bus to one of the parks, or Disney springs. From there you can transfer to another bus to take you to Animal Kingdom Lodge.

If you drove to Walt Disney World and are staying on property we recommend driving to Animal Kingdom Lodge.

It can be a bit of a hike to get here but we really think it is worth the extra effort to eat at Boma. Our recommendation is to go to Boma on a day you are going to be at Animal Kingdom.  That way you can have a leisurely lunch or breakfast, take a tour of the hotel and still be really close to Animal Kingdom Park.

Comment below what you favorite item is from Boma if you’ve eaten there before. Think we need to do a dining review for another buffet? Let us know!!!

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