After a lazy afternoon around the resort pool, we were ready to indulge in another unique dining destination right at AKL - Jiko! I had eaten there once before, but this would be Mark's first visit. I had tried and loved the Taste the Africa appetizer, so I convinced Mark to share it as a starter. The dish comes with three breads: Naan, Lentil Papadum, and Whole Wheat Lavosh, and four dips: Durban Tikka Masala, Malay Spinach-Lentil, Kalamata Olive Hummus, and something that I can't recall the name of that definitely has a kick to it. I love the salty, fluffy Naan, and the crispy Papadum. The Lavosh is basically like a very wheaty pita bread, nothing worth eating in my book. I really liked all the dips, but fyi, three of them are spicy, with only the hummus being non-spicy. I ordered a salad to begin with for myself - the Braised Beet Salad with Smoked Bacon, Goat Cheese, Shallot Marmalade, and Beet Vinaigrette: Another view - there are beets tucked back behind that glorious slab of bacon! If I had to describe this dish in one word, it would be....AMAZING! I was a bit confused when our sever first set it down in front of me as I was expecting a traditional 'salad' preparation with the ingredients chopped and mixed together. I couldn't even tell what the huge slab was at first - I realized it was bacon and was a bit awestruck. I had never seen such a wide, thick cut! It was seriously the best bacon I have ever eaten in my life - perfectly cooked, slightly crispy, porky, tender, salty, smoky...this was what bacon should be like! The beets were sweet and tender, the goat cheese soft, strong, and tart, and the shallot marmalade sweet and onion-y. Getting a little piece of everything together for one bite was a perfect symphony of flavors. Needless to say, I almost licked the plate clean! For an entree, Mark went with the Grilled Marinated Lamb Loin with Chickpea and Chorizo, Spiced Swiss Chard, and Apple Cider Reduction: I took a few bites of this dish and thought it was quite excellent. The lamb was tender and very flavorful. I loved the chickpeas with chorizo and the swiss chard - Mark of course ignored the sides, but really enjoyed the lamb! I had an appetizer dish for my entree - Wild Boar Tenderloin with Mealie Pap, Chakalaka, White Truffle Oil, and Micro Cilantro: Another fantastic dish! The Boar was surprisingly non-gamey. It tasted somewhere between pork and beef and it was tender and delicious. Mealie Pap is basically the African version of grits, and chakalaka is a spicy vegetable mix. The truffle oil was aromatic and deeply flavored the dish, but didn't overpower anything. The whole thing was just perfect! After the gluttony of our first THREE courses, we managed to saved room for more - dessert! Mark went for the Tanzanian Chocolate, Cherry and Chocolate - Chocolate Cremeux with Chocolate Crunch, Chocolate-Cherry Mascarpone, and Cocoa Nibs: I was lucky enough to sample a bite of this dish and it too was just outstanding. It was actually two different chocolate desserts. The bottom bar was a wonderful cherry flavored chocolate creation, and the top bar a mousse sandwiched in between pieces of chocolate. I opted for the Amarula Creme Brulee, with a chocolate layered bottom, and white chocolate/cranberry/pistachio biscotti: I had tasted the old pistachio creme brulee and much prefer the Amarula version. It had a lovely, delicate citrus flavor without being sour or tart. The chocolate layered bottom is a great touch! I also wet for a pot of Vanilla Rooibos Tea: I had tried this tea on my previous visit to Jiko and feel in love with it. Rooibos is a caffeine free African bush tea, but it tastes much like a black tea. This version had a natural sweetness to it with the vanilla and it's perfect as is - I don't add anything to it! Our food was really wonderful that evening, but I didn't mention anything about the service because it didn't stand out. It wasn't bad, wasn't good...the server just seemed to be going through the motions and wasn't very 'Disney-like'. It certainly didn't ruin our experience, but it does lower the mark I'm giving this dinner. I was torn between a B+ and an A- due to the lackluster service, but I'm going with the A- because the food was just that good!