Jiko Review

Discussion in 'Disney Dining Reviews' started by Conservative Hippie, Jun 9, 2007.

  1. Conservative Hippie

    Conservative Hippie Ravenclaw

    Apr 26, 2006
    DH and I had dinner at Jiko (Animal Kingdom Lodge) this past Thursday for our anniversary. It was the first time back since our very first Disney trip on our honeymoon.

    We had a 7:00 ADR and checked in at about 6:50. We had to wait about 30 minutes to be seated, and when we finally walked in the restaurant I could see why! Four years ago we were almost the only people in the whole restaurant. This time the place was completely crowded with lots of children. Jiko is a Signature Dining restaurant, and is supposed to have a sort of business casual dress code, but obviously hardly anyone was following it. We were seated at a very quiet table in the back, which made me totally forget about the rest of the crowd.

    Our waiter was Lucius, and as we were being seated, he handed us a beautiful card signed by the Jiko staff to celebrate our anniversary--I loved it! We started with the Kenyan Coffee Barbequed Chicken Flatbread. This. Was. Amazing. A crispy flatbread topped with cheese and barbequed chicken, then a sweet sauce and apple julienne. Seriously, it was wonderful, and big enough for three people to share (although I had no problem finishing it!). Then we shared a bowl of Green Asparagus Soup. The waiter brought out a bowl with a few spears of asparagus and some crispy pancetta in the bottom. Then the soup is poured over it from a pitcher. DH thought the soup was good, but forgettable, but I was again very impressed. I really like asparagus, and this soup was creamy and peppery and really great.

    For entrees, DH had the Berbere-Braised Lamb Shank, served with couscous, baby spinach, and a berbere sauce. Honestly, we have no idea what berbere is. DH gave this dish 6.5 stars out of 10. I do not like lamb, and the bite I had was very lamby, so unfortunately I can't give much feedback on this! I had the Pan-Roasted Jumbo Scallops, which were served with grilled or maybe pan fried cornmeal and a tomato and onion chutney. The scallops had a little bit of a kick to them, and after eating four of the five, my mouth was very tingly from the spiciness! The cornmeal was the perfect side. I would definitely get this again.

    When we finished and asked to see the dessert menu, Lucius instead brought us a complimentary Pistachio Creme Brulee for our anniversary. I LOVE creme brulee (on our DDP trip last year, I had a brulee at every place that offered one). I thought pistachio creme brulee sounded a little weird, and sure enough, it was green. But this was one of the best I have had! It is served in a shallow dish with lots of burnt sugar on top, and there is a thin layer of chocolate on the bottom. It was the perfect finish!

    Overall, we had a wonderful, romantic experience at Jiko. DH gives the entire meal 8 out of 10 stars, I give it 9 (it would have been 10 if we didn't have to wait so long). I will definitely send a thank you card over there this week!
  2. MelanieC

    MelanieC <font color=blue>BL II - Blue Team<br><font color=

    Sep 28, 1999
    Great review - We are trying Jiko for the first time this year!
    I can't wait!
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  4. TigerKat

    TigerKat DIS Veteran

    Apr 29, 2006
  5. John's Mom

    John's Mom Jambo Wildbunch Gang

    Jun 20, 2004
    Thanks for the great review. Jiko is our favorite restaurant at WDW.
  6. Minniespal

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    Jan 14, 2003
    Excellent review ~ We really like Jiko:thumbsup2
  7. Summer-Caitlin

    Summer-Caitlin DIS Veteran

    Aug 15, 2006
    Thanks for the review, we are trying Jiko for the first time in August for our honeymoon!
  8. Ron from Michigan

    Ron from Michigan DIS Veteran

    Aug 23, 1999
    Thanks for the review. Jiko along with California Grill is our favorite place to eat at WDW.
  9. jimmalru80

    jimmalru80 DIS Veteran

    May 24, 2000
    That's a great review. Our family will be dining at Jiko for the first time in two weeks.
  10. raven69david

    raven69david I am a Superuser. Got a problem with that?!

    Sep 19, 2005
    During our stay at AKL last year, we missed out on Jiko and Boma.:sad2: This year, we will not miss it and we will put in our ADR very soon. Our 180 days just kicked in and we're pumped.:woohoo:
  11. SamSam

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    Jan 21, 2001
    Dh and I love Jiko's and always make it a point to dine there. IMHO the Asparagas Soup is to die for! We both really like the Lamb Shank, and I'm not even a lamb fan. I truly have never had a dish there that I disliked, just like some more than others.
    Although it is good that they are doing more business, I must admit that I enjoyed our dining experiences at Jiko's more when it was a little less crowded.
  12. Schucraig

    Schucraig Disney World is my World!

    Jan 30, 2004
    Thanks for the great review!:thumbsup2
  13. fairycat

    fairycat <marquee><font color=deeppink>Modern Disney Prince

    Jan 4, 2007
    Is the asparagus soup offered year round? We have an ADR for Jiko in October and that sounds so good!!

    I have been hooked on Asparagus since I had white asparagus with green asparagus soup at Napa Rose. YUMMY!
  14. missypie

    missypie <font color=red>Has an outlet for romance<br><font

    Apr 4, 2003
    We booked Jiko for Thanksgiving dinner. We will have eaten dinner at Liberty Tree Tavern the hight before, so we probalby will be ready for something other than turkey.
  15. shovan

    shovan DIS Veteran

    Apr 29, 2006
    Thanks for the review! We loved Jiko also. We had a very hard time not booking it again for our upcoming trip. (trying to expand our horizons, hitting AP & CG this time!)
  16. ufgator

    ufgator DIS Veteran

    Aug 20, 2004
    Thanks for your review. Happy Belated Anniversary!
  17. kathie859

    kathie859 DIS Veteran

    Jul 19, 2005
    Reading your review made me remember those delectible scallops! Jiko is one of my favorite places!:hippie:

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