We return to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge to review breakfast at Boma.
Located on the first floor of Jambo House adjacent to Jiko, Boma does a nice job of transporting guests to a lively, vibrant African marketplace.
I had a 9:15am reservation on a Sunday, which is something that I probably wouldn’t recommend. The restaurant was incredibly busy – you can see a child literally flying through the air to the left, just about every seat is taken, and at least a dozen people are milling about away from the lines of the buffet itself.
Breakfast, which is not an inexpensive proposition, offers seating from 7:30am – 11am with the last guests typically heading out around 12:15pm. If you can swing it, you might plan on visiting closer to 10:30am or 11am to avoid the early morning rush. The food will be continuously replenished and there’s no concern that they’ll run out of ham or turkey. Weekdays are typically much less busy than weekends, but you’re also less likely to show up in a vlog on a Tuesday than you are on a Saturday, so keep that in mind as well.
Let’s check out everything that’s available:
Turkey Bobotie – South African Dish with Turkey, Mushrooms, and Egg; Chakalaka – South African Spicy Tomato Stew; Pap: Creamy White Cornmeal; Oak-Grilled Tomatoes; Oak-Grilled Asparagus.
The unassuming Bobotie is one of the buffet’s signature dishes with a delicious, mildly spicy flavor profile that includes cumin, coriander, garlic, and a little bit of cinnamon. The egg is surprisingly light with a little bit of crispiness from the golden brown crust and the turkey has a nice chew. You won’t want to miss it.
The Chakalaka is like a spicy tomato relish, but it’s so thin that it doesn’t make a lot of sense to eat it by itself and it’s unclear whether it’s supposed to accompany the Pap or the Bobotie. I’ve tried a little on both and personally prefer either of those by themselves, but those that enjoy tomato will want to give it a try.
The Pap is almost like a soft polenta with subtle flavors of butter and cream – it tastes best paired with the carved meats that are coming up.
The Oak-Grilled Tomatoes impressed with a nice charred quality with a little bit of black pepper and sea salt. The British will certainly be all over it.
Our asparagus stock rises here with a nice seasoning rub and a satisfying, snappy bite. Very good. Definitely wear cargo shorts so you can get some to-go. Not that I needed to remind you.
Next up is a very bad picture of the carving station.
Hand-carved Ham and Turkey are offered – both are lean and taste just about like you’d expect. I would have liked some more interesting spices, but they probably want to keep these two items “safe.” To spice things up a bit, I have some “Boma Mustard – Chipotle and Teriyaki Mustard Sauce” underneath the meat on my plate and a spicy Sambal paste is also available next to the meat carving station.
The African-inspired Corned Beef Hash is another filling staple – a little sweeter and saltier than the Bobotie and without the egg.
Oh boy, Fried Quinoa. Also, some raisins.
And some sort of Quinoa with fruit, I think. I don’t get anywhere near this stuff, though I’m sure the Brown Sugar helps.
The crispy Bacon is your standard offering.
As is the Pork Sausage ,which I thought was a little disappointing. They could have done a lot with some spices.
Sweet Plantains and Tater Tots, the latter of which I thought was another minor disappointment. I’m a big breakfast potato guy and these didn’t begin to hit the spot.
Sausage Gravy, Biscuits, Scrambled Eggs with Goat Cheese, Scrambled Eggs.
The Goat Cheese Scrambled Eggs were my second or third favorite item on the buffet with a fantastic tang and a lot of creamy, salty cheese. Just about as magnificent as scrambled eggs get.
Standard Scrambled – just fine.
Probably not the most African dish available, but the Biscuits were appropriately fluffy with a nice buttery quality and the Sausage Gravy was as artery-clogging as one can hope with the comfort that comes along with it.
Made-to-Order Omelettes are available – I liked the way they displayed the ingredients, though not the looks I got when I tried to shimmy my way over here to take this picture.
Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Pancakes, and an assortment of Mickey and round Simba Waffles. Always appreciated and constantly replenished.
Grapes, Strawberries, Pineapple, Watermelon Rind Salad, Honeydew and Cantaloupe, Applesauce.
The Watermelon Rind Salad, which is also available at dinner, is worth a look, though you’ll want to be ready for an explosion of ginger. The root, I mean.
Greek and Banana Yogurts were available with a variety of toppings if you’re so inclined. Also, Cottage Cheese.
Another picture that you can hopefully wipe from your memory. This is Spinach-Quinoa Salad, Hard-boiled Eggs, Avocado/Papaya/Grapefruit Salad, and African Fruit Fool Salad. The recipe for the African Fruit Fool Salad is available here. Fortunately, it doesn’t have anything to do with how you feel after paying the bill. It’s basically a cold, creamy fruit salad featuring papaya, grapes, pineapple, mango, and bananas with some coconut and heavy cream. Quite refreshing.
Charcuterie – Cured Pork Salami and Ham; Cucumber, Red Onion, and Tomato; Pastrami Smoked Salmon; Cheddar and Swiss Cheese; Egg Yolks, Egg Whites, and Capers.
Quite the pile of pork if you’re looking to go a little more European.
And some good quality Smoked Salmon.
Banana Bread; Guava Turnovers; Cranberry Scones; Blueberry Muffins; Orange, Cranberry, and Walnut Muffins; Chocolate Chip Muffins.
All freshly-baked and tasty.
Bread and its accompanying toaster that I don’t think I have any hope of figuring out. I’d probably burn the whole buffet down trying to use it.
Croissants and an Assortment of Bagels along with Peanut Butter, Cream Cheese, Jams, and Butter.
French Toast Bread Pudding; Apple Pockets; Pecan Praline Sauce; Sticky Buns.
Save some room for the French Toast Bread Pudding, which is delicious, particularly with the sweet and nutty Praline Sauce. The Sticky Buns are fantastic too. The Apple Pockets are probably delicious in their own right, but I’ve never gotten that far back before. This station should be put on a pedestal in the middle of the dining room. The stuff is that good.
With over 60 selections, there’s plenty of food to satisfy anyone and everyone, but at $27/adult and $15/child, the meal is getting up there in price. For the same or less money, you could pick up just about any breakfast entree at just about any Disney restaurant along with the non-alcoholic beverage of your choice.
This Lobster Eggs Benedict from Grand Floridian Cafe along with a coffee would be less expensive and similarly filling, although it probably doesn’t look like much on the plate compared to all of the food that we’ve seen. And Boma does definitely win the quantity game, though only a few of the items really stuck out as being unique or anything that I would really rave about. That still probably makes Boma the best breakfast buffet on property, but I’m not sure that it’s as transcendent as some might imply. But just about everyone staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge will probably want to schedule breakfast here – perhaps a late morning reservation on a lazy day.
You can pull up my latest Boma dinner review here. It might cost $16/adult and $9/child more than breakfast, but I think you’ll find a lot more unique flavors and interesting items during the evening meal. I think it’s worth the extra money.
Maybe we’ll do Sanaa next?