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Over at Jiko at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, a Lion King themed menu has been rolled out in honor of Disney’s live action remake of the classic 1994 film.
Jiko is a signature dining restaurant which means that it is on the pricier side and if you are using the Disney Dining Plan, it does require two table service dining credits. Jiko takes flavors from African, Indian and Mediterranean cuisine and combines them into a burst of unique, earthy and inspiring dishes.
For this Lion King Circle of Life limited edition prix fix menu, guests are transported to the savanna to go on a fascinating and flavorful safari of flavor.
Guests dining at Jiko, are also able to order from the regular Jiko menu if the Lion King themed offerings don’t tempt your taste buds.
For $65 per person, not including tax and gratuity, guests can experience this limited edition experience. Options to add wine pairings are also available for an additional $22 for the standard pairing or $29 for the deluxe wine pairing.
The menu began on June 30 and is listed as a limited time offering though no end date has been announced at this time. To accompany your meal, musicians play fabulously themed music that fit the ambiance of Jiko and this prix menu experience.
Each of the three courses tell a part of the story of Simba from Disney’s the Lion King from the appetizers under the “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” category. This category only comes with one selection. The Malata, bone marrow served with clams and new potatoes and topped with pomegranate seeds. If you have not tried Bone Marrow, absolutely give it a try. A rich, buttery, creamy flavor, perfect by itself or spread on a delicious bread, a true delicacy.
The entree selections are under the name “Be Prepared” and include The Boneyard, which is a bone-in ribeye steak served on a bed of fregula, which is similar to pearled couscous and is a semolina flour based pasta.
The other option is the Signal Hill, lobster, shrimp, squid and mussels served with fragrant rice and a cape malay curry. This type of curry is more flavorful than spicy, with spices such as cinnamon and ginger, and also dried fruit like apricots and other stone fruits combined with savory spices like garlic and onions.
For the third course, you will have no worries because it is titled, Hakuna Matata and celebrates Simba’s journey to become a leader of Pride rock. The desert resembles an eclair with flavors or chocolate and carmelized orange. It is surrounded by foliage to represent the savanna and is topped with a chocolate piece featuring Simba at Sunset.
Finally, you will be brought passion fruit flavored gelee or gummy lions dusted in sugar to cap off your experience.
The existing 10% discount for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members is also applicable to this exclusive 3-course prix fixe menu. For more information and to book reservations, call 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3463) or visit the Walt Disney World Resort website.
If you are not of a more exotic or ambitious palate, this may not be the right choice for you and your party but if you are wanting to expand your dining experiences while in Disney, Jiko is always a great place to broaden your tastes and expand your foodie horizons. This menu does not offer a ton of selection, so be sure to look it over beforehand to make sure everyone can be accommodated on this culinary journey.
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(Source: Photos by Disney)