We wandered over to Boma for a mellow evening after being part of the taping audience for the 2008 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade during our December 2008 trip.  We had never been to Animal Kingdom Lodge, so we spent a little time poking around the resort before we finally made our way to the African buffet.

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It was somewhat empty when we arrived, but we still waited a few minutes to be seated.  We enjoyed a great table by the window and were able to look out into a garden area.  The restaurant quickly filled but remained somewhat calm.

I’d never tried any African cuisine prior to our dinner at Boma, so I had no idea what to expect.  I’d read great reviews, so I thought we’d give it a go, as it would also allow us to wander around Animal Kingdom Lodge.

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The buffet went on for miles!  It was one of the largest, most varied buffets I’d ever seen.  There were a ton of choices, including some more Americanized things for the kids and not-so-adventurous eaters.

The chefs were always ready to answer questions about any of the offerings, as well as offer up trivia and little extra tidbits.  The food was hot, fresh and looked incredible!

Personally, I tried several of the meat and entree offerings and a few of the side dishes.  I will say that while most of the entrees were good, a lot of the side dishes were a little spicy and/or authentic for my taste.  The desserts, on the other hand, were incredible!!  Lots of variety and everything I tried was yummy!!

While we’re on the subject of desserts, I was celebrating my birthday on this trip, and one of the wonderful chefs sent a surprise to our table…

Such a fun, unexpected way to end the evening.  Another great Disney touch!!

So, while I don’t know that we’ll be back to dine at Boma in the near future, I’m really glad we gave it a try.  Definitely a must-do for those with an exotic palate!!

Update 07.03.12: After eating at Boma again on our May/June 2012 trip, I’ll eat my words, too.

Jessica at Magic, Memories, Mayhem