Disney Brunch: Boma - Flavors of Africa

After my little vacation on the San Juan Islands, I flew to the East Coast to my friends in Florida. And visiting Florida and especially Orlando would not be complete without visiting some of Disney World's attractions. My friends showed me that there is more to Disney World then the Disney Parks. We started my little visit (and I really mean "start" as I just got off the plane after a red eye flight) with an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, one of the Disney Resort Hotels. You don't need to stay at the hotels to be able to enjoy the flair of it and some of their attractions.

The restaurant was called Boma - Flavors of Africa. The place was cutly furnished in an African safari style with some wild animal statues. They had a huge buffet with different serving stations. After we were seated, we were first given some Jungle Juice (blend of guave, orange and passion fruit juice), coffee and tea. Then we started our adventure at the buffet... They had so many stations, I don't think I can name them all. They basically had it all, the normal breakfast stuff including toasts, bagels, cereals, fruits, bacon, sausage, eggs, pancakes and waffles but also some very special African flavored dishes and sauces that were unknown to me before. What was really nice, was that the stations were arranged in front of the kitchen area and on one side there was a huge carving station with meats spit-roasted over open fire including grilled fresh ham and roasted vegetables. Then there was an omlette station where they prepared your omlette directly in front of you and you could chose your ingredients. So much good stuff, unfortunately you can only eat that much... I would definetely enjoy another visit :)

Here a quick summary of the stations (might not be complete):

  • Toast, bagel, bread, croissant station
  • Breakfast pastries and breads such as cinamon rolls, muffins, banana bread, etc.
  • Cereal station
  • Create your own Yoghurt station 
  • Fresh fruits and watermelon rind salad
  • Deli meat section with smoked salmon, salami, capern, condiments
  • Pancake and Waffle station
  • Hot Plate station with sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs (plain and one with goat cheese and fresh spinach), breakfast potatoes, sweet plantain chips
  • Omlette station
  • French toast bread pudding with pecan praline sauce
  • Grill station with hand-carved ham and turkey, oak-grilled asparagus and tomatoes and African flavored sauces such as Boma Mustard and Sambal
  • Oatmeal station with brown sugar, raisings, cinnamon and Quinoa Porridge
  • African flavored dishes including a baked turkey-egg dish (Turkey Bobotie), tomatoe stew (Chakalaka), African spiced corn beef hash

My highlights:

  • Waffles shaped as Mickey Mouse or Simba and M&M pancakes
  • Turkey Bobotie
  • Sweet plantaine chips 
  • Jungle Juice

They kept the place a little dark, part of the flair of it all, but it made it a little tricky to take good pictures. So, I did my best :) You can also find some nice pictures and descriptions at this Disneyblog. Afterwards, we strolled around outside and were able to see some safari animals as well. It felt like we were already in the Animal Kingdom park which we visited the week after :)

Quinoa Porridge and Oatmeal
Turkey Bobotie and Chakalaka
Carving station with African Sauces

The week afterwards - at the Disney Parks

At Disney's Art and Animation Resort

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