BOMA Flavors of Africa is designed much like an African Marketplace (not like Tusker House, though, in terms of urban feel).
If you are lucky enough to be the first family to arrive at Boma for the evening, you will be treated to a live drum dance in your honor.
As far as dining, there is a buffet. You will find a kid friendly station with macaroni and cheese and chicken nuggets at the far right.
My take on this restaurant? It did not have as much of an African feel as some of the other Animal Kingdom Restaurants. If it weren’t for the food offerings, you could have been anywhere. The children’s selection was not as varied as some of the other Disney buffets. Let’s face it, there is a strong likelihood that children will not want to try all of what Boma has to offer (as delicious as it is). There should have been way more children’s options.
Here are a few flavorful foods that you may find at Boma:
- Hibiscus is a flavor used in West African cooking and has a sweet and sour taste. Not only is it used in recipes for sweet tea(sometimes also called roselle or Jamaican Water), but the flower is also cooked in main dishes such as Hibiscus Flower Enchiladas.
- Jungle Juice: Don’t fear the name. This is simply a delicious blend of passion fruit, guava, and other juices to nourish your body. For those moms who are breastfeeding, click here for more info on the benefits of jungle juice to breastfeeding moms
- Bread Pudding – Did you think Bread Pudding originated in New Orleans? Food historians trace the history of bread pudding to the early 11th and 12th centuries, as frugal cooks looked for ways to use stale, leftover bread instead of letting it go to waste. In 13th century England, bread pudding was known as “poor man’s pudding,” as it was a popular dish with the lower classes. Now, the pudding offered at Boma will amaze your tastebuds and leave you full for days.
- Ghanian Ox-tail stew – don’t let the name scare you. Oxtail stew is the perfect one dish meal to keep you nutritiously satisfied – and an African tradition. Don’t want to try a whole bowl? Take a few tablespoons!
- Soups: Harira Soup, South African Lobster Soup
- Watermelon Rind Salad – probably my favorite of all. Perfect combination of sweet and tangy.