Walt Disney World- CitricosCitricos- Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

When I went to Walt Disney World Florida last year I have to admit that I was not expecting to have one of my best meals ever! I know I am easily pleased but I have eaten a fair few steaks in my time and I do know what is good, and what isn’t. It was hard to choose which restaurants warranted my top two as everything we ate was pretty much sensational but, here are:

My top two Walt Disney World restaurants.

At number two is ‘ Jiko– The Cooking Experience’ at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge resort which is also where we stayed during the Culinary Showcase press trip. This was the first meal we had after arriving at the resort and what a treat we had.

Jikos Crispy Duck Bobotie with Cucumber Raita & Mango Atjar

Seated among a huge collection of authentic African art the food is a blend of African, Indian and Mediterranean cuisine with an extensive wine list. I started with a Crispy Duck Bobotie with Cucumber Raita and Green Mango Atjar. This was followed by Spicy Botswana Style ‘Seswaa’ Beef Short Rib with Cassava Potato Purée, Sambal, Mushrooms and Fava Beans. 

Jikos Spicy Botswana Style Seswaa Beef Short Rib

Topped off with a sugar free Pistachio and Cherry Trifle. Needless to say it was all delicious.

Top 2 Walt Disney World RestuarantsPistachio and Cherry Trifle

There was also this amazing dessert on offer which made its way around the table.

Jiko Animal Kingdom Lodge

Drum roll…My absolute favourite number one restaurant just has to be Citricos though.

This is in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, an elegant Victorian inspired hotel. Citricos serves Mediterranean-style food, I had a hard time deciding what to have as there were so many mouth watering dishes to choose from.

To start I had Fresh Fig Salad; Prosciutto, Mozzarella, Måche & Grecian Wildflower Honey. This was divine, the creamy mozzarella mixed with the salty prosciutto and then the sweet figs was a taste sensation on the tongue. I was so pleased that I chose something I wouldn’t normally. Unfortunately my photo of this didn’t come out very well so I am sharing a dish that someone else at the table had.

Amazing food at Citricos- Walt Disney World, Florida

My starter was a hard act to follow but what I had next is probably one of the best dishes I have eaten, ever. Red Wine-braised Beef Short Ribs with Chorizo Risotto, Wilted Spinach and Mushrooms with Natural Jus. This was so tender it melted in the mouth, the combination of flavours were perfect, it literally was sensational.

CitricosRed Wine-braised Beef Short Ribs

A regal Warm Chocolate-Banana Torte with Vanilla Ice Cream and Handcrafted Couverture Chocolate Crown was the ultimate finish to a first class fine dining experience.

My top two Walt Disney World restaurantsWarm Chocolate-Banana Torte with Vanilla Ice Cream and Handcrafted Couverture Chocolate Crown

The wines were gorgeous but I was so blown away by the food that I forgot to make a note of what we had. I do remember that it slipped down very easily, thank you. The ambiance is great in this restaurant too, but you might want to take a cardigan/jumper with you as the air conditioning can be a little fierce.

I went on this trip with Virgin Holidays, staying at the 5V Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge as part of a culinary showcase press trip. 

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16 thoughts on “My top two Walt Disney World Restaurants

  1. All of the food looks so delicious and so well presented.

    Posted on January 8, 2015 at 2:28 pm
    1. It was! 😀

      Posted on January 11, 2015 at 4:10 pm
  2. Looks amazing!!

    Posted on January 8, 2015 at 11:21 am
    1. Does doesn’t it. 🙂

      Posted on January 11, 2015 at 4:10 pm
  3. Oh wow they look lovely. We had similar to those ice creams at Cinderella’s Royal Table last year.

    Posted on January 7, 2015 at 4:19 pm
    1. Thank you, I think I have seen similar pictures of them. Lovely aren’t they 🙂

      Posted on January 7, 2015 at 4:32 pm
  4. Who knew Disney had such good food! I’ve not had the pleasure of going yet. Thanks for sharing! I’ve given it a stumble 🙂

    Posted on January 7, 2015 at 10:31 am
    1. Thank you, tried to comment on your post but annoyingly wordpress always kicks me out for wrong password & won’t email new one!

      Posted on January 7, 2015 at 10:47 am
  5. I would have to go for the Spicy Botswana Style Seswaa Beef Short Rib. Wow. You lucky thing. Stumbled.

    Posted on January 7, 2015 at 10:20 am
    1. That was gorgeous…and then I had the other short rib and that was even better…it was a close thing though! 🙂 Very lucky

      Posted on January 7, 2015 at 10:38 am
  6. WOW this looks gorgeous x

    Posted on January 7, 2015 at 10:15 am
    1. Thank you! 🙂

      Posted on January 7, 2015 at 10:37 am
  7. Wow – when I saw the title of this post I was not expecting food like this! Stunning! Completely not what I would expect from Disney World! Stumbled for you – North East Family Fun

    Posted on January 7, 2015 at 9:38 am
    1. Haha, I know…unbelievable isn’t it. 🙂

      Posted on January 7, 2015 at 10:37 am
  8. A fab review Nova, need to remember once we go to Disneyland with girls, hopefully soon! Hope you had a great Xmas x

    Posted on January 6, 2015 at 7:32 pm
    1. Thanks Mirka! Happy New Year to you all. XXX

      Posted on January 6, 2015 at 8:07 pm