This review reflects our experience from October of 2015.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but can be the biggest struggle for a vegan in Disney World. Eating a vegan breakfast can be a bit harder since almost all quick service and table service options include piles of meat and eggs. If you’re looking for a full meal outside of your own food in your hotel room, the best place to find a vegan breakfast is at a buffet. We recently had breakfast at Boma — Flavors of Africa, the buffet in Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Boma is open for breakfast and dinner and offers African-Inspired cuisine. We spoke with a chef when we arrived and were told she would make us some vegan Mickey waffles and that she would show us what was safe on the buffet. She also mentioned that typically they can do a tofu scramble but were unable to do currently as the part of the kitchen where they cook it is under renovation.
The chef walked us around the buffet and we were amazed at all the vegan options, let the tour begin!
On the buffet there was a large variety of pastries and breads, but the only vegan options were bread and bagels. I asked the chef and she had Earth Balance vegan butter available too.
Beginning down the right side of the buffet there was Oak-Grilled Asparagus and Tomatoes and Chakalaka.
The next vegan option was quinoa and oatmeal. Next to the quinoa was a bowl of brown sugar to add to either item. Neither of these items looked very appealing to us so we didn’t try them. Also we’re pretty sure the quinoa was just plain quinoa.
Next there was toppings for the oatmeal that included granola and dried fruit. We didn’t ask about the granola since we didn’t eat it, but it may contain honey.
Surrounded by breakfast meats was the breakfast potatoes. The potatoes were mixed with peppers and paprika. These were the only potatoes on the buffet.
Last on the buffet was fresh fruit that included Strawberries, Pineapple, Grapes, Watermelon, Cantaloupe and Applesauce. Time to eat!
I asked our waitress about soy milk with coffee and she brought out a whole container of Very Vanilla Silk soy milk for us. They also offer fruit juice to have instead of, or with, water. The juice was okay but definitely not fresh squeezed.
Our first round of food was great. The asparagus was super smoky and incredibly delicious. The grilled tomato had lots of flavor and was a nice addition to the meal. The potatoes were just okay, they didn’t have too much flavor and were just mostly peppers. We both got seconds of the asparagus and potatoes. Also with my second plate I tried the Chaklaka, it was pretty good but didn’t really go well with anything else on the buffet.
The chef asked us how many waffles we each wanted, so you can have 10 if that’s what you want. The waffles were nice and crispy on the outside and soft and warm on the inside. Mickey waffles just always taste better!
The chef offered to make us a vegan Pap, which is basically an African version of grits. We weren’t too impressed since they basically tasted like nothing, but we also aren’t big grits eaters.
We both enjoyed our breakfast here. It would have been nice to get some tofu scramble but it wasn’t missed with all the food options. If you’re looking for a filling and unique breakfast buffet we highly recommend this restaurant. The only downside to eating here is getting to Animal Kingdom Lodge if you aren’t staying here and don’t have a car. We took a cab since we had an early reservation and it cost us about $20.
Would we go back?
Yes, the breakfast was delicious and very filling. The restaurant itself wasn’t very busy and was much quieter then the typical buffet.
Corey & Melissa