What do you like about Boma?
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The Butternut Soup was absolutely AMAZING!! They even gave me the recipe...
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I'm sorry to say that our one dinner meal at Boma was not enjoyable. The food was good but the atmosphere was less than relaxing. It was loud and we had people constantly walking around our table to get to the buffett, making it less than comfortable. And to top it off, our waitress basically went awol after greeting us. We never could get refills on our drinks. We haven't felt the need to go back.
We did Jiko on the same trip and it was so much nicer eating there....
I'm so glad to hear someone else had the same experience! Well, not really, but I always feel like an ogre when I say, with conviction, we will NEVER eat at Boma again, it was awful. We had the same experience with the service. We had to go fetch our own drinks, and we actually cleared our used dishes as they had squeezed 11 of us onto a table for 8. This was back in the days of the automatic tip on the DDP, and we felt this was the worst example of why that shouldn't happen. Why work if you're guaranteed an 18% tip??
The flavors: we didn't like them. We're fairly adventurous eaters and regularly dine at an Ethiopian restaurant in town where we are often the only people not from Ethiopia! We love Moroccan food, food our friends from the Congo make, food from Kenya, and Burkina Faso. Just don't like the food at Boma. Maybe because it's been adapted for American tastes??
We are ones that tried it and loved it.
As for the soups, I'm not sure how the chef does it - but they are amazing. I keep trying to look for the peanut soup recipe and can't find it.
I didn't think anything was that exotic, but I like hot sauce on almost everything. So, can't exotice or spicy by my taste buds.
We took one of my DS's friends with us on one trip. Both boys are highschool football linemen - 6' 230 to 250. So, buffets are the best option. Adam (DS's friend) can be a little picky as to what to eat - but not quantity once he finds what he likes. He liked everything. He had never tried lamb, and other things. My son, well he's mine. Not picky at all.
There is a very good selection, so you should enjoy it.
As to crowds, I didn't notice a problem. But with food in front of me, I'm not going to be looking around much - except when I go for seconds/thirds/ or mores.
Then again, our servers have always been attentive.
We love Boma, and it has been a must-do for us since we first tried dinner there a few years ago (breakfast is good too, but we use our mornings for park touring so we don't like to have a leisurely buffet in the morning).
There truly is something for everyone. When our younger DS was two, he ate the plain penne and plain rice. My fave is the pistachio crusted salmon - best salmon I have had in a long time! We also like the couscous, the other meats with a couple interesting sauces to try on the side, hummus, etc. Some of the soups were not our thing, but there is such a variety at Boma, that it doesn't matter if you don't like everything (you'd never have room for it all anyway )
I will agree with the couple of posters above that referenced the noise level. It is plenty noisy and, depending on where you are seated, there is a lot of hustle and bustle with guests being seated. going to and from buffet, etvc. I would recommend an early or rather late dining time to avoid the most peak dining times, if possible. That said, I think it is pretty much crowded at Boma all the time. But we will definitely be returning.
What I like about Boma is not necessarily the food,actually I love it all,it's the fact that you can try EVERYTHING. If you try just little spoonfuls of each thing they have there,and then go back for what you enjoyed,this is the greatest thing about Boma. I do wish they would bring back the falafel. I would say the Zebra domes themselves are worth the price of admission,but you can get them at Mara,and we do!
"Life can be as easy as a fall,it's all so easy once you just let go."
Two words.....ZEBRA DOMES!!!!!
Seriously, the meats are wonderful (and I'm not much of a meat eater), lots of salads soups and veggies. There are some adventurous items, but lots of "normal" stuff too. You will like it I'm sure!
We had dinner at Boma last week and while we enjoyed it we were a bit meh about the whole meal. I'm not sure if it was the restaurant or the jet lag but we were not blown away. We will most likely try it again but are not in a hurry to do so.
One thing was I am a big soup eater but while we were there the soups were just about done and were not replenished so that put me off. I also tried my first Zebra dome and found them too rich for my taste. However, like I said it may have been the jet lag.
We LOVE Boma! It's our dinner ADR on arrival day. Love the peanut soup, salads (especially the apple vinaigrette dressing), the roast meats and the fruit. The pineapple is so fresh and the strawberries are the size of a baby's foot! And naturally - ZEBRA DOMES! But seriously, I don't do "spicy" hot stuff. They use more spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, thyme, curry, rosemary, etc. Enjoy your ADR!