Sunday, July 3, 2011

Mini Food Review: Jikos Barbeque Chicken Flatbread

Barbecue Chicken - with Apple-Jicama slaw, African barbecue sauce, and four cheeses $10

This is one of my favorite dishes in Disney World. This dish is complex and well thought out, it's flavors complement each other brilliantly-but forget all that. This flatbread is just outright good. It starts with a base that is soft & chewy yet with a crispy bottom from being cooked in one of the two wood-fired brick ovens. Then comes a layer of pulled chicken smothered in a sweet & tangy African barbecue sauce. Next the coating of 4 cheeses, which bring a nice sharp, saltiness to the dish. It is baked in the oven warming the barbecue sauce and melting the cheeses to a bubbly goodness. Then when the flatbread comes out of the oven, a cold, crisp slaw of tart green apples and jimaca that has been tossed with fresh cilantro, tops this appetizer. The slaw is cool & crunchy and and adds some interesting texture to the dish. My first bite always starts me calculating how many of those heavenly squares are mine and how many I have to relinquish to John. Sadly-he loves this dish too. I really, really love dishes that can pull a bunch of different textures and flavors together and make them dance in your mouth. And this flatbread does it masterfully. You go from the sweet tang of the barbecue sauce, then the salt from the cheese hits you and the tart apples and fresh herbs bring it home. It is a fun, well thought out, and incredibly flavorful dish and I highly recommend giving it a try.

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