Sanaa

I love the culinary experience at Sanaa; this Walt Disney World restaurant has become our celebratory dining spot. Located in the Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidini Village; the Savannah setting is the perfect backdrop for this Indian inspired African restaurant. 
Sanaa Restaurant at the Animal Kingdom Lodge Walt Disney World
I had the pleasure of celebrating my birthday here with my family. I couldn't wait for my parents to see and experience what Disney has done. I’m one to embrace the Disney experience. They work hard to stay true to the theme. I find what they have done with the Animal Kingdom Lodge to be amazing.  All three resort restaurants are worth a visit for not only the food but the experience.
The setting in Sanaa is quite magical: the lighting is a bit low, but the beautiful pendant lights are aglow. I enjoy gazing upon the intricate detail of Sanaa, and the glass windows with a lovely view are the Sunset Savannah make this space truly special.
Sanaa Restaurant at the Animal Kingdom Lodge Walt Disney World

Sanaa Restaurant at the Animal Kingdom Lodge Walt Disney World
For my birthday dinner our family was seated in a rounded booth, which we found it quite comfortable for our group of seven. I was a bit worried that my picky children would go home hungry. This is not the food they are used to eating, but I soon found by the end of the meal they were quite satiated.

I started out with an African Mojito, which was delicious.
Sanaa Restaurant at the Animal Kingdom Lodge Walt Disney World
We all ordered a variety of plates and shared among the group. We enjoyed the Indian Styled Bread service and the Salad Sampler to start. The bread was quite good and the various chutneys went quite well together. The salads were light and a refreshing change from the usual greens.

For dinner we split a few entrees including the Coconut Curry Lamb, Beef Short Ribs and Tandoori Chicken. Everyone was very satisfied; in fact my kids couldn’t get enough of the short ribs.  The flavors were perfect and not overpowering. 
Sanaa Restaurant at the Animal Kingdom Lodge Walt Disney World
For dessert Bryan had called ahead of time to order a chocolate Zebra Cake.  What a delight it was to get it delivered to our table with a drum group chanting; a memory I will never forget. 

When Bryan was celebrating a special birthday we knew we had to go back to Sanaa. This time, we went for lunch. We had reservations when the restaurant opened for lunch and we were able to experience the drumming that welcomed everyone in for dining.
Sanaa Restaurant at the Animal Kingdom Lodge Walt Disney World
Bryan and I had a nice table overlooking the Sunset Savannah. It was a rainy day so there wasn’t much action with the animals, we still enjoyed the view and the rain coming down was peaceful.
Sanaa Restaurant at the Animal Kingdom Lodge Walt Disney World
For lunch we went with the Bread Service again. The Naan and Onion Kubcha were hot out of the oven and tasted delicious with the Coconut Chutney and theRoasted Red Bell Pepper Hummus.  I went with the Tomato Soup with Paneer and the Salad Sampler. Bryan went with one of the few sandwiches on the menu; Grilled Lamb Kefta on naan bread.  The sandwich was a bit hard to eat, but none the less delicious. 
Sanaa Restaurant at the Animal Kingdom Lodge Walt Disney World
Salad Sampler & Paneer Soup
Sanaa Restaurant at the Animal Kingdom Lodge Walt Disney World
Bread Service
We were filled with a tasty lunch, but our waiter brought out a nice dessert plate wishing Bryan a happy birthday. While he didn’t get the drums, he still felt it was a special meal.
Sanaa Restaurant at the Animal Kingdom Lodge Walt Disney World
While I enjoy the resort's other restaurants Jiko and Boma I prefer the atmosphere at Sanaa. It’s been a place where we have enjoyed relaxing meals as locals, but have still been able to embrace the uniqueness of a Walt Disney World restaurant.
Sanaa Restaurant at the Animal Kingdom Lodge Walt Disney World


~July 2013 Visit
Sanaa Restaurant at the Animal Kingdom Lodge Walt Disney World
White Sangria
Sanaa Restaurant at the Animal Kingdom Lodge Walt Disney World
Butter Chicken

Sanaa Restaurant at the Animal Kingdom Lodge Walt Disney World
Appetizer Sampler for Two