Sanaa is an African-inspired restaurant with Indian flavors inside Kidani Village at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge in Disney World. Over the years this dining spot at Disney World has become a fan favorite. It serves up savory food options and has stunning savannah views. Plus there is a little something called bread service that keeps people drooling. Sanaa is well out-of-the-way of the normal hustle and bustle as it’s tucked back in this already quite Disney Vacation Club resort. So let’s take a dive into our Sanaa Dining Review.
Sanaa has some adventurous food options and can scare away the pickier eaters but do not let this deter you. The descriptions may leave you mystified as to what you are going to get. But fear not, talk to your server they will guide you through the best option for your particular taste. For example, spicy food and I don’t agree and I have been able to find plenty of non spicy items on the menu.
- Service: Table-Service
- Type of Food: Chicken, Seafood, Vegetarian-Friendly, Allergy Options
- Price: $$$
- Location: Kadani Village Lodge
- Disney Dining Plan: Yes, 1 Credits
- Discounts: Annual Passholder, Tables in Wonderland
- Features: Reservations, Alcohol, Full Bar
- Good For: Atmosphere, Romance
- Menu: Official Disney Dinner Menu
As you can see the restaurant looks directly out onto the savannah and the animals. If you are lucky you can capture some real up close animal moments when eating here.
Beautiful lanterns are scattered around the restaurant and provide a romantic ambiance. You will notice the big windows on the left those look directly out on the Savannah at Kadani Village.
When you are seated further back in the restaurant it looks like you are dining under the African tree canopy. Be sure that you take a moment to look up while eating here.
The following is a couple of dishes we got to try out from their menu.
Mango Lassi Smoothie
I decided to branch out and order a drink at Sanaa this one is Mango Lassi Smoothie. The drink is a traditional frozen blend of Mango Purée with Nonfat Yogurt. It wasn’t too sweet and was the perfect pairing with our meal.
Everyone raves about the Bread Service at Sanaa hence we had to order it. Some of the sauces I stayed away from since they were marked as extra spicy. Overall it was great to test out the various options and see which ones we liked best.
The full bread service comes with Traditional Naan, Garlic-Ginger Naan, Spiced Naan, Onion Kulcha, or Paneer Paratha. Accompaniments (the sauces) include – Cucumber Raita, Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Mango Chutney, Tomato-Date Jam, Tamarind Chutney, Coriander Chutney, Garlic Pickle, Red Chile Sambal, or Spicy Jalapeño-Lime Pickle.
Lunch Options at Sanaa
YUM! This got two thumbs up from me. The dish is served Open-faced on Naan Bread with Roasted Chicken, Rocket, Pickled Onion, Tomato, and Sambal Mayonnaise. Note that this is a lunch option. The chicken was perfect and that special mayonnaise made this unique sandwich quickly disappear. Plus I got some more Naan bread which you can never go wrong with.
Up next was the Kenya Coffee Barbecue Sandwich. My husband loves BBQ but was worried about the coffee. It came and he was very happy that it wasn’t an overwhelming coffee flavor since he isn’t a big coffee fan. His only complaint was it was a little dry and wished he had some extra sauce. Which of course they were happy to bring out more of.
Sanaa Dinner Dishes
This dish was amazing. The fish was cooked to perfection it was melting in my mouth. As if it couldn’t get any better, the sauce it was paired with also was a perfect complement. I was thoroughly surprised as this dish was made as a special allergy-free (no dairy) dish.
Butter Chicken and Paneer Tikka
This was the winner out of the two selections we choose from the part of the menu labeled Potjie Inspired. I selected the Butter Chicken and Paneer Tikka.
So to break it down since I had to look up the whole menu to figure out what to eat. The butter chicken was an amazing stewed chicken thigh with Indian spiced sauce. The Paneer Tikka is basically a cubed cheese. The cheese does have the texture of almost like tofu, it sorta looks like it too!
Below is another view of the butter chicken just this time I paired it with the stewed Cilantro-Coconut Vegetables.
My husband went with the Braised Beef. Again this was very good and packed with lots of amazing flavors. Though we still both agreed afterward that the butter chicken was the way to go.
African-inspired Biryani with Chicken
This dish is filled with Fragrant Rice with Seasonal Vegetables influenced from the Cape of Good Hope. I was surprised to find that I actually like this one more than the butter chicken I used to get. All the flavors blend perfectly together and I felt like I got more chicken with this dish.
African-inspired Biryani with Shrimp
This shrimp dish is served up with fragrant rice with seasonal vegetables influenced from the Cape of Good Hope. the shrimp was cooked perfectly super tender and not dried out. Again the flavors mixed in this dish were a great combo.
Overall we love Sanaa and we keep it high on the come back to list. We often bring friends and family from out-of-town as it offers such a unique experience. I consider Sanaa a triple threat, it combines great cuisine with great prices and great views. If you haven’t ventured out to this section of the Walt Disney World Resort do it! You will not be disappointed.
If you are interested in booking a reservation for Sanaa you can do so through My Disney Experience. Let us know if you have eaten here at Sanaa. We would love to hear your review in the comment section below.
Want more dining tips? Check out our Best Disney World Restaurants recommendations along with Worst Disney Dining Sit Down Restaurants. If you are visiting with young ones read our Best Places to Eat with Kids at Disney World.
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