Tucked deep within Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge awaits an unusual dining experience – Sanaa. We say unusual because for Disney, this fare is way outside the box. Let’s get ready to blur those culinary lines, you’re in for a treat!
Sanaa is an African restaurant which offers something for everyone. Because Africa’s cuisine is so heavily influenced by other countries and regional ingredient availability, you can get everything from vegetarian, to fish, to meat-centric, to curry! Let’s jump right into the DVC Duo review!
First off, the Indian-style bread service is where it’s at. 5 unique naan breads that are freshly prepared and oh so hot and chewy when they arrive steaming at your table. Served with 9, yes 9, different condiments ranging from mildly spiced to slap yo mama hot. I find myself swiping more than one ramekin clean with my finger! The salad sampler is also an unexpected delight, 3 samples (almost full size servings really) of earthy yet bright prepared vegetable salads.
For the main dishes, Nate usually opts for any one of the richly spiced and decadently creamy curry options. I am a sucker for the duck (sorry, Donald!), prepared 2 ways, breast and confit with a fragrant spice rub. We have both also enjoyed other entrees, the lamb shank is absolutely melt-in-your-mouth tender, though not “African” per se. The accompanying side dishes were more regional specific. The sosatie, or kebab, is flame-kissed over a live oak-fired grill served with a beautiful apricot spinach salad – yum! For the Carnotaurus in the group, there is a belly-busting meat sampler, the braaivleis (or barbeque), which boasts a selection of sausages, roasts, and loin cuts (various selections, check with your server for the daily offering).
Hope you save room for dessert! There are plenty of unexpected delights for you to indulge in. My personal favorite is the kheer – it combines my near obsession for rice pudding with coconut – be still my heart! There is also a caramel n’dizi which will knock your safari hat right off! Bananas, hazelnuts, chocolate – can you feel the love tonight?! Lastly, we would recommend the spice trade candy bar – this is a housemade candy bar that looks very unassuming until you bite into it and have a total flavor out-of-body experience! There’s chai, pistachio, coconut, caramel, apricots, my word! After all that, you can even treat yourself to a Kenyan French Press or espresso if you need to gear up for a night at the parks!
There is also a fairly reasonable wine list boasting a wide selection of Californian wines….just kidding, the collection is obviously African and the reds are just delightful!
We hope you broaden your culinary horizons at least for one meal on your next Disney vacation, keep an eye out for the DVC Duo if you do find yourself at Sanaa. We’ll be the table for 2 with all the bread!