Over in Pandora you’ll find Satu’li Canteen. We have alluded to this quick serve option in several articles and it’s time we finally gave our official two cents. This is one of the DVC Duo’s favorites and it’s perfect for when you just feel like you need a little cleanse. We all know that point in vacation where a salad just starts to sound so good. Bonus, there’s more than just salad here. Let’s fly like a banshee!
Themed after a military style mess hall, the star of Satu’li Canteen is the open grill where you can watch Disney chefs grilling up some tasty cuts of marinated beef and chicken. The options are focused on build-your-own (BYO) bowls and the sampler platter. The BYO craze is sweeping the nation thanks to the likes of Chipotle and Blaze’d. At Satuli, you choose your base – rice and black beans, noodles, salad, or red and sweet potato hash. Then you choose your topper – slow roasted beef beef, wood grilled chicken, chili-garlic shrimp, or chili spiced tofu. You may make a combination of the above as well. Then you get to choose a sauce – charred green onion vinaigrette, black bean vinaigrette, creamy herb dressing.
Our Favorite Combo
The meats are excellent – tender, juicy, well marinated and grilled perfectly. I like the tofu as well which is deep-fried crispy. The green onion vinaigrette is my favorite and reminds me of a chimichurri. We usually like to go with the salad base and a combo of meat and tofu (for the crunch). The salad has a combination of shredded kale, grains, and shredded root vegetables. The rice and noodles are equally as appealing and are more whole grains for that extra feel good bonus. These bowls are huge and are a great value.
Too many choices, how do you pick just one? You don’t have to. Starting at 5 pm Satu’li Canteen offers up a sampler platter. The platter includes 4 different proteins of your choice, then all of the bases and sauces, and non alcoholic drinks to wash it all down. It’s got something for everyone.
No Meal is Complete Without It
What about dessert? They’ve got you covered – I’ve only tried one and that’s probably the only one I’d ever get (though please be adventurous and share your experience!). The blue-speckled egg yolk is my name for one of the more unique flavor and presentation combinations you’ll find at Disney. I also appreciate their use of boba balls (juice pearls) to add unexpected flavor and pop to the bowls and desserts.
Satu’li Canteen offers up a variety of unique beverages, both non-alcoholic and of the adult variety. The Pandora Sunrise is a combination of tropical juice and powerade melon. If you’re looking for a more sweet options this one’s for you. You’ll also find your standard fountain beverage options.
The beer selection is reasonable with an array of beers distinct to Pandora like Hawkes’ Grog Ale and Mo’ara High Country Ale (an amber and a blonde option), as well as local Florida options to suit all palettes. There is a couple wine options as well.
The Satu’li Canteen is one quick serve entitlement and is a fantastic value. The portions are huge and so flavorful. You really can make yourself a nice healthy meal and also still have a little cheat in the dessert. Plus everyone can customize their own which makes it great for large groups and picky eaters. Nate and I like to get a couple of salad bowls and split. We usually plan for an early lunch on that so we have room for dinner! This is one you’ll want to hit AFTER Flight of Passage.