Dinner at Sanaa inside of Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom is truly an experience like no other! While I was in Orlando earlier this month learning more about Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom and immersing ourselves in all of the animal offerings at Animal Kingdom, it was only right that we check out Sanaa for an amazingly delicious lunch that not only filled our tummies with amazing authentic African cuisine, but filled our minds with lots of great animal knowledge from a real animal specialist that dined with us!
Step inside this exquisite, East African-inspired eatery, which evokes a traditional spice market, decorated with handcrafted wares under the graceful branches of an acacia tree. Savor slow-cooked meats, salads and vegetarian specialties as you discover African cooking with Indian flavors.
Our first course was the Indian-Style Bread Service. Filled with assorted pita breads and nine accompaniments, including Red Chile Sambal, Cucumber Raita, Coriander Chutney, Mango Chutney, Coconut Chutney, Garlic Pickle, Spicy Jalapeno-Lime Pickle, Roasted Red, Bell Pepper Hummus, and Tamarind Chutney. I made sure to try a little bit of each and they were all simply delish. The perfect tasting and starter for our next course!
The salad selection was refreshing and cool. All of the salads were made with fresh fruits and vegetables, creamy cheeses, and bright dressings! You can choose 3 salads from the following: Chickpeas with Cucumber and Tomato; Watermelon, Cucumber and Fennel; Kachumbari; Mango; or Bhel Puri. I loved the Watermelon, Cucumber and Fennel the most!
Our main course, Butter Chicken & Goan Seafood Curry with Basmati Rice, was to-die-for! I have been craving that Butter Chicken since we left and am planning to try and recreate it at home. I know that I loved it so much because of the experience that surrounded it – not just for the flavor – so I am sure that I will not be able to completely recreate this dish, but it will be fun trying and remembering my dinner at Sanaa!
The only way this meal could have ended is with a TRIO of desserts, rather than just one! Our dessert trio included Tanzanian Chocolate Mousse, Banana Cheesecake, and an amazing ice cream called Kulfi.
I feel like Sanaa was a hidden gem for me, as I have been to Disney World 5 times in the last few years but have only just experienced it for the first time this month. The food was delectable, the conversation was incredible and full of tidbits of knowledge, and the atmosphere and surroundings was like nowhere I have ever been. Overall, it was an unforgettable experience that I can’t wait to share with my family!
Thinking about dining with an animal specialist at Sanaa? Here’s a couple of things you should know:
The price of this dining experience includes a $5.00 contribution to the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund.
Advance reservations are highly recommended and can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit. To book a reservation, please call (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.
Please note: Participants must be 8 years of age or older, and all Guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a participating adult 18 years of age or older.
Want to immerse yourself in the “animal kingdom” without planning a trip to Disney World’s Animal Kingdom? Head to your local theaters to check out Disneynature’s newest release, Monkey Kingdom! It’s a fun and educational film that is sure to have you hugging your own little monkeys!!