Tucked away in the Kidani Village section of Animal Kingdom Lodge is Sanaa, a restaurant overlooking the savannah.
Sanaa means “work of art” in Swahili. The restaurant below Kitani Village’s lobby is decorated with African art and decor. The restaurant is bigger than it first seems due to different alcoves for seating. Open windows offer exceptional views of the savannah. During our stay we saw a variety of animals including giraffes, cranes and hummingbirds. We were lucky enough to be seated right next to the window.
Sanaa is known for its Indian bread service and it did not disappoint. It comes with 5 types of bread and 9 side dishes. The breads are garlic ginger naan, onion kulcha, traditional naan, spice naan and paneer paratha. All were delicious on their own, but the accompaniments added to the flavor profile of the various breads. , Coriander Chutney, Spicy Jalapeno Lime Pickles, and Red Chili Sambal. Everything was delicious, but there were some concerns. i have tried them all. The cucumber raita was a cool, fresh accompaniment to the naan. But my personal favorites were the coriander chutney and the mango chutney. Both were fresh and added a kick to the bread service. We actually ran out of coriander chutney and were offered more just by asking the server.
I highly recommend Sanaa’s Indian Bread Service. I didn’t go there and order. it must have.
We also ordered an appetizer of plant based samosas. These samosas are cooked to perfection and stuffed with peas, spices and potatoes, served with several sauces such as mango and tamarind chutneys that add to the appeal of this dish. I will be ordering these again.
We decided not to have an entree as the Indian bread service and samosas were filling enough.
I ordered the 50th anniversary chocolate mousse for dessert. Didn’t have a dessert menu but lots of options including an off menu candy bar. This was described by a friend as a tastier Snickers bar. The chocolate mousse was sweet and delicious.
Sanaa is worth the trek to Kidani Village at Animal Kingdom Lodge, not just for the food, but for the atmosphere and savannah views. I highly recommend booking lunch or dinner at Sanaa on your next visit to Walt Disney World.
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