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Dining at Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge


Amazing Amazing food at Sanaa!

Our 4 year old and 8 year old loved every minute of it! And I, for one, was a little shocked.

You see, as I was researching  restaurants for our last Disney vacation, my hubs said he wanted to try something different. And for us, you couldn’t get more different than Sanaa! The Disney guidebook I was reading said that Sanaa’s menu is “almost entirely Indian.”  And I have never been a big fan of anything with curry in it…a key ingredient in Indian dishes. But the reviews were excellent and the theming looked magical (take a look at this in-depth post on the Disney Food Blog which helped sell us on our risky undertaking), so we went for it and booked our reservations. We were most pleasantly surprised!

I ordered the Butter chicken and it was delicious!  Our kids enjoyed that as well. My husband ordered the Braaivleis – South African Braai Sample Plate which is a Trio of Grilled Meats with Seasonal Accompaniments and not only was it stunning to look at…it tasted great, too!


But the best part of our Sanaa dining experience? DESSERT! Hands-down the best dessert experience we had at Disney this last trip.

My husband had the Afrika Povu which is Tanzanian Chocolate Mousse, Madagascar Vanilla Rum Caramel, Kenyan Coffee, and Kalahari Desert Salt. And since the dining plan allows each of you a dessert, we were also able to order the Dessert Trio: Afrika Povu, Lemon Lychee Tart, and Seasonal Kulfi!


But hold on…

The kids wanted to order “Cookies and Milk” from the kids menu. And when you see “cookies and milk” on a menu, you obviously assume you’re getting cookies and milk. But this is what was delivered to our wide-eyed children:

On the menu, this simply says: Decorate-Your-Own Sugar Cookie, Strawberry Lassi. We had no idea what that meant. Come to find out at Sanaa it means a yummy sweet Indian drink with a strawberry milk-base, plus a sugar cookie, icing to frost your own cookie, m&ms and sprinkles! The kids were absolutely delighted!

And as parents whose children are generally bored stiff by this time during dinner… we were happy to see them entertained decorating their cookies while we were able to eat our dessert in peace! It was a beautiful thing!

Have you dined at Sanaa? What was your favorite meal? I want to try the Indian Style Bread Service next time!

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