Monday, May 7, 2012

Favorite Food Friday / Solo Trip Recap Part 7: Sanaa

Hi Guys!  I'm bringing back this post for Favorite Food Friday hosted by the distinctive Disney Day By Day!  Sanaa was one of the best meals I had on this solo trip.  Please enjoy!

On my very last night at Animal Kingdom Lodge (and seeing as how I don't think I can ever not stay at the Poly again, my last night ever as an AKL guest), I decided to close out the trip by trying the last of the AKL restaurants.  I had done Boma with my sister a year prior, and hit up Jiko earlier in the trip.  Now, it was time for Sanaa.

I made a last minute ADR which was pretty easy to get.  When I arrived, I immediately spotted the Hidden Mickey behind the check in desk. 

As an aside, the lobby of Kidani village feels more intimate and homey than the grand and impressive Jambo House lobby - which is in keeping with the idea of DVC I suppose.  Anyway, to the eats!

I first ordered the bread service and despite it being intended for two people, I made a really large dent in it (okay fine I could have finished the whole thing except that I was a little embarrassed and also wanted to make sure I had room for my entree). 

I choose the Naan, the Onion Kulcha, and the Paneer Paratha (my favorite I think - was filled with shredded cheese!), and the dips I selected were a Chutney (mango perhaps or tamarind?  it was too sweet and fruity to match the savory bread in my opinion), Cucumber Raita (I think this was my favorite), and the Red Chile Sambal.

Closeup of the inside of the yummy Paneer Paratha:

For my entree I chose from their "Slow Cooked in Gravy, Simple and Well Seasoned" menu (from right to left):
- Spicy Durban Chicken

- Five Grain Pilaf, and
- Beef Short Ribs

As promised by my waiter, the chicken was the surprise hit of the entree.  It was so rich and flavorful I actually thought I was eating the beef!  The beef was unimpressive, actually.  But no matter - I was happy with the bread service and the chicken. 

Close ups of the rice and chicken (the beef was not . . . photogenic up close):

And to top off the evening, as I was paying my check, I realized the couple sitting next to me were from  towns that neighbor my hometown!  A small world indeed!



  1. Yumm- looks so good, we haven't had the chance to try Sanaa. Thanks so much for sharing and joining the hop.

  2. Thanks for sharing your experience at Sanaa!! We'll be dining there in just over a month for the first time!! This was a timely, and helpful post!!