In the heart of the African Savanna is a small area known as Kidani Village. This village has a lodge with an unassuming eatery serving vegan dishes. That eatery is Sanaa.
Vegan Disney Food Review: Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village
Like most Disney Deluxe Resorts, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge has its very own Disney Vacation Club (DVC). This area of the resort is called Kidani Village.
Once you pass through the security gates of the resort, you’ll head past Jambo House to get to Kidani Village, which is where Sanaa is located.
Kidani Village is themed very similarly to Jambo House with a matching layout.
This resort is also set along the edge of the Sunset Savanna, home to over thirty species of animals. As you make your way through the lobby you’ll head to the rear spiral staircase and down to the ground floor of the resort. This is where you’ll find Sanaa.
Sanaa is reminiscent of an East African-inspired spice market. Things move at a slower pace here. You’re not going to feel rushed when dining here. Many of the dishes are slow cooked as well.
Sanaa is the Swahili word for “work of art”
And rightfully so, here you will experience the art of African cooking infused with Indian flavors.
The dining Room is divided into the lounge, the main area and a small nook tucked up under the grand staircase.
The central part of the main dining room contains tables and booths which are set under the branches of an acacia tree.
The perimeter of the dining room houses large arched floor-to-ceiling windows which look out across Sunset Savanna.
Vegan Food Options at Sanaa
The menu at Sanaa has several vegan options. The most famous of which is the Indian-style Bread Service. Do NOT skip this appetizer! It’s a MUST when dining at Sanaa.
The Indian-Syle Bread Service is ($17) and comes with five pieces of vegan naan and nine accompaniments. The accompaniments include
- Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
- Mango Chutney
- Tomato-Date Jam
- Tamarind Chutney
- Coriander Chuntey
- Garlic Pickle
- Red Chile Sambal
- Spicy Jalapeño-Lime Pickle
The ninth dip is cucumber riata which you’ll have to omit and double up on something else. My personal recommendation is the tamarind chutney, but I digress. You’ll also have to specify that you want vegan naan as the regular naan bread is not vegan.
All of the dips are phenomenal and are presented on a wooden board. One side of board is sweet and the other side of the board packs a little heat.
Another option off the “Appetizer” portion of the menu is the Salad Sampler ($9.00) which is vegan-as-is and comes with a trio of Berbere Black-Eyed Peas, Watermelon and Pickled Fennel and Tunisian Beet Chermula.
Often times I’ll order the bread service to split with a friend and then this salad sampler as my main. There’s a lot of acid in the salad sampler dressings, just an FYI.
As I mentioned before there is a lounge in a separate area of Sanaa. That lounge menu has something on it that is not on the main restaurant menu, but if you get a nice enough server they may let you order it.
These are the Samosas ($9.00) and they come two to an order. Crisp triangle pockets of dough are filled with potato and peas and sit on a tamarind and mango chutney.
And speaking of lounge menu, here’s the Malawi Mango Margarita ($12) my dining companion enjoyed on our last visit. It’s a frozen blend of tequila, Van der Hum tangerine liqueur, mango purée, and freshly squeezed lime juice.
On to the mains shall we?
The star entree selection is the Potjie Inspired ($28) which comes with scented basmati rice and your choice of two “Harvest” options: Aloo Masala, Chickpea Wit, Lentil Dhal, or Cilantro-Coconut Vegetables.
This entree is outstanding and I challenge you to finish your plate after noshing on the bread service. Pictured above is the aloo masala (peas and potatoes) and the cilantro coconut vegetables. The lentil dhal is pictured below.
I’ve loved these three options so much that I haven’t given the chickpea wit a chance.
Those pickled onions on top of the rice are money!
You can also opt for the modified Quinoa Vegetable Tabbouleh Salad ($14) with quinoa, black rice, vegetables, herbs, citrus dressing and papadum. Just omit the paneer cheese.
There’s an additional option that can be modified vegan on the dinner menu only. It’s the African-inspired Biryani ($19) with fragrant basmati rice and seasonal vegetables topped with slivered almonds, micro greens and french fried onion strings.
Be sure to specify that you want it vegan. you’ll need to omit the cheese and the cucumber raita.
And let us not forget dessert. There’s one you can modify fairly simply to be vegan. The Kheer ($7.00) is a coconut-rice pudding with fresh fruit. Think coconut tapioca.
I’ve had this desert on two occasions. The first time it was thick and creamy and on this last visit it was loose and soupy. Your mileage may vary. I prefer the thicker pudding.
Sanaa is quite the hidden gem when it comes to plant-Based eating at Walt Disney World and I hope you’re adventurous and give it a shot on your next vacation.
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