Sunday, August 26, 2018

Sanaa Dinner at Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village

In July, we had dinner at Sanaa at Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village, which has long been one of our favorite table service restaurants at Disney World.

Sanaa features African cooking with Indian flavors at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. On our summer trip to Disney World, we dined at Sanaa for breakfast for the first time, which you can read about here.

Sanaa's allergy-friendly menu notes options for people with gluten/wheat, milk, soy, egg, peanut, tree nut, fish, and shellfish allergies.

Gluten-friendly options on the adult menu include the Indian-style bread service with allergy-friendly naan and accompaniments, scallop chana, salad sampler, oxtail umngqusho, potjie-inspired entrees (braised beef, butter chicken, spicy durban shrimp, chickpea wat, and paneer tikka), South African braaivleis, and the grilled New York strip, which I have had on past visits, and highly recommend.

Gluten-friendly options on the kids menu include the romaine lettuce salad, chicken and rice soup, Disney Check Meals (shrimp or grilled chicken), a hamburger, butter chicken, seasonal fruit kabobs, and mango or raspberry sorbet.

We always start lunch or dinner at Sanaa with their Indian-style bread service with nine accompaniments. My gluten-eating family has their traditional naan and accompaniments served on a different plate, so there is no risk of cross contamination.

I usually order two pieces of the allergy-friendly naan, with mango chutney and coriander chutney. If you want extra naan, you can pay for each piece separately instead of ordering another bread service.

I love to combine the coriander and mango chutneys when I eat my naan. I preferred Sanaa's previous gluten-friendly naan to the gluten free and vegan version they make now, but it is still good, especially when eaten with loads of chutney on top.

My favorite entree at Sanaa is their lamb shank, which never appears on their allergy-friendly menu, but I am always told it is gluten free when I have our server check with a chef. This summer, the Berbere-braised lamb shank was served with pap, which my daughters love, so I did not switch out the sides like I usually do. The lamb is super flavorful, and it is so tender, it falls right off the bone. The portion is very large, so I share my lamb with my husband or daughters.

I was in the mood for butter chicken too, but did not want to order the adult entree, which includes one journey option (braised beef, butter chicken, or spicy durban shrimp) and one harvest option (chickpea wat or paneer tikka) served with basmati rice, so I ordered the kids butter chicken with basmati rice and green beans. I was glad my daughters did not seem too interested in the butter chicken entree, except for the rice and green beans, so I had the amazing butter chicken all to myself. The lamb shank and butter chicken are two of my favorite entrees at Disney World, which is why we dine at Sanaa so often.

As far as desserts go, since kulfi (Indian-style ice cream) is no longer on the menu, I like to order the African triple chocolate mousse with dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, chocolate biscuit, and strawberries. There is nothing not to love about this dessert, which I shared with my daughters, because we were so stuffed from the bread service and entrees we ordered.

When you check in at Sanaa, ask for a window table, so you can see the animals on the Sunset Savanna.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge and Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village are two of my top resort recommendations at Disney World, because of their amazing restaurants and savanna views. We love Sanaa, Boma, and The Mara, and it is a short walk from one resort to the other. In November, we are excited to dine at all three restaurants again, and we have booked Thanksgiving dinner at Sanaa for the second year in a row

You can read more about Sanaa, view their menus and hours, and make advance dining reservations on Disney's website.

What are your favorite gluten free options at Sanaa?


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