Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Sanaa Lunch - Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas

Last week, we ate lunch at Sanaa, a table service restaurant at Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village.

Sanaa has long been one of our favorite Disney restaurants for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Sanaa features African cuisine with Indian flavors. Their allergy-friendly menu notes dishes that are safe for people with gluten/wheat, milk, egg, soy, peanut, tree nut, fish, and shellfish allergies.

We always start our meal at lunch and dinner with the Indian-style bread service. My daughters, who can eat gluten, had their own plate of traditional naan, while I ordered the allergy-friendly naan, which is gluten free and vegan.

We each chose our favorite three accompaniments, which were served separately on a special wooden board. I love the coriander chutney, and the mango chutney, which I ordered two of. My naan looked a little different than what I am used to, but it still tasted great smothered in a mix of the chutneys I chose. You can view Sanaa's naan recipe here.

My daughters and I considered sharing a kids' portion of the butter chicken, one of our favorite entrees, but we all wanted to eat light, because we had dinner plans at Coral Reef in Epcot. I ordered the shrimp tinashe, which has always been my favorite appetizer at Sanaa. The flavors of this dish have changed significantly since I had it last. It now features sauteed sambal shrimp, seasonal pap (grits), and nhopi (pureed butternut squash). In the past, the shrimp tinashe had more sweeter elements on the plate, which I enjoyed more than the current version, but that was easily remedied by adding some coriander and mango chutneys that I had left after eating my naan.

For dessert, we shared the African triple chocolate mousse with dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and white chocolate mousse on top of a chocolate biscuit, with cookies crumbles and strawberries. There is nothing not to love about this dessert if you like chocolate, and it is one of my favorite gluten free desserts at Disney World.

When I mentioned that kulfi used to be my favorite dessert at Sanaa, our server told me that they still make it, and that it is served as their complimentary birthday dessert. Kulfi is Indian-style ice cream, and according to a server on a previous visit, it is made with yogurt and sweetened condensed milk. The flavor of the day was strawberry, and I was told that I could order kulfi if I wanted to. I ended up passing it up on this visit, because I don't like strawberry ice cream, but I later found this picture of strawberry kulfi in one of my old reviews, and I wrote that I loved it with the lemon sauce and wild strawberry compote it was served with. I will definitely have to try the kulfi the next time we dine at Sanaa, and I will be keeping it in mind for my 50th birthday trip to Disney World next summer.

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

What are your favorite gluten free dishes at Sanaa?


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