Sanaa, An Unexpected Favorite!

I had never eaten at Sanaa until recently.  My husband didn’t want me to make many dining reservations because he didn’t want to be tied to a bunch of sit down meals.  (Side note – I will never do that again!)  So we find ourselves on our second day at Disney tired and wanting to eat but not a quick service meal.  We are a little cranky and tired from the day and we need to re-group.

So thankfully, I have some great fans on my Facebook page (“Mouse”cation).  One of them suggested that we try Sanaa.  She said you can usually get in even without a reservation.  So I decided to suck it up and try it.  I am a somewhat picky eater.  But for my husband, I decided to give it a try.  I wanted to make sure he was happy because at this point he wasn’t really happy and wasn’t loving Disney.

So here we are tired and hungry and headed to Animal Kingdom Villas.  We get there a few minutes before 5:00 pm and it isn’t open for dinner yet.  She said they would be opening in a few minutes, so we decided to go right outside to wait the 10 minutes or so.  IMG_0588We got to watch the giraffes, zebras and other animals walking around and just enjoy the Animal Kingdom Villa for a few minutes.  It is a very peaceful unique resort.

Well, it was finally 5:00 so we went back inside.  I requested a table by the window and were taken to a table with a perfect view for watching the animals.  We saw giraffes during dinner and some other type of animal and a bunny.  It was a great view.

We ordered the Indian-style Bread Service which was five (5) different breads accompanied with five (5) different “accompaniments” (dips).  We chose Red Chile Sambal, Coriander Chutney, Mango Chutney, Coconut Chutney and Roated Red Bell Pepper Hummus.  IMG_0597When the bread came, our son picked one up and took a bite.  Well, it bit back.  In an instant he was saying “HOT!” and reached for his water.  Needless to say I had to try it to see what he was yelling about and sure enough it had a kick to it.  I tried several of them and they all had a little spice to them.  I am not a spicy person so I asked what I needed to order that I wouldn’t be gulping water.

Our waitress was great and steered me to the Butter Chicken and the Beef Short Ribs with the Five-Grain Pilaf.  IMG_0601It was delicious!  Not spicy at all but just enough flavor.  My husband likes a little more spice to his meals so he chose the same Beef Short Ribs but got the Shrimp with Green Curry Sauce.  He said it was really good but did have a little kick to it.

I was pleasantly surprised at how good Sanaa was and it quickly became a new favorite of mine. It was nice to sit and relax and enjoy the view and unwind from a very busy day.  We were in a hurry to get to the Electrical Parade at the Magical Kingdom that night so we didn’t try dessert.  I will next time!  If you haven’t tried Sanaa, I would say hop on over there and give it a try.  You might find you don’t need a reservation, at least in the less busy times.