Sanaa...

   Located just below the beautiful Kidani Village lobby, and overlooking the Sunset Savanna Sanaa is one of the most highly rated restaurants at Walt Disney World.  Being tucked away in the far corner of Disney property, Sanaa started off relatively quietly. However, its gorgeous interior and phenomenal food has propelled its popularity with both tourists and locals alike.

   Swahili for "artwork," Sanaa is seriously breathtaking.  The decor here takes elements from the rest of the resort and takes them to the next level.  The colors are more vibrant, the textures are more rich, and the custom details are plenty. The ceiling is a stylized canopy of trees, suspended by various patterned totems.  The arched windows provide plenty of daylight and a great view of the savanna toward Jambo House. (if you want a savanna view, show up to your reservation early and ask the host. No guarantees though.)  The lighting varies from woven baskets to repurposed glass jugs and bottles. Unlike the other restaurants at the lodge, here the extensive collection of African art spills into the restaurant space. Take time to admire these pieces. 

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   Sanaa isn't just a beautiful space.  The food here is also very good.  A mix of Indian and African, the flavors here are on the bolder side of spice.  The most popular item by far is the Indian style bread service.   Touted as an appetizer, this dish is an enormous plate consisting of five different flatbreads and nine cutneys, spreads, and dips.  Whether you have a taste for spice, or prefer things more mild, you will enjoy this dish.  The "seasonal soup" tends to remain the popular tomato soup with paneer, which we suggest highly to accompany your bread service.  There is also a great selection of salads, curries, and tandoori dishes.

The nearby Sanaa lounge provides a large selection of drinks, including a few cocktails specific to this location.  Should you not be able to get a table at Sanaa, the lounge is a terrific back up plan. 

 

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