Sanaa Surprises at Kidani Village

by John Bowers
AllEars Guest Blogger

The Kidani Village is sort of ‘off the beaten path’ at Disney World. It doesn’t have a
real big, real grand lobby like many of the other resort hotels do, which is probably
why it draws fewer people just wanting to sight-see, eat, and shop.

But it certainly has the Animal Kingdom feel to it, with a large outdoor area to watch the giraffes and all the other animals that roam freely. And Sanaa is a terrific place to dine for lunch and dinner, if you have a somewhat adventurous side to your palate. And if you’re actually eager to try new things, you’ll be starry-eyed.

I had dinner at Sanaa with a friend of mine a few nights ago. In restaurants like this, I think it’s always fun to tell the server to make suggestions based on how adventurous you are. I sometimes just say “I don’t care, surprise me. The weirder the better.” Of course you’re not going to get something Andrew Zimmern might eat on ‘Bizarre Foods,’ so there’s not too much to really worry about. And it’s only one meal, it’s not like you’re going to have to dine there for days on end. So taking a chance can be fun.

I was new to Sanaa, my friend had dined there on previous occasions. She led the way
ordering. We started with the bread selection. We had three flatbreads: Naan, Paneer Paratha and Papadum. To go along with the breads we had Roasted Red Bell Pepper Hummus, Tamarind Chutney and Cucumber Raita. Delicious, all of it. Don’t overdose on the bread, though, because you get a lot of it.

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Our appetizer was the sampler for two, which included Potato and Pea Samosas, Pulled Duck with Red Curry Sauce, and Roasted Cauliflower. The cauliflower was tongue-tingling spicy.

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For our wine selection, my friend pointed out the Spice Route Chakalaka from South Africa. It’s a blend of about five red grapes, and it was sensational. Hearty and with plenty of spicy
flavors. $57, I think, on the wine list. It retails for about $20.

My friend had the Coconut-Curry Lamb and Spicy Durban Chicken with Basmati Rice. The coconut flavor was very faint, she would have liked a little more. I had the Shrimp with Green Curry Sauce and the Spicy Durban Shrimp. Being a Florida boy, I find it hard to pass up shrimp. And if I have a shrimp or two left over, I take it home to my four cats. Being Florida cats, they too find it hard to pass up shrimp.

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For dessert we split a slice of Orange-Sesame Cake with Tropical Fruit Kulfi. Even two people on one piece of cake was tough, we had had so much food. It was fabulous.

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I’ve been visiting Disney World since it opened in the fall of 1971. I was in high school in Jacksonville Beach at the time. Friends of mine and I would drive down to Orlando during the winter/spring of 1972. I think we even forced ourselves to miss school one day to drive down on a weekday.

There was only the Magic Kingdom at the time, of course. And trying to think back, I can recall that there was very little in the way of food variety. We’d get a cheeseburger and fries at the Tomorrowland Terrace for lunch. Dinner? We’d go back up I-4 and eat at the Red Lobster on Lee Road on the way home.

I could never imagine that almost 40 years later I would live in Orlando and be able to eat
the amazing variety of food that you can find now at Disney World. What a treat. Give Sanaa
a try if you have the chance. You only go around once, you know.


Sanaa Lunch Menu

Sanaa Dinner Menu

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Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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4 Replies to “Sanaa Surprises at Kidani Village”

  1. I discovered this gem on my last trip in November 2010. It was by accident actually; the line for the check-in at POR was quite long and the greeter was entertaining us.

    Chris was asking me in line where my dining reservations were and I mentioned I always go to Boma. He suggested I switch it up a notch and change that night to Sanaa.

    What a winner. I was lucky enough to get a table for one near the windows around dusk and the view was unbelievable.

    I had the bread for two (and took half of it back to the room) with the tamarind chutney, mango chutney, and coriander chutney.

    For dinner, I had the tandoori chicken with the apple-raisin chutney (you see I love chutney) and basmati rice.

    For dessert, I also had the orange sesame cake. It was wonderful, for a chocoholic, it was nice to have something really, really different.

    This is one of the best kept secrets at the World.

  2. I went the first part of May. I thought the restaurant decor was wonderful and the food was terrific. I loved watching the animals wondering about outside of the huge windows.
    I was there as they opened the restaurant for the evening and they have a little suprise in store for you if you can make it.

    I had the trio of appetizers to start with. I chose the Watermelon/Lime/Radish, the Roasted Beet and the Bhel Puri. They were all very good. The Bhel Puri was my favourite (even though I could not tell you what was in the dish) and it did have a curry kick to it. I agree with you that the Coconut Curry Lamb was very neutral tasting but the Spicy Durban Chicken was great. I had a Mango Lassi Smoothie (yummy)so that was my drink and dessert as I was full after all that food!
    I would go back in a heartbeat!!

  3. wow i’m really glad you gave me this info my husband and i are booked to eat there in sept when we go down.this was great cuz it is close to what i wanted to order thanks so much we are really going to enjoy this ,my husband loves to try different things and we are on our own celebrating my bday so we wanted to do different things we normally would not do.thanks again
    darlene

  4. For dessert, the chai cream is to die for. Well worth a trip back just for it. Our server suggested it and we ordered one to split because we were full. He brought me one of my own “on the Mouse” because he knew I would love it and he was right.

    In fact, if you ever get the opportunity, ask for Randall as your server. He was fantastic! Probably one of the best we’ve ever had anywhere in Disney!