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Sanaa Bread Service – What is So Great About it?

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When you are planning a Disney World Vacation you might be aware of some of the iconic foods that are available.

Dole Whips and Premium Bars are a popular snack. The Grey Stuff is delicious and the Tonga Toast is a breakfast legend.

However, if you are looking for something a little different and off the beaten path for your visit then the Sanaa Bread Service has now reached almost iconic status in the Disney food world.

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Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Kidani Village Resort

Sanaa is one of those Disney World restaurants that you aren’t going to simply stumble upon by accident.

It’s location in the Kidani Village section of Disney’t Animal Kingdom Resort is not somew==here you will usually go, unless you are staying there, or visiting the fabulous Sanaa Restaurant.

The cuisine is influenced by both African and Indian flavors.

And one of the reasons why Sanaa is worth making the trip to this somewhat out of the way location is the now well known Bread Service.

There are many other great reasons to go to Sanaa.

A major one is the location right next to the Animal Kingdom Lodge Savannah.

There are not many places in North America that you can enjoy a meal whilst watching the giraffes walk by outside your window.

The combination of view, ambiance and a fabulous menu including the Bread Service, make Sanaa a place that you should definitely have on your Disney World Restaurant wish list.

Getting to Disney World’s Sanaa Restaurant

Sanaa is in a slightly remote location for Disney World. The best way to arrive here is by car.

Do not park in the Main Jambo House parking lot as you will have to walk from the main building to Kidani Village where Sanaa is located.

The walk is pleasant enough though and takes you through some beautiful landscapes.

Instead carry on further through the resort and park in the Kidani Village underground parking lot.

Sanaa is located on the ground floor of the lobby – a level lower than lobby area.

If you want to make sure that you get a good chance of seeing the animals on the savanna make sure that you arrive for your reservation in plenty of time.

The floor to ceiling windows in the restaurant have an outstanding view of the Animal Kingdom Resort savanna. There are over 30 species of animal living in this wide open space. You are highly likely to see a giraffe or a zebra.

The most popular tables are of course by the window. However, even if you do not get to dine in a prime viewing spot you can step outside and take in the vistas.

The area outside is also a good place to view the animals when it is dark. They are harder to spot, but the lighting out there means that you can still catch sight of a giraffe or zebra. Somehow it seems all the more special that you are out there at night.

In the viewing area outside there are rocking chairs and a fire-it so it is a lovely place to just sit, wait and relax. It seems a very long way from the hectic world of the theme parks.

Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of those places that not many guests at Disney World get to see – but those who do are glad they made the trek. Looking out over the savanna really does take you to a different land.

Reservations at Sanaa

Once upon a time Sanaa used to be a hidden gem. However, the secret is now not exactly well kept and Sanaa is popular.

Therefore you will most likely need a reservation for Sanaa.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served. However, if you want the Sanaa Bread Service then you will have to dine there for either lunch or dinner.

If you don’t manage to get a table you can possibly get a seat in the small bar area. You can’t reserve these spots but they are great if you want to dine there but you can’t manage to snag a table.

Disney World Dining Reservations can now be made up to 60 days in advance.

Online reservations open at 5.5 am Eastern Standard Time. The phone lines open at 7 am. The number to call is 407-WDW-DINE.

Sanaa Menu at Disney World

Here is the complete lunch and dinner menu for Sanaa with prices:

Appetizers

Indian-style Bread Service – Five Breads and with all Nine Accompaniments – Traditional Naan, Garlic-Ginger Naan, Spiced Naan, Onion Kulcha, or Paneer Paratha. Accompaniments – Cucumber Raita, Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Mango Chutney, Tomato-Date Jam, Tamarind Chutney, Coriander Chutney, Garlic Pickle, Red Chile Sambal, or Spicy Jalapeño-Lime Pickle – $21.00

Samosas – Potato and Pea Samosas with Tamarind and Mango Chutney (Plant-based) – $10.00

Lamb Kefta – Char-grilled Ground Lamb with Tunisian Couscous Salad and Ginger-Pear Chutney – $10.00

Salad Sampler – Berbere Black-eyed Peas, Watermelon and Pickled Fennel, Tunisian Beet Chermoula (Plant-based) – $10.00

Seasonal Soup – with Chef’s Accompaniments – $9.00

Sanaa Entrees

Potjie Inspired – Choose one from the Journey – Goan Seafood Curry, Butter Chicken, Braised Beef, or Pork Vindaloo. Choose one from the Harvest (Plant-based) – Rajma Masala, Chickpea Wat, Sukuma Wiki, or Lentil Daal served with Scented Basmati Rice – $31.00

Tandoori Chicken – Traditional Naan, Rocket, Pickled Onion, Tomato, and Sambal Mayonnaise – $21.00

Zanzibari Vegetable Curry with Chicken – Seasonal Vegetables with Fragrant Rice – $28.00

Zanzibari Vegetable Curry with Shrimp – Seasonal Vegetables with Fragrant Rice – $31.00

Zanzibari Vegetable Curry – Seasonal Vegetables with Fragrant Rice – $23.00

Samaki Wa Kupaka – Turmeric-marinated Sustainable Fish, Roasted Cauliflower, Yuca Katlesi, and Coconut Gravy – $32.00

Sanaa Burger – Spiced Mustard and Peppadew-Goat Cheese with Sanaa Chips and Pickle Spear – $20.00

Desserts

Serradura – Butterscotch Pudding, Almond Coffee Streusel, Pineapple, Mango, and Breton Shortbread – $9.00

Kheer – Coconut-Rice Pudding with Cashew Streusel and Saffron-poached Fruit (Plant-based) – $9.00

African Triple Mousse – Dark Chocolate from Ghana, Milk Chocolate from Madagascar, Blonde Chocolate, Chocolate Almond Biscuit, and Strawberries – $9.00

Kids’ Appetizers (a la carte)

Romaine Lettuce Salad – with Ranch Dressing – $3.00

Chicken Soup – $3.00

Carrot and Celery Sticks – with Ranch Dressing – $3.00

Kids’ Create-Your-Own Entrees (choose one)

Fish of the Day – Served with choice of two (2) Selections and choice of Small Lowfat Milk, Small Dasani® Water, or Small Minute Maid® Apple Juice – $14.00

Cheese Pizza – Served with choice of two (2) Selections and choice of Small Lowfat Milk, Small Dasani® Water, or Small Minute Maid® Apple Juice – $11.00

Butter Chicken – Served with choice of two (2) Selections and choice of Small Lowfat Milk, Small Dasani® Water, or Small Minute Maid® Apple Juice – $12.00

Cheeseburger – Served with choice of two (2) Selections and choice of Small Lowfat Milk, Small Dasani® Water, or Small Minute Maid® Apple Juice – $13.00

Kids’ Create-Your-Own-Selections (choose two)

Seasonal Vegetables

Fruit Cup

Basmati Rice

Cheddar Mac & Cheese

Pumbaa’s Dessert Grub

The Bread Service at Sanaa

The Sanaa Bread Service is on the appetizer menu for lunch or dinner.

I know some people will most likely have sticker shock over the $21 price tag, but this is no ordinary bread servile It can b a meal in itself.

It is big enough for 2 to 4 guest to share depending upon your appetite.

There are five types of naan which are part of the service:

  • Traditional Naan
  • Garlic Ginger Naan
  • Spiced Naan
  • Onion Kulcha
  • Paneer Paratha

The Sanaa Bread Service arrives with a selection of 9 dips:

  • Cucumber Raita
  • Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
  • Mango Chutney
  • Tomato-Date Jam
  • Tamarind Chutney
  • Coriander Chutney
  • Garlic Pickle
  • Red Chile Sambal
  • Spicy Jalapeno-Lime Pickle

Disney World Sanaa Recipes – Bread Service

If you fancy trying to make your own version of the Disney Animal Kingdom Sanaa naan bread here is a recipe.

Although naan bread is now widely available to buy in grocery stores, it is not that difficult, and very much more satisfying to make your own.

Sanaa Naan Bread Recipe

  • 3 2/3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter

The easiest way is to make this naan bread recipe in a Kitchen Aid or similar mixer. You could do it by hand as well.

Directions:

  1. Combine the flour, sugar, salt and baking soda with paddle attachment. Mix well to combine.
  2. Whisk milk, water, and oil.
  3. Switch attachment to a dough hook and slowly combine wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Be careful not to overmix.
  4. Cover bowl and let the dough rest for 1 hour.
  5. Preheat pizza stone at 500 degrees for 30-40 minutes. If you do not have a pizza stone then pre heat a baking sheet.
  6. Divide dough into five even pieces. Add flour to surface and roll each piece into a circle.
  7. Switch oven to broil. Broil each piece of bread for about 5 minutes on preheated pizza stone.
  8. Remove from the oven and brush with melted butter.

Sanaa’s Mango Chutney

  • 1 large mango, peeled and chopped
  • 1/3 of a red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 ounces white vinegar
  • 1 ounce minced ginger
  • 1/2 tablepoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon madra curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

In a large saucepan combine the red pepper, mango, sugar, ginger and vinegar. Slowly bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a gentle simmer for 20 minutes. Stir the mixture occasionally. Then add the curry powder, lemon juice, nutmeg, and salt. Boil for another 5 minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl and leave to cool.

Sanaa’s Red Pepper Hummus

  • 2 cups chickpeas, drained
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2.5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika

This is very easy to make in a food processor. Just add all of the ingredients together and mix until fully combined.

Sanaa’s Cucumber Raita Recipe

This is a very simple and easy recipe to make. Adjust the amount of the Jalapeño if you are not a huge fan of spice.

Stir all the ingredients together in a large bowl.

  • 1 1/2 cups Greek-style plain yogurt
  • 1 cup cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced into small pieces
  • 1/2 small jalapeño pepper, seeds, and stem removed, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted and freshly ground
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt

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