When it comes to dining at Walt Disney World Resort, the options seem endless. From snack stands to quick-service spots and gorgeous table-service restaurants, there are nearly 400 places to grab some grub. With so many options, you are sure to find something to fit everyone’s taste. However, Disney never wants people to become apathetic to its dining options, so they are constantly thinking of new ways to beef up their already impressive menus.
Disney’s wide array of incredible food is not limited to the theme parks. Walt Disney World Resort hotels have some of the best and most popular restaurants on property — including the Animal Kingdom Lodge hotspot, Sanaa. Sanaa brings Guests into the heart of the savanna and wows their palettes with incredible African dishes full of Indian flavors. Sanaa is also widely-loved amongst Disney World foodies for its mouthwatering bread service — a must-order for some every time they dine there.
Sanaa has only been reopened for about one year (it has been closed since the pandemic shut down the Resort), but Disney has already decided that the menu needed a revamp. Sanaa is open daily for lunch and dinner and both menus will be seeing familiar dishes with new twists, or completely new dishes that they are sure to love.
Let’s take a look at all the amazing new dishes coming to the African restaurant.
Lamb Kefta – Lunch & Dinner
This delicious starter is not new to the menu, but the chefs have kicked the flavor up a notch. The lamb kefta will showcase the deep, rich flavors of cumin and cayenne pepper. The kefta will be served with a Tunisian couscous salad and a ginger pear chutney.
Potjie-inspired Slow Cooked Dishes – Lunch & Dinner
For an entrée, the Potjie-inspired Slow Cooked Dishes are made in a potjie, a traditional cast-iron pot that dates back to the Dutch during the spice trade. The popular Butter Chicken is here to stay, with Chef introducing authentic pork selection and multiple plant-based additions to this “Harvest.” The Pork Vindaloo has origins from Goa and features inspiration from Portuguese cuisine. This tender pork is cooked with paprika, garlic, tomato, vinegar, and a house-made spice blend – how delicious! The LentilDaal is typically found in the Indian subcontinent and is made with yellow lentils and cooked in fragrant spices.
Rajma Masala – Lunch & Dinner
This new dish is sure to satisfy the taste buds of any Guest following a plant-based diet. In this dish, red kidney beans will be blended with a variety of spices, onions, tomatoes, and garam masala. They are then braised until tender. The Rajma Masala will then be served with flavorful, tender greens.
Zanzibari Vegetable Curry – Lunch & Dinner
Zanzibar is known as the “Spice Island,” and this new dish will bring those flavors in full force. The Zanzibari Vegetable Curry will be another plant-based that will feature seasonal vegetables and rice, blended with the rich flavors of cinnamon, cloves, and black pepper.
Samaki Wa Kupaka – Lunch & Dinner
Attention all fish lovers, this dish is for you! The Samaki Wa Kupaka — which means “coated fish” — will be marinated in the traditional Swahili flavors of mango and turmeric. The tender and flaky fish will be served with a tamarind-infused coconut gravy.
Pork Shank – Dinner only
This fall-off-the-bone pork shank will be braised in the bold flavors of cloves, nutmeg, and allspice. Once the pork is fork-tender, it is plated and served with black-eyed peas, which have been simmered in a chermoula herb blend.
Grilled New York Strip – Dinner only
The final addition to Sanaa’s dinner menu is a Grilled New York Strip. While the name of the dish may seem simple, the flavor profile is anything but. Your perfectly cooked strip steak will be served with Mukimo — a traditional Kenyan mash — that is made of green peas, corn, and spinach. The dish will also come with harvest vegetables, an herb emulsion, and a fig sauce.
All of these incredible items are now on the Sanaa menu. Reservations for Sanaa are not required but are encouraged, as Disney cannot guarantee a table without a reservation. You can explore the Sanaa menu more by clicking here.