Have you ever experienced the confusion that is realizing other Disney World Guests are not as pumped for your favorite Disney restaurant experiences or attractions as you are? We all have our favorites and our “one and done” Disney World Resort restaurants and attractions. When you find something you love, you want to spread the word, especially if the place you love is highly underrated.
When you find that great quick-service lunch spot or the best place for afternoon cocktails, you just wanna share your knowledge with other Guests at Walt Disney World. Today we are heading out past Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge to the wildest Disney Park, Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Is this the most underrated Animal Kingdom restaurant? You decide.
This Walt Disney World Resort Park merges the beauty of natural landscapes around the world (African pride lands, Asian Jungle, and even Mount Everest) with an out-of-this-world area (Pandora – The World of Avatar). Lucky for you foodies, the dining scene in this Park is equally great with table service, snack, cocktail, and quick service dining spots. When you are not snacking on grilled corn near Kilimanjaro Safari or Yak & Yeti dumplings near Expedition Everest, chow down on fresh and yummy bowls from Satu’li Canteen.
Pandora – The World of Avatar is not only home to one of my favorite rides, Flight of Passage – it’s also home to the most underrated restaurant that no one talks about. Satu’li Canteen! Located near Navi River Journey, this military mess hall looks like something straight out of the movie Avatar, with a mix of military design scaffolding in a building that is decorated with traditional Na’vi touches. Think tapestries, basket weave lamp shades, and more to add a movie magic touch to your meal.
You’ll find a lot of covered seating outdoors, conveniently located next door to a bathroom. Indoors, you’ll pass a yummy-smelling fire pit where you can see the meat roasting fresh for serving. You can use Mobile Order if you want to streamline your ordering process or take a look at the menu and order food at the quick service kiosk at the restaurant.
This Disney dining experience delivers a neat, themed, quick-service dining option with untraditional theme park food. Cheeseburger Pods and grain bowls are staples on this menu. The fun and Instagramable Cheeseburger Pods come in at $13.29 and are an adorable bao bun entree filled with ground beef, ketchup, mustard, pickle, and cheddar cheese served with crunchy vegetable slaw and vegetable chips. These pods are almost too cute to eat, and the chips are a great side.
If you are craving shrimp, try the chili-garlic shrimp bowl for $15.49. Plump shrimp are tossed in a chili-garlic sauce topped with crunchy vegetable slaw and boba balls served with your choice of grain base and sauce drizzle. This entree always delivers fresh flavor and is the perfect lunch or dinner option.
Walt Disney World dining does a pretty great job of ensuring there are interesting and delicious plant-based and allergy-friendly options on menus around Walt Disney World. Aside from those restaurants on the property that are not actually Disney owned (you may be surprised at a few of these), you can count on Disney to provide options and adaptable menus to meet your dietary preferences or needs.
At Satu’li Canteen, you can find a yummy plant-based option in the Chili-Spiced Crispy Fried Tofu Bow for only $8.79. This dish consists of crispy fried tofu seasoned with chili-spice topped with crunchy vegetable slaw and served with your choice of base grain and paired with a small Dasani® Bottled Water or Lowfat Milk.
My favorite menu item is, hands down, the Combination Bowl: Grilled Beef & Chicken at Satu’li Canteen. This bowl delivers double the protein, so you can taste both the wood-fired chicken and beef on this menu. Satu’li Canteen serves up fresh and simple bowls and entrées with perfectly paired flavors. The slow-roasted sliced grilled beef is juicy and perfectly cooked after marinating in a blend of garlic, herbs, red pepper spice, and red wine vinegar. The juicy chicken thighs in this bowl are marinated in garlic and olive oil.
The bowl itself is served on a grain or salad base, depending on your preference, and is topped with a crunchy veggie slaw and tropical-flavored Boba Balls as garnish. Finally, you’ll choose a sauce drizzle from the menu to top off the bowl. This menu item comes in at $17.95.
If this sounds like too much meat, you can opt for the Chicken Bowl or the Beef Bowl without both proteins. I love this dining spot at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and never want to miss a chance to visit. It’s a great shareable eat and feels like a healthier Disney vacation dining option made with minimally processed food that will keep you energized for the rest of your Animal Kingdom Park day!
This is not a spot where you want to skip dessert. Order the Chocolate Cake or the Blueberry Cream Cheese Mousse. The Chocolate Cake is made with a crunchy hazelnut cookie layer, and banana cream and topped with bright goji berries. My favorite dessert is absolutely the Blueberry Cream Cheese Mousse. This shiny blue mousse is perfect for fruity dessert lovers. This Blueberry Cream Cheese Mousse is filled with passion fruit curd and is a perfect light dessert.
I hear people rave about Tusker House Restaurant, talk about the fun they had in Rainforest Cafe, and even about the fun eats and cocktails at Nomad Lounge. Satu’li Canteen deserves more attention and is a highly underrated restaurant.
Anytime you can get a themed quick-service dining experience that you can enjoy on a budget and without a dining reservation- I’m impressed. Is this hidden Pandora eatery the most underrated Animal Kingdom restaurant? You decide!