Ah…Sanaa… This lovely restaurant located at Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Kidani Village overlooks the savanna and its animal occupants. We had a late dinner here, and thus couldn’t see the animals through our window-side table, but it was still a wonderful meal in a charming atmosphere.
We started with drinks in the lounge while waiting for our table. I had the African Starr Mojito (Starr African rum, Van der Hum tangerine liqueur from South Africa, fresh mint, and lime). It was quite tasty. (I can’t remember what my husband had. Something on the rocks, I think.)
I’d long heard amazing things about Sanaa’s bread service. Not familiar with this? It’s pretty much a wooden board full of heavenly flavors. There are five different types of naan (Indian bread): traditional, garlic-ginger, spiced naan, onion kucha, and paneer paratha. You can choose three accompaniments, or pay a little extra and get all nine – cucumber raita, roasted red pepper hummus, mango chutney, tomato-date jam, tamarind chutney, coriander chutney, garlic pickle, red chile sambal, and spicy jalapeño-lime pickle. You should definitely get them all. My favorites were the cucumber raita, coriander chutney (which I called cilantro chutney), and red chile sambal. Actually, the three mixed together were quite nice.
For our entree (we split it because, well, bread service), we had the braaivleis – a South African sampler platter with boerewor (South African sausage), a lamb chop, and pork tenderloin with veggies and maybe some potatoes? I’m not sure. We failed to photograph it. I think our minds were still on that amazing bread service. Not to diss the sampler platter – it was delicious! Our excellent server recommended South African wines to go with our meal, based on our individual preferences. Mine was a bit lighter, my husband’s more bold. They were both very good.
Have you dined at Sanaa? What’s your favorite bread service “accompaniment”?