Lunch at Sanaa in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge


Having lunch with my DAK coworkers.

As many of you know, DAK and DAK Lodge hold a special place in my heart.  Where else in the United States can you wake up and see giraffes and zebras outside your window??

My DAK coworkers got a big group together to go and try DAK Lodge’s Sanaa restaurant, located in the Kidani Village.

Because we are all CPs and do mostly closing shifts, all 13 of us could go for lunch!

Jambo House

Jambo House

After saying a quick hello to the zebras and wildebeests, we went into Sanaa.

Right when we walked in, I immediately recognized Joe Rohde at the bar!  He is the imagineer behind Animal Kingdom and happens to be super recognizable because of his earring. haha  There were more than a couple in our group fan-girling over him!


With our drinks.

We were split into two tables of 8, plus an extra chair for my friend Ricky.

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The DAK Pack!

I, of course, ordered my favorite drink here – the Painted Lemur!


My Painted Lemur cocktail.

The description says it’s fruity/chocolatey, which sounds super gross.  But, it’s actually so good!  It’s light and tastes similar to rumchata.


The Painted Lemur martini

Plus it just looks so cool in it’s martini glass.

First thing we ordered was the house bread specialty!

Indian Style Bread service – Choose Five Breads from four bread choices: Naan, Roti, Paratha or Paneer Paratha. Choice of three accompaniments. Mint and onion Raita, Cucumber Raita, Coriander Raita,Mango Chutney, Garlic-ginger Pickle, Mango-lime Pickle, Roated Red Bell Pepper Hummus, Tamarind chutney.

It is an extra charge for lunch, but SO worth it! All this food for only $12.99!


Choice of Breads – Traditional Naan, Garlic-Ginger Naan, Spiced Naan, Onion Kucha, or Paneer Paratha.

The bread comes with five large slices of different flavored bread and twelve different sauces that are organized mild to hot.  We all agreed that the best was the green one!  It tasted sweet and tangy and was so delicious!!  I also really liked the mango chutney (3rd one in on the left).


Choice of Accompaniments – Cucumber Raita, Roasted Red Bell Pepper Hummus, Mango Chutney, Tamarind Chutney, Tomato-Date Jam, Coriander Chutney, Red Chile Sambal, Spicy Jalapeño-Lime Pickle

I ordered the Potjie inspired dish.

You pick two options from Butter Chicken, Spicy Durban Shrimp, Seasonal Greens and Tomatoes, Paneer Tikka, Goan Seafood Curry, Spiced Lamb, Lentil Dhal, or Chickpea Wat.  I ordered the least spicy: Butter Chicken and the Seafood Curry.  It also comes with a choice of Basmati Rice or Five-Grain Pilaf.  I got the yummy rice.

11798266_10207009717458555_1341690958_nI really liked it!  Both items were mild and I used the extra sauce to eat with the rice.  There were some fun shaped items in the seafood – I have a sneaky suspicion I was eating octopus. haha

My friends tried the Tandoori Chicken.  It came open faced with tomato, onion, and the white cucumber rita sauce.
11749826_10207009717498556_1830352581_nThe other option was Tandoori Shrimp.

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It was so awesome getting to hang out with the DAK Pack!


Rawr! It’s a jungle out there….

The best part?  Cast members get 40% off lunch here!

I absolutely loved it and I definitely want to go back again – if only to eat some of that bread again!!

To read about my first time visiting Sanaa with Elly, click here.


working together at DAK

Working together at DAK.

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One thought on “Lunch at Sanaa in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

  1. marywdw says:

    I love eating at Sanaa! Such delicious food!

    Liked by 1 person

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