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Old 10-13-2013, 06:00 PM   #1
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Sanaa recommendations please...

Anyone ever dine at Sanaa at AKL? If so, any recommendations would be appreciated. We are considering a first time visit this trip and I would like to know what everyone recommends.
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Old 10-13-2013, 06:11 PM   #2
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We loved the bread service which was enough to fill me up. My DS22 had the trio of stews (sorry I don't remember the name). He loved that. Just don't miss the bread service!
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Old 10-13-2013, 06:24 PM   #3
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We loved the bread service which was enough to fill me up. My DS22 had the trio of stews (sorry I don't remember the name). He loved that. Just don't miss the bread service!
Are there different kinds of breads? If so, which are your favorite?
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Old 10-13-2013, 06:33 PM   #4
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We ate at Sanaa twice last month on our first stay at AKL. LOVED it! We stopped at the lounge for a beer after a long, hot day at the parks. We had no dinner plans so decided to try the bread service. Opted for all 9 dips. It was so good. The different dips were refreshing, spicy, creamy, just so fun.

A couple of nights later, we had dinner. We started with the mussels...we love mussels. These were delish, broth was so good with a fennel infusion that was so tasty with the ginger bread that was served with it. We then had the salad sampler. They were all wonderful, esp. the watermelon salad. For entrees', we had a "pick two", butter chicken and the bison dish and basmati rice. Other entree was the braised lamb shank. All were very tasty and I can't believe we ate it all. We usually get one app, one entree and split. We even got a dessert...the banana kulfi dessert.

I was full for 2 days....next time I would do maybe split an entree or even skip. The mussels, bread and salad sampler would make a great meal for us to split!

Hope you try it! It is a special place!
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Old 10-13-2013, 06:37 PM   #5
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We ate at Sanaa twice last month on our first stay at AKL. LOVED it! We stopped at the lounge for a beer after a long, hot day at the parks. We had no dinner plans so decided to try the bread service. Opted for all 9 dips. It was so good. The different dips were refreshing, spicy, creamy, just so fun.

A couple of nights later, we had dinner. We started with the mussels...we love mussels. These were delish, broth was so good with a fennel infusion that was so tasty with the ginger bread that was served with it. We then had the salad sampler. They were all wonderful, esp. the watermelon salad. For entrees', we had a "pick two", butter chicken and the bison dish and basmati rice. Other entree was the braised lamb shank. All were very tasty and I can't believe we ate it all. We usually get one app, one entree and split. We even got a dessert...the banana kulfi dessert.

I was full for 2 days....next time I would do maybe split an entree or even skip. The mussels, bread and salad sampler would make a great meal for us to split!

Hope you try it! It is a special place!
Thanks so much for the info. How was the butter chicken? I see they are offering it at the food trucks in DTD now during Foodtopia. So I figured it must be popular. I can't wait to try the bread!
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Old 10-13-2013, 07:02 PM   #6
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The butter chicken was tasty...not at all what the name implies, but a tomato based sauce.

For me, the breads (we got all 3 naans), the dips, the salads and the mussels were the stars. Maybe on a freezing cold night, I would re-order the lamb shanks or bison short ribs. But it was hot, muggy and those lighter dishes were spot on!
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Old 10-13-2013, 07:20 PM   #7
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They offer a special lunch called something like Dining with a Disney Animal Specialist. We did it last week & loved it. You have to book ahead & it is only offered on certain days.

It is 4 courses (I think about $50/adult), you get the bread service to share with all 9 sauces & 3 different types of bread, then each person gets 3 salads, watermelon, mango, & chick pea. I would say each was at least a cup.

Then the entree is the butter chicken & mahi mahi with basmati rice.

Dessert was 3 individual servings of Chai Cream, coconut cheesecake & a chocolate mousse per person. It was all amazing!
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Great Thread, I would like to see more suggestions and descriptions.

We are going for dinner during our upcoming spring break trip. It will be our first trip to Sanaa. My family finally approved a visit and I have been wanting to try Sanaa for a while now.

My family is really picky DH and DD. I suggested the butter chicken for my husband but DD is more of a plain eater. Do they have plain roasted chicken? The chicken can be lightly seasoned.

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The tandoori chicken was good, but not as spicy as I like it.

We liked the bread service the best.
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Old 10-14-2013, 09:36 AM   #10
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I THINK the Tandoori chicken and Tandoori shrimp in that form (on Naan bread with cucumber raita) is only served at lunch, at least it was when I was there several months ago. At dinner it's in a bowl with a separate bowl of basmati rice. I much prefer it the way they serve it at lunch, one reason why I like lunchtime better.
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Great Thread, I would like to see more suggestions and descriptions.

We are going for dinner during our upcoming spring break trip. It will be our first trip to Sanaa. My family finally approved a visit and I have been wanting to try Sanaa for a while now.

My family is really picky DH and DD. I suggested the butter chicken for my husband but DD is more of a plain eater. Do they have plain roasted chicken? The chicken can be lightly seasoned.

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They have grilled chicken on the kids menu. Tandoori chicken is very mild & baked.
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Old 10-14-2013, 04:38 PM   #12
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Great Thread, I would like to see more suggestions and descriptions.

We are going for dinner during our upcoming spring break trip. It will be our first trip to Sanaa. My family finally approved a visit and I have been wanting to try Sanaa for a while now.

My family is really picky DH and DD. I suggested the butter chicken for my husband but DD is more of a plain eater. Do they have plain roasted chicken? The chicken can be lightly seasoned.

Thank you
I agree with loving to see more suggestions and descriptions. I think it is the overplanner in me.

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The tandoori chicken was good, but not as spicy as I like it.

We liked the bread service the best.
OMG! That looks wonderful! Thank you for posting it. It reminds me of a gyro. I do like spice myself. Most dishes we prefer more spicy than not.

My son wants me to carry a bottle of siracha in my purse so he can add to most of his meals. A few years ago, he wouldn't even try a spicy dish - now he's addicted to the spice!


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I THINK the Tandoori chicken and Tandoori shrimp in that form (on Naan bread with cucumber raita) is only served at lunch, at least it was when I was there several months ago. At dinner it's in a bowl with a separate bowl of basmati rice. I much prefer it the way they serve it at lunch, one reason why I like lunchtime better.
I think I prefer the lunch menu too.

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I have tried many things but only enjoyed the following:

Short ribs, burger, vegetables and Chai Cream for dessert (one of the best in WDW IMO) Lemonade was awesome.

Did not like the bread service, hated the butter chicken (made of crappy chicken parts) ...
Short ribs...yum! I used to the short ribs at Jiko they had a few years ago. The ones with the Kenya coffee rub. I was so bummed to find out they changed the recipe when we were there last year. I may need to try the Sanna ones to compare. My hubby loves lemonade, so I'm sure this will go on his list to try. Thanks for the recommendations.

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They have grilled chicken on the kids menu. Tandoori chicken is very mild & baked.
Good to know for the folks who aren't into the spicy.
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Old 10-16-2013, 11:52 PM   #13
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Don't be chicken...book it.

No one can type the flavors that are unique to Sanaa. Photos can't do it either but works better than words. Love Sanaa for its view. A crowned crane stood at our window and watched us watching it in fascination. Be brave and explore new flavors few of us can find back home. Another thing I enjoy is the way the tables lend to an impression that a fewer number of people are present with you than actually is the case. Don't go if you are in a hurry. Take your time on purpose. The noise and chaos of Boma is not present. My soup of the day was carrot-ginger YUM do inquire if it is on hand for you too. After the meal go outside and stroll to the center of the savannah where in the evening there is a fire pit. Our ADR was just before sunset so we had a view of the evening feeding. You only see a log out there but on the other side is a food tray for the animals. Stop fretting the ADR choice. You will depart full and smiling.
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No one can type the flavors that are unique to Sanaa. Photos can't do it either but works better than words. Love Sanaa for its view. A crowned crane stood at our window and watched us watching it in fascination. Be brave and explore new flavors few of us can find back home. Another thing I enjoy is the way the tables lend to an impression that a fewer number of people are present with you than actually is the case. Don't go if you are in a hurry. Take your time on purpose. The noise and chaos of Boma is not present. My soup of the day was carrot-ginger YUM do inquire if it is on hand for you too. After the meal go outside and stroll to the center of the savannah where in the evening there is a fire pit. Our ADR was just before sunset so we had a view of the evening feeding. You only see a log out there but on the other side is a food tray for the animals. Stop fretting the ADR choice. You will depart full and smiling.
I COULDN"T agree with this more. Sanaa is such an experience, and a fantastic one at that ! One of my other favourite parts of it is that the prices are SO reasonable, but the experience is so unique. We have been to Sanaa and Jiko, and dollar for dollar, Sanaa wins hands down !!! Just relax, enjoy, and remember, it will stay with you for years
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My son wants me to carry a bottle of siracha in my purse so he can add to most of his meals. A few years ago, he wouldn't even try a spicy dish - now he's addicted to the spice!
Instead of siracha (which can be messy if anything happens...) I sometimes carry a small bottle of cayenne pepper with me. Disney tends to err on the side of caution with spices.

The tandoori chicken I have had (even in Indian restaurants) has not been spicey. Maybe other posters are thinking of chicken vindaloo.
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