Vegan Dining At Sanaa

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Welcome to our newest blogger Emily Woesthoff! Emily is the General Manager of BabyCakes NYC in Downtown Disney and has been vegan for most of her adult life. She is going to be rating and reviewing restaurants around Walt Disney World and recommending some top picks for vegan and vegetarian readers.

Sanaa, located in the Kidani Village section of Animal Kingdom Lodge is probably one of, if not the, best location for vegan dining on property. It’s not just because the food is tasty, and the atmosphere is pretty, it’s also because Sanaa makes it easy to eat vegan. Sanaa has its own vegan menu; that’s right, an entire menu rather than just one option! It may not sound like much to an omnivore, but for a vegan in Walt Disney World, more than one option is quite a luxury.

Salad Sampler

Just about everything that Sanaa churns out of its kitchen is delicious. To start off, the Potato and Pea Samosas which come with mango or tamarind chutney (I always say, go mango or go home) are a great option. There are two of them, so it’s a sharable appetizer. Something on the lighter side? Try the Salad Sampler! It’s actually really filling, since you are able to choose three salads, and a better value for your money than the Samosas. Do me a favor and please try the Bhel Puri as one of your salad choices. It’s so good, and incorporates noodles along with a bunch of cold vegetables, you will not be disappointed. The tomato soup is also good, but it’s tomato soup and you can get that anywhere, so live a little!

Bread Service

The Indian-Style Bread Service for Two is also an excellent way to start off a meal at Sanaa. The vegan Bread Service option does not include naan, only the pappadum bread, which is similar to a cracker and has a bit of kick to it. Of the three accompaniments, the best choices are: the Mango Chutney (again, go mango or go home), the Roasted Red Bell Pepper Hummus, and the Coriander Chutney. If you prefer to add a little spice, go for the Red Chile Sambal.

For the main course, the Stewed Lentils are a must have. The Vegetables and Chickpeas with Green Curry Sauce is a heartier, almost creamy option; and the Spicy Peas, Chickpeas, and Potatoes also get two thumbs up. After trying just about all of them, the only option that didn’t blow me away was the Vindaloo-style Vegetables. If you’re dining with someone else also ordering off of the vegan menu, be sure to get four different things and split them! Another tip? Use the long, rectangular plate under the three serving bowls as a plate to share your options.

There are also actually three different options for vegan desserts here, too! No one is dusting off an old package of cookies for you at Sanaa! Skip the Tofutti Ice Cream, as you’re sure to get it for dessert elsewhere on property. Instead, go for the Mango Sorbet which is served alongside raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries. It also helps to cure any leftover spiciness you may be experiencing. Do yourself a favor and get the Kenyan coffee pot as well, you won’t be sorry.

If you’re vegan and you have not yet ventured to Sanaa, make an Advance Dining Reservation now and plan your next trip to Walt Disney World around that reservation. Seriously though, this restaurant is a nice change of pace for those who are used to asking a million questions and over-explaining their diet before they can so much as order dinner. Be sure to thank your host and server for the awesome vegan options their restaurant provides!

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 Bunches of Kale

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Posted on September 18, 2012

10 Responses to “Vegan Dining At Sanaa”

  • Very good post although I am unfamiliar with your rating system. How does a Bunch of Kale equate to a Mound of Swiss Chard or, perhaps, a Heaping of Jicama?

    • by Emily Woesthoff on September 18, 2012, at 8:18 pm EST

      The kale to Swiss Chard ratio is 1:6. Also, you should know that only a fool would use a rating system based upon heaps of jicama! Thanks, Brian!

  • Awesome! I’m vegan (flexibly so when I travel in order to survive on more than French fries and iceberg lettuce), so it’s nice to hear that Sanaa is pretty great for vegans. I went to Jiko last year and felt that it was a waste of two DDP credits (honestly, a waste even if it was one), but Sanaa looks right up my alley. We don’t have room for it during our next trip, but it’ll definitely be on my to-do list for any future trips to WDW!

    • by Emily Woesthoff on September 18, 2012, at 8:24 pm EST

      Sounds great, Lynne! Sanaa is definitely worth your vegan time. It’s also only one credit on the DDP! I’d love to hear what you think when you have a chance to visit.

  • Awesome review, though I would have expected 5/5 Bunches of Garlicky Kale.

    This is my favorite place for lunch/dinner on property. I’m not vegan but I go for all the vegan options because they really can’t be beat. All of great substance too, not just tofu and soy (not that there’s anything wrong with tofurevue.com)

    Also, as you alluded to: best coffee on property.

  • Best coffee on property? For me, it’s a toss up between here, and the Kona Coffee at the Poly.

  • So thankful for your posts! I find it so hard to find current information on vegetarian food at Disney. I hope you keep posting!
    We are vegetarians who visit Disney World once a year. This is one of our favorite places. Our other favorite was at California Grill.

    • by Emily Woesthoff on September 28, 2012, at 2:06 pm EST

      Thank you so much! I’m glad to know you’re finding these helpful. I have not yet been to California Grill, I can’t wait to see what kind of vegan dish they come up with there!

  • This was so helpful. I made reservations here for January because of this. Now I’m super excited- good tips about the coffee pot (can’t wait to try it, I had kona coffee at Boma last year and I swear it was the best coffee I’ve ever had) and sharing dishes, my mom and I will be sure to do this! Also love the kale rating system!!

  • by Emily Woesthoff on December 15, 2012, at 9:49 am EST

    I’m so glad you found this helpful! I would love to hear what you think, and how your experience is when you visit in January! Enjoy!