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Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Sanaa Restaurant

While at the #MonkeyKingdomEvent last week, I visited the Animal Kingdom Lodge (what a cool place!) and dined at Sanaa, which is located within the resort.

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Savor slow-cooked meats, salads and vegetarian specialties as you discover African cooking with Indian flavors.

Step inside this exquisite, East African-inspired eatery, which evokes a traditional spice market, decorated with handcrafted wares under the graceful branches of an acacia tree.

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photo credit: disney

Start your meal with Indian-style bread service with 3 accompaniments, from sweet mango chutney to spicy red chile sambal.

For your entrée, select from tender meats slow-cooked in gravy—such as beef short ribs and spicy Durban shrimp—as well as vegetarian dishes like the Sanaa vegetarian sampler. A range of sampler platters lets you choose a variety of flavors, and kid-friendly fare like beef burgers, pizza and grilled chicken is sure to please even the pickiest of palates.

Pair your meal with wine from South Africa, beer from India or Kenya, and specialty cocktails like the Malawi Mango Margarita. You can also enjoy refreshing non-alcoholic choices that include tropical juice, pomegranate lemonade and berry smoothies.

Reservations are recommended and can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit. Guests must be 21 years of age and over to order alcoholic beverages.

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The flavors of Sanna immediately brought me back to the tastes and smells of India, but not as spicy (hot) as to accommodate families and sensitive palettes. I was impressed with the care the staff took with my shellfish allergy, as they offered various other meats as replacements. My favorite dish was the butter chicken, which includes pieces of extremely tender chicken in a buttery curry (just a hint of curry) tomato sauce. MMMMMM!