In this final blog I’m going to try to tie up any loose ends and answer a few more questions.
When I checked into Kidani Village early on May 1st, I was the only guest at the front desk and I had seven eager cast members ready and willing to tell me everything there is to know about Kidani Village. When I mentioned that I had lunch reservations at Sanaa, in unison they said “Try the pork chop.”
Yesterday, it was time to put their recommendation to the test. But before I ever arrived at my table, I learned something new about the restaurant. It was designed to look like a stylized outdoor marketplace and all of the waitstaff are referred to as merchants. I realize that this is sort of gimmicky, but it works. Hey, it’s Disney and getting lost in our imaginations is what it’s all about.
Take a look at the design in the middle of the tables at Sanaa.
Since I knew I’d be writing a mini-review about lunch at Sanaa, I felt it important to order two different meals. Since Donald and I were both still full from our large dinner the night before, we decided to skip appetizers and desserts and only order entrees. But now the hard decision – who gets the Grilled Port Chop ($17.99)? It was finally decided that Donald would get the recommended selection.
This chop is available at lunch only and is the sole pork item served. Because this meat is not commonly served in Africa or India it was decided to limit its use. In fact, the bacon used on the Club Sandwich is Turkey-Bacon.
The Grilled Pork Chop is glazed with ginger and pickled lime sauce and served with sautéed spinach. However, Donald opted for the stir-fried green beans.
Donald did allow me a small bite of the pork and we both agreed that the front-desk cast members were right – this dish is a winner. It was tender, moist, and flavorful. Note, I would call the serving size a “lunch” portion, but there was enough food here to satisfy Donald.
For my entrée I tried one of the combination meals ($18.99). Here you can choose two from the following: Chicken With Red Curry Sauce, Paneer Cheese and Spinach, Shrimp with Green Curry Sauce, and Beef Short Ribs. I opted for Chicken Curry and Paneer Cheese.
The Chicken Curry was good; however I wish there had been a few more bites of meat in the bowl. As for the curry, I liked it. Curry is certainly a robust flavor, but it wasn’t overpowering. It had a slight tingle, but not so strong as to scare away those of you who don’t like spicy-hot food.
The Paneer Cheese and Spinach was interesting. I want tell you more, but I’m really not sure what to say. I finished it all so it must have been good, but words escape me when I try to describe it. Sorry.
Overall, I’m pleased with Sanaa. The menu is diverse and it would take several visits to try everything. And the food is unique. Even though I found it difficult to describe the Paneer Cheese and Spinach, I’m still glad I ordered it. It was fun to try something new. And I love the décor of the restaurant. The designers created one of the most inviting and warm spots at Disney.
Now it’s time to move on to some final odds and ends about Kidani Village.
High Speed Internet Access: Each room is equipped with a cable to connect a laptop to the internet. You’ll find the cable in a cloth bag hanging in a closet. The price is $9.95 for 24 hours. However members (and their guest) get this service for free. Non-members making general reservations must pay. Also, if you take the cable home with you, you’ll be charged $9.95.
Disney is installing WiFi in many of the public rooms of their resorts. It will eventually make it to Kidani Village, but no date has been set for this to happen.
Throughout the resort you will see wonderfully shaped pieces of colorful glass in a number of chandeliers. This glass was crafted by Savoy Studios. For more information, check out their website. http://www.savoystudios.com/
Take a look at the hidden Mickeys found in the hallway carpet.
In your room, look for a “Wildlife Field Guide.” On it you’ll find a list of animals that roam the savanna and a brief description of their habits.
Of course, as nice as the resort is, the real reason anyone would stay here is to see the animals. Greg, Curator in the Animals Program Department, told me that when you see the animals on the Kilimanjaro Safari, it’s only for a brief moment. But when you view them from Jambo House or Kidani Village, you can actually watch them behave and interact over a period of time. This gives you a far better understanding of the animals than a quick “drive by” can provide.
All of the pictures below were taken from my room on the third floor.
The previous post in this blog was Kidani Village Part 5.
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