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    • ibwalrash

      Registered: February 2014
      Posts: 6
      Review Date: Mon February 10, 2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Menu is designed for sampling
      Cons: a bit out of the way

      Living in a part of the country where Indian and African food is not very prevalent, we wanted to go exotic and try this place. We are very adventurous eaters and Sanaa delivered.

      Our waiter walked us through the entire menu and gave recommendations. Our server knew we wanted to sample different things so he worked it out on our deluxe dining plan so that the kids got what they wanted and we got an extra appetizer. We had the naan sampler (btw the red chili sambal is so much better here than at Road to Marakesh in Epcot) an African salad sampler (delicious!) and another sampler (all good) for starters. My wife had the Tandori chicken (fantastic) and I had the spicy fish and chicken with jasmine rice (just ok). Dessert was a blur but I do know that I don't like bread pudding before I came here and I still don't.

      This place is a must try for anyone wanting to go off the reservation for dining at Disney.
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      Registered: April 2008
      Location: MA, USA
      Posts: 12
      Review Date: Sat January 25, 2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Food, Service, Location, Atmosphere

      We ate here on 1/8 for dinner on the DDP (3 adult women, no children). We loved eating at Sanaa, the atmosphere is lovely and feels very intimate. Our server was fantastic, very helpful and informative. We are family that loves Indian food and Sanaa did not disappoint. Even though we were on the DDP we got the bread service with all 12 sauces. It was delicious. I had the Slow Cooked in Garvey - Butter Chicken and Spicy Durban Chicken. The spicy chicken was SPICY but very tasty. My sister had the Tandoori chicken and said it was the best meal the entire 8 day trip. My mom also had the tandoori was very pleased. For dessert I had the Tanzanian Chocolate Mousse which was artfully plated and delicious, though I was jealous of my sister's Chai Cream. Everything should come with Chai Cream! I would certainly eat here again, in fact I could eat all my meals at AKL. If your nervous about the Indian flavors don't be everything is prepared well and the chefs are very attentive. We saw them come to two separate tables to answer questions and talk with guests.

      Life's like a movie, write your own ending...
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      Registered: January 2014
      Posts: 3
      Review Date: Sat January 25, 2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 8 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): atmosphere
      Cons: none

      The food was tasty. Not too spicey. Desserts where fantastic. We had a late lunch so the resturant was about empty when we finished. Saw lots of animals out the windows.
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      Registered: November 2013
      Posts: 1
      Review Date: Thu November 28, 2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 0 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Service, view, interiior
      Cons: main dishes were a little bland for our tastes

      I hate to be rain on peoples parade, but I'd have to say that my wife and I were slightly disappointing with Sanaa.

      First, let me say that we live about 10 minutes from a large Indian populated area, so there are several Indian restaurants very close to us, that we enjoy, so that certainly tinges our thoughts. This is not a negative review per se, but I wanted to express a critical view.

      First, the good stuff. We decided about noon to go to a sit down restaurant that evening. Jiko is our favorite restaurant on property, but we wanted to spend a little less, and I had heard such great things about Sanaa. The earliest reservation that we could 'get' was 6:30, which was too late for us. We got through to the actual restaurant, and were told that if we just showed up at 5pm (opening) that they would probably be able to seat us. We arrived at 4:55, were given our beeper, and 5 minutes later, we were brought to a great table by the window.
      Our server, Sam, was great. Very personable, and knowledgeable about the menu.
      We ordered the Naan service with all of the sauces. Sam explained what each one was, and rearranged the sauces by 'hotness'. We liked 6 out of the nine, but all were tasty.
      We were not that hungry, and wanted to save ourselves for dessert, so we shared the Slow Cooked platter, getting Butter Chicken (my favorite) and Beef Short Ribs. One great thing that the kitchen did, was to bring the meal to us, already divided and presented in separate little dishes. That was great.
      Unfortunately, the butter chicken was missing 'something'. My wife and I both agreed that something wasn't there, but we didn't know what.
      The short ribs meat was outstanding. I usually shy away from dishes like this because, many times, the meat is low quality, but it was excellent. Since I don't usually order it, I thought it was quite tasty, but my wife said that it was also not up to the taste that she was expecting. It is quite possible that the dishes were not as spicy as we are used to, so they tasted bland.
      For dessert, we ordered the Rice Pudding. It was not the usual type of Rice Pudding. Sam did warn us about it, and he was not wrong. It was certainly different. Not bad, but it could have been creamyer.

      So to wrap this up, I'd have to say that Sanaa's decor, service and location is really nice. But I would probably not bring my family here to eat. None of the food was bad, but for 'Disney' prices, I would rather spend a little more and get an outstanding meal.
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      Registered: May 2009
      Posts: 5
      Review Date: Sat November 23, 2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Setting, service, food
      Cons: None

      I dined here alone for lunch about a year ago and returned with my husband for lunch recently (November 2013). After raving to him about the experience, I was a bit worried that I might be overselling it - but we were not disappointed.

      We were fortunate to be seated by the window on a lovely day and there were lots of animals to see. We started with a lime habanero margarita for him and a red wine for me - both were delicious. Along with that we had the bread service with raita, coriander chutney and the spicy pickles.

      This was followed by the watermelon, Kachumbari and Bhel Puri salad sampler.

      For our main dishes, he chose the slow cooked (fish curry and spicy shrimp) sampler and I chose the seasonal vegetarian (chana masala and seasonal vegetable wat) sampler. We enjoyed all of these dishes, but my particular favorites were the fish curry and the chana masala.

      Our server was very helpful in explaining the dishes and making recommendations after asking about our preferences. He also made sure that the service was nicely paced.

      This is a great place to get away from the parks and enjoy a relaxing lunch in a beautiful setting.
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      Registered: December 2010
      Location: Texas
      Posts: 64
      Review Date: Sat September 28, 2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Food, Service, Views
      Cons: None

      Rarely does a restaurant live up to all of its glowing reviews...but Sanaa does just that. Seriously...we loved it so much that we dined there twice this last trip. My husband tried the slow cooked meats the first time and I just did the bread service with all of the dips/sauces. The kids tried the meatloaf the first time. On the second visit, my husband had the bison burger, I had the lamb kefta sliders, one kiddo had the shrimp and the other had the chicken. The food was just outstanding. The views were also amazing- just having all of the animals there while you dine. The service was great and love how so many of the hosts and hostesses have so much interesting info on the actual African pieces or functional styling of the restaurant. I think it's safe to say that Sanaa is going to be a must do for us on future trips. A+++++++++++
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      Registered: March 2011
      Posts: 20
      Review Date: Sat September 21, 2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Service, Food and Everything we can think of
      Cons: A little (just a little) cool

      Dined here on 20th September, can't fault this place as it is our third visit, we both ordered the lamb shank , this was cooked to perfection then followed by the chocolate mousse and Banana Sundae. The waitress couldn't be more helpful. A big thumbs up in our opinion.
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      Registered: December 2008
      Posts: 4
      Review Date: Sun June 2, 2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Food, service, view of the animals
      Cons: No more Green Curry Shrimp :(

      My family of five dined here on May 30th and we had a excellent experience. The hostess told us that it would be 90 min for a window seat but we only waited about 15 min and got a amazing table.

      Our server, Christopher, was so nice and knowledgable--(he knew all the animals by name!)He also had lots of recommendations and really knew the in and outs of the menu.

      The food was outstanding. We had the naan service to start and all of the spreads we tried were great.

      Next up for entrees we had the slow cooked meals. I tried the Durban Shrimp which I thought was flavorful but VERY spicy and the Fish with Goan Curry which was good and had a smoky flavor. Now, I have to say my ONLY disappointment for the whole meal was that the green curry shrimp is no longer on the menu. I had that back in January and it was literally one of the best dishes I've ever had. I don't know why they took it off the menu and hope they bring it back.

      Nonetheless, my husband had the butter chicken and bison masala and both were great. My daughter had two vegetarian options that she loved and my younger kids both got kids meals , the tandoori chicken pot pie and the meaty loaf. I tasted both and they were really good and I was so happy to see a restaurant offering something other than chicken strips and pizza!

      We finally had dessert. We shared an order of the chocolate mousse and a dessert trio with all chia cream (sooo goood). It was wonderful!!!

      My only complaint(besides the missing green curry shrimp) was that the after dinner teas are somewhat overpriced but we considered it paying for the ambiance as we got to stay and enjoy the view and animals longer. We love this place and can't wait to go back!!!
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      Registered: May 2013
      Posts: 29
      Review Date: Wed May 22, 2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 4 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): tastefully theme decor
      Cons: small portions

      Food was good, but portions were too small! We were still hungry after shortly after we left. Only saw one animal as we were dining. Nicely themed & decorated, but would not go back again.
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      Registered: January 2006
      Posts: 31
      Review Date: Mon April 8, 2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): The food is outstanding; so is the view of the animals
      Cons: Believe them if they say something is spicy! No bread unless you order the $10 bread service.

      We've dined at Boma and Jiko and love both. Sanaa is every bit as good! My only caution is that, if you don't like spicy/hot food, ask your server to point you in a milder direction. I had the durban spice shrimp and it was almost too spicy hot for me and I love heat in my food. It was delicious, but one degree more heat and it would have been too much. So, steer clear of durban spice if you don't like heat. Husband had tandoori lamb and it was excellent too. For dessert we split a banana kulfi (sort of ice cream) and I could have eaten about three all by myself it was so good. I have only one complaint (or I would have rated it a 10), there is a bread service on the menu, 5 different naan breads and 5 sauces for $10. I assumed (wrongly) that it you didn't order the bread service, you'd at least get a roll, small piece of naan or some sort of bread with the meal. Nope, no bread.
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      Registered: March 2011
      Location: Rhode Island
      Posts: 34
      Review Date: Thu February 7, 2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 7 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): food
      Cons: service

      This is the place to dine if you like your food flavorful. We had the bread service, the appetizer sampler, and the duo with green curry shrimp & the lamb.

      The downside was that the waiter was not particularly good. When you get the bread service, you get to choose 5 of the 10 sauces to accompany them. One of the sauces we received was not what I ordered, but I didn't realize it until we were done. The waiter did not identify them for us when he brought them out! Had he done so, I would have let him know that one was incorrect. I mean, yes, I ordered them, but I don't eat this everyday so I didn't know which ones were which.

      I was a little bummed that the wait staff were not African or Indian, despite the theme of the restaurant. The ladies at the hostess station were African. That is the initial impression of the restaurant so you kind of expect it to continue on through the dinner.

      The food was outstanding though. It's worth the effort to get there at least once.
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      Registered: November 2011
      Posts: 28
      Review Date: Mon January 21, 2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): food, service, atmosphere
      Cons: none

      I loved this place. It was so nice to be able to get food with some spice to it. We were on the DDP, Husband had the kefta appetizer, which was pretty good. I had the bread service, which was good. . but felt it did not live up to the hype I'd read in the reviews. The onion kulcha was nearly black and tasted awful. The papadum was spicy and crisp and delicious though. I had duo of spicy durban chicken and lamb vindaloo with basmati rice. All were good, husband had the steak which he enjoyed. The kids were accommodated. MIL had the fish in curry broth which she liked. Our server was Tracy and she was great. I had the dessert trio and absolutely loved the tropical fruit kulfi.
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      Registered: January 2006
      Posts: 3
      Review Date: Tue January 8, 2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): The food, the staff
      Cons: None

      Just had dinner here tonight and had a wonderful evening. Our waiter, Jim, took the time to describe some of the dishes ( he didn't know that we were New Yorkers who eat out often and enjoy Indian food) and even brought us a little of the lamb vindaloo to try when my husband commented that vindaloos were usually quite hot so we could see if our palate could handle it ( we do usually avoid the vindaloos as TOO hot). It was hot but manageable for our palates so we got the slow cooked lamb vindaloo with the butter chicken and the short ribs with the Durban shrimp and split all 4 between us. When we mentioned that the bread service of 5 breads was just too much bread, he offered us the lunch service of 3 with 3 sauces instead. The Durban shrimp was even hotter than the lamb, but we loved it anyway and I asked for recipes for all 4 which they did not have, but Jim brought me what recipes he could find. Then he had Chef Tricia come out to talk with us to describe how they make the short ribs! What a delightful person! We talked for several minutes not only about the short ribs but about how she snuck oatmeal into other dishes at home to increase her own consumption of it and how they were going to tweak the Sanaa menu this spring! After she was called away to speak to another table, the manager Stephanie came over to ask if things were ok! All in all a truly wonderful and memorable meal! We are looking forward to going back with our children this summer.
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      Registered: November 2012
      Posts: 2
      Review Date: Fri November 16, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Food, Excellent Staff, Atmosphere/Decor
      Cons: wait time with ADR

      We ate dinner here on November 11, 2012 to celebrate my first 1/2 Marathon (Wine and Dine). It was myself, DH, DD-18mo, MIL, and FIL. Our reservations were at 5:15 and we arrived on the dot. The friendly hostess (who also made a fuss over my "princess" all night) told us they had just sat a large party and it would be a few minutes and handed us a buzzer. No biggie; we walked 20 ft to the outdoor animal viewing deck on the Savannah and watched giraffes, zebras, ostrich, and several other animals for a bit while DD played with the rocking chairs after animal viewing lost its novelty. Eventually we headed back inside and went to the bar/lounge to grab a drink since our buzzer still had not gone off. Naturally, we were called as soon as everyone got a drink and were just getting comfortable. I was enjoying myself (it wasn't crowded yet) and DD wasn't fussy so I did not time the wait but would guess it was 20-25 minutes with ADR. A little annoyed because much of the restaurant was not seated yet - that's why I'm not giving this review a perfect 10.

      We were seated at a four top with DD's highchair on a corner and not near a window. (I did not request a view, so not sure if that would have made a difference.) All tables seemed to be 4 or 8 tops but there was enough room around the table so having the highchair on the corner wasn't actually an issue. Our server came over promptly and we were able to place our drink order and I also ordered food for DD at same time requesting that it go ahead and be placed so DD wouldn't have to wait much longer. She took this request seriously and DD's food came out almost at the same time as our drinks, and we didn't wait long for those either!

      The food was awesome. I love Indian food and although I would not say that every dish was traditional Indian, it was close enough and very tasty. Our server even brought out a special side of hot sauce that was not on the menu because I like my food extra spicy. MIL and FIL do NOT like spicy food and both were extremely happy with their selections. We started with the assortment of Naan, which everyone loved. MIL got the tomato and paneer soup and I got the salad trio platter for appetizers. Both were large portions (especially alongside the naan). For entrees, FIL ordered the tandoori chicken, MIL got the lamb kabobs app, DH got the Lamb vindeloo and Durban Chicken slow cooker platter, and I ordered the Lamb vindeloo and Durban Shrimp slow cooker platter. The vindeloo was not as spicy nor the consistency of a tradional Indian vindeloo but it was still delicious. The durban was out of this world (I like spicy though). We were too full to try any dessert.

      Because we ordered so many courses, dinner took a while and the restaurant filled up not long after we were seated. (It could have also been the affect of the party of 35 who were seated right before us.) We waited a bit for our entree and me and MIL took turns walking around with DD outside the restaurant. At one point the staff went around with drums and sang "happy birthday" and "happy anniversary" to guests throughout the restaurant. The hostess made that African trill noise between songs that was really fascinating. It was quite festive and DD was entranced. I will definitely be going back to this restaurant again and will be recommending it to any friends/family who are planning a trip to Disney.
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      Registered: May 2007
      Posts: 37
      Review Date: Mon October 22, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 7 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Atmosphere, friendly service.
      Cons: Strange foods,

      Had a great time, ordered the bread appetizer which was very good, then ordered the combination plate. It was small portions and I did not get full. The dessert chocolate cake was wonderful but it was tiny and not worth half of what it cost. It seems like this review is pretty negative but the one thing that it had going for it was the atmosphere. It was wonderful. Being able to see the animals right out the window was great. All in all it was still worth it.
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