Sanaa Lounge, Kidani Village Resort / Animal Kingdom Lodge, Walt Disney World
Bread Service, 5 Traditional Naan Bread with 3 dips (cucumber raita – yogurt and cucumber, mango chutney, and hummus) & Samosas – Spiced Peas and Potato in a bread dough with tamarind sauce, mango chutney and shredded vegetables
We love ordering the bread service at Sanaa, it is one of the most popular things on their menu. We usually order all traditional naan bread, but they offer 5 different ones (I believe one of them is very spicy) and if you do not specify which ones, they bring out one of each. You get to choose your dips as well, we choose three of the most mild ones they have, each of the ones we get are delicious.
The lounge at Sanaa is small, they don’t take reservations in the lounge – which is good because most of the time you need a reservation for the restaurant, but here you can come in and get service as long as you can catch a table. There is some seating at the bar, then two 4 top half booths, and a long table – I think an 8 top. Good news, you can order anything off Sanaa’s full menu at the lounge, and they also have special appetizers like the Samosas available here as well.
We ordered a Biryani with Shrimp to share, it was so good. I’ve ordered it before and loved it.
They have great coffee and have a full bar, plus some specialty drinks only found at this restaurant. For anyone who likes adventurous eating, you definitely should try Sanaa. It is one of our favorite places at Disney.
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Mmm Cinnamon Buns…
The Main Street Bakery Cinnamon Bun is a sore spot for some folks, specifically where the two worlds of Cinnamon Bun aficionados and die hard Disney fans collide. I’d draw a Venn diagram but I’m sure you got the picture. It might be a small portion of people but you’ll come across one eventually – like me! Frankly, I would have thought there would be more die hard CB fans (I call them CBs for short), after all you’ve got your Dole Whip people, your Turkey Leg people, Churro people, and Mickey Ice Cream people, etc.
My point in posting today is that I have finally found a cinnamon bun that rivals the Main Street Bakery’s CB. No, it isn’t the one at Gaston’s – which is wretched and dry (plus it is maple – ew). I’ve found what I was looking for at an Amish Bakery in Sarasota, and it was someplace we’ve been going to for years. The place is called Der Dutchman and it’s a bit of a drive. They are popular place in the local area, they have a full service restaurant and buffet, plus a huge gift shop and bakery.
Der Dutchman is making cinnamon buns with both maple and vanilla glaze, and they are making them in various shapes and sizes. They offer them in 2 pack large rectangle (most similar to the Main Street original in size and shape), and a 4 pack large round, and 6 pack small, all with various icing. Some packs are all maple, or all vanilla, and some have both. Their prices are great too. But the best thing about them is that they got the consistency right. I like to heat up my CB in the microwave for about 30 seconds to get the bun warmed up and icing slightly melted. For those who LOVE icing, those who always wanted extra icing, the good news is that Der Dutchman really slathers it on thick, there is so much icing you probably can’t even finish it. My trick is to heat it, let the extra icing roll off, and then eat it. Whatever rolls off I leave on my plate, I can’t even finish it.
If you are making a drive all the way to Sarasota, FL, be sure to call them first to see if they have it, because they often sell out of product. I’ve also been told they don’t hold product for people.
P.S. They also make the best chocolate cake ever.
Here is the information for Der Dutchman (it’s actually just down the street from Yoder’s which was featured on Man v. Food)
3713 Bahia Vista Street
Sarasota, FL 34232
Restaurant & Bakery, Nov–Apr
Summer Hours, May – Oct
We haven’t been to Art of Animation Resort before, many people have raved about resort and the food court, so we thought it might be worth trying. While the resort seems nice, the lobby has interesting artwork and is bright and colorful, it still has the feel of a busy budget resort. The lobby bathrooms and floors near the restrooms seemed dirtier than most Disney restrooms. The toilet paper they have in the restrooms is practically see through, the thinnest one ply paper I’ve ever seen.
While I had originally had high hopes for the Landscape of Flavor Food Court, sadly, I ended up feeling ill after eating here. It was obviously the food, as I hadn’t eaten earlier in the day, and my husband also got sick as well. He said it was top 10 of all time getting sick from food. That’s bad.
I ordered a Chicken Burger with a side of cole slaw and Caesar salad and a soft drink. My husband ordered a Veggie Burger with salad and a soft drink and he ended up getting more sick than me. Nothing smelled or tasted off, it looked okay, just right after eating we both started getting intestinal distress, which is a tell tale sign of food poisoning/bacteria. I ate about half of my burger. I was a little bit concerned about ordering cole slaw, since cole slaw is one of those things that needs to be really fresh, but it looked ok. And the salad was premixed with dressing on it, not really the most ideal set up, I would have preferred to have lettuce separately and add a packet of dressing myself.
They had a lot of different food options at the food court: a pasta counter, a sandwich counter, a dessert section, a smoothie bar, gelato, etc. but we won’t be going back. I wouldn’t want to risk getting sick again.
I’m sure hundreds of people eat here daily, but I couldn’t honestly recommend this food court to anyone after my own experience.
From time to time I like to make waffles, I got this Mickey Waffle Maker as a gift for Valentine’s Day a couple years ago, and it works great. You can find one online at Amazon.com, JC Penney’s, Bed Bath and Beyond, etc. This model is called the DCM-1 and costs around $30.
Just an FYI, the resulting waffle as you can see above, is not the traditional deep crispy waffle, it’s more like a Mickey pancake. I guess “pancake maker” isn’t as appealing as calling it a waffle maker. Add your favorite toppings, fresh fruit, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, maple syrup, jams or jellies, powdered sugar, it is a lot of fun.
In any case, it’s easy to use, just be careful not to overfill!
With Mother’s Day here, I might be making these come morning.
- A 20% discount offered on food and beverage, including alcohol, at over 100 participating restaurants at the Walt Disney World® Resort (discount is valid for a party of up to 10 Guests including the member).
- Complimentary Resort Valet and Theme Park parking for dining purposes.
Looking for healthier alternatives at Walt Disney World? You can usually find salmon on the menu at most places. At Artist Point a dish like this (below) will run about $40. Unfortunately, the side dish here changes with the seasons, and the bed of greens/arugula wasn’t a great choice for a $40 dinner. Looking back now, we should have asked for an alternative side dish, and I’m sure they would have given a choice of something else.
This meal is from Columbia Harbor House and is about $13, for the price, it’s pretty decent. You can ask for double broccoli if you do not want the couscous, get your extra dose of vitamins!
The salmon from Sunshines Seasons, is also priced about $13, it comes with green beans. The sauce is made from tomato and onion and it went well with the salmon. You could choose to get plain if you prefer. Overall, this was a really nice quick service meal.
This last example is from ABC Commissary. The portion seems a little small on the fish, but the whole salad was filling. I wasn’t hungry after eating the whole thing. Fish was nicely done for quick service. The dressing was a little too tangy. This one cost about $12. As with all Disney menus, you may find they change the menu and switch up the dish. At ABC Commissary they now have an Asian salad with choice of protein, so it’s going to look different than this one here.
(from my disneyforaday.wordpress.com blog)
I recommend trying the quick service meals, as they are portioned decently and priced a lot lower than the table service meals. While they may not be gourmet – they certainly are better than average fried junk food.
We just tried Morimoto Asia and I wanted to do a short review.
Atmosphere. While the place was nice and new, I liked some aspects of the modern design, but not others. There is an industrial feel to it that makes me feel uncomfortable. We had to dine in the bar area because it was too late for regular dinner. Their bar area isn’t designed well, most of the seating is on small hard wood stools around small high top tables, the stool was uncomfortable and slightly unstable, considering they just opened the restaurant in the last couple months, those chairs shouldn’t feel rickety. The late night menu consisted of sushi and appetizers mostly.
Prices. Some of the pricing is downright shocking. There are things on the menu for crazy/stupid high prices. Alcohol was definitely overpriced. This is not a place I would want to go to order sushi dinner and sake. A three ounce pour of sake was $12?! Most house sake is usually in the $10 for about 8 ounces. So at that price $12 for 3 ounces which is $4/ounce, 8 ounces would be comparable to $32. That is just outright ridiculous. We can easily go through 4 (10 oz.) bottles of sake at dinner with friends, so at a reasonable place also on Disney property that would be $40 (and our local place only charges $7.50 per 8 ounce carafe), at Morimoto Asia that would be $128 equivalently. They are pricing their sake like it’s hard liquor. No thanks. We asked if there was a house sake, and the waitress said that was the house brand. In other words, I won’t be having sake with sushi here, and that is pretty lame.
Food. Chicken Dumplings – skip it, for $10 for 4 dumplings, it wasn’t worth it. I’d guess it was the same for the pork or vegetable dumplings as well. The dipping sauce was tangy, I think it was a combination of soy sauce and rice wine vinegar. These dumplings seemed like what I can buy at my local Asian Grocery, which I have made at home in a steamer basket at had similar results. I was hoping these would have been something more special. We like the chicken potstickers at Nine Dragons in Epcot better.
The sushi, I would recommend trying a roll or two, they were good. Portion was small-ish, about 6 pieces on most, some were 5 like the Soft Shell Crab roll. Overall the sushi tasted good, fresh. The wasabi seemed stronger than most places. They offer tempura crunch for a $2 up-charge, and they do offer white or brown rice for the roll. We stuck with white. I think I’ll probably go to Tokyo Dining instead since their sushi is just as good, cheaper, and their sake is also better priced. (Plus Epcot has fireworks at night, so that is a bonus.)
Service. Although eager to please, the service was not top notch. There were a lot of mistakes made. Lack of communication or common sense being the main source of all of the problems. Mistakes with sushi presentation, separate orders were just plated all together. Despite the lack of customers at this late hour, our service seemed extremely slow. Our bills were also made out incorrectly, it took 3 times to straighten it out and each time took about 5-10 minutes, and I’m not even sure if the first two tickets were voided properly. I’m going to have to check our credit card, which is a hassle. When a customer has to go through such hassle to get a bill corrected multiple times something isn’t right.
Overall. I would go back again to try a regular dinner service, however I’m my expectations have been considerably lowered, and my overall excitement about eating here is gone. Curiosity satisfied.
The Golden Spoon phenomenon was started by BirdsofPreyDave over on the Disboards forum. He created a full list of Walt Disney World Restaurants where you can eat at, he also added the Epcot Food & Wine and Flower & Garden Booths (if you are so inclined to check those off your list). The “Golden Spoon” is the proverbial achievement for someone who has indeed eaten at every place listed.
This is THE Food Quest for Disney Fans.
I just checked my progress yesterday and took notes of where I’m at.
I’ve eaten at 158 out of 270 restaurants at Walt Disney World (59%)
I’ve eaten at 48 out of 100 quick service/counter service restaurants at Walt Disney World (48%)
I’ve eaten at 53 out of 73 table-service restaurants at Walt Disney World (73%)
I’ve eaten at 8 out of 20 signature restaurants at Walt Disney World (40%)
I’ve eaten at 2 out of 3 dinner show restaurants at Walt Disney World (67%)
I’ve eaten at 0 out of 4 dessert parties at Walt Disney World (0%)
To find out how far you fare, go to the website below and fill our your own check list for your result. If you would like to post your complete results, there is a code generator for the forum, or a simple text version (like mine above) which you can post on your Facebook.
Just a couple photos to get you motivated!
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Disney Parks and Resorts offer guests some of the most enticing food and drink offerings around. When I think of splurging, it usually is on dessert. A wide assortment of desserts are available, especially if you know where to look.
For instance, one of the most well known desserts that is “Disney famous” are the Zebra Domes over at Animal Kingdom Lodge. These little bite sized domes are full of flavor, a mouthwatering symphony of chocolate, coffee, cream, liqueur, and a bit of sponge cake. These are available at Boma, a buffet restaurant, or at The Mara, a food court, inside Animal Kingdom Lodge. These are definitely worth trying.
Some other well known desserts are the Dole Whip, the classic Mickey Ice Cream, and Candy Apples of many varieties. Plus, the bakery cases at Disney parks are stocked full of most anything you may want. I usually don’t splurge on these types of items although they all look so good.
I do enjoy a freshly made ice cream from L’Artisan des Glaces. They offer changing flavors during the month, you may come in and find something completely new and different that wasn’t there before.
If you are more into savory foods, you can also find some appetizing eats to tempt your taste buds. For foodies, the Epcot Food & Wine festival is a must do, with plenty of booths from around the world to try.
If you happen to miss out on the Food & Wine festival don’t worry, there are plenty of good things to eat all year round. One of my favorites is the Quattro Formaggio pizza from Via Napoli, I consider this an indulgence worth having.
Other foods worth mentioning:
The fish and chip shop in Epcot Britain – a little greasy but worth trying, good for sharing if you don’t want to eat a whole portion.
Sushi and tempura, I absolutely love eating at Toyko Dining.
Many Disney restaurants offer gourmet cheese plates, especially the signature restaurants. I know many people can’t pass up ordering a fine cheese plate. This one from Artist Point was divine, every single cheese was heavenly. And don’t forget to try their Smokey Portobello Mushroom Soup, it’s amazing.
And if good beer, fine wine, or a stiff drink is your particular vice, Disney has that too. At Magic Kingdom you can order an alcoholic beverage at Be Our Guest!
Many of the bars and lounges offer regional specialties or cocktails and most of them offer a selection of fine beer, wine, and spirits. For instance you can get Kona Longboard at the Polynesian, or you can get Unibroues in Epcot at the Canadian pavilion and Le Cellier. Each country in Epcot offers a variety of drinks. You can drink sake in Japan, a huge array of tequilas in Mexico, or Grand Marnier slushies in France.
I can’t say what it my #1 favorite in any category, I really love it all. If you have a favorite food, drink, or dessert, that you must have when you visit Disney Parks or Resorts, please share it in the comments.