*This gluten free dining experience took place in May 2019. It includes information about dairy free options and modifications.
Breakfast at Sanaa
Sanaa, located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village, is a restaurant that serves table service lunch and dinner but offers a quick service casual breakfast. I have quickly become a huge fan of the quick service breakfast for delicious and unique breakfast options. Plus, they have allergy-friendly Simba shaped waffles. And, what’s not to love about that? On this visit, I stopped by Sanaa for a quick breakfast before I headed to the Animal Kingdom park for the morning.
Sanaa, which means “work of art” in Swahili, is an African and Indian inspired restaurant — serving meal options that are a little bit more unique than you’ll find at other restaurants on Disney property.
The “work of art” theme is present in every detail of the restaurant from the moment you walk in.
According to Disney’s official website, the restaurant is set to resemble a spice market where works of art and craft are displayed on a large tree that covers the restaurant. I’ve always thought it feels like you’re dining at the edge of a forest with the lighting and decoration resembling trees and branches.
The inside of the restaurant has lots of unique art and the seating is spacious. I also appreciate dining here at different times of day because the restaurant has a totally different vibe from day to nighttime.
Probably one of the most unique things about Sanaa’s atmosphere is that you are actually dining with views of the resort’s savanna. How cool is that? You’ll see a variety of animals, and depending on the time of day, you’ll see gazelles, zebras, giraffes, kudu, ostriches, cranes.
Breakfast is the perfect time to sit close to the windows and look out on the savanna. As you can see, the morning I dined there, I saw giraffes also enjoying breakfast on the savanna.
Unlike at lunch and dinner, Sanaa’s breakfast does not currently include an allergy-friendly menu. But, you can speak to a chef who will talk through the options with you. A cast member at the register may also tell you the basic options if you have a single special dietary need like gluten or dairy. I do always recommend speaking to a chef whenever you can, and especially if you have multiple special dietary needs.
As you can see, the breakfast options at Sanaa are fairly limited. But, don’t let that deter you from eating there. The options they do serve are outstanding and many of them are gluten free or easily made gluten free.
I have had the Boere Breakfast modified to be gluten free and dairy free in the past, and I know that the Savanna Platter is another option too. When I’ve had the Boere breakfast, I have been able to substitute the Corn Johnny Cake (which contains gluten) with allergy-friendly Simba waffles, which is a pretty fair trade in my opinion!
On this visit, I decided to get the Safari Waffle, which is essentially a plate of allergy-friendly Simba waffles, fresh berries, chai whipped cream, and 100% pure maple syrup. My friend Alexis from Alexis’s Gluten Free Adventures ordered this on a visit we made together to the restaurant, and I’ve been wanting to try it ever since.
The Safari Waffles include gluten free and allergy-friendly waffles. But, the chai whipped cream does contain dairy. You can order the waffles without the cream though easily for a dairy free and vegan option.
I have to say that these were some of the best allergy-friendly waffles I’ve had in a long time. I think the combination of the berries, maple syrup, and chai whipped cream were what put the waffles over-the-top. The chai cream is a little spicy with notes of cinnamon and cardamom. I used that in moderation as I enjoyed my breakfast. But, of course, I completely finished it by the time I was done! This is hands down a breakfast entree I would order again when I’m craving a breakfast that is a bit more on the sweet side.
I always also have to order the Boerewors Sausage — a house-made breakfast sausage that Sanaa makes. It’s so flavorful and really delicious. I’m not usually a big breakfast sausage person. But, there’s something really special about this one. And, it did not disappoint on this visit either. It made for the perfect salty addition to my fairly sweet breakfast entree.
Sanaa is a hidden gem of a spot for a relaxing and quiet quick service breakfast at Disney World. While there aren’t a lot of frills to the quick service breakfast, it’s worth a visit for the outstanding breakfast options and the amazing theme and views from the restaurant. It’s definitely a breakfast I’ll keep going back to again and again.
Have you been to Sanaa’s quick service breakfast? What did you think of the options?