*This dining experience took place in December 2012.
|Entrance to Sanaa — One of my Fav Restaurants on Property!|
This is a brief review of Sanaa. The menu items don’t seem to have changed since my last visit in August 2012 and you can tell I really like certain dishes there. I ordered the exact same thing on my previous visit! The great thing about this visit was that I got to check out the holiday decorations at Kidani Village. I love seeing all of the resort specific decor.
|Gorgeous holiday decorations|
Upon being seated, we were greeted by a chef I’ve not seen before at Sanaa. He seemed rather nice, but not as excited to be assisting me in the food choices. Luckily, I knew what I wanted so it wasn’t too difficult for either of us, though I do wish he had been a bit more enthusiastic.
I ordered the bread service appetizer with the gluteny breads served separately to my family and the poppadums (made from lentils) served to me separately. We also ordered some of the safe sauces for me: Coriander Chutney, Roasted Red Bell Pepper Hummus (my hands down fav) and Mango Chutney. I really enjoy these three sauces, the hummus especially. The hummus is actually a favorite of the whole family and often gets scarfed down almost immediately. The coriander chutney has a lovely earthy taste to it, and slightly spicy. The mango chutney is surprisingly sweet and spicy, though not overpowering in its spiciness. Definitely all winners.
|Poppadums, Mango Chutney, Roasted Red Bell Pepper Hummus, Coriander Chutney|
For my entree I ordered the Durban Chicken & Green Curry Shrimp with the Basmati rice. At my last trip, Chef Trish said that they changed the Durban chicken recipe to make it have more depth of flavor and less intense burning spiciness. I used to order this infrequently because it was actually so spicy for me that I could still feel my mouth burning after the meal!! I will say that this is still a fairly spicy dish, but the spicy burn is less intense and easily quenched by another milder dish or a drink. I always order the green curry shrimp for this reason. The coconut milk easily quells any spiciness from the Durban chicken. Plus, it’s just plain delicious!! This is probably my favorite dish at the restaurant. Yum.
|Green curry shrimp, basmati rice, and Durban chicken. This is a photo from 8/12; I was so hungry I forgot to take a pic this trip!|
Overall, Sanaa is always one of my favorite places to go. It’s some of the best Indian food, and just plain terrific in general. I love the restaurant ambiance as well. Where else can you see zebras and giraffes while eating dinner?!
Another solid 9 out of 10! Always a favorite and always a delicious meal.