*This dining experience took place in July 2014.
As many of you know, Sanaa is one of my favorite restaurants on Disney World property. From the curries to the impressive bread service, I can’t say that I’ve ever had a disappointing meal at Sanaa. It’s a restaurant that might seem a little bit exotic but the food is prepared in such an approachable way that you can’t help but love the African and Indian inspired flavors.
It seems like I’ve been to Sanaa quite a bit lately (no surprise since it’s such a favorite of mine) – from dinner with friends Alexis from Gluten Free in Orlando and Jennifer from Gluten Free Go-To Guide in April to a recent lunch in June to check out the new menu offerings.
On this particular visit, I knew I wanted to get something different for lunch. I was given the special diets menus that are available at Sanaa, which you find on the menus page. While going over the menu, I was greeted by Chef Trish who is a terrific mainstay chef at Sanaa. It had been a while since I had seen her. I think the last meal I had where she was on-hand was the fabulous dinner she prepared for Laurie Sadowski & I in October during the dessert party weekend (vegan, gluten free “samosa” were amazing!)
I mentioned that I was interested in the Sanaa burger on the menu, and she said they could work to make it gluten free and dairy free. She also talked about the new Local Oven buns that are now available at the restaurant, and how they toast them to make them extra tasty with the burger. She also mentioned adding a chutney to the burger and making a side salad that might pair well with it too. One thing I love about Chef Trish is that she knows how adventurous I am with food, so I can usually tell her to surprise me and get treated with something amazing. She is exceptional with flavors and pairings!
There was a bit of a mix-up in the kitchen, and they accidentally served me a burger with cheese, which I noticed immediately. Somehow, while Chef Trish was preparing my salad, they made my burger only gluten free. Thankfully, we were able to sort it out, and they prepared my burger and sides promptly and safely the second time around.
And boy, it was worth any bit of a wait. The burger itself wasn’t anything to rave about. It was the traditional pre-formed beef patties you find at quick service locations. It makes me wish I had ordered the burger when it was the Bison burger before the menu change. However, the chutney made up for the ordinary burger.
Served on a toasted Local Oven bun (which is good, though I still prefer Udi’s buns), the chutney was fabulous. It was basically a modified version of their mango chutney which is one of my all time favorites that they serve at the restaurant. It was messy but worth it.
I was also served roasted potatoes, made up of a blend of potatoes, including sweet potatoes. These were perfectly roasted and really delicious. The star was the salad. Made with a bright lemony vinaigrette, it wasn’t over-dressed, and was perfectly seasoned. It was really fresh and vibrant and was a great contrast to the rest of the meal.
Overall, despite the slight hiccup, this was a fantastic lunch offering at Sanaa. I’m not usually a burger person, but this one was a nice twist with unique side options. I would definitely order it again.
I’d give this a solid 8.5 out of 10.
Have you been to Sanaa? What’s your favorite item to order there?