Review: Two Grab-and-Go (or Grab-and-STAY) Options at Sanaa Kuamsha Breakfast

Good Morning from Sanaa!

And I don’t say that lightly. I think any morning is a good one when you’re starting it at Animal Kingdom Lodge. And last fall, Sanaa — located in the Resort’s Kidani Village — started offering guests one more way to do that with the arrival of the Kuamsha Breakfast.

Sanaa operates as a Table Service restaurant for lunch and dinner. Breakfast, though, is a different story. Featuring Quick Service entrees as well as Grab-and-Go options (hot and cold items), breakfast is a pretty casual affair.

But that doesn’t mean it’s not a unique experience.

Sanaa

Sanaa

Upon approaching Cast Members at the check-in desk (where you would typically mention your Advance Dining Reservation for lunch or dinner), you’ll receive a menu listing your breakfast options.

Sanaa Meal Time Sign

Sanaa Meal Time Sign

A Cast Member is available in case you’d like to order one of the full breakfast entrees like the Safari Waffle (topped with Chai Whipped Cream!) or the Savanna Platter.

Sanaa Breakfast Menu

Sanaa Breakfast Menu

But the small space that serves as an impromptu Counter Service location also has plenty of serve-yourself selections as listed under Grab-and-Go.

Breakfast Grab and Go Setup

Breakfast Grab and Go Setup

So I went ahead and grabbed a couple of those dishes! The Bobotie (African Style Quiche) is kept warm on hot trays.

Bobotie

Bobotie

The Banana Bread was placed on a top shelf above the Yogurt Parfaits.

Banana Bread

Banana Bread

Even though these items are technically grab-and-GO, you are more than welcome to gather some utensils and head on into the restaurant to enjoy your food (hence, the title of this post :) ). Now, the way the spot is set up, you can’t actually see the whole of the restaurant until after you pay at the cash register.

Next, you’ll pass the serve-yourself drink options so you can pick up your coffee, tea or cocoa, if you ordered one (bottled juices and milk are also available). It’s good to know that ice water and cups are at the ready here, too, since you can’t see those from the ordering area.

Ice Water and Cups

Ice Water and Cups

And next is the reveal of the restaurant! I was really hoping to land one of Sanaa’s famous floor-to-ceiling window seats, which reveal the Kidani Village Savanna and its animal residents.

Turns out, it wasn’t a problem! HOORAY!!

Window Seating

Window Seating

Now, the space wasn’t quite so empty the entire time ;) .

Tables Filling Up

Tables Filling Up

However, even at the height of guests, there was always at least one or two window tables available.

Window Seating

Window Seating

I can’t stress this enough — these are PREMIUM SPOTS for lunch and dinner, and people will wait extra lengths of time for their availability. So to just stroll right in and find this perfect table for two — still among other empty tables — was an awesome treat!

Window Table for Two

Window Table for Two

Of course, any given day can vary (for what it’s worth, I was there from about 8:30 – 9:30 am on a Sunday), but given that Kidani is a lot more off the beaten path than Jambo House (the main part of the Lodge), it probably won’t ever be anywhere near as packed as breakfast at The Mara, from what I’ve seen.

Back to the food! You might already be familiar with Bobotie from a meal at Boma or Animal Kingdom’s Tusker House. At Sanaa, this savory African-style quiche is packaged with plenty of sausage and peppers, along with some cheese.

Bobotie

Bobotie

Though it’s small, for the $3.79 price tag it is surprisingly filling thanks to the hearty ingredients, and I really liked the mild hint of heat from the sausage and peppers.

Bobotie

Bobotie

That said, if you’ve got only that $3.79 (umm, plus tax ;) ) burning a hole in your pocket, I’d recommend spending it on the next option over the Bobotie: it’s the Banana Bread with House-made African Chocolate Hazelnut Spread.

Banana Bread with House-made African Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread

Banana Bread with House-made African Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread

Four slices of Banana Bread are packaged together with a small condiment dish of the spread.

African Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread

African Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread

The banana bread slices are again, on the small side. But they are soft, moist, just-dense-enough, and VERY fresh, with great banana flavor. But what really makes this little dish — of course — is the opportunity to smear that House-made African Chocolate Hazelnut Spread all over it, to enjoy with every bite!

Banana Bread with House-made African Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread

Banana Bread with House-made African Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread

As to how this differs from store-bought Nutella, I didn’t notice a huge difference from a flavor perspective. The consistency wasn’t quite as thick, and the chocolate perhaps a little lighter. But that yummy chocolate and hazelnut flavor combo was ALL THERE.

I really enjoyed it, alongside those savanna views. The morning traffic on the savanna was pretty quiet, until the feeding truck arrived.

Feeding Truck

Feeding Truck

Then things picked up a bit!

Savanna View

Savanna View

The morning sun streaming through the windows, the view of the animals, some tasty and unique breakfast options, and the peaceful atmosphere make the Kuamsha Breakfast at Sanaa a really wonderful — and even memorable — Counter Service experience, and one that comes highly recommended.

Would you like to start your day at Sanaa? Please let us know with a comment!

Comments

  1. Dave says

    My favorite park is AK and AK Lodge is the most amazing spot to have breakfast early in the am. We had breakfast ordered to our room, incl the banana bread mentioned above, and got up early and just sat out on the balcony with some Kenyan coffee and watched the animals. If your a Nat Geo Wild/Safari animal fan you have to do this at least once. Although the resort is not the most accessible only being reached by bus, the trip to it/or the stay has to be experienced at least once. The restaurants are amazing, incl my fav in all of Disney, Jiko. The ambiance, the staff, the decor all add to the exotic feel of being in a resort in the middle of the Serengeti. Boma and Saana, in addition to Jiko, are again amazing ethnic gastronomic expeditions to be had nowhere else!

  2. Jenifer says

    Are the grab and go items Disney Dining Plan credits? Is it okay to bring a drink in a refillable mug? Also, have you reviewed Sanaa’s full breakfast entrees?

  3. says

    Jenifer — I don’t know for sure, but I’d suspect the grab and go items must be DDP eligible. I don’t see any reason that you can’t bring a drink in your mug, and we haven’t reviewed the full breakfast entrees. Yet. :-D Stay tuned.

  4. Laura Williamson says

    I am so glad y’all have been lighting up the DFB lately with items from The AK Lodge . We are staying here in late November and are excited to experience this beautiful resort . It had been 7 years since I’ve been to Disney and my first time here. Thank you. We already have reservations at Buma but love a grab and go option on our way to a park.

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