Disney’s newest quick service restaurant, Satu-Li Canteen, in Animal Kingdom and newest land creation, Pandora, is amazing! It takes the basic concept of a rice bowl and warps it into something unique, extraordinary, and absolutely delicious.
► Ranking: #cleandiaper
Walt Disney World
Phone: (407) 939-5277
Satu-Li Canteen is tucked into the back end of the lot, and doesn’t immediately stand out as a restaurant. The front of the space is designed to feature outdoor seating, and butts up against the front doors to the restaurant. Inside, the Pandora theme continues as vines weave their way through the ceiling and across the dome of the roof, intertwining with actual trees growing inside the restaurant. Hanging lights complete the motif lending to the whimsical feel of the planet and the mood.
The story goes that this location used to be the mess hall for the RDA (Research Development Administration) who of course waged war with ACE (Alpha Centauri Expeditions). The restaurant now serves as a base for guests of ACE as well as a showcase for Na’vi art and artifacts.
The menu is a compilation style menu where you pick one choice from each of 3 different categories. This type of style lends to numerous flavor variations offering a unique taste each time. The menu also includes children’s versions of the same adult meals, plus your standard options of hot dogs and quesadillas. A specialty Na’vi drink is offered here, The Pandoran Sunrise, made up of a tropical blend of juices. The menu also includes a blueberry mousse, and chocolate dome cake.
We created three bowls. For our first bowl we chose fish with red and sweet potato hash and black bean vinaigrette.
Our second bowl, we combined chicken with romaine and kale salad tossed with creamy herb dressing.
For our last bowl we chose the steak over mixed whole grain and rice with the charred onion chimichurri (shown in the featured image). We added the Pandoran Sunrise and a chocolate dome cake to round out our meal.
This is easily one of the best meals we’ve ever had at Walt Disney World, and we’ve eaten at dozens of restaurants. It’s a nice departure from the BBQ and fried choices found at the other quick service dining restaurants in Animal Kingdom, and tastes clean, refreshing and energy boosting. Not to mention, the food isn’t served hot, which is welcome in the hottest park at Walt Disney World. The neon bioluminescent drink was a fun accompaniment to the meal and tasted great! The cake was pure dark chocolate ganache, and our little guy begrudgingly shared it as he hurriedly tried to devour it all before we had a second taste.
► For Kids: The theme of Pandora runs straight through Satu-Li Canteen without a break of immersion or inclusion. It’s fun to look at all the artwork and artifacts of the Na’vi race as you eat. As a parent, it’s great to have varying options for everyone to eat!
Have you checked out the new Pandora land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom? What did you think? Did you eat at Satu-Li Canteen, or did you stick with the never substituted Flame Tree BBQ?
► Nap-Time Version: Review of the new quick service restaurant, Satu-Li Canteen in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Thumbs way up!