Lunch at Sanaa

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Sanaa. Whether it’s stopping in for the Indian-Style Bread Service, some appetizers, or a full meal, I’m always glad to stop by.


I decided to visit over the weekend as I was craving kefta since my lunch at Namaste Cafe the previous weekend. I ordered the Grilled Lamb Kefta Sandwich, which, according to the menu, is topped with Tamarind and Cucumber Raita and served on a Naan Bun. It also comes with Roasted Potatoes and Pickle Spear.


The kefta, like the Sanaa burger, is supposed to be cooked to the guests’ preference. I wasn’t asked to which temperature I would like my kefta, so I asked if it could be cooked medium rare. My server said she would have to check with the kitchen, and I was then informed that they prepare it medium well, but they would try to cook it more to medium.


The kefta still arrived at what I would consider medium well, but I’m not one to complain over this. Had it been a regular beef burger that I had requested rare, that would be a different story. Regardless, the kefta was juicy, well-seasoned, and had a nice sweetness from the Tamarind. Glaringly absent, however, was the Cucumber Raita. While I do like their raita, I didn’t asked for this to be remedied as it was perfectly fine without, and I didn’t want the added mess (the tamarind makes the lettuce and tomato even more slick than normal). As for the Naan Bun, there really wasn’t anything naan-y about it. It has a different crumb than a typically squishy white bread bun, but I really preferred the previous version served open-faced on actual naan.


The roasted potatoes were a combination of red and sweet potatoes. Typically, I’m not a fan of sweet potatoes, but they weren’t overbearing here. I thought both of the potatoes could use a bit more cooking time, but in all, I liked them.


Here is the Lamb Kefta sandwich in its former glory.

Here is the lunch menu from my visit:



While it may not be as good as it once was, I still very much enjoyed the Grilled Lamb Kefta. The flavors were prominent, and even with the raita absent, it didn’t hinder the dish, and I’d order it again if I’m craving kefta. Here is a look at some of the menu items available that we’ve tried over the course of our visits:

sanaa-indian-style-bread-serviceIndian-Style Bread Service

sanaa-lamb-kefta-slidersLamb Kefta Sliders

sanaa-salad-samplerSalad Sampler: Chickpeas with Cucumber and Tomato, Watermelon, Cucumber and Fennel, and Bhel Puri

sanaa-slow-cooked-selectionSlow-cooked Selection: Beef Short Ribs, Spicy Durban Chicken, and Five-Grain Rice Pilaf

What is your favorite dish at Sanaa? Do you like to graze on appetizers or order a full meal?


9 responses to “Lunch at Sanaa

  1. AHHH I LOVE SANAA! <– helpful commentary

    The naan is the best, of course, but I really miss being able to order a full chai cream. What makes me saddest, though, is the fact that it's been discovered. You used to be able to wander right in and sit wherever you wanted with no ADR, but that was not the case the last time I went.

  2. I arrived at opening and grabbed a set at the bar with no problem. A couple came in and sat at the bar a little later, but the tables in the restaurant weren’t too full when I left a little after noon. Still early, of course.

  3. From looking at the “before” & “after” pictures, I would have much prefered the “before” version of that sandwich. I suspect it was a little “too” different than from most Americans would eat & it was changed to be more mainstream. (Which is a shame.) I like Sanna a lot, but I’m worried it’s slowly being dumbed down for the masses.

  4. The changeover happened some time ago, but I don’t think the naan option was anything too weird. I wonder if they would honor a request to sub naan for the bun. I guess I’ll have to give that a try next time I order it. 🙂

  5. Sanaa is definitely one of my favorites! I’m going for lunch and I loooove the butter chicken, but your lamb kefta looks so good I might have to order that instead.

  6. I have yet to try their butter chicken. Definitely something I want to remedy!

  7. Sanaa lunch is magnificent! Arguably the best lunch on property in my opinion. You need to proceed directly back to Sanaa and order the butter chicken. I would literally drink that stuff through a straw if given the opportunity.

  8. The butter chicken is excellent. I had it last time I went to Sanna. 😊

  9. Alan and Jennifer – Have either of you tried the Butter Chicken from the Namaste Cafe food truck? Their Samosas look very similar to Sanaa’s; I wonder if they share recipes.