Sanaa’s Potato and Pea Samosas

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This past weekend in Florida was a gloomy one. The threat of storms kept me from the parks, but it didn’t keep me away from property. After plenty internal deliberation on where to grab lunch, I settled on a favorite: Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Lodge – Kidani Village.

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Back in February, I was at Downtown Disney/Disney Springs when I stopped by the Namaste Cafe Food Truck and ordered the Dipping Safari. The dish came with two Potato and Pea Samosas, which looked to be the same version that is served at Sanaa. I had never had them at Sanaa, so I wanted to give them a try. While the menu states they are served with your choice of Tamarind or Mango Chutney, I requested Red Chile Sambal, which is one of the dips served with the Indian-style Bread Service.

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If you like spicy food like I do, you’ll want to make the request for the sambal. While the samosas are nicely seasoned, there’s still only so much you can do with potato and dough. The sambal livens things up a bit with some lip-burning spice. Also served with the samosas is a pickled slaw, which added a nice crunch to a few bites.

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As you can see, there is some browning to the pastry. While these are the same samosas as are served from the food truck, the preparation fares better here due to the limitations of a food truck versus a restaurant kitchen.

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Here’s a look at the samosas served at Namaste Cafe. While there is a touch of browning, you can see they sag compared to their Sanaa counterpart.

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As you can see, they are different from what you can get at Mr. Kamal’s in Animal Kingdom. However, if you can’t make it to Sanaa or Namaste Cafe, they are still a delicious option.

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Thanks to being carb-loaded, the two sizable Potato and Pea Samosas at Sanaa can be filling as a meal, though splitting the appetizer won’t necessarily stop you from enjoying an entree. I definitely recommend enjoying these at Sanaa over Namaste Cafe due to preparation, but if that’s not an option, by all means, go for the food truck’s dish. If you order these at Sanaa and like heat, request the Red Chile Sambal, or, if you have a different favorite sauce from the Indian-Style Bread Service you enjoy, give it a try with the Samosas.

Have you ordered the Potato and Pea Samosas at Sanaa? What is your favorite dish from the restaurant?

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8 responses to “Sanaa’s Potato and Pea Samosas

  1. I love Sanaa but peas are terrifying. I’m so conflicted!

  2. This is one of the few things I’ve never had at Sanaa…figuring “if you’ve had one, you’ve had them all…” but maybe I’ll give them a try. đŸ™‚

  3. They are a bit different than Mr. Kamal’s, but are definitely elevated by choosing a sauce you love from the bread menu. If you like the tamarind or mango chutney, go for it! But if you like any of the others, it’s totally worth requesting it.

  4. I love all the Disney samosas (still missing the ones they used to have at the Magic Kingdom Eggroll cart, sigh) – good idea requesting the red chile sambal!

  5. I never had the ones from MK. Were they Sanaa-style or like Mr. Kamal’s, or even a completely different version?

  6. I loved the samosas from the MK eggroll cart as well. They were my favorite snack to get. They were different from the Sanaa & Mr. Kamal versions. They were wrapped in a sort of crispy spring roll type wrapper & fried. Could have been rice paper.

  7. I love the food at Sanaa, but of the 5+ times I have been there I have only had good service once. The other times the service was so bad that one of the times I asked to speak with a manager and told them I was so disturbed by the service all I wanted to was to leave.

  8. I’ve only sat in the dining room once, and service was great. Every other time I’ve been there, I’ve sat at the bar.