Hey y’all I’m writing to you today from the last day of our Disney trip but I just couldn’t wait to tell you all about our visit to Pandoa: The World of Avatar in Disney’s Animal Kingdom and our FANTASTIC dining experience in their quick service Satu’li Canteen! In this review I’m covering both our Breakfast and Lunch experiences so you get the full menu!
Satu’li Canteen is located at the exit of the Flight of Passage ride right next to the gift shop. This is sort of the food hub of the land because it’s also where Pongu Pongu (slushies and snacks) is located. Satu’li Canteen is nothing like any other dining experience I’ve had in Disney World in the best way. The food was incredibly good but also relatively health conscious and a truly shocking amount of the lunch/dinner menu is gluten friendly!
Satu’li Canteen is heavily and beautifully themed. It mixes the two worlds of na’vi and human together perfectly and is a fun, interesting, comfortable place to eat. There is a lot of seating both indoors and outdoors, it was crowded on our trip but I think only because it was just a week after opening, we expect it to calm down significantly.
It’s worth noting that although we didn’t get to try it, Satu’li Canteen is one of the roll out locations for Disney with Mobile Ordering. You place your order in the My Disney Experience ap and then simply go on the mobile order pickup line to get your food. It sounded super easy, let us know if you try it how it goes for you!
The breakfast menu is more limited on gluten free options, two of the six are gluten friendly, the Pork Hash and the Steak and Eggs. We knew we wanted to get to try the lunch as well so David and I opted to split the Pork Hash for breakfast. This dish is described as
Slow roasted pork and potato hash topped with grilled chorizo sausage, green onions, and topped with natural jus.
It was at least as delicious as it looks! There was just the right amount of meat to potato to carmelized onions & peppers. Everything was chopped to just the right size to really be able to get a bit of everything in one bite. Plus, even with the two of us sharing this $8.99 dish it was surprisingly filling, we made it to lunch time easily and snack-free even with a busy, active morning (not usually the case when we split breakfast entrees!). The grilled chorizo was not at all hot but well spiced, we thought it was sort of like the best hot dog ever haha!
Overall we would HIGHLY recommend this as a breakfast spot, whether or not you’re gluten free (but especially if you are!) for the value, the convenience, and most of all the taste!
On to lunch!
I’d seen the concept of the build your own bowls on the lunch & dinner menu before coming. You pick your protein, your base, and your sauce. There are four protein options, four base options, and three sauce options to customize exactly what you want (they do also have “Steamer Pods” but those are not gluten free, they looked interesting but David didn’t try it). What blew us away was that of the 11 options for the build your own bowls, all of the proteins, all of the bases, and two of the sauces were gluten safe! In other words there was only ONE ITEM that wasn’t! That’s amazing!
I ordered the chili spiced crispy tofu with the mixed whole grain and rice base and the charred onion chimichurri sauce. The bowl was essentially super delicious, buttery brown rice with amazingly delicious and crisp tofu squares, crunchy slaw on top, a tangy, tasty chimichurri, and these fun little balls of lemon juice. It was so good, I wasn’t sure about the slaw but it turned out to be fantastic mixed with the rice. As much as I absolutely loved the tofu and wanted to just eat it on its own, when you got a bite of everything together it was just amazing!
Just like breakfast, this was a LOT of food. For just $11.50 you get a really filling, hearty meal that will keep you going for hours. Unlike most park food, this didn’t have that greasy heavy feeling, I’m sure it’s not exactly healthy but compared to your average park food it definitely is pretty good for you without tasting any less delicious.
In conclusion… EAT HERE! No seriously, this is an absolute must do. It’s SO GOOD whether or not you’re gluten intolerant and for my GF friends it is really one of the best, easiest meals I’ve ever had anywhere. To find food this high quality with this many safe options for me, it was incredible and eye opening. I would (scratch that WILL) honestly be coming to Animal Kingdom JUST to eat at this quick service, how often can you say that about any quick service?!
What do you guys think?
Have you gotten to Pandora yet? Did you get to try Satu’li Canteen? What did you order?!