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New Chef at Sanaa Has Kenyan Roots

Written By Scott Joseph On October 31, 2012

Sanaa, the African restaurant inspired by the spices and techniques of India, has a new chef. This time, he’s from Africa. Kenya, to be exact, though I haven’t actually seen his birth certificate.

David Njoroge took over the kitchen of the three and a half year old restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge from Bob Getchell, who went to work for the Landry’s-owned T-Rex Cafe at Downtown Disney. Njoroge has been with Walt Disney World Resort for 9 years, four as a chef. He was previously at Jiko — The Cooking Place, also at Animal Kingdom Lodge. Prior to coming to Florida, Njoroge was at the Grand Regency Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya.

Sanaa, actually next door to the lodge at Kidani Village, has distinctly Indian flavorings, but by stating the cuisine is actually African, it allows beef on the menu, something that would be sacrilege in an Indian restaurant. 

Of course, that was under the previous chef. We’ll have to wait and see what Njoroge does to make the menu his own. Perhaps we’ll see more authenticity.

My previous review of Sanaa was a good one. The food was nice, but the big attraction is the view, which looks out on the Animal Kingdom Lodge savannah and its wandering herds. It isn’t unusual to see a giraffe wander by or to have ostriches grazing on some well-placed goodies near the vast windows.

Have you been to Sanaa since Njoroge took over? What did you think?{jcomments on}

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