One of the most unique and delicious dining options at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is Satu’li Canteen at Pandora – The World of Avatar.
In true Disney fashion, this quick-service restaurant is part of the land’s story in that it’s supposed to be a converted RDA mess hall (that’s the evil company from the James Cameron Avatar film) where the Na’vi now display their handiwork and that’s operated by the benign Alpha Centauri Expedition (ACE).
Plus, since you’re on Pandora (in theory), the menu looks like it’s from another world but is surprisingly healthy and delicious!
What You Need to Know
At the time of writing, Satu’li Canteen opens between 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. and serves both lunch dinner. Mobile order is available and the restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor dining.
The average cost is $14.99 and under per adult.
Unlike your typical Disney Park burgers and chicken tenders, Satu’li specializes in customized bowls and even Cheeseburger Pods (i.e., cheeseburger bao buns).
For bowls, guests have their choice of a Chili-Garlic Shrimp Bowl, a Combination Bowl of Grilled Beef and Chicken, a Chopped Wood-Grilled Chicken Bowl, a Slow-Roasted Sliced Grilled Beef Bowl, and a tofu-based option. Also, each bowl comes with the choice of a base and sauce.
Now kids can also customize their own bowls or go for Cheeseburger Pod, a cheese quesadilla, or an all-beef hot dog wrapped in dough.
Combination Bowl: Grilled Beef & Chicken – $16.99
Satu’li describes the combo bowl as slow-roasted, sliced grilled beef marinated in garlic, herbs, red pepper spice, and red wine vinegar along with wood-grilled chicken thighs marinated in garlic and olive oil. Both proteins are topped with crunchy, veggie slaw and Boba balls which, apparently the Na’vi love, as they come with literally everything in the land.
For the choice of bases, guests have their choice of noodles, red and sweet potato hash, rice and beans, hearty salad, or no base at all.
And for the sauce, options range from a black bean vinaigrette to a creamy herb sauce to a charred green onion vinaigrette or, again, the option for no sauce.
Now the combo bowl is a great choice as you get the best of both proteins, and we selected the red and sweet potato hash as our base with the charred green onion vinaigrette on the side.
As usual, it was super flavorful and a welcome departure from the standard quick-service fare, and the fact that it’s healthier than a burger or barbecue only builds your confidence after eating that Mickey Premium Bar for breakfast.
For dessert, guests have their choice of truly alien-looking Blueberry Cream Cheese Mousse or Chocolate Cake.
Chocolate Cake – $5.29
Even though the Blueberry Mousse is the most popular (and Instagrammable) dessert in Pandora, we went for the chocolate cake with its crunchy cookie layer and banana cream topping!
Like the Blueberry Mousse, this treat is more mousse than a cake and very rich. But if you have a chocoholic in your group, go for this treat over the blueberry.
Satu’li Canteen has been popular with guests since it opened with Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and through the years it has remained consistent in its quality and flavors. Needless to say, we’ll be back!
Is Satu’li Canteen one of your favorite Animal Kingdom restaurants? Let us know in the comments!