Like everything on Pandora, Satu’li Canteen has a story. Once the mess hall for the Resources Development Administration base, it is now owned and operated by Alpha Centuri Expeditions and lovingly decorated with Na’vi artifacts, hand-woven tapestries hanging from the ceiling, and cooking tools. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the fast-casual restaurant seats 330 guests inside and can accommodate an additional 190 diners outside.
The international-inspired menu at Satu’li Canteen is absolutely delicious and a welcome change from the regular park fare. Meat is grilled on a show-grill inside the restaurant; lo and behold, one eats from real plates and with real cutlery.
Na’vi Fare for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at Satu’li Canteen
For lunch and dinner, the eatery serves cheeseburgers or vegetable steamed curry pods—bao buns served with a side of root vegetable chips and crunchy vegetable slaw; beef, chicken, and fish bowls; and a chili-spiced fried tofu bowl.
The protein in the bowls is served on a choice of quinoa and veggie salad, red sweet potato hash, mixed whole grains and rice, or romaine and kale salad. We liked all of them, the romaine and kale base being our least favorite. The bowls also come with sweet sour popping boba balls and veggie slaw.
For dessert, the blueberry cream cheese mousse is one of the prettiest desserts at Walt Disney World; while very rich, the dessert is matched perfectly with a sour and sweet passion fruit curd.
The chocolate cake, served on a cookie and topped with banana cream, is less interesting but certainly a yummy end to a meal.
Na’vi Beers a Good Choice on Pandora
In addition to Stella Artois and Bud Light, Satu’li Canteen serves two beers specially brewed for Pandora, Mo’ara High Country Ale and Hawkes’ Grog Ale. The beers are tasty and, for beer aficionados, certainly a better choice than other brands. A Banshee Pinoit Noir, as well as a Banshee Chardonnay, is also available, but neither one stands out. We really liked the Dreamwalker Sangría, a white Sangría with a hint of Blue Curaçao.
A different menu is served for breakfast, which includes steamed pods filled with scrambled eggs, bacon, spinach, and Cheddar cheese; oatmeal topped with caramelized brown sugar, bourbon-soaked raisins, Marcona almonds, and goji berries; as well as a vegetable-goat cheese frittata with grilled beef and Chimichuri sauce.
Most meals are also available as kid’s meals, with only a few non-Pandora-inspired offerings for children. We really enjoy having food that is not available anywhere else in the parks. The quality and taste is, simply put, amazing, and we hope that the offerings won’t be watered down in the future.
Satu’li Canteen offers Mobile Order, a first for Disney. Using the My Disney Experience app, guests can pre-order and pre-pay for their meals. Once you are ready to eat and near the restaurant, you can tap the “I’m here” button in the app, and the kitchen will begin preparing the meal. When ready, the app will alert guests to pick up the meals at a designated window.
The beverage and snack stand Pongu Pongu serves Pandora-inspired specialty drinks and a sweet snack, the Pongu Lompia, a pineapple-cream cheese version of the Vietnamese spring roll. We wish Disney would have stayed with the traditional, hearty version of the lompia dish. The Night Blossom drink, a mixture of limeade with apple and pear flavors topped with passion fruit boba balls, looks good but is way too sweet.
The drink can also be bought in a souvenir mug with a glowing Unadelta seed. The souvenir mug, however, can be bought filled with any other beverage, and the glowing seed is also available separately for $8.99. It even glows nicely in beer and in the Mo’ara Margarita—we tried it!
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