Disney keeps giving us hints of what to expect when Pandora opens in May. Next up, the Satu’li Canteen, a fast-casual restaurant where the focus is on healthy proteins, good grains, and vegetables, with an “on stage” grill as a focal point. This isn’t your usual quick-service location. Instead, expect slightly more exotic fare. From the Disney Parks Blog:
Look for familiar dishes with a twist in the fast-casual restaurant, with bowls that allow diners to customize their lunch or dinner. Diners start with a base of quinoa and vegetable salad; red and sweet potato hash; mixed whole-grain and rice or romaine and kale salad. Next is either with wood-grilled chicken, slow-roasted beef, sustainable fish or chili-spiced fried tofu. And the bowl is finished with charred onion chimichurri, black bean vinaigrette or creamy herb dressing.
The menu also offers steamed “pods” – bao buns with either cheeseburger or vegetable curry and served with root vegetable chips and crunchy vegetable slaw.
For little ones, there’s an option of grilled chicken or beef, fish or tofu with greens or rice; a hot dog wrapped in Parker House dough; cheese quesadilla, or a steamed “pod” (cheeseburger bao bun).
Everything on Disney property has a story (even the shops!) and this restaurant is no exception:
The Satu’li Canteen was once the main mess hall of the Resources Development Administration (RDA) base located in the Valley of Mo’ara. Now the canteen is owned and operated by Alpha Centauri Expeditions (ACE) tour company and has been redesigned into a beautiful museum-like dining room.
This is the first restaurant on property where you can use the “Mobile Order” option in your MyDisneyExperience app. You’ll order and pay (right now, it’s credit cards only) and when you arrive at the restaurant, you’ll tap the “I’m here” button in the app and it will alert the restaurant to start preparing your meal. Easy peasy! I like it.
While the entire menu has not been released yet, Satu’li Canteen looks like a great option for adventurous eaters and those who want healthier options in the parks. I’ll be checking it out as soon as they let me in! Who’s with me?
Just a quick FYI: If you’re not using the “Mobile Order” option, you can use your quick-service dining plan credits.