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Satu'li Canteen

We haven't had the pleasure of visiting Pandora at Animal Kingdom yet - we hoped for some soft openings while we were there in April, but they didn't happen. From what I've seen of other people's online reviews and videos, it looks amazing...but I am totally unimpressed by Satu'li Canteen.

I mean, it's not real food. It's some culinary Imagineers' idea of what food on the fictional planet of Pandora might be like.

I love trying different cuisines from around our continent and the world. But this just seems, I don't know, wrong. It's different at Universal's Harry Potter restaurants - yes, the food is themed on what they eat in the books and movies - but it's mostly based on actual things British people eat, even if it's a mediocre American copy of British food. The Pandora food does not exist anywhere in the real universe. And frankly, as much as I love Star Wars, I have concerns about Disney's take on the food from those films as well. (Besides, blue milk looks gross.)

Anyone else share my concerns? Or have you eaten at Satu'li and loved it?

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crazycatperson wrote:
We haven't had the pleasure of visiting Pandora at Animal Kingdom yet - we hoped for some soft openings while we were there in April, but they didn't happen. From what I've seen of other people's online reviews and videos, it looks amazing...but I am totally unimpressed by Satu'li Canteen.

I mean, it's not real food. It's some culinary Imagineers' idea of what food on the fictional planet of Pandora might be like.

Anyone else share my concerns?

I haven't eaten there yet either - but as always I have opinions! laugh

While I'm not super impressed with the non-media pictures I have seen coming out of Satu'li, I think I disagree about it not being real food. Mix and Match Starch, Meat, and Veg with a sauce is pretty user friendly, and simple enough for even the most non-tech inclined places. We actually eat that style at home frequently.

On the food note - this is the only place in WDW you can get real Bao. I have been furious for years that I couldn't get real Bao at Disney - all they serve is these deconstructed Boa Taco type things. That is not Bao. Baozi are originally a type of Chinese Dim Sum, often filled with BBQ Pork - but in recent decades they have been filled with all sorts of wonderful things. The "Pods" at Satu'li are what an actual Bao is supposed to look like. The Veggie Curry Bao - totally real food.

I find the cocktails that they have designed obnoxious in the color schemes, and do we really need Boba on EVERYTHING?

That being said, I believe that the story of the restaurant is that it's where the Alpha Centuari crews that live there eat, so it makes sense that they would have meals that are similar to what they would have at home. What would you want food from another planet to be?

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Okay, yes, it's real food, but it's not a real cuisine. It's totally made up.

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crazycatperson wrote:
Okay, yes, it's real food, but it's not a real cuisine. It's totally made up.

What would you replace it with? What is a well themed meal for another planet? confused

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Kristen K. wrote:
crazycatperson wrote:
Okay, yes, it's real food, but it's not a real cuisine. It's totally made up.

What would you replace it with? What is a well themed meal for another planet? confused

That's the problem. It kinda has to be made up. But I'd rather go eat Asian or African-style food elsewhere in the park; even acknowledging that much of the "foreign" food at WDW is adapted for American tastes, I still find it preferable to this completely made-up stuff. I guess maybe they just shouldn't have tried, just throw in a theme park burger joint.

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To me the food looks very asian inspired, meat and rice and steamed buns. I thought it looks extremely tasty laugh

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I had eaten there and the food was very good. It didn't fill me up but it had been hours since I last ate a meal so that's probably why. I was shocked that they had real plates, bowls and silverware instead of the usual paper and plastic. I had also used mobile ordering which was very easy.

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I'm a fan of Satu'li. The cheeseburger pods are a little bit odd, but they're intriguing. It's a little too much bun, but I like the mustard-pickle flavor that the meat has. The bowls are just straight up delicious. I'm a fan of the little fruit juice balls that they put on top, but you can order them without as well and the dishes are still quite tasty. I have been a flame tree BBQ loyalist for years, but I haven't eaten at flame tree since Satu'li opened! eek

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I'm obsessed. I have a lot of favorite places for food in Animal Kingdom (definitely my favorite food park!) and a lot more places to try, but a trip is no longer complete without a bowl from Satuli.

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alicemouse wrote:
I'm a fan of Satu'li. The cheeseburger pods are a little bit odd, but they're intriguing.

I love real bao, not these weird deconstructed things that Disney has been calling bao. The cheeseburger pods are essentially cheeseburger bao, so I'm pretty excited to give them a try.

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