The Ohana at Walt Disney World’s Polynesian Village Resort is a table service restaurant located on the second floor facing the Seven Seas Lagoon. All the food at Walt Disney World is expensive so is it worth while to splurge with table service? On our last visit (more here) we decided to celebrate a birthday with dinner at Ohana. We looked at several other restaurants but the menu and atmosphere interested us. We did make a reservation. None were available online for the dates we were on property so I called and talked to an agent. They found us a table and while the 8:30 p.m. time was later than we normally eat it worked out fine.
Ohana is open for breakfast and dinner. The breakfast is a Mickey and Friends character breakfast offered from 7:30 am to Noon. I’m sure Mickey stops in but I have heard that it’s where Lilo and Stitch eat every morning. Dinner is called the Ohana Feast and is served from 3:30 pm to 10:00 pm daily. Feast is an appropriate description for this meal. The menu is shown on the right but let’s look at how they do a family style meal. When we made it to the table the waitress came by with ‘Ohana Pineapple-Coconut Bread and a mixed green salad and asked for our drink order. Dinner is all-you-care to eat and includes coffee, tea and soda. Alcoholic beverages including the Lapu Lapu, which is Rum, orange juice, pineapple juice and sour mix served in a hollowed out pineapple, are available for an additional charge. The salad was very good with crispy chow mein noodles, mushrooms and a lilikoi (passion fruit) dressing. The bread is good with a slightly sweet fruity undertone. While we were still working on the starters the appetizers arrived. The Honey-Coriander Chicken Wings
are served with Peanut and Sweet-n-Sour Sauces on the side but I can say that for the four of us including our two daughters who regularly order wings at various restaurants these wings were fine just the way they were. The wings were meaty and decent sized. The other appetizer is Pork Dumplings tossed in Garlic-Ginger Sauce. The dumplings were very well done. They had very good flavor and the garlic ginger sauce had excellent flavor without over powering the dumpling. The side dishes are brought to the table in a large wok filled with Fresh Vegetables, stir-fried vegetables, cooked pineapple and lo mein noodles tossed in a Teriyaki Sauce. Everything we were served was very good. But the best was still to come. The meat is cooked over an 18-foot oak fire pit on long skewers. When I say long skewers I am not exaggerating. The skewers are two tined forks really but the tines are about three feet long (shown on the left). The skewered meat included Oak Grilled Chicken, Marinated Sirloin Steak and Spicy Grilled Shrimp. All three meats are good. The chicken wasn’t dry and had good grilled flavor. The steak was tender and the marinade added even more flavor to the meat. The shrimp wasn’t dry or tough and was easy to peel.
And since dessert is a requirement for many people when they eat out at a nice place they have included it. Two desserts are offered, officially one for adults and one for kids but this is Disney and so they understand that there is a kid in all of us. The “Adult” dessert is ‘Ohana Bread Pudding à la mode with Bananas- Caramel Sauce. The children’s dessert is Dessert Brownie with a Marshmallow Topping and M&M’s. I only tried the Bread Pudding and while not my favorite it was good. I am told the Brownies were good as well.
One last detail about eating the Ohana Feast, the staff was more than happy to bring us Chinese take out boxes to carry home the unfinished food in our wok. The only regret we had was we had turned down more skewers. Remember you can click on any of the images to see a larger version in a new browser tab.