It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer plethora of Disney Dining options out there – from snack carts to counter service to buffets, character meals, fine dining, family style….it’s hard to pick where to eat! I always try and mix it up and test out some new places on each WDW trip – and we have yet to be disappointed with any of our choices! One dinner that we were particularly impressed with on our last trip was ‘Ohana – we loved it so much that we are seriously confused as to why we didn’t check it out sooner!
For those of you who have never heard of ‘Ohana, it’s a restaurant located in Disney’s beautiful Polynesian Resort (which is easily accessible via the monorail from the Magic Kingdom), and they serve up a delicious family style breakfast and dinner daily (family style means they bring you platters of food and you can have as many refills as you want!). Breakfast items served include Mickey waffles, bacon/sausage, eggs, and more – and the meal features Lilo and Stitch and friends (which normally include a Mouse or two!), and dinner is served without characters, but with plenty of grilled meat that the servers bring around on giant skewers to your table…yum!
We started out with warm coconut pineapple bread, salad with passion fruit dressing, and delicious chicken wings and dumplings with dipping sauces – all of which were fresh and delicious
Within moments the main course arrived – noodles with vegetables, and then various skewers of meat were brought over too – there was shrimp, chicken, pork, and steak – all of which were well grilled, and I have to say my personal favorite was the steak – it was perfectly tender and not too rare, and it paired really well with the noodles.
We were really full at this point – but not too full for dessert of course – warm coconut pineapple bread pudding topped with ice cream and bananas and a delicious caramel sauce…let’s just say we scraped the plate clean on this one!
Aside from the amazing food, the restaurant itself was great too – dark woods and dim lights made for a nice nighttime setting, and the ukulele music and view of the huge grill make for the perfect dinner entertainment. They also have a bar menu featuring some signature tropical drinks, including the Lapu Lapu that’s served in a hollowed out pineapple! (Check out the recipe for this delicious drink here)
“‘Ohana means family, and family means no one gets left behind, or forgotten” – it’s a line from the Disney movie Lilo And Stitch, and I think it encompasses the atmosphere and essence of the restaurant perfectly – you definitely feel at home, and the cast members provide great service – oh and you won’t leave hungry, that’s for sure! I am so glad I finally got to try ‘Ohana, and it is now firmly on my “must do” list of Disney Restaurants – but I would love to know what you think – have you dined here? Are you a fan of their character breakfast, or their dinner?
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