I had made a list before we went to Walt Disney World this year to include all the restaurants I wanted to try whilst we were there. Ohana was high on my list and I was really looking forward to eating there. Situated in the Polynesian Resort, one of the resorts on the monorail loop around Magic Kingdom and Bay Lake, we decided to hop on the monorail to arrive at the Polynesian on day 7 of our holiday.
We ate at Ohana quite late in the holiday and had settled into a nice pattern of arriving for dinner a little early if we had been resting during the afternoon. This was we could enjoy a drink in the bar, or have a wander round the resort if we were visiting a resort.
There was quite a queue when we arrived to check in for Ohana and the seating to wait for the restaurant on the second floor of the Polynesian was crowded so we opted to enjoy the seating on the ground floor. The weather had taken a turn and a storm was arriving, so we took the opportunity to relax for a while.
The restaurant was running behind schedule, and I don’t know if there was a shortage of staff or what was happening, but when we were called for our table, we weren’t offered a bar menu and the drinks took ages to arrive, so much so we had to ask a different server as food had begun to arrive at the table. We did have an amazing view of the castle in the distance however so I can see the appeal of the restaurant, especially later in the evening to catch the fireworks.
Food at Ohana is served family style with all you care to enjoy. A dressed salad is quickly delivered to the table, along with pineapple and coconut corn bread. I enjoyed this more than traditional corn bread, but I am always aware that I don’t want to get too full at the start of the meal. The salad was delicious and very tasty.
Quite quickly the next course is delivered which consisted of honey-coriander chicken wings, pork dumplings, noodles and a vegetable stir fry. A pot of sweet and sour sauce and satay sauce is also placed on the table.
The food was hot and fresh and all of it was delicious. Different servers were appearing with skewers of shrimp, chicken and beef, all of which were cooked on the open grill which you can see as you are seated, and all of which were so tasty.
As the meal is all you care to enjoy, the dishes are replenished as often as you like, although I think they have their portion sizes worked out quite well as we didn’t want too much replaced. The meat continues to arrive until you say no thank you. We couldn’t fault the service on the food side of the restaurant, we just happened to catch a glitch I think during the drinks service.
We were really too stuffed for dessert however we all gave it a go. A bread pudding topped with ice cream and toffee sauce, not a dessert for me but the ice cream was delicious. You can also request just a bowl of ice cream which Hubby welcomed and did his best to polish off.
We didn’t feel rushed at all during dinner, but I think we were full within the hour. The bill was around $180 for three adults, but as we were on the dining plan we just had to cover the gratuities.