This Friday's review is dedicated to the
'Ohana dinner at the Polynesian Resort.
This happens to be one of my family's favorite restaurants (both for dinner and breakfast, but that's a different review). It's located on the second floor of the Polynesian Resort. Because it's on the monorail line, it makes this a nice option for days in the Magic Kingdom or Epcot as well as days not spent in the parks. 'Ohana is considered a Table Service meal if you're using the Disney Dining Plan. I highly recommend making a reservation for this as soon as possible.
'Ohana is a popular dining destination, so we arrived early. It was nice to go outside and snap some photos on the beach of the lagoon. My daughter also loved getting pictures of the beautiful flowers around the resort.
Again, it's a busy place, so there was a little bit of a wait for our table. Luckily they have a full bar there for drinks while you wait. Feel free to walk up or a server will make their way around to you if you're seated in the waiting area. The kids enjoyed their "Stitch Juice" and Shirley Temple, while mama and daddy had some drinks of the adult nature.
We didn't have to wait too long though before they took us in, grabbed our delicious pineapple-coconut bread, and took us by the grills as we made our way to the table.
It's a set menu and is served family style at your table. It's all-you-can-eat, so don't be afraid to ask for more! They start with a great mixed salad with Lilikoi dressing.
Next comes the wok full of some delicious appetizers- pot-stickers tossed in garlic-ginger sauce and honey-coriander wings (served with peanut and sweet-n-sour sauces).
After that they bring this pan of incredible lo mein noodles and stir-fry veggies. Hopefully you've saved some of those sauces because they're fabulous poured over these noodles and veggies!
Finally we're getting to the meat of the meal, literally. Servers will make their rounds carrying large skewers of oak fire-grilled sweet-n-sour chicken, spicy peel-n-eat shrimp, and szechuan sirloin steak. Oh. Em. Gee. These are soooo good!! I can honestly say one of the pieces of steak I had was easily the best steak I've ever had. Ever. And while I'm not a seafood fan, my little guy is. He was tearing those shrimp up! I literally couldn't get him to stop for a photo.
Oh, and if you have room, and you're going to want to save room, there's bread pudding a la mode with bananas-caramel sauce. I'm not even a bread pudding fan, and I loved this!
The food is obviously the star here, but there's actually entertainment to accompany the meal. Someone is singing and playing some island music on a ukulele. She leads hula lessons and coconut races throughout the evening as well. And if you're lucky, and things are timed right, you can see Wishes at Magic Kingdom. They'll lower the lights and pipe the music into restaurant. The whole back wall is made up of windows, so they can be seen pretty easily through the restaurant. It's pretty neat.
So, to recap, this meal is fabulous! You're going to want to make this a must on your next trip! And make sure you go hungry!!
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