Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Meal Time Monday - 'Ohana

'Ohana means family and here everyone is treated like family.  This is one of my family's favorite meals in all of Walt Disney World.  'Ohana is located at the Polynesian Village Resort.  Today we are going to look at Dinner.  The meal is served family style and is all you care to eat.  It is the perfect meal for anyone who loves MEAT.  Vegetarian's have options here but this meal is a carnivore's paradise.  

With an open kitchen, skewers are prepared over an open flame for all to see and smell, but there is more to 'Ohana than just food.

This place is fun as well!  This is not a character meal so if you are looking for a place where you can have some excellent food while your kids are entertained and without having to worry about having autograph books out for autographs.  It is also really nice to have the food brought to you.  You can get tired of buffets after awhile.  

One of the attractions for the kids is the Coconut Races.  Here Clair is getting her coconut and broom.

And here she goes.  The kids do a lap of the restaurant with their coconut and broom.  

There is also a parade with the ukulele player.

Now the kids are learning to hula.

At a certain point they are sent to get a parent to learn with them.  They learn what all the movements mean as they learn the dance.  I leaned a lot as well.   Depending on what night you are there or what time determines weather you will dance or race.  You really don't know what you will do until it happens, but our kids have really enjoyed both!

Now onto the meal.  As you know from my other food reviews, I'm not a foodie, so bear with me.  First out is some bread.  It is a pineapple bread that is really sweet and they serve a honey butter with it.  There is no picture because our kids devour it as soon as we sit down!!   They also serve wings and pot stickers, both are very tasty.  The wings are very mild and have a sweet taste and the pot stickers are very meaty and soft.  There is not too bold of a flavor with the pot stickers, but they are served with sauces on the side if you want to kick it up a bit.  Doug always tries them out but I just eat them plain.

The sauces served are Sweet-n-Sour, Peanut, and teriyaki.  These can be used for any part of the meal.

Also served with the appetizers are Vegetables and Noodles.  Doug likes the noodles but I'm usually too full to bother with them.   Also in this picture is the kids mac and cheese and chicken nuggets and fries.  Just ask about the kids plate when you are seated and the server will take care of them.  

Now onto the reason we are really here.   The MEAT!  They bring around skewers and skewers of meat.  Steak, pork, and shrimp are brought around.  When the server is putting it on your plate you tell them when to stop.  If you want more just wave them down and they will bring it to you.  If you get some that are too dry or not cooked the way you like, just ask for whatever you need.  That is the great thing about this meal, the meat never ends.  There are subtle flavors in all three.  I am fairly picky and I enjoy them all.  Doug really likes the shrimp, but they are a "peel and eat style" so it slows him down a bit.  

How can you not enjoy a meal cooked this way?  

After the meal, there is an amazing dessert that is also consumed too fast for pictures.  Bread pudding with a banana caramel sauce.  I think an entire meal of just this would be worth it to me.  The kids can also get ice cream or a brownie, we have seen both for them.

After your bellies are full you are just a monorail ride from the Magic Kingdom where you can show off your lei while riding on Cinderella's horse.

OR... walk to the TTC and hop on the monorail to Epcot!

'Ohana's is located in the Polynesian Village Resort. 

I highly recommend booking this restaurant 180 days in advance of your trip for a normal dining time for dinner. 

It is one table service credit on the Disney Dining Plan(and a good use of one)

The menu is located here.