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An Evening at Ohana
Ohana, situated at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, describes itself as an all you-care-to enjoy you can eat family-style feast served right to your table.
We booked our table 2 weeks in advance by calling Walt Disney World dining reservations on 407-939-3463, I would recommend reservations well in advance if you are travelling in the peak holiday period.
We arrived a little in advance of our reservation time and were given the proverbial flashing buzzer to alert us when our table was due.
We settled ourselves in the bar area and whilst I would have loved to go for one of the speciality cocktails with names such as Island Sunset, Trade Winds or Malibu Macaw, ( all priced around $7.00) I was the designated driver for the evening so settled for a virgin Pina Colada.
We waited for only a short time before our buzzer began to “perform” so we settled our bar tab and followed the server into the restaurant, on our way into the dining area she explained to us that in true Polynesian style we were all considered one family and would be referred to as “cousins”, sure enough as we walked along more than one server greeted us with”Good Evening Cousins”. The centre of the dining room was the
18 ft fire pit where the chefs grilled skewers of meats including steak, pork and sausage over an oak fire.
Our server introduced himself and seemed to be serving 3 tables simulataneously. We started with fried wantons stuffed with shrimp and served with peanut sauce, chimchurri and harissa. I am not quite sure what the latter 2 consisted of but one was green, the other red, and they were delicious. Accompanying this was a mixed green salad with honey-lime dressing. The dressing was good and the couple on the next table even asked for the recipe which the waiter duly brought for them!
The appetizers were spicy sweet and sour shrimp and honey-coriander chicken wings. We were brought generous dishes of both to which we helped ourselves, they were so good I was full long before we got to the main course.
We were served from the skewers marinated sirloin steak, asian barbecued pork loin, mesquite grilled turkey and hawaiian pork sausage with pineapple teriyaki glaze. I passed on the sausage but everything else was delicious and very tender, my husband assures me that the sausage was also excellent.
The main course was accompanied by Maui scalloped potatoes ( sort of cheesy) and stir fried vegetables.
Just as we were completing the main course the background music was faded and the lights dimmed slightly, the “wishes” music came through the speakers and we had a good view of the fireworks from our table by the window, others who had already finished their meal made their way down to the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon for an excellent view.
When the display had finished we were brought hot flannels to wash and refresh our hands and mouths prior to being served with our desert, ‘Ohana Bread Pudding a la mode with Banana Foster Sauce, now I am not a lover of bread pudding but this was delicious!!!
Throughout the course of the meal there were games arranged for the children, chase the coconut and hula hoop being the 2 I particularly remember. We do not have young children, but there was no way this interfered withour own meal and it was lovely for parents to have their little ones entertained.
The cost for the meal was $24.99 and for children 3-9 $10.99 this included tea, coffeee and soft drinks. A full bar menu was avaible for those who preferred alcohol, but this obviously incurred an additional charge.
All in all I would say this was a great evening for families and couples alike, and excellent value for money.
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