While I have been to breakfast at ‘Ohana at the Polynesian Resort several times, I had never for dinner. Having heard many good things about it, I was looking forward to it…and if you like meat, this dinner does not disappoint.
‘Ohana means family in Hawaiian, so everyone is a “cousin” and the food is all served family style. After being greeted by a “cousin” and lead to our table (and a conversation with the Chef regarding allergies) we were brought our first course – a tossed salad mixed with Honey-lime dressing. It was light with just the right amount of sweetness, and even T (who only ever eats salad with ranch dressing) said it was good! Next up were pork-fried dumplings and coriander chicken wings – J really liked the dumplings and I couldn’t get enough of the wings. The sauce was excellent!
After the appetizer round, Cousin Gabe brought us broccoli with green peas, pad Thai noodles (EXCELLENT by the way) and some dipping sauces (peanut, spicy mustard, and sweet-and-sour)…and then came the meat!
Servers walked around with large skewers with marinated sirloin steak, Asian BBQ pork loin, mesquite-grilled chicken, and non-peeled shrimp that had all been prepared over an oak fire. Think Brazilian Churrascaria meets Polynesian Island…definitely come hungry to this restaurant!! They also had some more kid-friendly options such as macaroni and cheese and chicken fingers.
And, if you are not already too full, the “main course” as they like to call it is an amazing ‘Ohana bread pudding à la mode with Banana Foster sauce! Talk about delicious! And they definitely don’t skimp on portion sizes – there is more than enough to share. And if not don’t worry, they will bring you more!
While all of this eating is going on, they have Hawaiian entertainment in the form of a woman playing the Ukulele, leading a parade and doing the hula with the children, and giving out lei’s. They even had a “push the coconut with a broom stick” race (I am sure there is a more technical term for it than that!!) that the kids seemed to enjoy!
I definitely recommend this restaurant for dinner – there is nothing bad on this menu! And if you time it right, you can get down to the beach to watch the fireworks too – a perfect ending to your evening!