One of the most interesting and out-of-the-ordinary meals we enjoyed while we were there took place at ‘Ohana at the Polynesian Resort. We had never been there before and really hadn’t even heard of the place until our travel agent recommended it to us. I was skeptical at first because the menu is Hawaiian bbq food, which is pretty much ALL meat. So I talked it over with our travel agent and she let me know that they would be very accommodating and have a very nice vegetarian meal that isn’t listed on the menu.
When we first arrived at the Polynesian, we decided to walk around the hotel a little bit and do some exploring since it was completely new to us. It’s one of the deluxe hotels which means it is extremely expensive, thus likely a place we’ll never end up staying, and so we were expecting pretty big things. The lobby and shops inside were very nice and the Polynesian theme was very well done.
As soon as stepped off the monorail and into the hotel, the skies opened up and it started pouring. This was also the very last night of our trip so this dinner had the potential to be slightly somber as we knew we didn’t have much time left on our vacation. However, there is SO much going on at this restaurant that it was able to distract us from this fact.
We had a prior reservation, so we didn’t have very long to wait until we were seated. When they called our names, we were escorted by one of the hosts to our table and on the way he gave us a mini tour of the restaurant. He showed us the bar, the barbecue (which was out in the open), pointed out the drink selections (all of which were served in glowing glasses) and tonight’s dessert. Right before we arrived at our table, he pointed to the food selections and said, “We have pork, shrimp, chicken and steak. You don’t pick one, you get them all.”
As soon as the waitress arrived at our table I asked about the vegetarian option (I guess I was still a little skeptical), and right away she told me about the entree (which would also be all you can eat) and some special appetizers they make for veggies like me.
Well, the dinner didn’t disappoint. My first appetizer was an Asian-style noodle dish with green beans and broccoli, and then the SECOND (again, I didn’t explicitly pick these things – they just give you everything!) was pita chips with three different kinds of hummus. My favorite was the sun-dried tomato, but all three were extremely delicious, so much so that when I got back home to my regular hummus I found it kind of boring.
My entree came out and was quite large and filled with lots of good things: tons of vegetables, and a generous helping of roasted potatoes. They also presented us with three different dipping sauces, which did spice up the dish a lot. I could have gotten the dish refilled at any time, but it didn’t take too long until I was so full I couldn’t take another bite.
Dessert came out! It ended up being a bread pudding style of dish with caramel sauce and bananas and topped with ice cream. It should come as no surprise to you at this point that this dish could ALSO have been refilled as many times as we wanted.
From a meat-eater’s perspective, D really enjoyed his meal as well and was equally full when we were done eating. He didn’t particularly care for the steak, but the chicken and shrimp were his favorites and the appetizers for him were equally pleasing.
This meal was included in our dining plan so we didn’t have to pay anything but the tip, but when we took a look at the bill, it was actually quite affordable. It was around $35 per person, which when you consider the endless amount of food we got, is really quite a good deal, especially at a fancy resort in Disney!
Have you ever tried Hawaiian bbq?