Thursday, September 11, 2014

Disney Dining Review: Kona Cafe at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

This past weekend we actually didn’t have any Disney dining reservations, so on Friday night we scoped out the My Disney Experience website to find a place to eat on Saturday night and decided on Kona Café at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. 

I italicize Village because the Village is new.  Well, it’s old and new.  I remember waaaay back in the day when my family stayed at the Polynesian in 1984 (yeah, way back) we stayed at the Polynesian Village Resort.  But then the name somewhere along the line changed to just Polynesian Resort, no Village.  I actually just Wikipedia’d it and it was Polynesian Village Resort from 1971-1985, was Polynesian Resort from 1985 to 2014, and is now Polynesian Village again.  A little Disney history lesson for you there.


Anyway on Saturday night we headed out to the Polynesian Village for dinner.  One thing we did not realize is that the resort is completely under renovation.  It is tore up from the floor up, in every respect.  They are completely revamping the center lobby, so it’s kind of a mess.  And then outside where the pool used to be is just a huge dirt pile.  So there wasn’t much walking around before or after dinner. 

We have actually eaten at Kona Café a couple of times and have enjoyed it every time.  It’s our second fave restaurant at Polynesian.  Our first is Ohana, which is hands down the best restaurant at Disney.  In our opinion anyway. But Kona is a very close second.  


Kona offers an Asian flare to traditional dishes, to keep with the ambiance of the Polynesian resort.  Menu items included Kona Coffee rubbed pork chops and Taal Chicken.  

Our meal started off with a loaf of their amazingly yummy Hawaiian bread with macadamia nut butter.  Seriously, I could have just eaten that and been happy.  Since we weren’t starving, we ordered an appetizer and one entrée to split, and it was plenty. 

We ordered the Sticky Wings, where were glazed wings with a spicy mustard sauce and sesame seeds.  Mmm mmm mmm.  They were delish.  And then for our entrée we split the Pan-Asian Noodles with chicken and vegetables in a ginger garlic sauce  It was really tasty, but I focused most of my attention on the wings and the bread.  Everything was great.

Overall, we really liked Kona Café.  I’d like to try it for lunch or for their character breakfast because I heard it was great from Sabrina

Next up … We don’t have a reservation again this week!  So we’re going to fly by the seat of our pants again! 


How about you … Been to Kona?  What suggestion do you have for our next Disney dining outing?  

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