REVIEW: Wonderful noodles, a terrible shrimp casserole, and surprisingly good changes come with a new dinner menu when Ohana reopens at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
“Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort has finally reopened after being closed for over a year. We reviewed their all-you-can-eat breakfast, but waited all day to sample the famous Ohana noodles for dinner. The menu also has some new items, so let’s see how the new fare fares:
All-you-can-eat Ohana dinner
The dinner menu at ‘Ohana has been revamped and has a few new additions. Dinner costs $ 55 per adult and $ 33 per child.
” Ohana Coco-Papaya Scones and Cheddar-Bacon Biscuits with Honey Butter
As much as I loved old-fashioned coconut bread, the new cookies are just as awesome. The cheddar and bacon cookies contain jalapeño which is not advertised. They are spicy and filled with cheese and smoked bacon flavor. The coconut and papaya scones are also excellent, with a hint of both tastes present in the soft buns.
The mixed green salad was a huge improvement. The citrus vinaigrette was refreshing and the almond and sesame crackle puts every bite on top.
Honey and Cilantro Chicken Wings
The wings are unchanged. They are well dipped in a sweet and tangy sauce and tender on the bone.
‘Ohana Dinner Pan
Wood-Fired Teriyaki Beef, Island Shrimp Casserole with Herb Breadcrumbs, Eight Way Roasted Chicken with Polynesian Inspired Chimichurri Sauce, Kielbasa Sausage, Ohana Noodles, Roasted Broccolini
The kielbasa was excellent, full of juicy flavors followed by a nice spicy kick in the back. A nice addition to the range.
The chicken seemed like a downgrade, but it was big, tender and juicy pieces covered in chimichurri. It’s at least a sideways move, but we really enjoyed it. Again, we would like the sauces for meats to still be there; it would be nice to have the option.
The teriyaki beef came in its own pan. It’s practically the same as before, but we still lack the sauces that were provided. It’s still a little tough, but full of flavor and well done for an average preparation.
The noodles were worth fighting for. They are always so good, even if it is a simple dish. This comfort food features chewy noodles topped with an oily side that is sure to please everyone at the table. It’s so good you’ll have to ask for another pan with just noodles.
Island shrimp casserole
The Ohana shrimp casserole is an embarrassment. The shrimp is tasteless; it just tastes like watery cheese and breadcrumbs seasoning.
Pork Dumplings Sautéed in Garlic and Chili Sauce
Pork meatballs are also unchanged. They are juicy with a flavorful sauce accompaniment.
Bread pudding is back and just as good as ever. Warm and chewy bread topped with ice cream and a delicious sweet caramel sauce. It’s a good reason to come back, despite the shrimp scandal.
Unlimited herbal dinner
Dinner is the same price as the standard dinner: $ 55 per adult and $ 33 per child.
Hummus with wonton chips
The vegan appetizer is the ‘Poly Chip’ which accompanies Capt. Cook’s, which is not a bad thing. They are salty, crunchy, and have a pleasant flavor, just like hummus. I would ask this if you have any dietary requirements or not.
It’s the same salad that goes with the standard dinner.
‘Ohana Herbal Soup Pan
‘Ohana Noodles, Roasted Broccolini, Fruit Jack Pineapple-Barbecue, Polynesian-inspired Chimichurri “Chicken”, “Sausage”
The broccolini was overcooked and hard. The vegan sausage, however, is pretty decent. It’s better than any meat sausage in over the counter restaurants. The pineapple barbecue fruit jack is weird, but we haven’t had a vegan meal so we’re assuming it tastes nasty since we’re comparing it to meat. Still, we probably wouldn’t highly recommend eating here if you’re a vegan, at least for this price. The value may not be there.
Donut with coconut milk frozen dessert
Unfortunately they ran out of vegan donuts, but the coconut milk ‘ice cream’ was really good! Its consistency was closer to whipped cream than ice cream, and the hint of coconut flavor was excellent.
Lapu Lapu – $ 18
Original Plantation dark rum and tropical fruit juice served in a fresh pineapple and garnished with Gosling’s 151 rum
Back scraper – $ 13
Bacardí Superior Rum, Original Plantation Black Rum and Guava Passion Juice garnished with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey and a bamboo back scraper
Of course, no trip to ‘Ohana is complete without a Lapu Lapu and a Backscratcher. These are essential parts of the meal!
‘Ohana is not broke or worse than before. The shrimp casserole is a horrible downgrade, but we enjoyed the majority of the menu changes. It should be noted that the charm of the restaurant took a hit without the service via the skewer, so hopefully it will come back someday, but we still love ‘Ohana and will be back (hopefully to peel and eat shrimp) .