Tuesday, August 12, 2014

'Ohana Breakfast - Disney's Polynesian Resort

My daughters and our international student head back to school tomorrow, so we decided to celebrate the end of summer by having breakfast at 'Ohana at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort.  

'Ohana is one of our favorite restaurants at Disney World for dinner, but we had never dined there for breakfast until today.  You can read my dinner review here.  

We checked in about 10 minutes before our 9:30 reservation, and had to wait 25 minutes to be seated.  

'Ohana was really crowded this morning, which was no surprise, because it is one of the more popular restaurants on Disney property.  I was able to make advance dining reservations last week, but it can be very difficult to obtain dinner reservations unless you book pretty far out.  

While we waited, we entertained ourselves watching people take their picture with the back side of this statue.  Some of the pictures involved fingers in cracks, and mouths puckered up near his bottom.  Oh the stories this guy could tell if he could talk!  

After we were seated, our server brought us Stich juice, which is a combination of passion fruit, orange, and guava juice.  It was pretty good, especially with how hungry we were at this point.  

At 'Ohana, which means family, you will be visited by a variety of Disney friends.  Today, we saw Lilo, Stitch, Mickey, and Pluto.  

The girls were brought sweet bread once I spoke to a chef, which oddly enough they wouldn't place on the table until the chef came out.  Our waitress said it was protocol, and wouldn't bring it even after I told her I knew it had gluten in it, and I wouldn't eat it.  I felt so bad for everyone else at my table who had to wait for me to order my meal.  

While we waited for our Island Feast to be served, we were brought a plate of fresh fruit.  I asked for my own plate so I wouldn't have to worry about cross contamination.  

The food at 'Ohana is served family-style, but I received my own platter, because no one else at our table needed to eat gluten free.  The only thing missing from my platter, compared to the one my kids got, was the biscuits.  

'Ohana serves an American breakfast influenced by Polynesian flavors.  The Hua Paka were good, but were just run-of-the-mill scrambled eggs.  The Uala Kahiki (fried potatoes) were enjoyed by my whole family, but were not as flavorful as the breakfast potatoes at The Mara.  

The single sausage I got was pretty tasty, but the smoked bacon wasn't anything special.  It was super thin, like most of the bacon on Disney property.  I was hoping for something a little more substantial and smoky tasting.

The gluten free Mickey waffles tasted like they were made with Bob's Red Mill mix, and were cooked perfectly.  Thankfully, I shared two of them with my daughters, who didn't get their waffles right away, or I would have probably ended up eating all four of them.  Katie said her gluten free waffle was better than the gluten-filled one she tried.

I enjoyed our breakfast at 'Ohana, but because of the crowds and price, I don't think we will be returning any time soon.  Plus, I find the food more interesting at Boma and Tusker House Restaurant.  My favorite budget-friendly breakfast spots are Landscape of Flavors at Disney's Art of Animation Resort, and Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory for gluten free beignets and Mickey waffles.

You can read more about 'Ohana, and make advance dining reservations on Disney's website here.

Have you dined at 'Ohana for breakfast or dinner?


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