We went to Ohana for dinner. TIP- give yourself plenty of time going to the Polynesian. We took a bus from our hotel to MK, and then rode the monorail to the Polynesian. We gave ourselves an hour...we JUST made it. Also, make your reservations early- I booked a few days past 180 days in advance and could only get a 450p rez.
The hotel itself transports you to the islands. The restaurant is no different. When you check in for your rez, they give you a handheld buzzer. We waited maybe 5 minutes, there are couches in the lounge area for waiting guests. We were greeted by friendly faces the whole time. When we were being seated the host reminds you what Ohana means- family. Everything here is served family style. You don't order food- everything is just brought out. Our waitress took our drink order, and almost immediately food started coming.
You start out with sweet Hawaiian rolls- very tasty. I can usually fill up on rolls, but new this was a lot of good food coming and resisted temptation. The salad we received was mixed greens with some sort of papaya vinegarette. The greens were fresh and the dressing tart and sweet. A perfect balance.
The appetizers are Honey BBQ Chicken wings- obviously with an asian flare- I had one. My husband devoured the whole plate. They were sticky, sweet, with a small kick of heat- fantastic!! At the same time came out the Pork dumplings. I don't usually eat pork (by preference), but tried one for the experience. The pork and veggies inside the steamed dumpling had a great blend of spices. The sauce poured over was a little sweet for my liking, but didn't stop me from eating it.
The entrees are Chicken, Beef, Pork, and Shrimp. These are all grilled on huge skewers and then brought around to the tables. You tell the waiter how much you'd like cut off and they put it on your plate. Again, I didn't do the pork. The chicken was breast meat, moist, grilled, and fabulous. The marinade used was perfect. You got the smokiness from the grill, and the heat from the spices- mouthwatering. The beef was cooked to a perfect medium. Again, spices on point. The shrimp had a nice garlic flavor to them- and were my favorite. I had 6 along with my chicken and beef. You peel them yourself, but I didn't care about getting dirty- they were worth it.
Along with the meats you get stir fried veggies and some noodles. These were average, nothing overly exciting. The veggies seemed fresh, and complimented the meats well enough.
The real shiner here was dessert. Kids have special little brownies they get, but who cares about that. For us big kids, they have Pinapple Upside Down Cake Bread Pudding with Banana Caramel Sauce. I have never enjoyed Pinapple Upside Down Cake IN MY LIFE, but this was one of the best desserts I've ever had. Served with a side of icecream this decadent dessert was out of this world. The warm bread pudding with the cold ice cream, topped with the sinfully sweet and rich caramel sauce. Perfection. My husband tried a few bites, but resigned to his beer as his dessert. Good thing too, I wanted to eat it all myself...and did.