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Restaurant Review: Kona Cafe

Full Disclosure:  I paid for this meal with my own money and I am not being compensated for this post. As always, the opinions are completely my own.

The first night that we were at Disney World, we decided to eat at one of the restaurants at the resort we were staying at, Disney’s Polynesian.  Since pretty much anywhere you eat at WDW, you have to make reservations ahead of time, we wanted to make sure that the one for the day we flew in was close by in case we had flight delays and were running late. So, for dinner we made reservations at Kona Cafe.

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When we got there it was busy but not crazy crowded like some of the WDW restaurants can be.  We were seated pretty much right away.  The menu wasn’t huge, and I didn’t look at it ahead of time, so I wasn’t really sure what I was going to get. Their specialty seemed to be sushi, which I’m not a big fan of, aside from that they had a few other entree options, none of which really stood out as one I had to have.

To start, we got some bread.  It was, of course, delicious. It was soft and airy and a little bit sweet. It was hard not to just eat a ton of bread instead of an actual meal.

konabread

Eventually (hungry+tired+new foods = poor decision making skills) I decided on the Teriyaki Style New York Strip Sirloin Strip with grilled with Pineapple Teriyaki Glaze served with Sticky Rice and Stir-fried Broccolini.

konasteak

The steak was not amazing, but it did the trick.  The glaze/sauce was a bit too soy sauce tasting for me, I was hoping it would be a bit sweeter and more of a pineapple flavor.

The husband had the Togarashi Spiced Ahi Tuna served with Tempura Fried Vegetable Maki Roll and Red Wine Reduction.  This was not something he would probably normally order, but he really liked it!  He also said it was really spicy.  He said that the best part of the dish though was maki roll, I even thought that looked good – I suppose anything tempura style is probably delicious!

konatuna

Oh, and I just had water to drink but the husband had a tasty (and quite large) beverage that was served in a pineapple!

konadrink

Overall the meal was good, but not awesome.  It was great for the convenience factor since it was at our hotel, but I don’t think I would make a trip there from another hotel.

Taste: B, not bad, but nothing spectacular.
Cost: B+, not too bad for Disney, but I’m not sure my meal was worth the $29.99 that it cost.

Would I go there again?  If I was staying at the Polynesian, probably for the convenience I would go there again.  If I was staying somewhere else I don’t think I would make a special trip.  Although, I’ve heard that their breakfast is really good, so I might make a special trip there to try that.

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