Full Disclosure: I paid for my meal with my own money, the opinions are completely my own, and I am not being compensated for this post.
Our second big meal of the trip was at another restaurant at our hotel. Ohana had been on our list to go to each time we have been to Disney World since it gets rave reviews, but that also means it is hard to get a reservation there. This time, we managed to get one – and it was an extra bonus that we were actually staying at the hotel that it is located in.
The food at Ohana is served family style, and there sure is lots of it. There is no menu to choose from, you just automatically get everything.
The meal started with bread which has a bit of a tropical flair with some bits of pineapple and coconut in it. I’m not a huge fan of things in my bread, but it was a nice tropical touch rather than just standard pre-meal bread.
Next, the salad came – mixed greens with a honey-lime dressing. I know it sounds kind of plain, but the dressing actually made the salad really delicious!
Next was the pork dumplings and honey-coriander chicken wings. I didn’t actually try either of these, but the husband seemed to enjoy the pork dumplings quite a bit.
Next up was noodles tossed in teriyaki sauce, and stir fried vegetables. This was one of my favorite parts of dinner. It was very simple, but those noodles were really delicious. I definitely could’ve made a meal out of them.
I know what you’re thinking. Is there really more food?! Yeah, it was way too much food for two people to eat. But there is more – the part that Ohana is actually known for, the meats. They are all grilled on a wood fire grill that you can see right in the restaurant. We had the grilled chicken, marinated sirloin steak, and peel and eat shrimp. (There was a pork option as well, but at that point we knew we were going to have way too much food so we chose not to have that one since pork isn’t either of our favorite.) My favorite was the chicken, it was really flavorful and juicy. I didn’t take a photo of the meat on my plate, but I did take a photo of them grilling it.
And don’t forget about dessert! Bread pudding a la mode with banana caramel sauce. It was really too bad that we were both incredibly full at this point because this was really good. I don’t know that I’ve ever had bread pudding before, but I’m a big fan!
Either we don’t eat very much food or this meal was way too large for two people. We barely touched some of the things because there were so many other things to try. I can’t help but think that there would be a lot less wasted food if they gave people smaller portions and just gave them the option to refill if they wanted more. Also, all of the food pretty much came at once. I understand that they probably wanted to keep people moving through since it is such a popular place, but we definitely could’ve eaten more if the meal would’ve been at a slower pace.
Other than that though, the food was good, and unique, and I can definitely see how people love this place so much. Maybe if you are in a larger group of people the food is distributed more evenly?
Taste: A, my favorites were the noodles and the bread pudding.
Cost: B, it is definitely one of the more expensive meal options, which would make sense if you actually ate all of the food that they gave you, but for me I’m not sure I ate enough for it to make it worth it.
Would I go there again? I’m not sure. It is a fun place, and definitely a different style of food, but I wish the pace were a bit more laid back and the portion sizes were a bit more reasonable.