Back, But Not Better: DVC Fan Dining- ‘Ohana Review

Around the earlier yr, a lot of of us in the DVC Fan Fb Group went about our life patiently awaiting the return of our preferred Walt Disney Environment eating places. The pleasure that ensued when it was announced ‘Ohana would reopen was of no shock to a lot of. Following all, who did not miss individuals glorious noodles and dumplings? Without having hesitation, our vacation celebration for July made a decision to snag a much sought-immediately after reservation (thank you vacation wizard, Elaine Edwards) to working experience this beloved establishment. Let’s acquire a seem at our encounter at ‘Ohana!

The Service

I’ve been a server myself in my college or university days. It’s not an easy work by any signifies. My individual expertise has still left me with a lot of grace and comprehending of what it will take to hold out tables. However, the assistance we gained at ‘Ohana was generally nonexistent. It is a well known cafe and I assume they are even now operating out their reopening kinks and changing to a new menu. The place was not full by any implies. There were various empty tables blocked off for social distancing (just one of the couple of dining places we have seen even now accomplishing that as of July).

The food was introduced out in a bizarre purchase leaving us thinking if items ended up overlooked or if they had been just coming at random. We experienced to talk to for some issues on the menu that had been in no way brought like the sauce for the dumplings. It also would acquire a extended while prior to we experienced the means to talk to for further goods. For some dishes, you will want a lot of extras. They only really do not give you plenty of of the very best objects to commence for the amount of individuals at your table. However, they will overload you with the factors you never will need. I’m positive we could have fed a different 3 tables with the double crocks of shrimp casserole. General, with missing goods and extensive waits to check with for items and get h2o, I would level the support listed here as a 4/10. It just left a whole lot to be ideal.

The Foodstuff

Paul and I actually constantly experienced a really like-detest partnership with the food at ‘Ohana. I am ashamed to confess for the two of us, it was our first time back because 2015. From ahead of, we understood we liked the noodles, wings, vegetables, and dumplings. We recall the meats remaining way too chared and rubbery for our liking and the services was rushed in the earlier. So our anticipations ended up not all that significant going in. In this article is a breakdown of how the meals went.

First is the value. The per-individual price tag for this all-you-treatment-to-love family members-type food is $55 for each grownup and $33 per little one plus taxes and of training course, gratuity.


Salad: The salad is a mixed greens salad with a citrus vinegarette. I enjoyed this salad a ton essentially. The mixed greens integrated arugula which usually adds a great flavor and is a much more expensive inexperienced. The dressing was flavorful. I wanted more salad and felt like the salad plate got whisked away by the server in advance of I had the chance. It was probably for the very best as there was a ton of foods coming, but the salad was a single of the extra pleasant dishes.

Bread: The bread services has absolutely changed and as a substitute of the pineapple coconut loaf of bread, they provide coconut papaya and cheddar bacon biscuits (according to the menu). Whilst the menu states cheddar bacon biscuits, we absolutely only had the papaya scones. I just can’t complain, they were actually rather excellent-a little sweet and nonetheless savory. The items of papaya labored properly. In general, I relished them but did not want to fill up on them due to the fact I knew we had a lot far more food coming.

Honey-Coriander Hen Wings: These are very related to what they have been prior to and they were as superior as I recall. They are incredibly approachable to any pallet, not spicy with very simple flavors. Not the ideal wings on residence, but superior for an all-you-can-eat meal. They do not give you with adequate of these, so be sure to talk to for extra.

Pork Dumplings Tossed in Garlic-Chili Sauce: I’m applying the titles for these right from the menu on Disney’s web-site. But that’s laughable due to the fact we have by now been lacking goods from the menu. We acquired the dumplings and I do appreciate them, but we did not get any sauce. It took a extended when to get some and by the time it arrived, well…we required extra dumplings. The sauce is an essential component of having fun with them so be sure to make absolutely sure you get it and even though you are at it, inquire for far more dumplings.


Kielbasa Sausage: Our table was all in settlement that the kielbasa was an great addition to the menu. The sausage is strong with taste. If just about anything alterations, I guaranteed hope this product sticks about.

Roasted 8-Way Chicken with Chimichurri Sauce: Even though the kielbasa was excellent, the hen was bland and dull. The only saving grace listed here was the chimichurri sauce, but there is only a tiny sum. You can inquire for more sauce though and it does help the hen really a little bit.

Roasted Broccolini: These were being generally extensive, undercooked, flavorless mini trees. I skip the previous veggies.

‘Ohana Noodles: The noodles were a preserving grace and as superior as I remembered. Perfectly savory with a contact of sweetness. They get started you off with this kind of a modest total, you are going to want to request for much more. If they sold just these noodles, I would buy them by the vat to appreciate when I stay at the Polynesian. The noodles at Captain Cooks are not rather the similar.

Woodfire Grilled Teriyaki Beef: This and the shrimp casserole came way afterwards than the relaxation of our meal. I guess it’s a good issue for the reason that we were being previously almost full so the fact that it was not good was not as major of a disappointment. The essential gist is that it is continue to hard items of meat with pretty minimal flavor. Even with remaining covered in sauce, it did not disguise how abysmal this was. And as a result, a big plate of meat sat uneaten on our desk. I seriously despise losing foodstuff like that.

Shrimp Casserole: I am rather certain I am just one of a several men and women on this planet that was basically thrilled for this shrimp casserole. I love casseroles and I have had quite a few amazing seafood au gratin-casserole-like dishes just before. So I had a eyesight for how remarkable I considered this shrimp casserole could be. Instead, I was fulfilled with a bowl of overcooked shrimp swimming in flavorless soup. There was no serious substance or binding agent to truly qualify this as a casserole. It was extra bland soup on a plate. These very poor innocent shrimp sacrificed their lives for this nonsense. As we looked about to other tables, we could see this dish was heading mainly uneaten. There are just so many better takes advantage of for all these very good-sized shrimp.


Bread Pudding: Although it was unique than right before, the bread pudding was pretty satisfying. What I loved about it also was that it wasn’t way too dense or significant so it was quick to enjoy right after these kinds of a big food. If I could make any recommendation for this, request for extra ice product, specially if you’re sharing it with a greater bash.


There ended up some hits and some misses with ‘Ohana. The total encounter brought on our team to terminate an forthcoming reservation in Oct and make other plans. If you have been looking forward to making an attempt it out, I recommend you go and working experience it for yourself. Your experience could be superior. I’m even now happy we went. I enjoy those noodles and dumplings and they were being even now good, as were some of the other additions.

Have you experimented with the “new” ‘Ohana not long ago? What do you feel of the new menu goods? Allow us know in the opinions and as often, check out out for the latest happenings of all matters Disney Family vacation Club!