PHOTOS: Major Lunch and Dinner Menu Changes Made at Kona Cafe, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Kona Cafe at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resorts is one of our favorite low-key, yet nice table service restaurants in Walt Disney World. It’s easy to get reservations here and they’re always changing up the menu to keep things fresh and new for repeat guests. The restaurant is located on the 2nd floor near the monorail platform in the gigantic open-air lobby. Kona Cafe is known for its fantastic breakfast (Tonga Toast, anyone?), but today they rolled out a new all-day Lunch and Dinner menu with totally revamped entrée selections for both meal times. Let’s dive in!
The Spicy Alaskan King Crab roll is up $2.00 from the previous $26.00 price. Gone is the Kona Turkey Sandwich, replaced with a Nigiri Sampler ($17.00). The Tuna Poke is also up $3.00 from its usual $13.00 price. Everything else stayed the same.
Here’s where things get interesting… The Seafood Coconut Curry Soup is now $10.00 (previously $8.00). Pot Stickers went up in price by a dollar. Everything else is basically new! Gone is the Kona Crab Cake, Kona Salad, the fan-favorite Sticky Wings and the Island Tuna Poke. They’ve been replaced with Fire-Roasted Pork Wings ($12.00), Coconut Mussels ($14.00), and a Pickled Farmer Salad ($13.00). And those are just the appetizers.
Over on the newly-added, dedicated “Burgers and Sandwiches” section, the previous Island-Style Burger’s been supplanted by a Crispy Cheddar Burger ($20.00) and a Big Kahuna Burger ($24.00). A new Hawaiian-Style Reuben ($18.00) also joins the lineup. The Turkey Bánh Mi ($16.00) returns, but with a different set of flavors (and an extra dollar tacked on to the price.)
Under “Chef’s Recommendations” are the new Poached Chicken Noodle Salad ($18.00) and the Polynesian Tuna Nicoise ($28.00).
All-Day entrées include the new Mahi, Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato ($28.00) and a Duck Fried Rice with Leg Confit ($32.00).
In following with ever-popular bowls, they now have an entire section dedicated to noodles. The Pork Belly Noodle Bowl ($24.00) makes a comeback, albeit at $3.00 more than previously. There’s also a Char Siu Duck Ramen ($24.00), a Kanpachi Dashi broth bowl ($24.00), and an interesting-sounding Vegetable Bowl ($21.00) with pineapple tofu.
Dinner offerings available after 5:00 PM now include a whole slew of steaks: the Perfect Porterhouse Steak ($95.00), a 20-oz Bone-in black Angus Ribeye ($55.00), a 14-oz Prime New York Strip ($42.00), and a 8-oz Black Angus Beef Tenderloin ($38.00). For guests who favor fish, there’s a 10-oz Verlasso Salmon Steak for $28.00. “All Day Offerings” make up the revamped lunch menu, but are also available at dinner.
You can plus up your meal with the addition of a Lump Crab Cake or Jumbo Shrimp for $15.00. A whole section of sauces are also available for an additional $3.00 (although with those steak prices, you’d think they’d accompany dishes.) Sauces include Green Peppercorn, Poly-Churri, Togarashi Hollandaise, and Horseradish Cream Sauce. Sides include Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Oven-Roasted Heirloom Carrots, Grilled Asparagus, and Grilled Broccolini for $8.00 and a very luxurious-sounding Lobster and Crab Macaroni & Cheese for $15.00.
For reference, this was the Kona Cafe’s Lunch and Dinner Menu prior to this week’s changes:
Kona Cafe – Sushi Offerings (Lunch and Dinner)
Kona Cafe – Samplers and Appetizers (Lunch and Dinner)