REVIEW: “Ding, Dong The Shrimp Casserole is Dead!” – Peel-N-Eat Shrimp & Grilled Chicken Return to ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
As of today, ‘Ohana’s original dinner menu has been partially restored at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Of course, we had to visit and check how everything tasted.
‘Ohana reopened last month with an altered all-you-care-to-enjoy menu. Today’s update removes the shrimp casserole, roasted chicken, and kielbasa sausage (it was supposed too e gone, but they’re still running through stock at this point) from the dinner skillet in favor of peel-n-eat shrimp and grilled chicken. The scones and cheddar-bacon biscuits have also been removed and replaced with ‘Ohana bread, but it’s still not the original offering.
The current price is $55 per adult, plus tax and gratuity, and $33 per child, plus tax and gratuity.
Signature ‘Ohana Bread
The bread is not the original coconut offering, but this is a positive change in our book. These are the Coconut-Papaya Scones that debuted last month and they’re just as good now as they were then. The Cheddar-Bacon Biscuits are gone.
Mixed Green Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette
The mixed green salad from the new menu stayed as well, but also remains a tremendous improvement. The citrus dressing was refreshing, but we are sad about the loss of the almond-sesame brittle.
Grilled Chicken with Polynesian-inspired Chimichurri Sauce
It is highly reflective due to the glaze, so apologies for the pictures. The baked chicken is replaced by a grilled version more akin to what was on the skewers in olden times. The chicken is tender, juicy, and has a flavorful, charred exterior.
Yes, it was a little pink inside, but pink chicken doesn’t mean it is undercooked, the temperature is more important actually. It tasted perfectly fine despite the appearance.
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Spicy Peel-n-Eat Shrimp
The inedible shrimp casserole is gone and back are the peel-n-eat shrimp, just off the skewer. They are heavily seasoned and as good as you might remember. They were all quite delicious with no hint of fishy taste.
Wood-fire Grilled Teriyaki Beef
The beef stole the show tonight. It was tender and so easy to chew, perfectly seasoned and covered in that wonderful, tangy teriyaki sauce. Perfection.
This is what you came for, and no shrimp or chicken can change that. The noodles are as good as ever.
‘Ohana Bread Pudding
It never left us, and we hope it never will. The signature ‘Ohana bread pudding smothered in caramel sauce and paired with vanilla ice cream is a delight, but you likely already knew this.
Doughnut with Soy-based Frozen Dessert
We finally got to try the plant-based dessert after it was not available on our last two visits. The doughnut is a little chalky, but for those who can’t have a regular doughnut, it’s bound to please. The soy-based ice cream is actually quite good, presenting a flavor somewhat akin to a whipped cream.
It’s worth noting that towels were offered to us this time, a nice offering to have with the presence of the “sticky” wings and peel-n-eat shrimp.
As we stated in the last review, we didn’t feel ‘Ohana was ruined by the changes, but it is undoubtedly better today than it has been since it reopened. The chicken is a slight improvement, while the shrimp is better by leaps and bounds. ‘Ohana should be more palatable for those who missed the shrimp, but we feel it will please just about any guest (son. long as they can eat meat).