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by JollyFrogger Diva

I have known for quite a while that Kona Cafe at Disney’s Polynesian Resort had a spectacular breakfast menu, as Tonga toast is a favorite among my family, but had never considered them for much of anything else. On our last visit, we had a night off and needed somewhere outside of the park to eat dinner. We decided to try somewhere we had not eaten before, and after reviewing the menus from a couple of different places, we decided to give Kona Cafe a try.

When we arrived, the restaurant was full, but it wasn’t a very long wait before we were seated. We always scope menus online while planning a trip, but rarely have any idea what we’re going to order when we arrive. My husband, the most adventurous eater in our group , had an especially hard time deciding between several choices including sushi, the Kona-coffee rubbed pork chop, the pan seared duck breast, and the Togarashi spiced Ahi tuna, which is what he ended up choosing. The rest of us made our selections and we opted to order the pot stickers appetizer to share while we waited on our entrees. I found them to be quite good- tender and quite flavorful, and the soy ginger sauce served with them was certainly a nice addition.

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As good as the appetizer was, the entrees were even better.  I ordered the Pan-Asian noodles with chicken because I was in the mood for something a little lighter than a big piece of meat. The portion size was great and the ginger garlic sauce they cooked everything in was really delicious.

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A couple of the other people in our party ordered the grilled New York strip, which I sampled and found to be good as well. I don’t remember anything that really stood out about it, but a nicely cooked steak always gets good marks with me.

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Chase (my husband) was really pleased with his choice of the Togarashi spiced Ahi tuna, but I am not a fish eater so I didn’t sample that particular dish.

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One of my favorite things about being on Disney’s Dining Plan is that I get to order dessert with each meal. I have a major sweet tooth, and Disney always has amazing desserts, so I try and make sure to save enough room for my favorite part of the meal. I choose the Kilauea Torte and it was amazing- warm and chocolaty and utterly delicious.

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The other members of my party ordered the pineapple upside down cake and the banana chocolate creme brulee and were very happy with their selections as well. I didn’t sample those, as I was quite satisfied with mine and I don’t particularly care for pineapple or banana, but they certainly looked pretty.

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If you’re looking to dine somewhere outside the hustle and bustle of the parks, consider Kona Cafe whether it’s for a hearty breakfast or a delicious dinner. Be sure to save room for dessert and a cup of their famous Kona coffee. We will definitely be adding this to our favorite list for dinner as well as breakfast.

I am a born and raised Disney fan helping share my love of Disney with my wonderful husband, beautiful daughter, and anyone else who will listen to my stories.