Though my husband Geordon is fairly laid back when it comes to vacation planning (he knows to stay out of my way) on this trip he did have one very special request. After reading a review of the Polynesian Resort’s Kona Café, he insisted that we head over to the tropical paradise so that he could get a taste of the legendary Tonga Toast.
Situated on the second floor of the resort’s Grand Ceremonial House the Kona Café has an easy, breezy feel to it as relaxed as the islands. Across from the atrium and just off the monorail station, the café’ is open and welcoming with views of tropical greenery and island art. The on stage pastry kitchen shows off the culinary expertise of the pasty chef with a stunning chocolate showpiece that is currently a giant Lilo and Stitch.
As we were walking in for our reservation we ran into Mark and Libby from Illuminating Epcot, who had just finished their meal. We said hello and exchanged hugs as Geordon and I waited for our table. They would become the couple we saw most often on this Food and Wine Festival extravaganza. The hostess had trouble finding my reservation but none the less our wait was only about 5 minutes and we were seated in the middle of the restaurant.
What's on the menu here includes some "legendary" Disney dishes, including the Tonga Toast. Tonga Toast is the signature dish here now, but came over from the Tangaroa Terrace when that restaurant closed. The cinnamon sugar dusted sour-dough french toast stuffed with bananas has been a favorite in our family since I was a little girl, I was thrilled to get to share it with my husband for the first time. He enjoyed it very much, though found it to be just a little dry, and it wasn't his favorite Disney French Toast.
I chose to have the Macadamia Pineapple Pancakes served with macadamia nut butter, pineapple compote, and turkey bacon. They were quite delicious, though I though could have a little more in the way of pineapple. The pancakes themselves were light and fluffy, full of decadent macadamia nuts. Just a touch a maple syrup drizzled over the top made then just about perfect.
This is one of a coffee lover’s favorite stops in Walt Disney World, which is notorious for bad coffee. Here however they serve two different Kona Blends. There is a 70/30 blend that is brewed and a 100% blend that can be ordered in a french press pot. Press pots are not part of the Disney Dinning Plan, so we ordered the 70/30 blend. Our server boasted that they were the only restaurant on property with really good coffee. I smiled and told her that she should check out the press pot of the African blend served at Animal Kingdom Lodge, which is my favorite. Geordon and I found the 70/30 Kona to be very enjoyable, and entirely drinkable, yet a little milder than we preferred.