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m&m's mom
06-13-2009, 03:36 PM
We ate there Wed night and I asked about the potatoes. They said they recieve complaints every day and it makes no difference- they are gone for good.
Also, the "stir fried" veggies were just steamed broccolli. :confused3
But, the part that made up our mind to not come back was the dessert. We do not like pineapple bread pudding. Last year they brought us cut up pineapple and a side of the yummy caramel sauce for the pudding. This time when we requested the same thing we were told the charge was $5.99 extra!!! Even after I explained I wanted this in place of the dessert and not in addition it did not make a difference. They told me they started charging since so many people wanted just the pineapple. I said "Well.............if everyone wants the pineapple, why not put it back to the pineapple you used to serve?" He said that was not going to happen.
BTW- the serving of pineapple was not more than a cup and a cut up pineapple.

LUVDZNY2008
06-13-2009, 04:06 PM
I was disappointed in the side dishes when I ate there last summer, and I also preferred the pineapple for dessert.:confused3

MHSweb79
06-13-2009, 04:08 PM
I couldn't get 'Ohana for my anniversary but I got Kona. I had planned to keep calling to try for 'Ohana but now I think I'll just stick with what I have.

It's a real head-scratcher. Why not offer the pineapple if that's what everyone wants? It's much easier to prepare than bread pudding too. :confused3

chell
06-13-2009, 04:10 PM
The potatoes were awesome. The noodles suck. What are they thinking?

The pineapple would be a much more cost effective option. Goodness. Glad you spoke up! Way to go!!!

frannn
06-13-2009, 04:35 PM
We had dumplings in '08, and they were better than the wonton chips. What are they serving now?

livie1205
06-13-2009, 04:41 PM
not everyone wants the pineapple back...we love the bread pudding.:worship: I will go to ohana every trip and never get tired of it! lol i guess with everyone not going because of the noodles it should be not as hard to get a ADR ;)

chell
06-13-2009, 04:43 PM
We had dumplings in '08, and they were better than the wonton chips. What are they serving now?

We had the dumplings last December and they were awesome! I would like to have some of those right now.

I'm hungry now...

irunnoft
06-13-2009, 04:44 PM
Ok, so no potatoes. Thanks, by the way, for the update. Are they serving noodles still or were they gone, too? I'd also like to know whether the dumplings were there or not, too. TIA.

a1tinkfans
06-13-2009, 04:52 PM
Dumplings, say YES please :rotfl2:

YUMMY and I too LOVED the pudding!

DisneyWisher
06-13-2009, 04:56 PM
I prefer the pineapple and caramel. DD25 is latose intolerate, I wonder if they would give her the pineapple and caramel (actually if we had to pay, we would) and we are also on the Dining plan. So bring both if I have to pay the additional amount. I haven't been back to 'Ohana in 3 yrs and before that was before the menu change in '05. Prior to that we would go 2-4 times a year. So yeah they pretty much lost us with the menu change. But giving it a go this next trip. I liked the rice and the pineapple so much better. But truthfully I am going for the turkey, steak, salad (love the lime dressing) and the chicken wings. Oh yeah and the Lapu Lapu hehe

m&m's mom
06-13-2009, 06:17 PM
We had dumplings in '08, and they were better than the wonton chips. What are they serving now?

Dumplings although none of us ate them.
My 9 yo DD was so disappointed they did not do the coconut races but they said they still do so not sure why they did not when we were there.

Condorman
06-13-2009, 06:25 PM
Everyone knows the potatoes are gone for good.

The only reason it's still an ongoing question/debate/hopeful expectation is due to Allears.net. Admittedly, they do have the best and most up-to-date collection of WDW menus on the net, but for whatever reason they refuse to just get rid of any mention of the potatoes on the Ohana webpage. Their quote:

"The Shrimp and Scalloped Potatoes seem to come on and off the menu, so don't count on either."

No, Allears. They're not coming on and off. They're off, and they have been for a long time. Just erase that line. Yet they don't, and so the debate continues.

TDC Nala
06-13-2009, 06:30 PM
I'd prefer the bread pudding to the pineapple. That stuff is awesome. So not everybody wants the pineapple. For a medical condition that precludes the bread pudding they will give an alternate dessert but it's not known whether or not it will be the pineapple.

I'm betting the potatoes are gone because they were loaded with trans fats and Disney is getting rid of those. I would love to try the noodles. Scalloped potatoes (and yes I have eaten them at Ohana) do not turn me on.

Snurk71
06-13-2009, 06:45 PM
I'm betting the potatoes are gone because they were loaded with trans fats and Disney is getting rid of those.

I second! I also think this is the reason - the Disney diet police outlawed those yummy tasting fats that a lot of us would splurge on while on vacation.

jcemom
06-13-2009, 08:24 PM
We preferred the potatoes, but we like the noodes too, just not as much.

We LOVE the bread pudding, and I don't normally even like bread pudding. I crave that stuff, it's so good! I can cut up a pineapple at home, so I'd rather have the bread pudding as my dessert at 'Ohana.

We don't like the new version of their vegetables at all. The green beans were good, nothing after that has even been touched at our table. This time I'm going to tell them to not even bother bringing the veggies. They'll just be wasted.

orangecats2
06-13-2009, 08:55 PM
Love the bread pudding. Hate the noodles! I mean come on, sweet noodles? :confused3 YUCK!

tyandbash
06-13-2009, 09:25 PM
They don't do the coconut races anymore?

rapriebe
06-13-2009, 09:50 PM
Love the bread pudding. Hate the noodles! I mean come on, sweet noodles? :confused3 YUCK!

Yeap, we are the same. Love, love, love the bread pudding with the sauce. :thumbsup2:thumbsup2 BUT the noodles were greasey and tasteless. I usually love any kind of noodles but not those. The potatoes were awesome and I sure do miss them. I've got the recipe so will try to make them at home.

trappednabox
06-13-2009, 10:02 PM
we ate there last night and everyone in our party of 8 LOVED it!!!

we had a great dinner, loved the noodles, didn't taste sweet to me at all, really tasty. I'm not big on bread pudding, but thought it was pretty good at Ohana.

they didn't do the coconut races, but did do the limbo

I have pix from last nights dinner, but have to load them into photobucket 1st. Will post later:thumbsup2

Sandy321
06-13-2009, 10:22 PM
what do they do with the pinapple inside of the Lapu Lapu drinks? (is it used for the bread they make?)

Here - in Chicago area - grocery stores are selling a whole pineapple for $1.87 - so why doesnt Ohana put pineapple in season as a choice? :confused3

How hard is it to offer a choice of dessert? seriously? I know they wont do it - its just strange to me - but then I dont have to deal with cooperate and bottom dollars...

Meriweather
06-13-2009, 10:46 PM
We were there June 2....first time in over 2 years.
My family loved the dumplings and noodles. I can't eat either because of dietary restrictions (would be the same with the potatoes). I think they liked these better than they would have potatoes.
I still love the salad....so as long as that stays, I am good.
We love the bread pudding......never had the pineapple and been going since '06 or so.
But the bread pudding and banana foster sauce can stay!!

AR81
06-13-2009, 11:06 PM
If I have a very picky 5 year old and he doesn't want the family style offerings, can I order him something from a child's menu or is there one?

DisneyMagic06
06-13-2009, 11:28 PM
We went to Ohana's in May and I loved it, now I have never been before but I loved it. Def going back. Loved the dipping sause with the meat and the dessert!

LaceyLace
06-14-2009, 07:23 AM
Wow, this is disappointing. I ADORED those potatoes!

So they went from the rice that we loved to the potatoes that we loved to the noodles that we hate?

Doesn't make sense. But yet, 'Ohana is one of the most popular restaurants so guess they can get away with doing whatever they want and people will still book.

LaceyLace
06-14-2009, 07:24 AM
If I have a very picky 5 year old and he doesn't want the family style offerings, can I order him something from a child's menu or is there one?

Yes, you can order something off the kids menu from nearby Kona Cafe for your child or even order one of those uncrustable pb&j "sandwiches."

TheRustyScupper
06-14-2009, 08:08 AM
1) People have to understand.
2) And they just do not want to.
3) The greed of people on DDP is spoiling menu items.
4) Folks want to eat the most expensive items they can.
5) The potatoes and pineapple chunks cost more.
6) They are more labor intensive than the substitutes.
7) WDW has to save money where it can.
8) And, this is just one good way to do so.

LaceyLace
06-14-2009, 08:27 AM
1) People have to understand.
2) And they just do not want to.
3) The greed of people on DDP is spoiling menu items.
4) Folks want to eat the most expensive items they can.
5) The potatoes and pineapple chunks cost more.
6) They are more labor intensive than the substitutes.
7) WDW has to save money where it can.
8) And, this is just one good way to do so.

Totally agree with ya!

I'm getting really annoyed lately. Almost wish Disney would just scrap the whole dining plan. Seeing all these thread titles with "How do I maximize the plan" and "Help me work the plan" is just making me want to pull my hair out.

Just eat what you want people and stop worrying about getting the most out of Disney! How the heck can that be enjoyable????

disneylovinfamily
06-14-2009, 08:44 AM
I will miss those potatoes! They were so yummy! We are going to try for breafast there this trip, never done that before.

crazyoldmaurice
06-14-2009, 11:14 AM
Totally agree with ya!

I'm getting really annoyed lately. Almost wish Disney would just scrap the whole dining plan. Seeing all these thread titles with "How do I maximize the plan" and "Help me work the plan" is just making me want to pull my hair out.

Just eat what you want people and stop worrying about getting the most out of Disney! How the heck can that be enjoyable????

I ABSOLUTELY wish they would scrap the dining plan, or at least go back to the way it was before (something that only people who wanted to blow a lot of cash would get). The menus at all the WDW restaurants were SO much better. There has been a major change in the quality at 'Ohana from the early 2000's to now.

However, I do not blame DDP guests for trying to "maximize the DDP". Disney set the rules, so it is on them. But the DDP will probably not change anytime soon, because it is quite profitable for Disney, especially given the standardization and "dumming down" of the menus.

TDC Nala
06-14-2009, 11:20 AM
I believe the menu standardization would have happened anyway, dining plan or no dining plan - that is the new business model for the Walt Disney Corporation. Disneyland is also standardizing menus and they do not have a comparable dining plan.

However, I think the popularity of the WDW dining plan does influence the ingredients used in the restaurants.

MarkinNM
06-14-2009, 12:20 PM
....especially given the standardization and "dumming down" of the menus.


True statement but I would not call it dumbing down more like standardization of the menu. In other words finding out what sells and what doesn’t then make your menu adjustments. Every restaurant does this, and I am sure the DDP had a lot to do in the in the refinement, but this happens in every restaurant that stays open….

Meghan NJ
06-14-2009, 02:35 PM
The potatoes are more expensive, and more labor intensive. The bottom line is that this place still books up, so why would they bring it back?

TheRustyScupper
06-14-2009, 07:17 PM
The potatoes are more expensive, and more labor intensive. The bottom line is that this place still books up, so why would they bring it back?

1) Yup.
2) People DO NOT care for food quality.
3) Just eating as much as they can.
4) If they did, they wouldn't patronize some of the WDW eateries.
5) That is why we eat at ONLY five different WDW restaurants.
6) And, only two of them are Disney-owned.

LaceyLace
06-14-2009, 07:22 PM
5) That is why we eat at ONLY five different WDW restaurants.
6) And, only two of them are Disney-owned.

1) Would
2) You
3) Mind
4) Sharing?

;)

ugadog99
06-14-2009, 08:18 PM
Well, we decided to cancel our 'Ohana ADR. The last time we were there (several years ago) we were very disappointed. I just don't want to spend that much money (plus the holiday surcharge) and be disappointed again. Instead, we've booked Kona. We love it and have never been disappointed there.

queenmum2
06-14-2009, 08:27 PM
we ate there last night and everyone in our party of 8 LOVED it!!!

we had a great dinner, loved the noodles, didn't taste sweet to me at all, really tasty. I'm not big on bread pudding, but thought it was pretty good at Ohana.

they didn't do the coconut races, but did do the limbo



I'm with you. Mind you, I'd not been before our trip last week so I don't know anything 'bout the potatoes, but I'm not a big scalloped potato fan anyway. We enjoyed the noodles, the broccoli (and couple of snow peas) was tasty enough - at least it seemed fresh. And I'm not a big fan of bread pudding either, but I liked the desert at 'Ohana well enough (to tell the truth, I was so full by the time it came that I didn't really do it justice).

We did have coconut races, but they were happening just as we got there so our kids didn't have a chance to participate; but they did the limbo and hula lessons.

We really enjoyed our evening here...the Lapu Lapu helped tremendously, of course.

Tacie

ajleone
06-14-2009, 08:41 PM
I was so glad that they got rid of the potatoes, they were horrible! I do miss the pineapple and don't much care for the bread pudding but eh what are you gonna do? In all honesty I mainly eat there for the skewers of meat and the Honey Coriander wings so as long as they stay I'll always go back!

chell
06-14-2009, 10:17 PM
We'll go for breakfast and that's it.

calablovedisney
06-14-2009, 11:01 PM
We went to Ohana last year and going back this year-We leave in 10 days!!!We love this restaurant-the noodles, the broccoli and the wontons, which I mistakenly called, raviolis and they quickly, yet politley, corrected me!
I hope they do the races, though, I will no only have my kids but my nieces as well.

muffyn
06-15-2009, 02:47 AM
I will miss those potatoes! They were so yummy! We are going to try for breafast there this trip, never done that before.


the potatoes are really easy to make at home!
just slice the potatos really thin on a slider grater.

2lbs of potato 'recipe' fits in a 9x13 pan.
Ingredients

1 pound Russet potatoes (washed and sliced)
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup cheddar cheese
2 tbsp parmesan cheese
1/4 cup thinly sliced sweet onions
1 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

Combine all ingredients in a greased baking pan. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Let stand five minutes before serving

TheRustyScupper
06-15-2009, 09:23 AM
1) Would
2) You
3) Mind
4) Sharing?


. . . Bistro de Paris (Epcot, France, upstairs)
. . . Citrico's (Grand Floridian Resort)
. . . Shula's Steakhouse (Dolphin Resort)
. . . Il Mulino (Swan Resort)
. . . V&A (Grand Floridian Resort)

tpholland
06-15-2009, 09:46 AM
not everyone wants the pineapple back...we love the bread pudding.:worship: I will go to ohana every trip and never get tired of it! lol i guess with everyone not going because of the noodles it should be not as hard to get a ADR ;)

Totally agree

webprinter
06-15-2009, 09:23 PM
We tried Ohana for the first time last week and neither of us are willing to give it a second chance. The meat was dry, tough and over done. The service was poor and very very slow. I love noodles but those noodles were hideous! All in all we thought it was the worst meal of our trip. We decided to try when the man in Kona said to us, "If you liked Kona so well, you should try Ohana. It is even better than Kona". It wasn't.