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Old 11-17-2012, 02:11 PM   #16
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For those commenting on being rushed at Ohana I think it depends on the time of night we experienced this once and asked our waiter to slow it down and he did with no problem we are slow eaters and did not want the next course getting cold.
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Old 11-17-2012, 06:19 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by ktnryansmom View Post
For our first night I'm trying to decide where to eat...

we'll be at the poly beach watching wishes at 8 and both restaurants have a 9:00 reservation open.

I have ADR for Ohana right now, but recent reviews have me rethinking that.

Boma seems like an amazing place to eat and to be at AKL at night seems like it would be really cool.

So, which one and why?

Can I get to AKL from POLY beach in 40 minutes & what's the fastest way?
Both restaurants are very good and are 2 of our *must do* places to go on each trip, but as others have said, you would be better to go with 'Ohana because you would not have time to make it to Boma by 9pm.

'Ohana does have a lot of negative reviews, but we have never had a meal there that we did not enjoy. We love it, and their dessert is so yummy! It is *very* hard to get ressies there, so there must be a lot of people that feel the same way we do!

We have never felt rushed as others have stated, but if we ever were, we would just ask them to slow down - we are slow eaters, and like to enjoy our food, not shove it in and get out! We've also asked for our meats the way we like them, so never have dried out meat.

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Old 11-17-2012, 07:20 PM   #18
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Both Boma and 'Ohana get many positive and negative reviews. Hmmmm, I think it has something to do with different people having different tastes.

We love both, so would stick with 'Ohana for the convenience.
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Old 11-17-2012, 09:38 PM   #19
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'Ohana, for sure!

Been to Boma about 3 times - it's my dad's favorite (I think he would drive from Maine just to eat there) but our LEAST favorite!

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Old 11-17-2012, 10:26 PM   #20
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We have always love 'Ohana but it hasn't been as great as I remembered the last couple of trips. We tried Boma for the first time in June and loved it! If this is the only chance you will have to go to Boma then I say go. It is fun at night and you will likely see Wishes again another time during the trip. If you can squeeze Boma in another time, then go with 'Ohana for the obvious convenience.

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Old 11-18-2012, 09:24 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by minnie mum View Post
Almost word for word what I was going to say. And I think that a taxi is the ONLY way to get to Boma with the time constraints that you will have.
this. you won't have time to watch the fireworks and get to AKL by bus. don't fireworks take at least 20 minutes?
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:27 AM   #22
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Originally Posted by North of Mouse View Post
Both restaurants are very good and are 2 of our *must do* places to go on each trip, but as others have said, you would be better to go with 'Ohana because you would not have time to make it to Boma by 9pm.
You;d have to get over to the MK,and take a bus from the stop there to get to the AKL after viewing fireworks,there isn't a bus straight from the Poly to another hotel. figure on a solid hour to get there,minimum. more if the park is closing just as you're trying to get to your ADR...lines!The only way to get from one place to another without a car is to take multiple buses....I think by that time of night, your only option is monorail over to the MK,WALK down to the bus stops,and get in line for the AKL bus.
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:39 AM   #23
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I like Boma dinner (family does not picky eaters but they do like breakfast).

Everyone in the family likes Ohana.

We have never had a bad experience at Ohana and we have returned every trip since 2006.

I agree both are really good.

If I were you, I would keep the Ohana reservation because it is closer to what you want to do.

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To me, Boma is a better dining expereince nowadays. I went to 'ohanas in late August and was disappointed. The meat was a bit a dry and the sides, espically the noodles, were not as a good. I prefer Kona Cafe at the Poly

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Old 11-18-2012, 10:01 PM   #25
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Originally Posted by goofyintoronto View Post
putting the rushed feeling aside (totally agree with you thou), if we're just talking about the food at ohana, its disappointing. Dry noodles and potstickers, slimy wings, poor quality of beef, gross pork chops...sauce was so gross. way too sweet. chicken was good thou. so was the salad, bread, and dessert.
Couldn't agree more, although we aren't fans of Boma either. When we were there (2 years ago), almost all of the main dishes and soups on the buffet were sweet. We filled up on the steak because it was the only main dish that wasn't sweet. I've heard they have changed the food a bit since we were there though
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:24 PM   #26
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My family prefers Boma, by far. We ate at Ohana once and found the food to be sub par. The noodles are the same ones that they serve at the $7.99 all you can eat buffet by our house and the shrimp were not de-veined . We've been to Boma for both the breakfast and dinner buffets, and found them to be great. My brother is a picky eater, and he had no problem finding things to eat.
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Old 11-20-2012, 01:36 AM   #27
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We loved Ohana when we went a few months ago and we are even going back again this sunday for an early dinner before the MVMCP.
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:17 PM   #28
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I would stick with Ohana myself but my best would be Kona over Ohana. As for Boma I did not enjoy this place at all. Food was poor and service terrible. Too far to travel too if you are not staying there. Since you are already at the Poly I stick with Ohana. Reason I choose Kona as I like all my food at once not in pieces. Service is good its just not my thing. Food was just ok nothing to write about. Kona was excellent and very attentive since I am a disbetic.

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Old 11-21-2012, 03:08 AM   #29
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I just ate at Ohana a few days ago and I couldn't believe how awful everything was. I've had good meals and so so meals there but this, well just everything was bad except for the steak! They got that right but it was the first time in 5 so it really is a hit or miss place. Out of the 5 times I've been there it's been a miss more often than not so I've no desire to return!

I would choose Boma on rib night instead.

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Old 11-21-2012, 08:25 AM   #30
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We love Boma for breakfast!!! Keep your O'Hana ADR and add a jaunt to AKL another day for it. You can easily get lost exploring AKL for an hour or two
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