Disney Dining Review: Kona Cafe

Although we have never stayed at the Polynesian Resort, we have visited a few times. Our first trip we did the Spirit of Aloha Luau, which was a lot of fun. We have taken the boat over from Magic Kingdom and walked along the beach. We have gotten off the monorail just to look at the lobby with its beautiful greenery and waterfalls and check out the Wyland Gallery. But after reading an article on the Disney Food Blog, I found another reason to visit – the banana-stuffed-sourdough-bread-rolled-in-cinnamon-sugar Tonga Toast at the Kona Café.

We had 8:45 am reservations, plenty of time to get from All Star Music to Magic Kingdom to ride the monorail over. Kona Café is on the left on the same level as the entrance from the monorail. We were seated right away and immediately ordered the French press of Kona coffee for two. If you like strong coffee, it doesn’t get any better than this, especially at (typically Nescafe saturated) Disney World. My heart, or I should say stomach, was set on the Tonga Toast, but I was very tempted by a few other things on the menu too. I was pretty pleased when Dave ordered the Pineapple Macadamia Pancakes because that was my second choice!

The wait for the food was a little long, but not unreasonable. For a Saturday morning, the restaurant was busy, but not packed. I would imagine, since the entire eating area was open to the hotel lobby, that it could get pretty loud in there during the peak season.

When our meals came, the waitress also brought one pitcher of maple syrup and one of strawberry syrup. The strawberry syrup was wonderful, tasting of really fresh, ripe strawberries and nothing artificial. It was a perfect compliment to the Tonga Toast. I must admit, I had a slight concern with ordering Tonga Toast because I had read one review where the writer had thought that it was too sticky sweet for their tastes and especially for breakfast. Now I like sweet, but I can’t handle sticky sweet and the Tonga Toast has made my list of one of the best things I have had at Disney. All the flavors, the cinnamon and the banana and the sourdough French toast, were all so good together. And it was sweet, yes, but definitely not overwhelming. I really wanted to try those pancakes too, but I hated having to share! But I’m glad I did because the pancakes were fantastic! The pineapple and toasted macadamias were actually mixed in with the batter and they didn’t skimp on the amount they put in there. They were a bit more filling than the Tonga Toast, but they were just delicious. Dave had also ordered ham on the side and that was a perfect compliment.

Kona café is an excellent choice for breakfast (I’ll admit we couldn’t finish all of the pancakes, but I think I picked every last macadamia I could find out of them) and definitely a good start to a busy day. Next time we go we’ll have to bring the kids, I need someone to order The Samoan so I can try that too!

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