Hiya Disney Foodie Fans! Sometimes chatting up your server at a Walt Disney World Restaurant will elicit golden nuggets of information that you can share with your fellow Disneyphile Friends. This week, my daughter and I were having dinner at Kona Cafe in the Polynesian Resort. Sushi, of course…followed up with some dessert. My daughter ordered the “most requested” dessert at the Kona Cafe, the Kona Kone! I opted for the “healthier” choice and ordered the Chocolate Fondue.
I noticed that our server had a “10 Years of Service” Pin on her name badge and started chatting with her. It was around 5:30 pm when we were first seated and the restaurant was only about half full, so our server had time to talk. I told her that I had tried to make an ADR for the evening and was told by Disney Dining that the Cafe was completely booked until 9:00 pm. From the looks of it…some people had failed to show up for their ADR. Our server told us that it is normal for 45 to 50% of ADR’s to be “no-shows” on any given day!!! Proof that sometimes a “walk-up” is the only way to go.
Our server went on to tell us that there were going to be some changes coming soon to the Kona Cafe Dinner Menu. One change that has already been made involves the Kilauea Torte. The Torte is now the Cafe’s Signature Gluten Free dessert. Whether you have an allergy or not, you will now get to sample it in all of its gluten-free goodness when ordering.
If you like to order the Miso Glazed Mahi Mahi here, you better get a quick trip in soon cause it’s going bye-bye. But never fear… the Tuna Oscar will stay. A new addition to the menu will be a Sustainable Fish. The lump crab cakes will get some minor tweaking and will be served flat, like a traditional crab cake instead of tall like a tower. We were also told that the Calamari Salad will be making a reappearance at the restaurant. I can not recall seeing a calamari salad on the menu here in the past. Has anyone else?
I asked when the new menu will take effect and was told that it should have changed already but with the extension of free dining…the change was delayed for a bit. Our server said the change “was imminent”. Oh…I also wanted to let you know that the Passholder Discount is no longer available here.
Thanks, Amanda! You can find Amanda at DisneyEveryDay.com or on twitter at @AmandaTinney.