#OnTheList: ‘Ohana Bread Pudding at Tambu Lounge in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

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This post is part of the DFB #OnTheList series, where we feature eats you’ve GOT to have while you’re at Disney! Let us know what’s on YOUR Disney Food Bucket List @DisneyFoodBlog #OnTheList!


Now, don’t get me wrong, Trader Sam’s… you’re pretty great. You are. But long before you and your wacky hijinks set up camp at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, there was (and still is!) a little place we know and love called the Tambu Lounge.

Outside of ‘Ohana itself (Tambu’s next door neighbor, located upstairs in the Great Ceremonial House), this is the only place you can get ‘Ohana Bread Pudding, which just so happens to be #OnTheList this week!

Now, for those of you who haven’t had ‘Ohana Bread Pudding, I put this little video together to give you an idea of how I, personally, feel about this dessert.  (You’re gonna want to turn on your sound for this to get the full effect of my feelings.)

Warning. This is pretty sexy.

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I’ll just give you a minute.

OK, I’m pretty sure you don’t even need to read the rest of this post to be convinced to put this on your list, but I’ll write it anyway just in case. ;-D

Tambu Lounge has a few other items on their list of “Greatest Hits,” of course.

Tambu Lounge Sign

Tambu Lounge Sign

Take the Lapu Lapu, for instance (just don’t take mine): rum and tropical juices SERVED IN A PINEAPPLE and topped with MORE RUM makes up my First Day at Disney tradition. And the Pulled Pork Nachos ain’t bad, either.

But if you look at the final item on the bar eats menu, your little eye may just spy the listing for ‘Ohana Bread Pudding available in a single serve portion. That’s right — a full meal at ‘Ohana is served family-style, so the Bread Pudding there is meant for sharing with your whole table.

But here at Tambu? The entire dish is ALL. YOURS.

'Ohana Bread Pudding On The Menu

‘Ohana Bread Pudding On The Menu

For those of us who are Disney food devotees, this has been a looooooong time coming. For at least a year, we heard the rumors that sometimes…just once in a while…you MIGHT be lucky enough to score a serving of ‘Ohana Bread Pudding (which is pretty much the best dessert on the planet) at Tambu. IF the stars were aligned. And IF you got a friendly-enough bartender to make the stretch for you.

Testing this rumor, our results were mixed. Sometimes we could get the dessert. Sometimes we couldn’t. But we always tried!

So imagine our delight when the dessert was finally put onto the actual menu at Tambu Lounge! SUCCESS!

'Ohana Bread Pudding

‘Ohana Bread Pudding

Seriously, I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s the best dessert on the planet. I’ve had A. LOT. OF. DESSERT. at Disney restaurants, my friends, and this one is still my Number One. I dream about it. I want to take it into a closet and eat it all by myself. It’s an addiction.

'Ohana Bread Pudding

‘Ohana Bread Pudding

So what’s the big deal, you ask? It’s warm pineapple bread pudding served a la mode with a pour-it-yourself container of that signature, delicious Banana-Caramel sauce. It’s all topped with ice cream.

Banana Caramel Sauce Pourer

Banana Caramel Sauce Pourer

The components are basic, but when you put them all together…

Pouring The Caramel and Bananas

Pouring The Caramel and Bananas


It’s true — all the lounge talk over the past few months at the Polynesian has revolved around Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and Tiki Terrace, and with good reason.

But here’s the thing: with more traffic going to the Grog Grotto downstairs, that means there might be a few extra seats at Tambu. Ergo, more ‘Ohana Bread Pudding for me…

'Ohana Bread Pudding

‘Ohana Bread Pudding

…  AND for you, if you put it #OnTheList!

Are you a fan of ‘Ohana Bread Pudding? Please let us know with a comment!

What’s On YOUR Disney Food Bucket List?

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  1. Veronica says

    This will sound like an odd question but… Is there any way to get the banana caramel sauce without the banana? I absolutely hate bananas, even the smell of them.

  2. Cartier says

    I’ve always wanted to try Ohana, but since I don’t eat pork and Ohana primarily serves pork I just skip over it. This bread pudding looks delicious and may be worth a trip to Poly during my next vacation.

  3. Dave F says

    Our family always loves it at O’hana, problem is your always so stuffed from eating all the other courses that you don’t have much room to indulge as much as you like. But seeing that big slab of bread pudding dropped down family style is amazing. So it is nice to know its available a la carte at other locations inside the Polynesian.

  4. GG says

    Me and my husband just ate at Tambu Lounge on Sunday night! I had the bread pudding and we split the pulled pork nachos. Both were delicious. Definitely worth it to visit.

  5. Claire Gregory says

    To Cartier: We were at Ohana’s on the 11th, and there was no pork served. Well, ok the potstickers in the appetizers, but the mains were steak, chicken and shrimp. No pork anymore! So feel free to enjoy!

  6. Bellamouse says

    I MUCH preferred the pineapple with the caramel sauce over the bread pudding. We don’t eat wheat, and we don’t eat all the “gluten free” junk either (made with rice and tapioca starches), so the pineapple with the caramel sauce was the BEST. We used to be able to get it if we asked pretty pretty please but they won’t do it anymore. :( So we just get some plain ice cream. Very “un”Hawaiian and unexciting.

  7. disneymom9699 says

    Cartier….Ohana’s serves more than pork and you are missing out if you don’t go. We had the fortunate experience of a free dining plan with our vacation last November and were able to finally go to Ohana’s. We loved it so much we were able to go back again in the same week! They not only serve pork, but steak and huge shrimp on the skewers, plus if you want salad and veggies…..and to top it all off…… the famous bread pudding. I so agree with the article, that this is one dessert you should not miss and I want to gorge and hide it all away just for myself.

  8. James says

    Is this lounge (or all lounges for that matter) 21+ only? We enjoyed Ohana last year with the dining plan but can’t swing it this year OOP. We missed out on the Lapu Lapu too. We’d like to check this out but we’ve got a 2 year old tagging along.

  9. Robert Justice says

    We have been fans of Ohana since it opened but sometimes the price is beyond our budget for the trip. To be able to get the bread pudding alone at the lounge is the working man’s Valhalla! Don’t miss the Lapu Lapu either, it has a kick like a mule with a sweet follow-thru!

  10. Marie says

    You can definitely get it without the banana. I always order mine that way as sometimes the banana overpowers the sauce (depending on ripeness and how long it’s been in the sauce). Just make sure to request it.

  11. Kimmy says

    I thought I heard/watched on one of your snack vlogs on YouTube that you can get this with a DDP snack credit? Am I mistaken? We have dinner reservations go Ohana so I will have some but to have my very own…

  12. DFB Sarah says

    Kimmy, sadly Tambu Lounge does not currently accept any Disney Dining Plans. How amazing would that be, though? Bread Pudding for a credit = a dream come true. ;)

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