We’ve got huge heart eyes for ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort — we just don’t always have the funds to indulge in their unlimited tasty meat skewers, teriyaki noodles, and signature bread pudding as often as we’d like to! (Especially dem noods!)
And while we’ve always had a knack for finding crafty ways to get our favorite ‘Ohana eats on without booking a Dining Reservation for the super spendy restaurant — like this super under the radar $60 twilight feast or how you can secretly get ‘Ohana’s famous bread pudding after 4PM at Tambu Lounge — we just unearthed even more ‘Ohana secret menu items!
Located in the Polynesian’s lobby upstairs next to ‘Ohana, Tambu Lounge was THE spot to grab a drink at the Poly before there was Trader Sam’s to fill that rum-filled void we never knew we had in our hearts!
What we didn’t know until last night is that Tambu Lounge has now become a literal decadent den of ‘Ohana delights! How is this possible? What’s the sitch with these $5 noodles? Don’t worry — we’re about to spill all our deepest ‘Ohana secret menu SECRETS!
The printed menu of Tambu Lounge’s nibbles includes Conch Ceviche, Shrimp Cocktail, Beef Tataki, Crispy Chicken Spring Roll, and a Mixed Grill Kebab served with a savory peanut sauce.
But don’t be fooled! Tambu Lounge also has secret ‘Ohana eats you can order from the bartenders after 4PM! You just have to be brave enough to speak up and ask for ’em! That’s how we nabbed ourselves this tasty ‘Ohana dinner on the CHEAP! It’s basically a WHOLE ‘Ohana meal (minus the veggies…we are somehow ok with that!) and we didn’t even have an ADR!
That Mixed Grill Kebab that’s printed on the menu? While it isn’t as secret as the other ‘Ohana items, many folks may not realize that the meat is the EXACT SAME deliciousness that ‘Ohana serves in its restaurant!
The kebab includes four shrimp, two pieces of chicken and two pieces of sizzlin’ steak — he’s a meaty boy for only $13! Plus, it’s served on a bed of greens so…that counts as your veggies, right?!
Okay, now for the stuff you won’t find on the printed Tambu Lounge menu, but you can order if you’re in the Polynesian-know (wink-wink!). Check out the loaf of ‘Ohana pineapple-coconut bread we scored! The cost was $6, which was a little steep considering it was just bread with some butter, but the fact that it’s ‘Ohana bread made us have to get it!
And the moment you’ve all been waiting for… you can now order the ‘Ohana Teriyaki Noodles! Just look at ’em all delicious and begging to be eaten! Better yet, they only cost us FIVE BUCKS!
Whaaattttt?!! We’re still pinching ourselves, but it’s the glorious reality that is happening right now at Tambu Lounge. A Cast Member confirmed that folks had been asking for ‘Ohana’s noodles so often that they’ve finally given in!
It’s not the size-of-our-heads bowl of noodles we were hoping for, but for only five bucks (that’s only a bit more than a bottle of water at Disney), we think it’s worth the money!
Our entire ‘Ohana feast only cost us $24 before tax! Can you believe it!? What a time to be alive! Of course, if you really want to go in for the FULL ‘OHANA Experience, you can also get ‘Ohana’s potstickers and sticky wings at Tambu Lounge!
That should help you fill out your meal — and your stretchy pants!
You’ll want to make sure you save some room for dessert because you won’t want to miss out on the signature ‘Ohana bread pudding you can also get from Tambu Lounge. It’s one of the best-kept secrets of this Polynesian watering hole that we’ve been lucky enough to know for quite a while. It has to be, in all seriousness, one of our all-time favorite desserts at Disney World! Just look at that rich banana caramel sauce and melty vanilla ice cream — I’M NOT CRYING, YOU’RE CRYING!
By our count, you can now get a total of six, yes SIX ‘Ohana menu items at Tambu Lounge — that’s practically everything except their salad or veggies. (And ‘Ohana salad is such a game changer that we wouldn’t be surprised if they gave in on that soon, too!)
So if you’re looking for another sneaky way to eat some ‘Ohana grub at low, low prices (well, a lot lower than it costs to eat AT ‘Ohana, at least!), get on down to Tambu Lounge for some five-dollar noods and tell ’em your DFB friends sent you!
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Are you excited about scoring this ‘Ohana deliciousness for a lot less mullah and no reservation required? Let us know in the comments below!