Dining Recon: Kona Island Sushi(?) Bar

Calling all WDW fans – either on property or, better yet, staying at the Poly!  I have a special assignment for you … if you choose to accept it!

Last Thursday, after our meeting with Rick Howard and John Donahue,  Mrs. All in WDW and I dodged out of Epcot and fought our way over to Disney’s Polynesian Resort in a late-day, Florida rainstorm.  Our destination?  We were aimed straight at one of our favorite “watering holes” – Tambu Lounge.

Hello, Tambu!

Hello, Tambu!

Sadly, we hit Tambu right at “rush hour” … er, the hour before ‘Ohana opens.  What I mean by this is that in the hour before ‘Ohana opens, everyone in The World congregates in and around the …

… lounge.  They mill around holding the buzzer that they received from the hosts and wait anxiously for the “meat-fest” to begin.  Fortunately, in spite of the crush of hungry diners, we were able to snag a table for two … and a couple of beverages to quench our “thirst”.

What’s all this have to do with Kona Island Sushi Bar?  Well, if you’ve been to the Poly, then you know that Kona Island sits across the lobby from Tambu Lounge and adjacent to the Polynesian’s Kona Cafe.  It entices guests with delectable pastries and Kona coffee in the mornings and freshly prepared sushi in the evenings.  Mrs. All in WDW and I had always talked about trying their sushi, but for some reason or another, we never did.  That evening, we decided it was well-past-time to give it a try!

Welcome to Kona Island!

Welcome to Kona Island!

Have a seat at the "bar".

Have a seat at the “bar”.

And, order some sushi!

And, order some sushi!

I sauntered over to the island and placed a “take-out” order for one Volcano Roll and some Sashimi.  The idea was to eat dinner at our table in the lounge.  Pricey stuff, let me tell you.  Much more expensive than in Atlanta – where you can find sushi at just about every restaurant.  At $14.99 and $16.99, respectively, the roll and sashimi tasted good but really dented the wallet.

More importantly, though, I noticed, immediately, that the sushi is no longer prepared right there at the island.  When I questioned, the Cast Member informed me that they have been making the sushi over at Kona Cafe since February.  Well, that was news to me!  He also told me that they are changing the layout so that coffee and pastries are available all day long!

Hence, here’s the assignment I mentioned earlier … are any of you in The World this week?  Better yet, are you staying at the Poly?  Can you confirm for us that the coffee and pastries are set up for all-day purchase?  It was supposed to start earlier this week.

In the meantime, I think it’s important to add that the plan is for guests to still be able to sit at the bar and order from either the sushi or, even, the Kona Cafe menu.  In addition, although the Kona Cafe menu will no longer be available for “take-out” orders (I never knew that it was!), you can still buy a limited selection of sushi.

Let us know about those pastries, folks!

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