Kona Cafe at Disney’s Polynesian Resort is a cozy little spot to enjoy vegan food with a little bit of tropical flair at the Walt Disney World Resort.
The cafe underwent a menu change earlier this year. With this change we see the addition of a new vegan entree and a modification to a beloved classic vegan dessert.
Kona Cafe Vegan Menu Items at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Kona Cafe is loacated on the second floor of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort adjacent to the Kona Island Sushi Bar and ‘Ohana.
My husband and I visited for dinner in January when the menu had just changed.
We started with the Vegetable Nigiri ($16) on the sushi menu.
This was hardly enough food for an entree and I was starving so I asked for two plates of vegan Ener-G rolls and Earth Balance Butter. Plus I knew I’d be ordering a big tiki chalice of Coconut Pearl Tapioca for dessert.
And speaking of dessert! This is my all-time-favorite at the Walt Disney World Resort. The Coconut Pearl Tapioca ($9) is a signature sweet treat at Kona Cafe but I’ve also talked a few cast members over at ‘Ohana into bringing it to me for dessert a time or two.
It starts with a base of ripe blackberries in a glass tiki mug which are then covered in the thickest, creamiest coconut milk pearl tapioca pudding. The entire dish is topped with tropical fruits like mango, blueberry and strawberry as well as passion fruit boba balls.
So that big inviting serving of vegan tapioca…say bye bye to it.
New Kona Cafe Vegan Food Offerings
The new menu at Kona has a section titled “Dashi Bowls”. Under that section is a menu item you’re going to want to ask your server to make vegan.
This is the Vegetable Bowl ($21) filled with glass noodles in a jasmine broth. Ask for a side of soy sauce as the broth doesn’t have much oomph to it when omitting the fish flakes. The noodles are topped with shredded carrots, umami tomatoes, diced pineapple, green onion and pineapple tofu.
And as for that Coconut Pearl Tapioca, the servers are now bringing around a tray of mini desserts in lieu of offering the full sized dessert menu. The only option that is vegan is the tapioca which has a slight twist to it.
Each mini dessert cup is $5 and this version comes with a pineapple compote in the very bottom.
Talk about down sizing. These shooters aren’t even close to half the size of their full grown counterparts and are slightly more than half the price.
What do you think? Are you sad to see the Asian Stir Fry go? Are you excited to try the pineapple tofu Vegetable Bowl? How about the noodle salad?
Shoutout to my girl Jennifer for sharing some of the pics in this article with me.
Want to see what the vegan dinner options look like at Ohana, which is also in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort? Check out our review here: Vegan Disney Food Review: Dinner at Ohana in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort