A few weeks back, I stopped by the Grand Floridian Cafe at the Grand Floridian Resort for breakfast, where I had the amazingly delicious Citrus Pancakes. Many guests have raved about Kona Cafe’s Macadamia-Pineapple Pancakes for years, and of the two visits paid to Kona in the past, we’ve ordered The Samoan and the Tonga Toast, but never these pancakes. I decided to brave the construction happening at the Polynesian Resort – without a reservation – and managed to beat the rush that would eventually arrive at the restaurant and snag a table for myself while Matt was off playing golf.
I placed my order for the Macadamia-Pineapple Pancakes, and as I waited for my food to arrive, I was brought a plate with whipped butter and syrup.
A few minutes later, my pancakes arrive. They are topped with Macadamia Nut Butter, Pineapple Sauce, and your choice of Ham, Bacon or Sausage served on the side. I went with bacon.
The Macadamia Nut Butter has a subtle sweetness to it, and is studded with pieces of chopped macadamia nuts. The Pineapple Sauce is more like crushed pineapple that may have been doctored or reduced, or maybe just heated up a bit. Still, I like it this way as opposed to a more “true” sauce.
The pancakes themselves were stuffed with pieces of Macadamia as well. I love Macadamia Nuts; in fact on my trips to WDW in the 80s, we’d always spend some time exploring the Monorail resorts, and I’d get a small bag of them to bring home. Sometimes I’d even share them with my Dad if we didn’t bring home extra for him. Their use in the pancakes themselves, however, leaves me a bit torn. The pancakes are light and fluffy, so biting into a forkful with nuts mixed in makes it a bit texturally odd, at least for me. Since the color of the nuts blends in with the pancake, you almost aren’t expecting them, and then you get the crunch while you chew. Flavorwise? They’re fantastic. I managed to stuff myself with almost half of the order, so I can certainly get by the aforementioned textural contrast.
I ordered bacon as my side, and they do not use the flimsy stuff here. The two strips were nicely cooked and had a much thicker cut than you’ll find at quick service. It also added the salty element to an overall dish that featured a lot of sweet components.
Here is a look at the breakfast menu from my visit:
Kona Cafe definitely has some unique breakfast options among table service restaurants, from the Macadamia-Pineapple Pancakes, to Tonga Toast, to the Samoan. It’s a restaurant I’ll certainly return to, especially for breakfast. There are some other breakfasts I’d like to try (the Egg White Omelet with Roasted Red Peppers and Goat Cheese sounds delicious), but also one I’d like to revisit for a second chance (The Samoan). I’m sure it will be a game time decision on my next visit to Kona Cafe. 🙂
Which item is your favorite to order from Kona Cafe? Do you go with one of the fan favorites, or prefer a more simple yet classic dish?