Sunday, May 17, 2015

Capt. Cook's Dining Review

It had been some time since there was a review on Capt. Cook's (see 2012 review here), so after hearing that the Polynesian Resort was undergoing some changes, I thought I'd make it a point to check out the remodeled Capt. Cook's.

After a long ride using Disney Park Transportation (click here to read more on our adventure), we were really happy to see the sight of a menu and some cozy seating. I thought I would try something different this time around. I chose the Chicken and Waffles which consists of Crispy Buffalo Chicken Fritters on a Waffle with Romaine and Ranch Dressing (I asked for the Buffalo sauce on the side). Gus decided on the Pulled Pork Nachos which were topped with Onions, Cheese, Spicy Mayo, Tomatoes, and Pineapple Salsa.

Once we ordered, we picked out a spot and tried to take in some of the tropical feel of the room. Warm wood and banana tree leaves were great touches to the decor. The textured walls and Polynesian type markings accented the space beautifully. All the cool posters hanging up on the wall definitely got you thinking in the island mindset. When our order was ready, Gus paid and brought it over.

I'm going to pause and say that maybe it was not a great day at the Capt. Cook's kitchen that day. There was only two other small families in the restaurant, so there was no true rush to get orders out. I want to give the benefit of the doubt that maybe, they just weren't on their A Game.

Back to our story: We first tried some of the pork nachos and were instantly disappointed. It seemed as the toppings were cold and the chips were tough and not even edible. Gus went back and asked for fresh plate. Within 5 minutes or so, he was given the new plate, but it did not help much. The plate just did not compare to the awesome pork nacho dishes you can find in Miami. There wasn't much great flavor to the dish and the pork had little to no seasoning.

This was a photo of the first batch.

When it came to the Chicken and Waffles, I was also disappointed. I have seen images of what Chicken and Waffles can look like. The one we got at Capt. Cook's definitely did not look like any photos I had seen. The meal was served warm. The waffle was dry and even adding a smidgen of buffalo sauce did not help.

Needless to say, it was a very disappointing meal. If we wouldn't have been so hungry, I believe we would have walked out and tried out one of the great locations upstairs.

To add insult to injury, the food did not sit well with me and ended up causing us to cancel the rest of our plans for the day (getting sick at Disney sucks. Period.)

What about you? Did you have a positive experience at Capt. Cook's? Tell us more below.

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