*This dining experience too place June 2013.
Ahoy! Captain Cook’s located in Disney’s Polynesian resort offers casual pan-Asian inspired quick service fare. This was the first time I had eaten a meal at this location, and I wanted to see if they would be as good at gluten free/dairy free meals as the rest of the Polynesian restaurant. While I can’t say it was the best meal I’ve ever had, they were able to provide me with a meal that proved to be just a little different than burgers or fries.
When I arrived at the restaurant, I wasn’t sure how to order. The restaurant is really small by many quick service standards. It has a large menu above the ordering area, which consists of several self-service ordering kiosks (similar to those in Contempo Cafe or many new restaurants like Be Our Guest). I tried using the kiosk first, and it didn’t have special diets options, so I asked a cast member working the register. She then paged someone to come talk to me. I was greeted a by a manager who seemed rather frazzled. I told her that I couldn’t have gluten or dairy and expressed interest in a children’s meal because it was later in the day and I had already had a bratwurst at Sommerfest as a snack. She that was fine and then gave me some options.
|Ordering stations–that guy doesn’t know what he wants either!|
She had I could have a kid’s hamburger meal, the seasonal fish, and the chicken and pineapple skewer (which I should have ordered). I ordered the fish because I’d seen a couple of kids with it and thought it looked good. Turns out they had ordered the adult version but more on that later. I mentioned that I would like some gluten free soy sauce for the rice and she said “Oh no problem.” I sort of don’t think she heard me or understood me because the meal didn’t actually come with rice.
Once I had my order, she gave me a card that said “STOP” food allergies for the cashier and then my order. Once I paid, I waited for my meal. And waited…and waited. It took an incredibly long time to make make considering. Granted, I always would rather wait than have something brought out quickly and incorrectly. Once my food came out, I noticed there was no rice. The same manager was there, and she said “Oh it doesn’t come with rice.” To which I replied, “Oh, but you said I could have soy sauce for the rice.” Well, whoops. It was later in the day, so I just took the meal as it was and will remember to get the adult version the next time or the chicken and pineapple skewer.
|Fish, vegetables and mandarin oranges|
As far as the dish goes, it wasn’t bad really. I think they must have seasoned the fish for me because there’s no way that they could have served something that spicy to a kid. It had a rub on it and was quite peppery. The vegetables were nice and mild–It had bok choy which is one of my favs in it! And the mandarin oranges were a nice touch to the end of the meal–a little sweet treat. The portion size was great for a kid and worked well for me eating later in the evening.
|Seating area–still quite busy at 7:30 pm|
Overall, I found the food to be decent. I wouldn’t say the menu is very extensive and so doesn’t have a huge variety, but they seem to have some options that are easy to modify or are naturally safe. I also like that they have less burgers and fries options. I wish I would have gotten the chicken and pineapple skewer because I’m pretty sure that would have been a winner! On a side note, if you like Pineapple Dole Whips, they have a dedicated self serve station at Captain Cook’s. This would be a delicious dessert option if you’re in the mood for an “ice cream” treat (it’s still gluten free & dairy free according to the site and allergy books).
|Dole Whips coming right up!|
I wasn’t wowed by Captain Cook’s but I didn’t think the food needed to “walk the plank.” 🙂 I’d give it a 7 out of 10 for this experience. I might go back and try the other options or stick with the table service here over this location. However, I know a lot of people who have been here a lot on their vacations and love the chefs and have had great meals there. On the fly, it was just sort of so-so.
Have you been to Captain Cook’s? Would you say Aye or Nay to their food?