Hey, folks! I was totally hoping to post this earlier, but I have been busy doing pharmacy clinical rotations and working from 0600- 1600. So yeah, life has been hectic, but what better way to escape from it than with some Disney magic! Or, Aulani offsite munchie magic, to be specific.
One thing to be aware of on your trip to Aulani is the major difference between this resort and other Disney properties is it’s distance from off- property food options. Things like McDonalds are a car drive away from the resort, and you could argue that traveling 20 minutes for McDonalds isn’t exactly worth it. But fear not! For there are some food options for you if you are looking for something new to eat.
Monkeypod Kitchen is about a 5 minute walk from Aulani’s lobby- it’s literally right across the street. Yay convenience! Definitely don’t bother driving to any of the places near Aulani, including Monkeypod- your spot in the parking garage is probably the closest available parking spot to the restaurant 😉
The restaurant itself is open- aired, with a bar on the first floor and additional seating on the second floor.
Monkeypod serves a wide array of food options, including wood fired pizzas, fish, and noodle bowls featuring locally made noodles.
In doing research for this trip, I had heard a lot about the amazing food at this restaurant, which has another location on a different island. The things that stood out the most in my mind were the locally made noodles and the pizza. On the day we went to Monkeypod, I was seriously craving some pizza. I decided to go with the Hamakua wild mushroom and truffle oil pizza. This was a white sauce pizza, and it totally hit the spot after a long day of travel! I am a huge mushroom fan, and I think white sauce compliments the mushroom flavor better than a traditional tomato sauce pizza does.
The pizzas are big enough to share between two people, but they can also be eaten by one person. I would recommend getting your own pizza if you’re particularly hungry 😉
We also ordered a Margherita pizza. This pizza was more obviously…artisinal (? sorry guys, words are hard today) in the sense that it was obvious that they only put slices of mozzarella on the pizza as opposed to shredded mozzarella. the fresh basil and the sliced tomato added some amazing, fresh flavors. I am personally a glutton for cheese, and I would have preferred more cheese, but it was tastey nonetheless.
Monkey Pod Kitchen is a quick walk away from Aulani, and is a great option if you want a great sit down restaurant that isn’t super expensive. (All of Hawaii is expensive, but eating outside of the resort is typically cheaper than dining on property.)
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