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Review Flying Fish Café

Review Flying Fish Café
By: Brittany Davies

Tucked into a corner along the Boardwalk Resort’s wood-planked promenade, the Flying Fish Cafe is a seafood lover’s delight.  They offer preparations of every oceanic creature from tuna to lobster to mahi-mahi.  As our server noted, although the Flying Fish is known for its seafood selections, they also offer steak, pork, and vegetarian options of pasta or a la carte sides such as truffle-laced macaroni and cheese or aged gruyere and parimigiana-potato gratin.

As we entered the Flying Fish Cafe, we were greeted by mellow waves of blue, green, and gold along the walls and a smiling hostess ready to escort us to our table, a quiet little table for two next to the large windows looking out onto the boardwalk. A great spot for watching people come and go along the walkway.  The atmosphere was relaxing and whimsical with soft lighting, an open kitchen, and amusing decor such as the winged fish parasailing overhead.

After being shown to our table, our server provided us with menus and an extensive wine and cocktail menu.  The Flying Fish boasts a full bar with new featured concoctions as well as all the old favorites.  Along with the dinner menus, our server arrived with a basket of warm, fresh sourdough bread flecked with potato and chive accompanied by a triangle of butter.  Our server was friendly and informative offering his recommendations; he was attentive throughout our meal, quick to refill our drinks and make sure our dining experience was a pleasant one.

For appetizers, we sampled the Epcot Land Pavilion Sweet Bibb and Aruba Red Leaf Salad with goat cheese, candied walnuts, and plums, as well as the duo of Caesar salad and signature Crispy Maine Coast Jonah Crab Cake.  Both salads were light and refreshing, and the crab cake was flavorful and full of texture, highlighted by the creamy and spicy ancho chile remoulade.

For our main courses, we ordered Scallops with cheesy risotto and proscuitto cracklins, and Mahi-Mahi over vegetables with a tempura squash blossom.  The scallops were meaty and perfectly seared over creamy, comfortingly cheesy risotto topped with crispy, crunchy proscuitto adding a bacon-like smokiness to the dish.  The Mahi-mahi was char-grilled a little too much for my personal taste, but still moist and a nice match for the accompanying bed of summer squash and green beans.  The squash blossom stole the show on this plate with its crunchy exterior and smooth, savory filling.

I must admit, we were so full from bread, appetizers, and dinner that we debated ordering dessert…for about 2 seconds.  How could we resist Disney desserts?!  We ordered the PB & J Creme Brûlée and the Sinful Chocolate Trio.  They did not disappoint!  We weren’t sure what to expect from the creme brûlée, something so nostalgic as PB & J paired with a dish so traditionally posh as creme brûlée?  It was pure magic!  The dish consisted of a sweet and tart raspberry jam covered with a silky peanut butter custard toasted in classic creme brûlée style and topped with fresh raspberries and a pipette of chocolate sauce adding a fun do-it-yourself element to the dessert.  The chocolate trio was just as imaginative, presented like a modern work of art.  On one side there was a square of chocolate mousse laced along the bottom with crunchy cocoa balls and topped with a sphere of cool, creamy dark chocolate.  Across from  the mousse was a chocolate covered profiterole filled with fresh marshmallow creme. The classiest s’more I’ve ever seen!  All of this sat atop a pool of chocolate and caramel sauce, topped with a slice of pure chocolate and garnished with a salted caramel square.  When we ordered dessert, we were convinced neither of us would be able to finish, but looking down at our scraped clean plates with satisfied stomachs, we knew we’d made the best decision.  Always get dessert!

FAST Review:

Food – Excellent.  Exceptional variety and quality of food with a diverse and ever-changing menu. Fresh seafood with options available for non-seafood eaters such as pork, steak, or vegetarian. Fun and fanciful desserts.

Atmosphere – Relaxing atmosphere with whimsical, yet classy decor.  Open kitchen, soft lighting, calming sea tones as well as a nice view of the boardwalk from some seats.

Service – Hosts/hostesses and servers were pleasant, attentive, and informative

Tips – Picky eaters? Try the scallops over cheesy risotto. It’s like macaroni and cheese for grown-ups, and whatever you do, save room for dessert!

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