Melyssa and the Mouse #1- Flying Fish Review!
The new Flying Fish restaurant recently opened and the only recognizable feature from the previous rendition of this restaurant is the outside. Inside got a complete renovation and I truly love the new look. While some might argue that the whimsical look of the original design fit the Boardwalk theme more, I honestly love the art deco look and feel like it fits that 1920s Boardwalk theme that saturated AbracadaBar. If you love the jazzy music in AbracadaBar, dark woods, and soft lighting, then you too will love the renovated restaurant.
Okay, decor is lovely, but how's the food, right? It was once rumored that the famous Potato Wrapped Red Snapper would stay on the new menu, Pete and I discovered that the new chef decided to completely re-do the menu and not bring back the old menu items. Initially, Pete was disappointed as the red snapper was his go-to entree here. Luckily, though, he was able to try the new stuff and, boy, did the new menu not disappoint!
Where to start? Well, besides the wine novel they give you, the regular menu also has some drinks, including specialty cocktails, wine selections paired for sea food or land food, and beer/cider selections. I had the Benton Lane Pinot Gris since I knew I was getting seafood for sure (Pete had their finest Coke). The bread here is new too- now a nori-sesame white bread with a crunchy crust and served with unsalted home made butter and sprinkled with pink sea salt for flavor- YUM! (If you've ever had sushi, then you've had nori as this is dried seaweed. It's not an overwhelming flavor and it's only sparingly sprinkled throughout the bread). From there, we went all out, starting with appetizers. I had the Blue Crab Bisque, which was a light soup with huge chunks of blue crab and finished off with a sprinkle of Sherry, and Pete had the Kurobuta Pork Belly, which was extremely tender and topped off with a quail egg. The seasoning on all the dishes was just enough to give a mouthful of flavor without overwhelming the actual food itself.
Once our appetites were appropriately raring to go, we move onto our main courses! I went right for the Plancha-Seared Hokkaido Scallops and Pete enjoyed the Ocean's Bounty Sustainable Fish, which was a stripped bass last night. The scallops where huge but tender and sitting atop wonderfully flavored antebellum grits and brentwood sweet corn, surrounded by peppadew emulsion. I've had scallops on property before and these were some of the best (including the ones I've had at California Grill). You might think that only 4 scallops is not worth it, but, trust me, I almost didn't have room for dessert. The grits were so well seasoned that it didn't even taste like grits, and whatever the peppadew emulsion was added just the slightest kick to the dish. The sustainable fish was served over a light potato belurre blanc, the white sauce on the dish, which was again flavored just right. While the scallops had a sweetness to them due to the grits and corn, the fish and vegetables had more of a robust flavor akin to a fall flavored dish. The fish was subtly peppered and just fell apart beautifully on the fork.
After enjoying one of the most delicious meals, we had to finish it off correctly. Dessert time! There were plenty of dessert drinks that I will make time to come back for and even a nice selection of Joffrey's Coffee, including the lovely Kona blend that one can usually find at Kona Cafe in the Polynesian Resort. For food, we have some fun named desserts, including Under the Sea and Florida Reef, both of which were suggested by our waiter. But, being the adventurous people we are, Pete tried the Chocolate-Banana Napoleon and I went for the Cherries, Peaches, and Sea Shells. While our waiter didn't recommend these, we were not disappointed at all! My dessert was perfectly light, with a fluffy mascarpone cream accented by sweet Georgia peaches and cherries. The Napoleon was actually made with thin chocolate layers and filled with banana-raspberry and banana mousse, topped off with a delicious vanilla rum caramel sauce. Absolute perfection!
So, our consensus on the new menu- totally hit the mark! You could not tell that anything was new or being tried out as everything was seamless and there was no disappointment in any of the dishes. Nothing was lacking- it seemed like the restaurant had been cranking out these delicious items for years. Kudos to the new chef and the interior decorators on creating yet another destination to enjoy in WDW. I would highly suggest making reservations for this restaurant if you have an upcoming trip- our reservations were for 6pm and it was not very busy until we were ready to leave. And, of course, the night wouldn't be complete without a brief stroll around Epcot's World Showcase- best way to end off the evening for sure!