Another Melyssa and the Mouse food review featuring Paddlefish in Disney Springs. If you’re not familiar, this is the restaurant that has replaced Fulton’s Crabhouse and is in the newly renovated paddleboat sitting in the water between the Landing and the Marketplace. While this restaurant has been open for at least 4 to 5 months, I was only recently able to get there to try the newest seafood place in Walt Disney World. Here’s how I found it.
To start out, I was able to sample the crab cake, featuring maque choux, fried green tomato, and remoulade ($17); fried calamari with shishito peppers and peppadew piri piri ($16); and lobster corn dogs with sweet chili aioli ($16). The crab cake was densely packed with crab and sat on a bed of corn maque choux. And, even though there was so much crab, it did not have a “fishy” taste often associated with seafood. The sauce was a perfect complement to the crab without overpowering the taste. The calamari was fried perfectly with the crispy outside staying on perfectly as I pierced a piece with the fork. The sauce was almost like a sweet and sour sauce with a slight kick from the peppers- a nice twist on the traditional marinara sauce. Finally, the lobster corn dogs were a good sized portion for an appetizer and again were fried perfectly. The sauce was not too spicy and the slaw it was served with helped balance the entire plate.
For entrees, I had the Shrimp and Grits, with cheddar grits and spicy black pepper-butter sauce ($30) and Pete tried the Hawaiian Opah, though for this day the Opah was replaced with a Mahi Mahi fish, which was encrusted with a macadamia nut crust, served with red curry and crab fried rice ($38). The shrimp and grits was served with the black pepper-butter sauce, which was not very spicy to me. The grits were creamy with a polenta type consistency, or mashed potatoes that haven’t been completely mashed, and were appropriately flavored so they weren’t bland. It was a decent size with plenty of grits, though there were only 5 shrimps. The Hawaiian fish dish was also a decent sized piece of fish over a large portion of the crab fried rice. The crust was light, without overpowering the fish, but adding a nice light crunch to the dish. The curry was not too spicy either. We also got the mac and cheese ($15) side dish that was meant to share- and it was a huge portion that more than 2 people could definitely enjoy. It was a lighter mac and cheese than say the creamy comfort style down at Homecoming, but it was still excellent and cheesy.
Overall, this was a good meal but nothing memorable. The service was good, if a touch slow for the beginning of dinnertime. While I love seafood, I don’t feel this place offers dishes that amaze to justify the cost. At least Fulton’s had a few unique dishes that seemed to make paying over $50 for a meal per person worth it. Unfortunately, I was not impressed by this place. I do think the appetizers were interesting, so maybe the lounge might be worth checking out. There are also many other places on property that I feel are much more worth the price because the food leaves me in awe.
How about you- have you tried Paddlefish yet? What is your take on the food?