WDW: Flying Fish

Sunday, January 31, 2010 – Flying Fish Café

We originally had a 6 p.m. reservation for Jiko for dinner, but since we had just been over near Animal Kingdom lodge the night before to have dinner with our friends, we decided to stay closer to our villa. So we changed our reservation to Flying Fish Café at 6 p.m.

This turned out to be a great choice. As our reservation time neared, it started to rain. Thankfully we had a short walk, mostly inside or under cover.

We had a short 5-minute wait for our table, and then we were led to the back corner, the last table by the windows. Very nice, quiet spot. We had an enjoyable chat with the host about what it was like living in Florida.

Our server was very friendly and efficient. At our request, she even brought the dessert menu to us before we ordered so we could plan out our whole meal from the start.

Here’s what we had:

Appetizer (Rich & Kathy):

Chardonnay-steamed Narragansett Bay Rhode Island “Rhody Royal” Mussels

Fennel, Chiles, Pesto Crème, and Grilled Sourdough Crostini

Entrée (Kathy):

Chef’s Special Thunder Fish: Surf and Surf

Horseradish & Panko-crusted Epcot Land Pavilion Tilapia and Shrimp Scampi

Shellfish-Fines Herb Mousseline, Young Carrots, Squash, Kohirabi, and Alba Mushrooms, Meyer Lemon-Shellfish Butter Emulsion

Wine: Ramey Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, 07

Entrée (Rich):

Signature Flying Fish Café Potato-wrapped Red Snapper

Leek Fondue, Veal Glace, Red Wine and Cassis Butter

Wine: MacMurray Ranch Winemakers Block Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, 07

Dessert (Shared):

A Study in Chocolate

  1. Frangelico, Caramel, and Chocolate Delice
  2. Rich Chocolate and Raspberry Torte
  3. Dark Chocolate Mint Crème Brulee

This was our fifth time eating at Flying Fish Café, and it was excellent as always. The service was better this time than last, and the food was amazing.

The mussels appetizer was different this time with Rhody Royals, large, juicy mussels with lots of flavor. And the pesto crème sauce went with it exquisitely.

Kathy’s Surf and Surf had plump, succulent shrimp and a large fillet of tilapia. Both had a zippy Asian flavor.

The potato-wrapped snapper is definitely my favorite entrée here – in fact it’s the only entrée I’ve ever had here. And it lived up to its reputation once again. The red wine sauce is incredible and the snapper just melts in your mouth.

Kathy’s Chardonnay was bright and fresh, and I enjoyed a top-notch glass of MacMurray Ranch Winemakers Block Pinot Noir that we were introduced to at the Winemaker’s Dinner last year at the Disneyland Food and Wine Festival with Kate MacMurray.

Often when we have an appetizer, we skip dessert. But not this night. We had to share the Study in Chocolate. Kathy’s favorite was the delice, while mine was the crème brulee. The torte was a nice contrast to the other two.

All in all, another fantastic meal at the Flying Fish Café. The food, setting, service, and company were fantastic. We’re so glad we changed our plans and returned to one of our favorite WDW restaurants.

Kathy’s Comments: The food, wine, and service were all excellent. I really did enjoy my entree, but it was so hard not to have the Potato-wrapped Red Snapper. Rich was generous enough to give me a couple of bites. 🙂

About Rich Eckardt

Byzantine Catholic Convert. Knight of Columbus. Celebrant of the Divine Office.