For Adventure / For Food

Restaurant Review: Disney’s Flying Fish

Every time we visit Walt Disney World, my favorite thing to do is book reservations at all of the amazing restaurants. One of my favorite signature dining restaurants is Disney’s Flying Fish located on the Boardwalk. We have eaten here several times over the years, and missed it dearly when it was closed for renovations… but had the pleasure of going on our last trip now that it’s new look and menu have finally been revealed! We have had hit or miss experiences here before, but this time was certainly a home run out of the park!

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We were seated by the interim General Manager Darlene (you can usually find her at the California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort) who was incredibly excited and extremely personable. It was a great way to start the night! We were seated in a round banquette below the amazing blown glass “bubble” installation that dominates the new look of the restaurant… upon further inspection we discovered that many of the bubbles were shaped like flying fish! So incredible and gorgeous, definitely an improved aesthetic to the original decor.

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We started with the Kurobuta Pork Belly which was killer! Sometimes pork belly can be greasy and flabby. This was tender and crispy and SO flavorful. The sauce was made with reduced cherries so it had a sweet tang against the smoky meat. On top was a fried croquet of pork shank and a tiny fried quail egg. It was incredible! Also, like most restaurants, we were provided with bread and butter while we waited for the meal… normally after a bite or two, I step away from the bread to avoid ruining my appetite… but not here. The bread was amazing, grainy and laced with seaweed. The flavor was unbelievable with a dab of sea salted butter. Despite the fact that we were going to be enjoying seafood dishes, we decided to pair our meal with 2012 Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine was full, gorgeous and the server decanted it and served it as you would expect at a higher-end restaurant.

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After my bread binge (seriously, I couldn’t stop) I opted for a lighter entree. I got the Plancha-seared Hokkaido Scallops. The delicate scallops came on a bed of grits with a spicy peppadew sauce. The flavors were beautiful and the dish was perfect.

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After the meal, we decided as a group that we would share a dessert… I was so full, but glad we didn’t skip out on this gem. We ordered Under the Sea, which was a bar of Valrhona Manjari Chocolate covered with edible sponges and pearls that the pastry chef artfully creates. The sponges were made out of dehydrated milk foam dusted with pistachio sand and sea salt. The dish was finished with chocolate coral sponge which was an intense but delicate cake. The meal overall was one of the best I have had at Disney. To see their current offerings, or to make a reservation, visit their website.

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