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Flying Fish Cafe
If you enjoy dining out and are not in a rush on the way home from the Parks it is well worth a visit to the Flying Fish Café that is situated at Disney’s Boardwalk. This 170-seat restaurant has a diverse menu of fish, game, meats and vegetarian specialties.
Dress code is business casual - trousers, jeans, dress shorts, blouses, shirts with collars, sweaters and you can also use this as an occasion to dress up a little. This makes a change from the shorts and t-shirts that are often a necessity during your holiday!
When we visited the restaurant was open 5:30-10 p. m. Sunday through Thursday, and 5:30-10:30 p. m. Fridays and Saturday. I would recommend an advance reservation, as it gets very busy.
As you enter the restaurant the brilliant neon stretching above the front door is a great introduction to the Flying Fish Café. The sign’s brilliant blue hues carry right inside the front door, where the decor reminds you of the deep sea. Giant, shimmering fish scales hug the walls whilst delicate lights dangle from oversized fish hooks and golden fish arc overhead.
The Cafe is named after a Coney Island roller coaster, called “The Flying Turns. ” Lighted parachutes suspend from the restaurant’s ceiling reminiscent of the Coney Island parachute jump, an unforgettable challenge for young daredevils. A floor-to-ceiling Ferris wheel is a reminder of carefree summer days.
The chefs, prepare your meal at the open show kitchen. While game and vegetarian items appear routinely on the menu, Flying Fish is truly a seafood lover’ s paradise. The cafe’s stage kitchen is a high-energy dinner show for guests and you can sit at the gold-tiled countertop for casual dining right in front of the oak-fired grill.
Our girls, who at the time were an age when their idea of dinner was “all-u-can-eat” on the way from the Parks, contrary to our expectations really enjoyed the Flying Fish. Our server was marvellous with them and after pointing out the scavenger hunt printed on the back of the children’ s menu (which they did whilst waiting for their entrée), she offered them menu advice and gave them both a hand-held, fish-shaped ring-toss game.
We were brought crunchy sourdough bread with a tender, warm centre with our drinks whilst we studied the menu. This changes frequently, with major changes each season, featuring whatever is freshest.
Having heard of the dessert menu we decided not to have starters so as to leave room for our desserts!
Although fish dominates the menu, our server had recommended the char-crusted New York strip steak with Yukon gold potatoes as a popular choice for non-fish lovers. My mother ordered and thoroughly enjoyed this.
I ordered the potato-wrapped red snapper whilst my Father had house-smoked salmon tartare with cucumber salad, parsley aioli and croutons. They were both delicious although the portions were not huge.
The children’ s menu, which offered more than the usual chicken nuggets and grilled cheese, was a bit pricey, but it seemed to have something for all tastes. Children’ s entrees included pasta, grilled chicken breast, and fish and chips and ranged in price from $6-$12.
The restaurant has an extensive wine list with more than 50 selections by the glass and suggested food and wine pairings, this we found very useful.
We had heard about the restaurant’ s chocolate & quot; lava& quot; cake, a rich chocolate cake infused with warm liquid chocolate and one of the girls and myself had already decided to share this. Whilst the other girl had a chocolate cupcake sundae filled with French vanilla ice cream my Mother tried the orange-cream filled crepes, with candied zest and a dab of fresh whipped cream and found them very light and not too rich. Father smiled all the way through his Banana Napoleon, which was layers of light filo, bananas, and vanilla crème brulee drizzled with a warm and buttery caramel sauce!
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