If you've ever been to Walt Disney World's Boardwalk Resort area at night, it's hard to miss the Flying Fish Café's flashing marquee with it's namesake being written out and neon flying fish being lit in sequence. Inside you'll be greeted by friendly and outgoing matre'ds, chefs and servers. The decor is modern and airy. A high ceiling depicting a blue sky with white puffy clouds. Iconic flying fish hang from circular lights overhead. A mural showing Coney Island-like rides hangs above the open kitchen with chefs who stoke up the fires to the delight of patrons and their cameras. There are even stools for guests for interacting with the chefs as they prepare the meals. Seating for couples, families and large groups can be accommodated here.
Having an early reservation got my wife and I seated quickly upon checking in just inside the entrance. Our server recommended the "Peeky Toe" Crab Cake for an appetizer which we agreed to. As the Flying Fish Café is primarily a seafood restaurant, I had been looking forward to enjoying some ocean delicacies. It didn't take long for our soda to arrive. There is an extensive wine listing with suggested pairings if you are so interested. The Crab Cake came hot on "Flying Fish" Slaw and Ancho-Chile Remoulade. It was the perfect size and the meat was juicy and flavorful. As a signature item, I can certainly see why people rave about it.
I had a hard time deciding what to order for my main entrée. It came down to the Atlantic Salmon or the Red Snapper. My wife wasn't feeling like fish and ordered the New York Strip Steak. I again relied on our server and went for another signature item, the Potato-Wrapped Red Snapper. Each dish arrived hot and so did the food upon them. You will be warned when served. My snapper came wrapped in paper-thin slices of fried potato served with a creamy leek fondue and red wine reduction. The crunchy potato crust and tender white fish were a sensational combination. It's no wonder it has never left the menu since the Flying Fish Café opened back in 1996. I savored every bite of the crispy potato and fleshy white meat. The steak came cooked as ordered, easy to cut and mouth meltingly good. As our plans didn't include dessert, I can only offer that they looked fabulous passing by us heading to other lucky diners.
The Flying Fish Café's cuisine has been called New American Redefined, and it is a perfect match to fabled designer Marty Dorf’s classic yet whimsical decor. Where else can one placate their inner foodie at the chef’s counter where you’ll see all the action. From this gold-tiled perch, you’ll learn the secrets of the famous potato-wrapped red snapper I so enjoyed.
Chefs at this Coney Island-inspired restaurant take the stage in a show kitchen that turns out entrees such as potato-wrapped red snapper with a creamy leek fondue, coriander-crusted yellowfin tuna with shiitake mushrooms, and oak-grilled salmon with bread salad, arugula, eggplant, and roasted peppers.
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