*This dining experience took place in September 2014. If you can believe it, there are actually some restaurants on Disney World property that I have never dined. Flying Fish Cafe, located at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort, is one of them. I’ve always been interested in the seafood-filled menu, but always skipped it for more affordable locations or for Kouzzina, my favorite Boardwalk restaurant.
As a signature dining location, Flying Fish Cafe has a reputation for excellent seafood options. Admittedly, it’s not a restaurant that I often hear much about, other than it has expensive but delicious seafood.
Recently, I attended the Florida Bloggers Conference and had a post-meal dinner with Alexis from Gluten Free in Orlando and her family. We were both curious about the new gluten free menu available at Flying Fish Cafe for dinner and wanted to check it out. Perfect excuse to finally visit this restaurant!
Upon arrival, the restaurant confirmed that we would both need gluten free menus and said that as a dairy free person I could also talk to the chef. It would have been awesome if they also had a dairy free menu, and I hope they will consider adding those in the future.
As far as the gluten free menu itself. Wow! It was huge! There were tons of choices both for appetizers and for entrees (even sides). There were no desserts listed, but the chef did go over dessert options with us in person. I was also impressed with the amount of gluten free fried items available. You simply must check out Gluten Free in Orlando’s review of the Old Bay Scented Crispy Calamari and Rock Shrimp. This looked to die for!
Chef Tim went over options with me, and I decided to forgo the appetizer and go with dessert base on his suggestion that he would whip up something different for me. I will say that in the future I’d probably go for the appetizer, as the ones on Flying Fish Cafe’s menu looked really good.
While waiting for appetizers, bread and drinks, I got a chance to look around the restaurant which is quite beautiful. I love the mobiles and art-work. It really feels refined, yet whimsical at the same time.
I also got a chance to meet blog reader Bonnie who was there with her husband for dinner and stopped by to say “hi.” I love it when readers catch up with me! It’s always so nice to meet everyone in person. After dinner, I checked in with them, and they enjoyed the meal as much as our group did! Fair to say, Flying Fish Cafe was quite good.
The rolls brought out to our table were Ener-G. It’s been a while since I’ve seen those on property. While I can’t say these are my favorite rolls, they were well heated and tasted fine with the accompanying olive oil (which was very good).
For my entree, I ordered the Oak-grilled Organic Scottish Salmon served with Spanish chorizo, marble potato, carrot, tomato, and Sweety Drop Pepper “hash,” Serrano ham crisp, Catalan-style lemon and garlic aioli and an aromatic saffron-heirloom tomato caldo. The aioli was removed from my dish (darn!) but otherwise, the dish required very little modification which was great.
The picture really doesn’t do this dish any justice, but suffice it to say, it was really very good. There were a lot of flavors going on – though I wouldn’t say any were really that overpowering in considering how many bold flavors were present. The salmon was delicious though a bit overcooked. The vegetables were fantastic. Very well cooked and seasoned. And the broth was just delicious!
For my dessert, Chef Tim brought out a variety of fruits with Tofutti vanilla ice cream and orange blossom honey. He must have read my mind, as the fruits were all my favorites – peaches, apricots, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. It was fantastic to top the fruit with the honey and ice cream. And it was huge! I shared some with the table because there was so much left. Very delicious and a nice variation on fresh fruit that I’m often given.
Overall, I really enjoyed my first dining experience at Flying Fish Cafe. The menu is what you would expect from a signature location, and the prices do indeed reflect that. It’s not a restaurant I would go to all the time, but on occasion, definitely. I’m glad I finally added this to my Disney dining restaurant list!
Have you been to Flying Fish Cafe? What do you think of the new gluten free menu?