This week we have a guest post from Tom about his experience at Flying Fish during a trip in September 2016, thanks Tom!
Fondest greetings to you all. My name is Tom, and this will be my first contribution to this site. Before getting to business, I just wanted to take a minute to express my gratitude to everyone that is taking time to read this, and to the individuals who took time out of their day to look at the content I was posting and asked me to write this piece. Thank you so much.
On September 16th my wife and I sat down to an amazing dinner at the Flying Fish restaurant. Flying Fish is a signature restaurant that is located at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort. In the pictures, hopefully you’ll be able to see aesthetics of the room that we were in, because it was beautiful. The restaurant just went through renovations and it looks amazing. With the looks inside, please note that they also have a dress code there, we didn’t realize this a few years back when we dined there for the first time. They won’t turn you away, but there is a backroom that they may sit you in that is still wonderful, but makes one feel slightly alienated when placed there. Although, some people, myself included may enjoy this privacy which is difficult to achieve anywhere on the Disney property.
Upon sitting down we informed our waitress that we are vegan, and she immediately took the standard menus away, assured us that this will not be problem, and left us with the wine menu to look over while she went to grab the vegetarian menus for us. There were no further questions asked, which very quickly made me comfortable with the entire experience. Upon returning with our menus we were invited to order anything on the menu, the chef is aware, and if it needs to be modified to be vegan then they will take care of that for us. I can’t emphasize enough how wonderful this is compared to other meals where we ask about vegan options or inform them and the first response is to ask us, “This that a preference or an allergy?” Whenever I’m asked this, I instantly become uncomfortable and uncertain of the upcoming dining experience. Fortunately here, that was not the case.
The bread they serve is vegan. They gave us a plate with olive oil and sea salt rather than butter. The bread was tender on the inside and crunchy on the outside. The olive oil was a wonderful addition and was a great start to the meal.
The appetizers were stunning visually, and the flavor was equally amazing. Pickled Watermelon Stack and Mesclun Salad were our choices, and there were zero regrets. The Pickled Watermelon Stack had a delightful combination of sweet, savory, and tangy. Additionally the texture was out of this world having this crunchy watermelon sit on top of a creamy slice of avocado. My Mesclun Salad did have to be altered, but still as wonderful as could be. The carrot shavings in it gave a very nice texture contrast that kept me engaged throughout the experience. Dressed perfectly and full of flavor, it was a great start to the meal.
For the entrees, we ordered the Plancha-seared Chanterelles and Roasted Tofu. The Plancha-seared Chanterelles looking amazing. I unfortunately couldn’t taste it myself as the Roasted Tofu preoccupied me. Assumably it was out of this world as my wife sat there with a huge smile on her face the entire time, saying repeatedly under her breath, “I’ve got chanterelles and peppadews.” Also, afterwards she said that it was amazing and that she’d get it again without a doubt. As for the roasted tofu, it was one of the best dishes I’ve ever had. It was a thick cut, seared to the point where there was a very nice crunch on the outside, squishy on the inside, and a wonderful flavor all on its own. Underneath it, what you can’t see as well in the picture is the bed of very thin sliced potatoes, purple cauliflower, and broccoli. The seasonings and preparation of the vegetable under the tofu took over the dish. It was one of those moments where I took the first bite of tofu and thought to myself, “Could this get any better?” took the bite of cauliflower. Not only could it get better, it did.
Over dinner we also did flights of wine, 3 3ounce samples, of different wines. If you’re a wine drinker, they sit right around $16-$20 per flight. Personally, I’m not big on wine, so I wouldn’t order that again. An additional note or two on alcohol. The Abracadabar, next door, is amazing. Not only is the staff there upholding the Disney I.D. rules, but they are very knowledgeable and pleasant. They were able to guide us to some drinks that when we weren’t sure of what we wanted. The second note on them. They have an 18 year old Macallan Scotch… It tastes like the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, in a good way.
Overall, I can’t say enough good about this dining experience. Aside from dining with Chef T.J., this was the most relaxed and comfortable I was involving a dining experience on this vacation. Total bill pre tip at the Flying Fish was $147. I’ll leave it up to you whether or not it seems worth the money. With that, I’ll leave you to form your own opinion. It’s my highest hopes that this will assist you as much as this entire site has assisted me over the past year.
Happy dining and have a magical day,