DVC Dining: Revisiting Flying Fish

Like several other DVC Supporters, I have been anxiously ready for Traveling Fish to reopen.  It has been a person of my beloved Disney restaurants for several years, so I was amazingly excited to listen to that it would reopen on January 27–a date for which my relatives and I presently prepared to be at the BoardWalk Villas.  Time and all over again, the signature restaurant has shipped superb food stuff and company, but did Traveling Fish continue to live up to my expectations this time?

The Ambiance

Interior of Traveling Fish

The dark blue hues and glass fish and bubbles that hang in the dining place give a subtle and sophisticated nod to the sea theme as do the fin-like glass partitions–quite a distinction to the whimsical carnival concept that the cafe initially had prior to its 2016 renovation.  In addition to the typical tables and booths, you are going to discover a portion of scaled-down tables by the open kitchen area and a private place in the back of the cafe. On opening evening, there were pretty a couple of out there tables, so it under no circumstances felt unbelievably packed, nor was it at any time so loud that you could not quickly converse with the rest of your occasion.

The Meals

As is the circumstance with numerous other Disney restaurants that have reopened, the menu has modified up a little bit.  For illustration, the filet mignon is no extended a Wagyu filet, the Maine lobster nero pasta seems to have been replaced by the seafood pearl pasta, and there’s a new tofu entree.  Whilst I was unhappy to see that my beloved crab cake appetizer experienced continue to not returned, I was pleased to see that some of my favourite entrees, the potato-wrapped red snapper, and plancha-seared scallops, experienced returned.  

With 4 of us eating that evening, we acquired to try a assortment of appetizers, entrees, and desserts. I begun with the lobster bisque with Sambuca and chive oil. It was creamy and delicious with a great amount of lobster chunks. My spouse bought the Prince Edward Island mussels that experienced contemporary herbs and a chardonnay broth. He definitely beloved this one particular. The broth was extremely flavorful, and he even requested for extra bread to sop up the remainder of it at the end. It was that very good. It is really worth noting that the part was fairly substantial for an appetizer. My brother had the slow-roasted pork belly with spiced apple and cherry gastrique. In the past, the menu specified that the appetizer was Kurabata pork tummy, which has additional marbled meat, but this edition was even now really superior. He mentioned that the texture and hint of sweetness by some means reminded him of char siu. While not talked about on the menu, the pork belly was also served with a fried potato that was akin to a knish but with Panko breading.

For my entree, I requested the plancha-seared scallops with savory grits, sweet corn, and peppadew emulsion. This is basically the similar entree that I would usually buy at Traveling Fish, but I truly delight in it. The scallops ended up properly seared and sweet. Then you had the mixture of savory grits and sweet corn. The peppadew appears related in taste to a red pepper and was a wonderful addition as well. Total, I was just as happy with this entree as I have been in the earlier. My spouse and mom purchased the identical dish: the seafood pearl pasta with shrimp, lobster, scallops, clams, and mussels. I think this dish was the winner. It experienced loads of seafood in a abundant virtually bisque-like sauce. They would both of those buy this dish all over again in a heartbeat. My brother went with the Verlasso salmon with bok choy, celery root, and golden saffron nage. This much too was correctly cooked and not dry at all. The saffron broth was very abundant, but the dish was served with further broth on the aspect ought to you want far more of it.

A person of the advantages of possessing four visitors at our table is that we have been ready to purchase 1 of each dessert on the menu. In the previous, none of the desserts were especially memorable to me, but the Essential lime cake with coconut-lime mousse, guava, and tropical coulis caught my focus.  I discovered it attention-grabbing that this was a plant-based dessert.  It experienced that nice tartness that you would count on from a Critical lime dessert, and it simply just experienced the prettiest presentation that echoed the sea topic of the restaurant. My spouse had the creamy goat cheesecake with honey glaze and cassis gel. It had goat cheese-centered cheesecake atop a slim pistachio cake. He explained that the tanginess of the goat cheese was recognizable, so it was a distinctive twist but incredibly pleasing. My mom was very entire but was intrigued by the 50th celebration midnight lemon that was established in honor of Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary. It had contemporary berries, crispy meringue, and sweet lemon. This was a mousse-like dessert, and she uncovered that the lemon was sweet and not sour, just as described. She thought it was a excellent light-weight dessert to major off her meal. And lastly, my brother requested the cocoa breach with vanilla custard, chocolate bavarois, and feuillentine crunch. This was the showstopper with the chocolate poured in excess of it when served at the desk. My brother is not usually a fan of desserts but finished this a single. He explained it was undoubtedly a thing for chocolate enthusiasts.

The Service

Our server, Ait, was superb. He allow us know that it was really his initially day there, but you would never ever have recognised had he not described it. He was prompt, courteous, properly-educated, and just in general quite helpful. When I seemed at the drink menu and did not discover any mocktails, Ait kindly asked the bartender what choices there were being, and my mom and I have been able to get the Pacific Island Punch as a mocktail. It experienced guava, papaya, pineapple, and mango juice, and was reminiscent of POG juice. Ait was not the only new solid member there. It turned out a number of some others we achieved that night have been just starting off as properly, but all the forged members, old and new, we encountered that evening ended up so welcoming and joyful to be there.

All in all, I would say that Flying Fish is still a reliable selection with dishes that are as exquisite as they are delightful and very attentive and personable company. If you have not been there nevertheless, and you really like seafood, do yourself a favor and reserve that dining reservation.