Being the gigantic Disney nerd that I am, discovering that there is something that is not publicized anywhere in regards to Disney dining gives me a thrill.
My girlfriend Lisa and I visited Flying Fish Café on the Walt Disney World Boardwalk last year right after its refurbishment. We sat up at the bar, as we usually do because service is impeccable there, and ordered wine flights (red for her and white for me) and several appetizers off of the new menu.
Lisa is pescatarian (like a vegetarian but eating fish) and I was still in shock that my favorite steak and potato crusted snapper had been removed from the menu.
Bill & Nadia were SO MUCH FUN though!
There wasn’t anything listed on the entrée portion of the menu that was compelling enough for either one of us at that point in time so we left and went to Jiko in the Animal Kingdom Lodge for the second part of our meal.
Fast forward to March of this year when my girlfriend Jamie and I decided to do a progressive dinner around The Boardwalk. We began our journey once again at Flying Fish Café where we had cocktails at the bar and a cheeseboard.
Imagine my surprise when another guest asked for the vegetarian menu and our bartender reached below the counter and brought forth a secret one page menu I had not seen published anywhere on the Internet.
I immediately grabbed a screenshot of the menu and texted it to my friend Lisa imploring her to set a date for us to come and try these secret vegetarian options.
Last month Lisa and I made good on our promise to return to the Boardwalk and Flying Fish Café.
I arrived early and opted to take in the last of the beautiful spring Florida weather and a dirty martini on the outdoor deck of the Boardwalk’s Belle View Lounge.
After Lisa arrived we headed downstairs and took a seat at the bar once again. I really can’t stress enough how fun it is to sit at the bar and soak in all the knowledge that the Walt Disney World bartenders at this specific restaurant have. I was delighted to find that Robyn would be taking care of us again that night!
Ordering was simple. We’ll take a bottle of Gavi and all the vegetarian entrées please!
With a crisp sear on the outside and a sprinkling of herbs this marinated tofu was the best that I’ve ever had. It was a tie for “best dish of the night” in my opinion followed by the next entrée pictured below.
(vegetable melange | savory potato beurre blanc | $33)
PLANCHA SEARED FORAGED MUSHROOMS
Two words : Sweety Drops! Beyond the fact that these grits were over the moon creamy perfection, those little red pearls are sweety drops and are the most delicious cross between a sweet tomato and an acidic pepper!
(antebellum grits | sweet corn | peppadew emulsion | $32)
CRISPY FETA DUMPLING
This dish was Robyn’s favorite and for good reason. How can you say no to a gigantic cheese tater tot!? I could taste quite a bit of thyme in these dumplings and Lisa thought the lavender scent could be scaled back just a tad…but hello…beets!
(fingerling potatoes | asparagus | rainbow carrots | citrus vinaigrette | $32)
This dish was hearty but probably the least favorite of the night. Poor thing couldn’t hold a candle to the crispy tofu or grits.
(shirred egg | crisp haricot vert | sundried tomato charon sauce | $30)
As you can see, the vegetarian options are much more affordable than the entrees on the published menu and just as tasty.
Cap off your evening at the neighboring Abracadabar with a Pepper’s Ghost (Ciroc Pineapple Vodka & Habanero Lime) or a Magic Hattan (Hudson Manhattan Rye Whiskey & Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth).
Service at Abracadabar isn’t as good as you will find at Flying Fish Café but the atmosphere certainly is fun.
Flying Fish Café is located on the lower level of Walt Disney World’s Boardwalk Resort in Orlando, Florida.