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ClareH37
05-17-2010, 11:56 AM
I've just come back from a week full of food - most of it very good, but a couple of disappointments.

Some meals were solo, others were with friends, I had excellent service whether solo or not and never once felt uncomfortable.

This was my first time doing a dining plan, I usually pay OOP but I'm from the UK and given the current not so great £/$ exchange rate and the price of Disney dining I opted for the deluxe dining plan. I paid OOP for alcohol and sides, and obviously tipped.

My snack credits were mainly used for water in the parks and although sometimes I had 2/3 meals a day I didn't eat all the food on my plate, I would pace myself by only eating half as I knew I would not be able to eat such a large amount of food, I also did not have many desserts as I'm more of an appetiser/mains person.

I stayed at the Boardwalk Inn (club level) and tended to stick to the Boardwalk/Epcot area for my evening meals.

Here's where I ate:

Friday 7 May
- Room Service (dinner) *post 5*

Saturday 8 May
- Room Service (breakfast) *post 9*
- Tokyo Dining (lunch) *Post 19* (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=37240428#post37240428)
- Rose & Crown (dinner) *Post 24* (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=37247936&posted=1#post37247936)

Sunday 9 May
- Captains Grill (dinner) *Post 25* (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=37247936&posted=1#post37247936)

Monday 10 May
- Cap'n Jacks (lunch) *Post 26* (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=37247936&posted=1#post37247936)
- Flying Fish (dinner) - so good I cancelled some other evening ADRs to eat there 3 times! *Post 27* (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=37247936&posted=1#post37247936)

Tuesday 11 May
- Flying Fish (dinner) *Post 37* (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2468485&page=3)

Wednesday 12 May
- Tutto Italia (lunch) *Post 49* (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2468485&page=4)
- Flying Fish (dinner) *Post 37* (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2468485&page=3)

Thursday 13 May
- Rose & Crown (lunch) *Post 50* (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2468485&page=4)
- Yachtsman (dinner) *Post 56* (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=37330768#post37330768)

Friday 14 May
- Grand Floridian Cafe (lunch)

I will also give a pictorial review of the Boardwalk Inn club level offerings

Brook1099
05-17-2010, 12:00 PM
Glad to hear Fly Fishing was a great dining experience, we are going here for the first time this year. What did u order?

ClareH37
05-17-2010, 12:17 PM
Glad to hear Fly Fishing was a great dining experience, we are going here for the first time this year. What did u order?

First time I went I had the crab cake to start followed by the steak - both were delicious, the steak cut like butter and melted in my mouth :cloud9:

The second time I opted for the mozarella and tomato salad, for something so 'simple' it was deliciously refreshing, followed by the potato wrapped red snapper - this was the best meal I've ever eaten (and I've eaten at a lot of very good restaurants), absolutely wonderful. So good in fact I ordered the same appetiser/main the next day!

LuccaDrake
05-17-2010, 12:24 PM
I'm in.

~Beka~

ClareH37
05-17-2010, 12:34 PM
My flight from the UK was very long, longer than usual as the pilot took an alternative route to fly around the volcanic ash cloud. Thankfully it didn't take me very long to get to the Boardwalk, no-one in immigration meant I was through within 2 minutes, no-one waiting for the Magical Express and I was on my way shortly after. However, I was extremely tired and opted to have room service for my evening meal.

This was my first experience of using the deluxe dining plan and the operator who took my order couldn't understand my just wanting a burger so I was 'talked into' ordering an appetiser, however, I did put my foot down re. no dessert, I really couldn't face it.

30 minutes later room service arrived.

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I could not believe the amount of food! :scared1:

My appetiser was the fruit & cheese plate, I didn't have any!

My main was the angus chuck burger with cheese & bacon with potato chips on the side, the burger was huge (and unfortunately I forgot to take a photo as it was on another plate) and came with the usual accompaniments (lettuce, onion, tomato, pickle), the burger itself was nice and hot (temperature), juicy and full of flavour, very good, I managed to eat half of it.

There were also a couple of packets of crackers and pots of sauces.

By this time I was getting more and more tired and I couldn't face any more food, probably not a good use of 2 credits but seeing as my stay was just 7 nights and I had other restaurants booked if I hadn't used them they would have been wasted.

As room service food goes this was very good and I would have no hesitation in ordering again, just at a time when I was very hungry.

wdwfanatic316
05-17-2010, 01:20 PM
Great start! Can't wait to hear more! :surfweb:

Gouden Leeuw
05-17-2010, 01:20 PM
I'm in. Great review so far.

chocolateMinnie
05-17-2010, 03:11 PM
subscribing glad you got there ok.

ClareH37
05-17-2010, 03:42 PM
My first morning and I was up really early (due to the UK/US time difference), however, I was quite happy to just lounge in bed so ordered room service for breakfast.

I went with the "All American Breakfast - two eggs with breakfast potatoes and a choice of smoked bacon or country sausage patties and fresh fruit" - I opted for the eggs over-medium and bacon.

I was advised the wait time was up to 45 minutes but 20 minutes later it arrived.

The bacon was nice and crispy, eggs cooked perfectly but the potatoes were not so great - the majority were perfectly cooked but a few were still very hard/raw, but I was willing to write them off as the rest of the breakfast was very good.

A small bowl of fresh cut fruit came with the All American and I went with pink grapefruit juice as well as a bellini - well, it was my first morning ;)

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There's something so decadent about eating breakfast whilst still in one's jammies lol :cloud9:

Checkers
05-17-2010, 04:59 PM
Can't wait to hear more!:)

princessallegra
05-17-2010, 05:38 PM
Clare I'm in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let me tell you, YOU ARE A WOMAN AFTER MY OWN HEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A bellini to start your first morning YES!!!!!!!!!! Bellinis are my favorite drink everrrr!!! I can't believe they even have them from room service!!!! I wonder if it's just at YC?? Anyway, great start, and can't wait to hear about your amazing trip!!! :goodvibes:goodvibes

MrsB1228
05-17-2010, 06:16 PM
Awesome reviews so far, thanks for sharing your experiences! Looking forward to the next installment! :thumbsup2

RachaelRol
05-17-2010, 08:40 PM
Great! I am in.

LuccaDrake
05-18-2010, 12:36 PM
Oh I love room service...and bellinis! I'm traveling with you next time. lol.

~Beka~

ClareH37
05-18-2010, 02:46 PM
Sorry everyone, I'm having trouble with speeds, not sure if it's my PC or the Dis but trying to do a report/loading pictures and everything freezes :(

Smithkids
05-18-2010, 04:24 PM
Great report so far...definitely making me hungry! ;)

I realize it is alot of food, but just curious- when you order and have to get desert...could you just order a piece of cake or something and have them wrap it up to go? Eespecially for a ADR in your resort...
I was thinking you may not be hungry for it then...but a slice of cheesecake or chocolate cake sure would make a nice midnight snack!!:cutie:

sstewart
05-18-2010, 05:30 PM
Subbing.....Can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip!

disnut1149
05-18-2010, 06:48 PM
Hi
Count me in. Can't wait to read more!!

ClareH37
07-03-2010, 12:33 PM
Firstly, sorry for the very long delay, but I'm now back :rolleyes1

So, onto the reviews :goodvibes

I'd been reading reviews of Tokyo Dining, it was somewhere I hadn't really been considering but after, for the most part, positive reviews I thought it was worth a go, and I'm soooo glad I did.

So I made a lunch ADR for as soon as it opens at 12 mid day. I was meeting a fellow Dis'er for lunch and requested a window seat, the charming hostess advised it was only a request but when we came to be seated we had a wonderful window seat, there were only 2 of us but we were on a 4-top table with a perfect view of World Showcase. :cool1:

I was still getting into the swing of taking photos of the food so only managed to snap my food.

As I was on the deluxe dining plan it does not permit you the full choice of the sushi menu, I was more than happy with my choices but next time I'm going to pay separately to take advantage of the huge selection of sushi.

Our server was a wonderfully polite softly spoken Japanese lady, never have I felt so relaxed when eating a meal in Disney! I could have sat at that table all afternoon.

To start I selected the "Assorted Tempura" - shrimp, chicken breast and seasonal vegetables (courgette and onion) with a Japanese dipping sauce.

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The tempura was delicately flavoured and melted in the mouth, I did not really use the 'dipping' sauce as the tempura alone was so wonderful, it was heavenly :cloud9:

For main I chose the "Ginza Gozen" - tempura (shrimp, chicken breast, scallops and seasonal vegetables) and sushi (yellowtail nigiri, white fish nigiri, shrimp nigiri and two pieces of california roll - avocado, cucumber, seafood mix, smelt roe and sesame seed) with japanese dipping sauce, seaweed salad and a bowl of rice. There was way too much food here, I'm not keen on the nigiri so I passed to my dining companion.

This is the tray, minus the nigiri which I'd already passed on and the rice, which was to the side, lol

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Ths sushi was also wonderful, soft, light and also heavenly. :cloud9:

The tempura with the "Ginza Gozen", this was similar to the appetiser but included scallops.

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I was very impressed with Tokyo Dining, not only was the food good but the atmosphere peaceful and not rushed, I left after a wonderful lunch feeling very 'chilled', and I can't wait to return next year.

sydneysmom
07-03-2010, 03:09 PM
Rock on Clare! I can't wait to read more !! We're trying FF for the first time in sept, so it's awesome to hear you ate there 3 times! can't wait for the reviews!! :cool1:

USAswimmer626
07-03-2010, 06:15 PM
The pictures are great! Especially the ones from Tokyo Dining! You have piqued my interest!

tluvstink
07-03-2010, 06:26 PM
Great reviews! I can't wait to read the rest:thumbsup2

Terri

ClareH37
07-04-2010, 06:02 AM
Rock on Clare! I can't wait to read more !! We're trying FF for the first time in sept, so it's awesome to hear you ate there 3 times! can't wait for the reviews!! :cool1:

I really did love FF, I know reviews can be very subjective, but I'd like to think that 3 consecutively great meals wouldn't be a one-off.

The pictures are great! Especially the ones from Tokyo Dining! You have piqued my interest!

Oh yes, give Tokyo Dining a go, I was very pleasantly surprised.

Great reviews! I can't wait to read the rest:thumbsup2

Terri

Thanks, working on the next instalment now.

ClareH37
07-04-2010, 06:33 AM
Let me start off by saying I had a fabulous lunch here in May 2009, despite a lacklustre lunch in 2006, so I had high hopes of a good meal again.

I was dining with some more Dis friends tonight who I'd dined with the previous year. We started off have a 'drink' in the Rose & Crown pub, I love the theming here, it reminds me of years back when all pubs at home (i.e. the UK) were like that, unfortunately most are now contemporary affairs.

We didn't have to wait long and our pager went off, we were shown to an inside table which we were happy with, it was so hot outside being inside was very welcome! We also know that we could go outside to the viewing area to watch Illuminations later, so no problem at all.

Tonight was only my second night in Orlando so I was feeling very tired due to the time difference and therefore opted to stick with water as my drinking choice. Maybe if I'd had something alcoholic it might have improved my taste buds!

To start I chose the cheese platter, containing mature cheddar, cropwell bishop stilton and a brie, accompaniments included sliced apple, quince jelly and candied walnuts. All in all this was a very good starter and I would have no hesitation in having this again, a very good appetiser.

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For my main I went with the cottage pie, and this is where things took a decidedly bad turn for the worse.

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The pie looked appetising, it smelt appetising, unfortunately the first mouthful was terrible - fatty gristly mince, I really couldn't even swallow it and had to spit it out. However, after spitting it out, I took another mouthful as I didn't just want to make a judgement on one mouthful, the next mouthful was an improvement on the quality of the meat, I took a third mouthful but by time I got to the fourth mouthful I realised something was not right, I had the most horrible heartburn and my mouth was on fire. I called the waitress over and without me even going into too much detail she took the meal away and agreed it was not great (!), it appeared there was an issue with the seasoning that night. :confused3

I was offered an alternative and went with the roast beef. What turned up on my plate, and I didn't even bother to take a photograph, was a black (yes, seriously black) piece of 'meat', a burnt yorkshire pudding (which I couldn't have anyway as it wasn't gluten free), 4 tiny little roast potatoes in the yorkshire pudding, which were also black, a few boiled potatoes and some carrots and greens - it reminded me of being back at school!

All my dining companions loved their meals, including the roast beef, maybe I was just over tired from the jet lag I don't know but it really wasn't good.

Unfortunately that was the end of my meal at Rose & Crown, it was very disappointing, the saving grace was the excellent starter and going out onto the patio to watch Illuminations.

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I'm not one for writing off a restaurant due to a bad meal so I decided I would return for lunch later in the week, review to follow.

ClareH37
07-04-2010, 07:54 AM
Another meal with friends, John & Brandy, who are locals and I've known for years, each visit we meet :)

They're getting married this year and as I'm not going to be able to join them I treated them to dinner, they're both (very) fussy eaters, and don't like anything too fancy, so I decided Captains Grille would suit them. Captains Grille is another tradition of mine, it never fails to disappoint, and I eat there at least once every trip.

As my friends 'understand' that I have to take photos of the food they were very accomodating lol

For starters:

Brandy and I went with the caesar salad - fresh crisp lettuce, just the right amount of parmesan and dressing. Brandy requested extra dressing and this was provided 'on the side' in a separate little jug.

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John went with the crab cake and pronounced it the best crab cake he'd ever had - praise indeed from a fussy American! Plenty of crab meat but not overpowering or stodgy.

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Onto the mains.

John and Brandy had the grilled NY strip with herb potatoes, seasonal vegetables and red onion jam, now, when an American declares this steak 'awsome' you know it must be good! Not a scrap was left on either plate at the end.

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I'm just going to do a quick comparison of a meal I had later in the week at the Yachtsman (another restaurant I've visit each trip since 2004), full review to follow, but a sneak peak - it was rammed to the rafters, noise level was so high you couldn't really hold a decent conversation, the food very disappointing, service started out well but then just 'disappeared', by comparison, Captains Grille, service faultless, food amazing and ambiance, more relaxing than the Yachtsman.

Back to the food ....

I stuck with my old faithful, something I have every time, roast chicken with a chicken juis on the side and french fries. It's such a simple dish but very flavoursome and the chicken was perfectly cooked. This dish never fails to disappoint.

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I was so full I really couldn't eat anything else but John and Brandy shared some housemade gelato, a scoop each of chocolate, strawberry and vanilla.

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A fantastic evening, great food, good company and of course the alcohol flowed in the form of pomegranite splashes, delicious!

ClareH37
07-04-2010, 07:58 AM
I made an early ADR for 11.45 am and on arrival I was shown straightaway to my table, a prime one at that - a 2 top table right next to the large windows overlooking the lake. This was my first solo meal of the trip.

The restaurant was very quiet and no sooner had I sat down than my server came along, not big on the chat but very polite and efficient, every time my glass was empty she'd be along to see if I need a refill. Service was spot on.

The menu was not huge but there was a good variety, and more than enough to satisfy me for lunch.

To start I decided on the spinach & artichoke dip served with tortilla chips. When it arrived, it was more than enough for 2 people, I probably had only around 4-5 chips as the dip was quite rich, but very tasty. Sometimes spinach dips can be a little bland, tasting of spinach and nothing else, the dip was full of flavour and not overdone with spinach, very more'ish.

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I enjoy caesar salad, it's just not the same back in the UK, and as Cap'n Jacks offers 5 versions - plain, shrimp, crab meat, salmon fillet or chicken - I was spoilt for fish. I opted for the shrimp, minus the crutons (as I'm gluten free), the first version that came up unfortunately had crutons but no problem, my waitress removed the offending article (after I'd taken a photo), and went back to the kitchen who prepared a fresh version for me.

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The lettuce was crisp and fresh with just the right amount of parmesan cheese and dressing - I hate it when you have a caesar salad with either too little or too much cheese/dressing, this was perfect. The shrimp were tender and juicy and again just the right amount.

I was pleasantly surprised with Cap'n Jacks and it's on my must do list for next year, I think it's quite often overlooked in favour of the Rainforest Cafe and T-Rex but it's a hidden gem.

ClareH37
07-04-2010, 08:05 AM
I was originally meant to be dining with a friend at California Grill but unfortunately she had to return home a day early so I thought as I was staying at the Boardwalk it would be handy to try Flying Fish for dinner - there was no availability through Disney Dining but I soon discovered one of the perks of staying CL at the BWI, one of the CL CMs was able to get me in by talking to one of the managers. This was my second solo meal of the trip.

I made the short walk downstairs from my room to the Flying Fish and was warmly greeted by the hostess, I was asked if I wanted to sit at the chef's counter (overlooking the kitchen) and I of course was more than happy with that option.

A slight hic-cup with my server - basically overlooking me for 15 minutes - so I got up to leave (I felt a little uncomfortable just sat there waiting), thankfully the situation was immediately remedied and I ended up with a fantastic server, Craig - this guy turned out to be the best server on my holiday.

I ended up having a wonderful night, excellent company joined me at the chef's counter, whiterabbit from the Dis (small world!), and what should have been a 1-1 1/2 hour meal turned into a 3 hour marathon, not only was my server great fun but entertainment was provided by my 'neighbouring' dining companions. One thing to note with sitting at the chef's counter is it gets very hot after a while, you are obviously sitting where they cook, right in front of the grills, but I overlooked it, and returned to the exact same spot a couple of days later.

Onto the food ......

The Chef (Tim Keating) came to see me to discuss the menu, he advised I could have absolutely anything off the menu and they would adapt it to a gluten free version if necessary, although the majority of the food on the menu was in fact gluten free due to Flying Fishe's 'innovative cooking techniques' (according to Chef Tim).

To start I had "our signature Flying Fish Cafe crispy maine coast jonah crab cake - savory vegetable slaw, roasted red pepper coulis, and ancho chile rémoulade" - Chef Tim modified the recipe by using tapioca instead of breadcrumbs - it was huge, at least twice the size of a 'normal' crab cake!

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It was beautiful, as I cut into the crab cake the crab meat just fell apart, it was melt in the mouth deliciousness.

For my main I went with the "Our Signature Flying Fish Café Char-crusted Certified Black Angus New York Strip Steak" with roasted fingerling potatoes, root vegetables, and pole beans, with classic sauce foyot on the side. Again, the meal was huge! It was minus the char crust, as that contained gluten.

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The steak was one of the best steaks I have had in the US, it cut like butter, and came up perfectly cooked (medium-well), and yet again, melt in the mouth deliciousness.

I also ordered a side of "truffle and herb-laced Idaho fries" with roasted garlic aioli on the side - delicious!

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I didn't even eat half of what was on my plate for these courses, it was physically impossible, yet I found myself being talked into ordering a dessert :rotfl:

"White chocolate Florida peach créme brulée - ginger-laced peach compote and fresh raspberries"

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Pure decadence - it was like a bellini in a dessert dish!

All this deliciousness was washed down by a couple of glasses of red wine - the evening was another roaring success and one to be repeated over the next couple of evenings as I returned twice. I really can't say enough good things about Flying Fish, for years I'd not been sure about giving it a go, now I've found it, it's going to be a 'must' for my next trip.

Pooh&OurHunny
07-04-2010, 03:34 PM
Great review. We are trying Captain's Grille for the first time and I'm so glad to read your report.

scanne
07-04-2010, 04:28 PM
I'm so hungry right now that I really shouldn't be reading dining reports.....the tempura at Tokyo Dining looks awesome. I'm eating there in 2 and half weeks and can't wait!

Lisa29
07-04-2010, 04:55 PM
Really good reports so far. Can't wait for the next part. :cool1:

Lisa

valree
07-04-2010, 09:03 PM
Great reviews! I eat gluten free as well so that makes your reviews even more interesting. The steak looks fabulous!

MissJanice
07-04-2010, 09:50 PM
That Flying Fish dinner is about THE MOST delicious looking thing I have ever had. I have found the next place my husband must take me on a date!:rolleyes1

emmysmommy
07-05-2010, 12:13 AM
I am thoroughly loving your dining reviews. Your Tokyo Dining has me convinced that I really need to add that to my list.

Also, I'm not a huge seafood lover (I'll eat shrimp, scallops, and crab - but no fish) so I'm wondering if Flying Fish is a great choice for a non-fish lover. From looking at your steak I'm thinking so!!

Can't wait for more!

Linda67
07-05-2010, 06:15 AM
Just caught up and love your reviews :goodvibes

Great photos by the way :thumbsup2

tweetylori
07-05-2010, 09:25 AM
Okay that peach creme brulee looks like the best dessert in the world! Creme brulee that tastes like a bellini? That must be paradise! Loving your report!

ClareH37
07-05-2010, 01:45 PM
Thanks everyone :goodvibes

I'm really pleased to report that all my meals (apart from the Rose & Crown dinner) were wonderful, I felt the food had improved a lot since my last trip in 2009. :thumbsup2

ClareH37
07-05-2010, 02:01 PM
After the previous night's amazing meal at Flying Fish, and the events of the day (read my trippie for full details, but the day was a write-off as it was spent at Celebration Health), I wanted something 'nice' for dinner, I was meeting a friend from the UK, so where else to go but Flying Fish. The same wonderful CM from the BWI CL rung down to Flying Fish and got us in without any problems.

Tonight we sat at a 2-top table, and our server was Danny - a very pleasant chap but not very talkative, he had his hands full with a table of conventioners next to us. :rolleyes1

I just concentrated on my meal tonight, it was so wonderful that's all I was interested in lol

Drink of choice was a bellini (or 2 ;) ).

To start I had "fresh mozzarella di bufala, "ugli ripe", beefsteak and tiny Florida grape tomatoes - balsamic glaze, exotic peppercorns, petite basil, and sicilian olio verde.

From the title I expected something very frou-frou and pompous, what emerged was delectable, the different flavours of the tomatoes (sharp & sweet) contrasted perfectly with the soft milkiness of the mozzarella, the balsamic glaze was delicate, just enough so you could taste a hint, but no more, the same for the peppercorns. I loved it .... so much so I had it the following night too!

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For my main I had something I had been wanting to try for months after reading the menu online, "our signature Flying Fish Café potato-wrapped red snapper on a bed of leek fondue with a veal glace, red wine, and cassis butter. OMG this was the best meal EVER, I was really in foodie heaven, the first mouthful was enough to reel me into it's deliciousness, the fish was cooked to perfection, softly falling apart when I placed my fork in it, delicately flavoured, the leeks and the sauce were amazing, I finished every last piece of the fish and sauce, nothing was left! I also had this again the following night!

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The restaurant has since emailed me the recipe and I'm keen to try it, I've just not been brave enough yet lol

We also had a side of the truffle and herb-laced Idaho fries with roasted garlic aioli - it would have a crime not to ;)

I won't do another review of the next evening's (yes, it was so good I went back a third time) Flying Fish meal as it was exactly the same as this meal, starter and mains, but I did have a dessert, the cheese plate, which I'll detail here.

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The cheeses for that night (and still currently) were:

Robiola Bosina - Italian cow/sheep milk cheese

Tete de Moine - Swiss cow cheese

P’Tit Basque - French sheep cheese - this was my favourite

Fleur Verte - French goats cheese

Fourme d' Ambert - French (blue vein) cows cheese - this was vile, I guess not to everybody's taste but I couldn't imagine anyone liking it! :lmao:

Flying Fish is now my absolute favourite signature restaurant, the service, atmosphere and sublime food made for a fantastic ding experience, hats off to Chef Tim Keating, this man is a marvel, no wonder he has won so many industry awards!

As an aside, I was of course using 2 TS credits for my meal, for my friends we had a Disney gift card, our server told us not to waste the gift card and that I could use some more credits - I didn't think this was permitted but he offered and it went through. :confused3 Another positive, I was able to have the cheese course as a dessert even on the DxDP even though my waiter didn't think it possible.

Sofia's Dad
07-05-2010, 05:28 PM
This place looks amazing. I did book it and will be there for the first time.
I was thinking that considering it has fish in its name that sea food is the only option but the meats look great. For steak I ate at LeCilliers, Yachtsman Steak House and Brown Derby. But this place looks like its as good. Maybe I should order a steak. But I love fish to. What about us first timers.... Any suggestions. All the pictures I am confused as it all looks good.
A desert "White chocolate Florida peach créme brulée - ginger-laced peach compote and fresh raspberries" aaahhhhhh. This can't be true... What about a suggestion as a full course meal..... They just sound good at this place.

TigerKat
07-05-2010, 06:21 PM
That steak at Flying Fish is one of my favorite dishes!:thumbsup2 I agree it is our favorite of the signatures places!

LuccaDrake
07-05-2010, 06:58 PM
Glad to see you've been posting again! The food from Flying Fish looks wonderful!

~Beka~

Mrs T 2009
07-05-2010, 09:38 PM
First time I went I had the crab cake to start followed by the steak - both were delicious, the steak cut like butter and melted in my mouth :cloud9:

The second time I opted for the mozarella and tomato salad, for something so 'simple' it was deliciously refreshing, followed by the potato wrapped red snapper - this was the best meal I've ever eaten (and I've eaten at a lot of very good restaurants), absolutely wonderful. So good in fact I ordered the same appetiser/main the next day!
My husband LOVED the red snapper when we ate at flying fish!

Leota
07-06-2010, 12:37 PM
The same thing happened to us with Flying Fish. I had been wanting to try it for years & DH never seemed to keen on it. Then finally last year, we made a spontaneous choice to eat there at the bar & we both fell in love with it so much that we had to eat there again a couple nights later. That Tomato Mozzerella salad is truly divine.

It was one of the first places we reserved for our upcoming trip & is now tied for our favorite along with BlueZoo.

Looking forward to the rest of your review! :thumbsup2

ClareH37
07-06-2010, 02:09 PM
This place looks amazing. I did book it and will be there for the first time.
I was thinking that considering it has fish in its name that sea food is the only option but the meats look great. For steak I ate at LeCilliers, Yachtsman Steak House and Brown Derby. But this place looks like its as good. Maybe I should order a steak. But I love fish to. What about us first timers.... Any suggestions. All the pictures I am confused as it all looks good.
A desert "White chocolate Florida peach créme brulée - ginger-laced peach compote and fresh raspberries" aaahhhhhh. This can't be true... What about a suggestion as a full course meal..... They just sound good at this place.

I hope you have a great meal too, I had a wonderful steak but I really was in heaven with the red snapper, it was sublime - it's a tough call!

That steak at Flying Fish is one of my favorite dishes!:thumbsup2 I agree it is our favorite of the signatures places!

I was very pleasantly surprised with the steak at FF, can't wait to return!

Glad to see you've been posting again! The food from Flying Fish looks wonderful!

~Beka~

Thanks, it really was wonderful.

My husband LOVED the red snapper when we ate at flying fish!

The same thing happened to us with Flying Fish. I had been wanting to try it for years & DH never seemed to keen on it. Then finally last year, we made a spontaneous choice to eat there at the bar & we both fell in love with it so much that we had to eat there again a couple nights later. That Tomato Mozzerella salad is truly divine.

It was one of the first places we reserved for our upcoming trip & is now tied for our favorite along with BlueZoo.

Looking forward to the rest of your review! :thumbsup2

That is so funny, BlueZoo was always my favourite too, I had to eat there every trip, but now I've found FF they're both going to be 'must dos' for each trip (I cancelled my BlueZoo ADR in favour of FF this trip).

butiflfeet
07-06-2010, 03:20 PM
Flying Fish was our favorite last trip too. So much so that we are considering 2 dinners there on our next trip. I just can't decide if we should double up on Flying Fish because it is so very good or try Yachtsman for one of those meals :rotfl:

sydneysmom
07-06-2010, 03:53 PM
the picture of the potato wrapped snapper is amazing! When I saw that on the menu I kind of thought, eh, that sounds kind of good. KIND OF GOOD??? that doesn't even describe it judging by the picture ! I can't wait to go!!!! :cool1:

creativeamanda
07-06-2010, 07:40 PM
I'm glad I'm not the only one not in love with Yachtsman! Captain's Grille, on the other hand is awesome!

Last December I had dinner at the chef's bar at Flying Fish, and it was a wonderful experience! I can't wait to go back there.

vinotinto
07-06-2010, 09:56 PM
More! More! popcorn::

ClareH37
07-07-2010, 01:30 PM
Flying Fish was our favorite last trip too. So much so that we are considering 2 dinners there on our next trip. I just can't decide if we should double up on Flying Fish because it is so very good or try Yachtsman for one of those meals :rotfl:

I'm definitely doing two trips next time as well - one for the steak and one for the red snapper, I'm not sure about Yachtsman but haven't thrown that option out just yet.

the picture of the potato wrapped snapper is amazing! When I saw that on the menu I kind of thought, eh, that sounds kind of good. KIND OF GOOD??? that doesn't even describe it judging by the picture ! I can't wait to go!!!! :cool1:

It was seriously very very good, the sauce was my particular favourite, I could have eaten another plate of that alone!

I'm glad I'm not the only one not in love with Yachtsman! Captain's Grille, on the other hand is awesome!

Last December I had dinner at the chef's bar at Flying Fish, and it was a wonderful experience! I can't wait to go back there.

It was partly your report Amanda that I thought about eating at Flying Fish, I'm so glad I did.

More! More! popcorn::

Next instalment up shortly :)

ClareH37
07-07-2010, 01:40 PM
Tutto was a restaurant I'd made a lunch ADR for, then cancelled, then rebooked, cancelled, etc., etc., as I really wasn't sure. I'd read good and bad reviews and I really wasn't sure but walking around Epcot one afternoon I popped in and liked what I saw, so I made an ADR for later in the week.

I was joined for lunch by Deb and Tracy, fellow Dis'ers, Deb had organised a 'photo tour' of the flower festival - it was a great morning. On arrival at the restaurant we were warmly greeted and told no problem at all re. changing from 1 to 3, we were also shown immediately to our table, no waiting at all.

We had a wonderful server, nothing was too much for him, he was warm, friendly and very knowledgeable re. the menu items .... and very good looking!

I love Italian wine, particularly merlot from the Corvina region (I fell in love with this region aftere a trip a number of years back), and to my delight they had Ecco Domani Merlot (Corvina), even better they offered it by the glass - I was very happy!

A dish of olives were brought out (sorry no picture, we ate these too quickly), along with bread and dish of olive oil in which to dip the bread into. I was also given a couple of slices of gluten free bread. I really dislike gluten free bread and normally try to avoid it, I sometimes give in to 'normal' bread, and then regret it a couple of hours later as let's just say I feel very unwell :rolleyes1 but as I didn't develop celiac disease until later in life I find it hard to give up certain things, even if they do make me unwell. However, on this occasion I stuck to the gluten free bread and it really wasn't too bad.

To start I had the bufala mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and tuscan olive oil.

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The tomatoes were perfectly ripe and full of flavour, the mozzarella a wonderfully mild flavour, and the basil .... I love fresh basil, tuscan olive oil was drizzled generously, but it did not swamp. The tomatoes/mozzarella were chillled to the right temperature, a very simple dish which was wonderfully refreshing but one that can go so wrong if any of the ingredients are not 'quite right'.

For my main I opted for the 'penne caprese with tomato, fresh mozzarella and basil', the penne was substituted with gluten free pasta spirals.

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The pasta was perfectly cooked, al dente, something I find is quite difficult to achieve with gluten free pasta as it often 'disintegrates' when cooking, it was mixed into a fresh tomato sauce with a generous topping of fresh melted (gorgeously gooey) mozzarella, and basil.

This dish was pasta perfection personified and not a scrap was left on my plate!

Being an Epcot restaurant service was brisk, although not overly rushed, or such that we felt we were being herded in/out, and the 'dining room' itself was very refined and elegant.

Tutto is now on my must do list again next time, I cannot wait to go back. :thumbsup2

ClareH37
07-07-2010, 01:47 PM
You would have thought after my terrible meal (dinner) earlier that I would steer clear of the Rose & Crown, but I wasn't prepared to write it off as I'd had a great lunch there the previous year, so I decided to see if they'd take a 'walk up' for lunch, no problem at all they said, I was shown straight to a 2 top table overlooking the lake - perfect.

I had a lovely server, very chatty and helpful, even though she was run off her feet with a number of tables to look after she regularly stopped by to see if I was OK. I found the service I had all week whether with friends or by myself was superb, I really couldn't have hoped for better.

Onto the food

To start I chose the apple and stilton salad - mixed greens tossed with candied walnuts, apples, english stilton cheese and cranberry vinaigrette.

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Every item was fresh and chilled, complimenting each other perfectly, a very nice start to the meal.

I wasn't sure what to choose for my main but my server recommended a new item on the menu, grilled chicken breast topped with melted cheese & mushrooms, on a bed of lettuce/tomato on top of toasted ciabatta (I had gluten free bread as an alternative), accompanied by 'proper chips' (fries to my US friends) and tomato ketchup on the side.

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The chicken was cooked perfectly, not too dry or too moist, and it turned out to be an excellent (and tasty) choice.

I'm also going to return to Rose & Crown next year for lunch, my dinner was a disaster but I'm putting it down to a one-off, as the lunch even exceeded my great lunch of 2009.

Pooh&OurHunny
07-07-2010, 09:02 PM
Thanks for the update, I have made an ADR for Tutto Italia but cancelled and then antoher ADR. I'm up on the air on this one and glad to read a good review from you tonight.

vinotinto
07-07-2010, 09:51 PM
Tutto was a restaurant I'd made a lunch ADR for, then cancelled, then rebooked, cancelled, etc., etc., as I really wasn't sure. I'd read good and bad reviews and I really wasn't sure but walking around Epcot one afternoon I popped in and liked what I saw, so I made an ADR for later in the week.


I feel the same way. I started with a lunch ADR. Then, cancelled it. Then, made a dinner ADR there for our arrival night (which I'm still holding), but wondering if I should cancel. I'm not a huge pasta fan, especially if it's not whole grain, although my DH and kids are. I think they would like the menu. I've been trying to figure out if the non-pasta dishes are any good - at lunch or dinner - and which non-pasta dishes may be available for dinner that are not available at lunch (fish? lamb?).

Linda67
07-08-2010, 03:38 AM
Great updates yet again :thumbsup2

Good to see such a positive review of Tuto, the menu really appeals to me but you often see poor reviews.

I think I may be adding it to my list :goodvibes

disney_princess_85
07-08-2010, 05:38 AM
Great reviews! Glad you enjoyed Tutto Italia, it was one of my favourites last year. :goodvibes

ClareH37
07-10-2010, 02:16 PM
Thanks for the update, I have made an ADR for Tutto Italia but cancelled and then antoher ADR. I'm up on the air on this one and glad to read a good review from you tonight.

After this year's excellent lunch I'm returning next year, I hope it's just as good :goodvibes

I feel the same way. I started with a lunch ADR. Then, cancelled it. Then, made a dinner ADR there for our arrival night (which I'm still holding), but wondering if I should cancel. I'm not a huge pasta fan, especially if it's not whole grain, although my DH and kids are. I think they would like the menu. I've been trying to figure out if the non-pasta dishes are any good - at lunch or dinner - and which non-pasta dishes may be available for dinner that are not available at lunch (fish? lamb?).

TBH I based my ADR on the (gluten free) pasta, I wasn't really over-struck with the non pasta options, although that was only on glancing through the menu, not eating.

Great updates yet again :thumbsup2

Good to see such a positive review of Tuto, the menu really appeals to me but you often see poor reviews.

I think I may be adding it to my list :goodvibes

It was perfect for lunch, the restaurant was beautiful and the food excellent.

Great reviews! Glad you enjoyed Tutto Italia, it was one of my favourites last year. :goodvibes

I'm so relieved it worked out like it did lol I think sometimes you can take too much notice of negative reviews, dining is way too subjective :confused3 Saying that, I'm just about to post a sort of negative Yachtsman review. :rolleyes1

ClareH37
07-10-2010, 02:34 PM
First let me start off by saying that I've been eating here at least once a trip every year since 2004, and being perfectly blunt, the food and service were superior pre-DDP days, although still good following the introduction of the DDP. However, this is just my opinion and please don't let it cloud your judgement.

I was meeting some friends for dinner tonight, we were warmly greeted at the door and shown to our table, at the far end of the restaurant overlooking Stormalong Bay, a nice table. This is where I first thought things might not go so great.

The restaurant was very busy, and very loud, far louder than I remember, but no big problem. There were a lot of unhappy children, crying, screaming, asleep on chairs, throwing food/napkins on the floor, staff were how I can put it politely, 'frazzled', i.e. under pressure and running around. There was no dresscode, basically it was anything goes dress code wise. It did not feel like a signature restaurant tonight :(

However, our server was a personable chap (first impressions can be misleading!), and he made my day by bringing me my favourite tipple, the Yachtsman cosmo, despite it no longer being on the menu, excellent result.

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To start I had the Lobster Bisque, it was heavenly - just the right amount of brandy, enough so you could taste it, but not so much that it was all you could taste, and plenty of lobster meat. Despite the 'distractions' around the restaurant I was happy to concentrate on the food, also sipping my Cosmo.

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Onto the main, I usually have the filet but tonight I went with the "prime" New York strip steak (12 oz) with peppercorn brandy sauce and potato gratin with diamond white cheddar. I really do not know what the Yachtsman definition of 'prime' is, but it certainly did not taste 'prime' to me, in fact it was very 'average' - a huge slab of meat slightly tough and with more than it's fair share of gristle. The sauce was very bland and the potatoes 'strange', they were 'slimey' and didn't really have any taste. I left over half of my meal tonight, very disappointing compared to previous years, it wasn't bad as such, but very average and if I had been paying for my meal instead of using 2 TS credits I really would not have been happy. By comparison the steak at Flying Fish was amazing and put the Yachtsman to shame.

(pictures can be misleading - it didn't taste nowhere near as good as it looked)
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To cut a very long story short we didn't see our server for an eternity, my dining companions were meant to be going to La Nouba, we all waited and waited, and continued to wait, for the server to bring our check, management ended up being called and eventually things were settled, my companions missed La Nouba but thanks to the Yachtsman management will be able to rebook.

A very disappointing meal and I'm hoping my next visit will be a great improvement.

VrBchJ
07-10-2010, 07:23 PM
My NY Strip was just like yours--full of fat and gristle. I figured it was just bad luck in the cut I got and I made the mistake of ordering it again on another visit. Bad again. My husband had the filet and it was quite good. The restaurant seemed so chaotic. As you said, it doesn't have the ambience one expects from a signature restaurant. Our entrees were served while we were still eating our appetizers except for one our guests whose entree came about 10 minutes after everyone else was served. Our waiter disappeared for long stretches and we had to keep flagging other servers down for more beverages etc. I used to love Yachtsman and I don't quite know when or why it changed. I'm loving your reviews and look forward to more.

vettegirl
07-10-2010, 09:13 PM
My DH had the strip back in May and it was okay. My filet was divine! Thanks for the reviews :thumbsup2

Leota
07-11-2010, 09:37 AM
We're planning on our first visit to the Yachtsman this Fall. I'll be sure not to order the strip steak. That's not my favorite cut anyways, it does tend to be tougher. I do hope we have a better experience! That's too bad that your friends wound up missing La Nouba.

Looking forward to more of your review. So far, it's terrific!

Linda67
07-12-2010, 02:48 AM
Ooh that Lobster Bisque sounds wonderful :cloud9:

Shame your steak wasn't so good :sad2: