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Guest Review: Seafood Dine-Around at Walt Disney World

Join us in welcoming guest author KJ Simpson with a Walt Disney World Seafood Adventure!

Crab Cakes at Narcoossee's

A recent trip to Walt Disney World opened up a whole new world of culinary delights for me: seafood!

In my many previous visits, I had never tried any seafood dishes. This year, for a variety of reasons, I began incorporating seafood into my diet. As part of this new culinary adventure, I decided to sample some of the many dishes from the sea that are available throughout the parks and resorts.

If you’re curious about some of the offerings that can be found throughout Walt Disney World, read on as I embark on this seafood adventure…

And don’t forget to share your favorite Disney seafood dishes in the comments below!

Yorkshire County Fish Shop

No seafood tour would be complete without a stop at the very popular Yorkshire County Fish Shop, in the United Kingdom area of Epcot’s World Showcase, for an order of Fish & Chips.

There’s often a line at the Yorkshire County Fish Shoppe- this is a popular spot!

It’s a classic — two pieces of battered fish, served in a quick-service style over chips (also known as fries, here on this side of the pond). It’s even wrapped in faux-newspaper to give it a whimsically authentic appearance.

While not the healthiest of seafood meals, it was certainly one of the tastiest! There’s not a lot to go wrong here, and this was a perfect afternoon snack to share. The malt vinegar — a traditional accompaniment to the English fish fry — added the perfect tang and gave a whole different taste dimension to the fish.

The classic - Fish & Chips.

Sharing this while sitting in the seating area off to the side overlooking World Showcase Lagoon was a splendid afternoon respite! If you eat outside here, be forewarned: enjoy the view, but beware of the aggressive birds, ducks, and squirrels. They apparently love the food here as much as we do, and are not shy about wanting you to share.

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie

Next was a visit to the newly-refurbished bakery in the France pavilion, Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie.

The expanded menu has a new seafood offering: Bisque de Homard, or Lobster Bisque.

Les Halles

This was a satisfying soup, smooth and creamy without being too heavy. Tomato was the more dominant flavor here, but the seafood added a richness and complexity not found in tomato soup. The lobster flavor was quite subtle, but tasty.

Lobster Bisque.

The serving bowl was a generous size for the price (under $5.00), and it’s available as a snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan. This renovated eatery offers a variety of sandwiches and breads which pair perfectly with the Lobster Bisque, making this an ideal lunch stop in Epcot.

Boma

The African-inspired buffet at Boma in the Animal Kingdom Lodge was our next chance to try seafood selections. I sampled two dishes from the sea here, in addition to a variety of tasty vegetarian offerings.

Boma Dining Room

First up was the Chermoula Salmon. Chermoula is a Moroccan marinade, made with a variety of spices and flavorings and often used to flavor meat and fish. This particular chermoula contained olives. As someone who usually limits her olive consumption to applications involving martinis, I was a bit worried when I saw the olives atop the salmon.

I was skeptical, but I gave it a try anyway. I’m so glad I did! The marinade certainly gave a rich and flavorful element to the fish. The salmon was moist and hearty, and it had a unique and complex taste, thanks to the chermoula.

Chermoula Salmon with a variety of vegetarian side dishes.

My next sample was the Pearl Cous Cous Seafood Soup, which turned out to be one of my favorite dishes of the trip!

The broth was light, yet packed with flavor. The cous cous was perfectly cooked, and there wasn’t too much of it in the broth — just enough to give that toothsome bite with each spoonful.

The shrimp, scallops, and mussels were ample, cooked well, and offered variety. Roasted carrots and shallots rounded out the flavor profile. There was a slight spiciness to the soup, but it was not at all overwhelming or too powerful. I went back for seconds!

Pearl Cous Cous Seafood Soup.

Be Our Guest Restaurant

The next day found us at Magic Kingdom. Despite trying for several months, I was unable to secure a dinner reservation at Be Our Guest Restaurant, the newest restaurant in the park. Not letting that stop me from checking out this new venue, we opted for a lunch visit.

Be Our Guest Restaurant Bridge Entrance and Beast's Castle

I ordered the vegetable quiche (very good) and potato leek soup (delicious); and in the spirit of research, I also ordered the only seafood offered at lunch: the Seared Mahi Mahi children’s meal.

My companion asked, “Are kids actually ordering Mahi Mahi for lunch?” Well, apparently not very often, because this dish had the distinct air of having sat under a heat lamp for quite some time. It was dry, slightly curled at the edges, and not fresh tasting at all.

Seared Mahi Mahi from the Be Our Guest children’s menu.

This was the biggest disappointment of my seafood tour. Also, be advised that this was a very small serving, even for a child’s portion. I was very glad to have ordered other selections in addition to this one.

Flying Fish Cafe

The next stop on the seafood tour was at the popular signature restaurant, Flying Fish Cafe. I was very excited to try Flying Fish after passing it many times on the Boardwalk, and reading plenty of great reviews. I knew it would be a must-do for my seafood adventure.

Flying Fish, a signature restaurant at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort.

I started with the Signature Flying Fish Crispy Maine Coast Jonah Crab Cake. The crab cake is served with a savory vegetable slaw, roasted red pepper coulis, and ancho chili remoulade.

The cake had a good ratio of crab meat to breading and seasoning. It was a hearty portion, perfectly tender on the inside, with a satisfying golden crust on the outside. The accompaniments added flavorful zest. This was a delicious way to start the meal.

Crispy Maine Coast Jonah Crab Cake.

For my entrée, I ordered the Flying Fish’s famous Potato-Wrapped Snapper. The snapper was a thick portion, moist and perfectly cooked. The potato crust was a bit more well-done than I had imagined. My serving was actually quite darker in color than a few of the other portions I happened to notice as I was walking around the restaurant.

The taste, however, was delicious. The potato provided a satisfying texture to accompany the fish. It was served atop leek fondue, which was creamy, rich and buttery, with a large portion of melt-in-your-mouth leeks. These were surrounded by a rich wine demi glace. It’s easy to understand why this is one of the signature dishes at Flying Fish.

Potato-Wrapped Snapper.

My dining companion ordered the Oak-grilled Maine Diver Scallops, which were served with Mediterranean vegetables, basil, pecorino romano, and mascarpone-laced risotto di carnarolli.

The scallops were flavorful and perfectly cooked. They had a silky texture and a golden sear. The risotto that cradled the scallops was a creamy delight.

Oak Grilled Maine Diver Scallops.

Les Chefs de France

On my final night, I made a long-awaited visit to Les Chefs de France. There’s just something special about walking by this restaurant at night, seeing the bustling servers and relaxed diners behind those French glass windows.

I’ve always longed to dine here, and now the time had come!

Les Chefs de France.

I ordered the Broiled salmon entree. The fish was served atop smashed potatoes with butter and chives, with a tomato and red pepper sauce.

Broiled Salmon.

The salmon was classically prepared, was a perfect sized portion, and was beautifully presented. The potatoes and tomato pepper sauce complimented the dish well. This entrée, with a delicious baguette starter and the sorbet trio for dessert, was my overall favorite meal of the trip.

Via Napoli

The last restaurant I visited was Via Napoli. We can’t leave Epcot without at least one sampling of our favorite pizza, so we made this our last stop for lunch on our departure day.

As a starter, I ordered the Fritto Misto, an assortment of fried calamari, vegetables, and cheeses. These are served along with a spicy red pepper-flaked tomato sauce for dipping.

The calamari was lightly breaded, with a delicate batter that was full of flavor without being heavy or greasy. The calamari was tender, and not at all chewy.

Fritto Misto at Via Napoli.

This is a very large plate, more than enough for multiple diners. We were less than half way through when we realized we needed to leave room for our pizza.

This was a winner, and I’m putting this back on my list for the next time I visit.

Overall

As with most trips to Walt Disney World, this seafood adventure ended before I had my fill. Eating in a whole new way opened up a world of fresh dining experiences for me.

There were so many delicious and satisfying seafood dishes found throughout the parks and resorts! I can’t wait until my next visit, because the possibilities are endless. I’ve already started making a wish list for next time. Bon Appétit!

KJ Simpson is an ardent Disney fan who blogs about her passion at Plus the Magic. There’s no place she’d rather be than Epcot, and she’s always planning her next trip.

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21 Comments

  1. Kris says:

    Be Our Guest has another seafood option at lunch, a delicious tuna niciose salad. The seared tuna on it was fresh and cooked perfectly. I thought it was a nice alternative to other CS options at the Magic Kingdom.

  2. Sandy - winnieatepooh says:

    Yum! The soup at Boma looks delicious, I’ll have to try that next time I’m there. My recent trip gave me two tasty fish options:

    1) The salmon at Columbia Harbor House – moist, flavorful, and delicious!
    and
    2) The shrimp campanelle pasta at Mama Melrose – it was one of my favorite meals of the trip!

    Thanks for this fabulous review…makes me hungry!

  3. Katie says:

    I am going to be attempting a similar endeavor for my trip in May; mostly-all fish and veggies. Who am I kidding? I’ll be eating a chicken waffle sandwich for sure. :P
    Can’t wait to write all of those reviews!

  4. Heather says:

    I’m usually not much of a fish person, but I have to say I love the Coconut encrusted mahi mahi at Olivia’s. It’s so flavorful and fits with its accompaniments perfectly.

  5. KJ Simpson says:

    Kris- You’re right, I forgot about the tuna niciose! I’m glad to hear it’s a tasty option.

    Sandy- Thanks for the compliment on the review! They soup selection varies at Boma, but if it’s offered the night you go, definitely give it a try!

    Katie- I kept it mostly fish & veggies, but there were certainly some indulgences that didn’t make it into this review… :)

    Heather- That sounds delish- I have yet to eat at Olivia’s, but it’s on my list for next time!

  6. Michael says:

    I am surprised that Coral Reef did not make the review. Was it due to time or reputation?

  7. Alan says:

    As someone who orders seafood about 80 percent of the times I eat out, I completely endorse KJ’s review. I’ve eaten in most of those restaurants and have had great meals in all of the ones I have tried. The good news to me is being able to have the lobster bisque at Les Halles on a snack credit! The Frito Misto is new to me and very inviting. It will be on my “try this” list for my next trip.

  8. Cynthia says:

    Sustainable Fish – with Shrimp and Scallops served with seasonal Vegetables in a light Curry Broth. My sister ordered this dish in October and it was the best dish at the table.

  9. Janel says:

    Just yesterday I was browsing the internet for a picture of those scallops from Flying Fish and found zero! Thanks for this, now Im very excited to my two upcoming visits there!

  10. Kristina says:

    Mmm the frito misto has me wanting to make an ADR for Via Napoli! :D
    My family’s favorite lunch spot is Columbia Harbour House. Plenty of seafood variety and the portions are very generous (my husband usually has to help our daughters finish their orders of shrimp)
    I also love the Cape May buffet – for a seafood lover all you can eat it always good!
    We have ADRs for the Garden Grove at the Swan for our up coming trip and it will be on their “seafood” theme night, never been there before so I have no input on that one;)

  11. Sherri Erwin says:

    KJ missed the Fisherman’s Stew at Kouzzina this time. Maybe next time. It’s one of the most satisfying and delicious seafood dishes at Disney (or anywhere, and I’m a New Englander so that is high praise). Scallops, seasonal Fish, shrimp, Fennel, Grilled Bread and Ouzo Butter. So good!

  12. kirsty says:

    I had the calamari and rock shrimp app at flying fish, hands down the best calamari I have ever had. My five year old split it with me and she was gobbling it down! Flying fish was the best meal we had on our trip in Feb, can’t wait to go back!

  13. Rebecca says:

    I have to say, while still delicious, the chips (or fries lol) at the Yorkshire County Fish Shoppe are sadly nothing like the real ones you get here in the UK! Chips from your local ‘Fish & Chip Shop’ are pretty uniform across the UK, that is to say chunky, soft (not crunchy on the outside), greasy and delicious lol, but I haven’t seen anywhere else in the world get them the same, I really don’t why!?

    Anyway, salt and vinegar is a must! You can still have ketchup or mayo, and some areas of the UK prefer them covered in gravy! But whatever happens, they MUST have salt and vinegar haha!

    You probably think I’m mental coming all the way to the US then eating in the UK section but we were just intrigued to see if they got it right lol. Like I said, the Epcot chips are still delicious but sadly not quite authentically British! :-( The fish is pretty good though ;-D

  14. Sam says:

    I had some of the best salmon at Artist Point and my best friend had the scallops with a risotto. Both meals were out of this world! And the service was unmatched!

  15. KJ Simpson says:

    Michael- Coral Reef didn’t make the cut due to limited time. I’ve only been there once, but it was before I started eating seafood. I had the vegetarian option, which was good- but i’d like to go back to sample some of the specialties now.

    Sherri- Grilled bread? Ouzo butter? I’m there!

    Great ideas coming from everyone- I have to add to my list for next visit….

  16. Cynthia says:

    Forgot to mention the dish was at Sanaa and the fish that night was salmon. WONDERFUL!

  17. Marc says:

    Last visit we went to todd english’s bluezoo at the Swan/Dolphin. Now I’m not a huge lover of seafood (only of see food), and althought we’ve eaten at Flying Fish on several occasions I go there acting as Grumpy’s long-lost twin. Bluezoo was fantastic — great speciality drinks, very friendly staff, plenty of offerings, and yummy food!

    It was so tasty that I’m been scouring the “restaurant.com” website looking for another discount code for them, and that we have a pending reservation for our upcoming vacation.

  18. Sara S says:

    Oh you missed some of our favorites! The scallops appetizer at Raglan Road is one my husband’s favorites and then he orders the “not bleedin’ chowder”. He also loves the escargot at Chefs de France (I prefer to just soak bread in the leftover juice!). I’m all about the calamari at Narcoossee’s and Mama Melrose.

  19. Jean M. says:

    I had the opportunity to try the new Maine Lobster Roll at the newly re-opened Boardwalk Bakery today. It was just like what I’ve had in Maine. All lobster meat, no fillers. Just the right amount of Buttered Chive Mayo & lettuce on a split top roll. $15.99 for lots of lobster meat. Superb!

  20. Amy Jean says:

    Great review! I will definitely be building some of these seafood recommendations into my next trip!

  21. Debs says:

    Great review! Flying Fish is one of my favorites! It must have tough to choose from all the wonderful seafood options in WDW.

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