Since Flying Fish is famous for its seafood, we decided on the seafood tasting menu so we could try more varieties. This was a wise decision indeed.
A nice little entree to start our meal - king prawns with a avocado mayo. Juicy prawns, full of flavour, the mayo was light and had a hint of avocado taste in it. Different, but it worked.
King prawn with avocado mayo
Our first main arrived promptly shortly after- seared yellow fin tuna. I was salivating even when I first saw this on the menu! The tuna had a vibrant, red colour, which looked and tasted very fresh. There was an interesting mix of flavours in this dish; citrus from the red grapefruit, crispy pork crackle, tender pieces of tuna, all of which were layered on top of a juicy, soft piece of pork belly. The pepper caramel gave the dish a nice finishing touch as the tanginess from the grapefruit was balanced by the sweetness of the caramel.
Seared yellow fin tuna with ruby red grapefruit, sweet crackling pork and black pepper caramel
Our next dish was Seafood tapas. This dish was really enjoyable, as it had a small portion of four different tastes of the ocean. All three types of fish (trout, himarashi kingfish, and smoked bonito) had characteristic of fresh sashimi: sweet, creamy flesh and a pleasant texture. But I enjoyed the cuttlefish noodles the most. The cuttlefish just melts in your mouth, and the mayonnaise dressing gave it a nice twist.
Our seafood tapas was followed by another fish - confit of petuna ocean trout with pea and black sesame mousse, puffed quinoa and tangerine oil. This was a rather refreshing dish, as the tangerine oil gave the fish a mild citrus scent, but there was also a tanginess to it - I later found out what gave the ocean trout roe a bit of a tangy flavour when eating was the addition of finger limes used in the dish. I later found a few small bones though - so please be careful when you eat this!
Confit of Petuna ocean trout with pea & black sesame mousse, puffed quinoa & tangerine oil
Next up was a prawn ravioli with poached scampi. This was one of my favourites for the night. Fresh sweet prawns hidden inside this giant ravioli which was delicious when eaten together with the broccolini and tomato. The pasta was also cooked very well - pastry was thin and al dente, just the way I liked. I wish there was more than one ravioli on my plate though!
Prawn ravioli, poached scampi with tomato & broccolini
There's not many types of fish which I like, because I'm always scared of the unpleasant fish smell and taste. But our next dish - pan fried John Dory with king prawns, really changed my mind. The fish had a nice crispy skin and the meat was firm with no fishy taste at all. The dish also came with some house made hand-cut chips and a fresh salad with vinaigrette - kind of like fish and chips, except with lots of vegetables which made this a very healthy dish! :)
John Dory – pan fried john dory with king prawn, young autumn vegetables, yuzu and seaweed butter
We also ordered several mocktails throughout the night as we wanted something non-alcoholic. They were all delicious, but if I had to choose, my favourite was Penny Lane - fresh strawberries and lime with a touch of sugar poured long with cranberry juice. Fabulous.
Royal Counsel - A stunning blend of pear, lychee and mint all finished with a taste of apple and lime juices.
Sultry Miss - A delicate taste of apple juice, lychee and Dilmah natural ceylon ginger tea with a touch of lime. Gorgeous.
Dinner was wrapped up with dessert – petit fours, as well as individual tasting plates, which consisted of coconut marshmallows, passionfruit souffle, carrot cake, and a guava sorbet with spun sugar. I felt dessert was lacking a bit of creativity, but the flavours were nice and again, I loved the idea of having a tasting plate with different things to try.
Individual tasting plate
Petit fours and tea
Overall we had a great dining experience at Flying Fish. It is obvious why people enjoy dining here so much, as the food is of a high quality, staff are helpful, not to mention amazing views of the Sydney Harbour. The only thing to note is that I would love to see Flying Fish give their tasting menu some more variety and include other seafood such as shell fish as part of the menu.
(Credit to honeyhype for helping with the photos!)