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“Bungling service and noisy children spoilt the 5 star, romantic dining experience we were hoping for...”
Review of Flying Fish

Flying Fish
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $46
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Business meetings, Scenic view, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Flying Fish Fijis’ intimate beach front ambience and poolside setting features a menu designed by Peter Kuruvita focusing on fresh, local produce and sumptuous seafood. Our delicious must-try crabs, lobsters and fresh fish are supplied by our local fisherman. Watch the sun set while laying back on the bar daybeds during Golden Hour or let us deliver to you by the pool or beach. With mouth watering delights, attentive service and a carefully crafted wine list, Flying Fish is the perfect setting for any occasion
Reviewed October 20, 2012 via mobile

I'd been looking forward to dining here on our final night in Fiji. My heart sank a little when we arrived and our booking could not be found on the computer. Nevertheless, we were seated at the entrance to the restaurant, where I was happy even though it was clear this is where they sat walk ins. However, no sooner had we sat down than our booking was found and we were asked to follow the waitress down to the tables on the sand. We were seated in the front row of the beach tables - clearly what are 'the best tables.' I preferred where we were first seated and now wish I'd asked to go back to the first table. The tables on the sand are in a dark area and are on a lean - the seats up near the entrance have more romantic lighting. At the sand we could hear the waves, but as it was night there wasn't a lot to see and a plastic wind shield was down. What spoilt the night most for me were the many tables surrounding us with small children seated on them. Children are noisy, whinge and can't sit still long - not suited to fine restaurants. The two boys on the table closest to us were set up to watch a cartoon film on a laptop at the table, so we might as well have been seated at McDonalds or at home in front of the tv! I was not impressed. So many families come on holiday to Fiji as do couples. Is it so difficult to think of sectioning off parts of the restaurant for the different groups?

Now to the meal. It took ages to have our order taken. We started with fruity mocktails which were so watery that I couldn't taste any guava, banana, coconut or strawberry.
My husband ordered the pumpkin curry - he loved it. I tasted it - it was a sweet curry with no heat, but subtle spices and tasted rather like a sweet pumpkin pie to me. The roti was sweet and pudding like. I ate the Mahimahi curry. It was seved with the actually curry sauce in a saucer on the side along with chutneys. Fun to pour your own sauce, but the fish was dry and not as flavoursome as it would have been if cooked in the curry sauce.
Desserts were okay - the new trend in scattered pieces of deconstructed cake strewn across the plate is a bit tiresome already, so give me a proper lump of pudding or piece of cake instead please!

Attention to detail just wasn't in the service. We weren't drinking any wine or alcohol, but the wine glasses remained on the tables the whole night as did used dishes and bread and butter plates. Also, the dinner plates had curved sides so you couldn't rest your cutlery, especially as the table was on a lean, without them sliding off.

Overall it was an okay meal, but could have been better if a more thoughtful manager stepped in to raise standards of service and separate family seating from couples.

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Thank Nitpicking
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

Nice ambience, great service and very delicious food, awesome presentation and plenty of food options, affordable wines, will go again.

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Thank seaneka7
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

Great dumplings! The kids all liked their meals (quite a rare event for our family), and the staff were great. Very high quality food, highly recommended.

Thank robyn S
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

We are just about to go for our fourth time this holiday as we are a family of seafood addicts. This is the best going in Fiji for sure and the prices are very reasonable I think. Forget the location, staff or anything else that might distract from their core product - SEAFOOD!!!

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Thank Rodney M
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

My husband & I dined here for dinner one night & we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. It was one of the best meals we have had in a long time. The food was excellent! The service was so friendly & professional too. It was a lovely night, can highly recommend.

We also went there for lunch with our 2 girls one day (they are 6 & 2) & we had a really nice experience then also.

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1  Thank Luv2HolidayCronulla
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