From the outside Flying Fish Cafe could easily pass for your run of the mill, beachside fish and chips shop, but head inside for a meal and you'll be pleasantly surprised. The cafe and restaurant overlooks Horseshoe Bay, and while it does offer casual takeaway for those hot summer days down by the beach, it also offers summer sunday brunch, or gourmet seafood dining. With its prime beachfront location it is an excellent place to sample some of the fine food of the Fleurieu region.
During the day head to the takeaway window, where you can grab fish and chips, salt and pepper squid, baguettes, and more. There are tables where you can enjoy your meal with a glass of beer, but if you prefer grab your food and find a spot on the beach or nearby park to eat. On those hot summer days you can also try the cafe for a cold drink, or an ice cream.
The highlight of Flying Fish is their restaurant, and it is open for lunch and dinner. Check their website for opening hours, as they open more regularly during the warmer months. Seafood is the main dish on the menu, from mussels, to oysters, prawns, scallops and more. There are still other options on the menu, including vegetarian choices.
The food is well presented, and its clear that care is taken in preparing and plating up everything on the menu. Although the food doesn't just look good, it tastes good too. The Modern Australian menu is enhanced by inspiration from the flavours of Asia, Italy, and the Mediteranian. Try the crispy friend oysters for your entree, with wakami, wasabi aioli, and Yarra Valley salmon roe, where each bite is a burst of flavour. Or enjoy the distinctive Asian style scallops in the shell, with coriander and ginger butter, and fresh lime.
Try traditional beach food, with the Coopers Sparkling Ale battered King George Whiting, which comes with crunchy chips, or for a lighter option have your fish grilled. It great eaten by the sand during the day, or over a candlelit meal in the restaurant at night. You can see the full menu on the Flying Fish website, and it changes seasonally.
Lastly dessert is served, with as much pizzaz as the other courses. Attention is given to every detail, from the delicate toffee latices, to the rich flavours, and sweet sauces. If you're feeling a little full after the meal, the desserts are perfect for sharing, so just get one between two people because they really shouldn't be missed.
Flying Fish has a great atmosphere, and it helps that the staff are friendly and knowledgeable. If there was one improvement they could make, it would be serving some local beers from the Fleurieu region, as well as the many local wines on the menu. Don't leave getting a table to chance, as Flying Fish is always thriving, so call ahead on 85543504 to make a booking.