Friend and I went to Flying Fish for the $25 dinner tonight. Called at 6pm for reservations, and were told it would be 8:30pm before they could seat us. Hmm. Too late for us working joes to dine out on a Thurday night. Called back 5 minutes later, different person said they could seat us at 6:30, so off we went.
Appetizer choices were smoked shrimp spring rolls, asian pear salad and the soup of the day, a curried shrimp and scallop soup. We had the spring rolls and soup. The soup was only lukewarm, very mild in flavor, but tasty nonetheless. The 4 HUGE wedges of fried spring rolls were tasty, with chinese sausage, green onions, and the smoked shrimp. A bit much for me, but my friend liked them. I would say I was underwhelmed by the appetizers, would have been much better to order off the menu, as there appeared to be some much better choices.
Friend ordered the blackened albacore tuna, served with a very hot wasabi sauce, a crispy risotto cake, and well prepared bok choy. Very artfully arranged and plated, and very good, but I had the better entree, Wahoo (a hawaiian fish) grilled and served in a ginger soy butter with a heavenly side dish of satsuma sweet potato puree and very delicious steamed greens. Exquisite flavors.
Dessert was a cranberry pear crisp ala mode served with a toffee candy wedge, and warm grappa brownie with ice cream and a cinnamon sand cookie. Quite satisfying.
With a glass of wine and a beer, with tip and taxes, the bill came to $80 (we are generous tippers). Service was excellent, although there was a cold draft wafting through the restaurant from time to time, and we were not seated in the best possible location. I prefer to eat in one of the booths, or better yet, the bar, because it is a good vantage point to watch the orders come up from the kitchen. (That's chowhound entertainment for you.)
All in all a lovely dinner experience.