A happy coincidence brought me back to the excellent Flying Fish Restaurant twice on my last trip to Seattle. The quality of the seafood here is simply outstanding as are the creative preparations. Fortunately they have a assembled a tremendous wine list so you can rest assured what’s in your glass will excite you as much as what’s on your plate.
When it comes to food and wine matching, I usually paint with a broad brush as I find as long as the wine and food are great and the harmony close enough that pleasure is at hand. However, sometimes you get a match that is so perfect that the qualities of both the food and wine are amplified. The Flying Fish supplied such an experience last night when their seared sea scallops with shoestring sweet potatoes, crispy prosciutto and pineapple hollandaise met a bottle of 2001 Josmeyer Riesling. I have been a fan of Jean Meyer’s deft, food-friendly winemaking for years and this lovely bottle did not disappoint. This is a wine at its peak showing enticing petrol highlights over rich aromas of honeysuckle and ripe white peaches. Substantial, but extremely well balanced on the palate, this wine walks the line between depth, complexity and balance with elan. The rich scallops with the salty prosciutto integrated with the flavors of this wine in a way that still makes me salivate just writing about it.
The Flying Fish combines the best of what I love about a restaurant these days. It is casual, but offers a better wine selection and better food than most of its more stuffy brethren. This is a restaurant focused only on actual quality, not just the appearance of it.