Located right on Germantown Avenue, , 8142 Germantown Avenue, gives hungry visitors delicious brunches, lunches, and dinner that they have become known for but their neighborly friendliness has become a Roller’s tradition as well.
The logo features a pig and fish sharing a cocktail. This is a hint of the good times visitors can expect when they take a seat. Sitting by the window, you can watch the foot and automobile traffic of the neighborhood.
If dining with friends, you’ll appreciate the cozy atmosphere. Bright and cheery, the dining area allows you to catch up with your dining companions. Don’t worry about hearing your fellow diners—there’s no blaring music providing unnecessary ambiance.
Although a bit more expensive than other restaurants in the area, what you receive through each course is a cross between comfort and artistry. Taking ingredients that are indigenous to the Delaware Valley, the chef pairs up the delicacies.
Along with their main menu, the specials for the night included an heirloom tomato salad and an entrée of bass filet. From brisket and meatloaf to lobster tails and pasta, if you are a culinary thrill-seeker you won’t find anything too intrepid here.
The tomato salad did sound appetizing, but my eyes zeroed in onto a roast beet salad with endive, mixed greens, avocado, and pink grapefruit. Each flavor played a different instrument within the enchanting concerto.
Thoroughly mixed into the salad was a light citrus vinaigrette that only enhanced the flavors rather than dull them. Looks were deceiving. When my server presented the salad, I wondered how I would finish the rest my meal.
It was plentiful without being filling. This salad is a good start to take the edge off of your hunger. Looking around at the other dining guests’ meals I made the assumption that this was Roller’s at Flying Fish’s modus operandi. To give you a wonderful meal but not leaving you stuffed.
For the main course, I chose the bass special, which was a grilled bass filet, sliced roasted tomatoes, and corn fritters. The chef suggested that I try the dish with a hot sauce and I eagerly agreed.
Even though the dish’s colors were reminiscent of summer, the flavors gave me the sense that this was the chef’s way of bidding the warm season goodbye for now.
The heirloom tomatoes offered a hint of a citrus flavor. Sliced and roasted, it melted in my mouth. The bass was fresh and seasoned well, and topped with a homemade tartar sauce that I wanted to take home and dip various items in for my enjoyment.
The only letdown were the corn fritters. Made and cooked perfectly the only thing that could have improved was the seasoning. Just adding a little kick would have sent this dish over the top.
For the finale, my server presented a dessert list. If you preferred cake, pie, or gelato, once again Roller’s went above and beyond to please their clientele. Being the chocoholic that I am, I chose the chocolate espresso cake.
Alternating between a chocolate ganache and chocolate mousse, once again I chose well. As if the layering and deep chocolate cakes weren’t enough topping, the cake had another layer of ganache.
If you wish to imbibe a drink with your meal, don’t worry. The hostess is multitalented. She is a friendly hostess who greets you warmly, a knowledgeable server who can tell you every ingredient in each dish, and bartender / sommelier.
They do carry a full bar, but if you have a special wine you want with your meal, feel free to bring it in. There’s no corking fee to do so.
This long-standing dining institution Chestnut Hill presents something for everyone, which is the common theme for all the Roller’s restaurants. Roller’s at Flying Fish is a cash-only business so make sure you visit the ATM before you walk through the door.