It’s as traditional a steakhouse as you’ll find, right down to the dark wood panels.
Royal Caribbean’s Chops Grille is located in the Central Park area of Allure. The elegant setting, with its white table cloths and dark wood panels, is perfect for a romantic dinner. The menu is not expansive, but there should be at least one item to everyone’s taste. The service charge is $30.
Appetizer choices include a cheese and onion soup, smoked duck salad, shrimp cocktail, and a oyster duet with Rockefeller and Kilpatrick oysters. One of the best appetizers here was the warm goat cheese and basil soufflé, a fluffy little cake made of cheese and basil served with portabello mushrooms and a creamy sage sauce. Another suggestion is the Chops signature salad, with beets, bacon, tomato, and Chops red wine vinaigrette, which is delicious.
Given this is a steakhouse, you probably can guess what you’ll find for main courses: traditional steaks, veal chop, porterhouse, short ribs, and filet mignon, as well as a couple of fish dishes. The barramundi with potatoes, butternut squash puree, and a tempura vegetable bundle was great, except for the soggy vegetables.
For dessert Chops offers a wonderful chocolate mud pie, as well as a red velvet cake, crème brûlée, and the lighter passionberry duo. The menu also contains some specialty coffee drinks.
The Chops wine list offers a lot of pinot noir and chardonnay from France and other parts of the world. The lowest price for a glass of wine, alas, is a steep $11, which we find disappointing, and one can pay as much as $285 for a bottle of red wine. There are no wine pairings on the menu.
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