The Cosmopolitan restaurant is graced with an elegant decor and mostly good food
The Cosmopolitan is quite large, extending over two levels (decks four and five aft). At the bottom of the main staircase is a lovely statue that, according to some accounts, was on the original SS Normandie, for which another of the Summit’s restaurants is named. The two-story high windows at the end of the restaurant lets the sun pour in during the day.
There are a many tables for two, four, six, or more people, jammed in close enough that it’s a squeeze to get around during dinner rush. All tables are set with white table cloths and several pieces of silverware, enough for a couple of appetizers and main courses. The red chairs and carpet complete the sleek look of the Cosmopolitan.
Celebrity Summit’s dress code for the Cosmopolitan is smart casual: no flip flops, shorts, or swim wear. On formal nights the dress code is elegant.
Breakfast is available daily in the Cosmopolitan. The menu includes warm egg dishes cooked to your liking, french toast, pancakes, fresh fruits, and yogurt. Once a week, the Summit serves up a full brunch from 10 am to 2 pm, with cold cuts, an egg and a toast station, a variety of breads, and several lunch dishes.
The Cosmopolitan offers lunch only on sea days. Its menu is more limited than at dinner. Expect pasta, wraps, and salads, for the most part.
At night, the Cosmopolitan gets seriously rushed, no matter which time you choose to sit. One portion of the menu never changes: shrimp cocktail, onion soup, escargot, Caesar salad, broiled salmon, and a New York sirloin steak. In addition, there are always daily specials. On formal nights, the waiters serve a sherbet between dishes to clean the taste buds before serving the next dish.
The onion soup was amazing, with a thick crust of Gruyere cheese on top of a tasty broth with herb croutons. The warm goat cheese tarte with balsamic was another delicious appetizer.
As for main courses, we had good and some bad experiences. The lobster was overcooked. The game hen looked very tasty, but was still bloody (the chefs were probably busy overcooking the lobster, so who can blame them?). One night, we could overhear somebody on another table who had to order the filet mignon three times before the cook got it medium rare. These were isolated incidents, however.
The lamb with mashed potatoes, carrots, and broccoli, was perfectly cooked (medium rare) and the crust was delicious. We were big fans of the breaded pork chop, as well, except that the marshmallow and sweet potato mash felt a little out of place during summer in the Caribbean.
The menu-mainstay desserts include creme brulee, New York cheese cake, and apple pie. In addition, the waiter brings samples out for you to choose, including chocolate fudge cake, marzipan amaretto cake, different kinds of ice creams and sherbets, and – the best of all – a chocolate souffle with vanilla sauce.
Both sides of the menu (regular and daily specials) include wine suggestions. The changing menu has particular wine pairing suggestions with each dish. If none of these catches your eye, the Cosmopolitan has a long wine list.
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