This restaurant has some fun and real-time interactive entertainment with Crush, the turtle from “Finding Nemo”.
Located on deck 3 aft of the Dream, the third of the main dining rooms on the rotational schedule, is a spacious and stylized restaurant, decorated in honor of the animators that made the Disney brand so famous. The walls have recreations of sketches, drafts, light boxes, paint brushes, colored pencils, computer work stations, scenes, and characters from Disney films.
Before you sit for dinner, you will notice that the characters on the walls are not quite finished, but on the Dream, miracles do happen. During the course of the meal, the walls become viewing screens and the drawings get colored in. Sometimes Nemo and his friends come out and interact with the guests. Crush the turtle actually speaks with people in live, real-time interactions.
Only dinner is served at this restaurant, except for the final day of the cruise when breakfast can be had for guests that had their last dinner here. Appetizers: Salmon tartare, black truffle pasta prseittes, sesame flavored rock shrimp and caramelized onion cheesecake, baked potato and cheddar cheese soup, creamy butternut squash soup, curly endive arugula and watercress salad; Entrees: Pacific black cod, white shrimp penette pasta with basil and parmesan sauce, stir-fry vegetables on fried noodles, lemon-thyme chicken breast, black bean chipotle cakes over corn kernels and brown rice with tomato cilantro salsa, marinated angus beef tenderloin on wasabi mashed potatoes and bok choy with a tamarind barbecue reduction, arugula and grilled vegetable salad with sliced beef topped with a marjoram bacon and ranch dressing.
The specialty cocktail list is intriguing here: Blueberrilicious (Tequila, Fresh Blueberries, Passion Fruit Juice, Triple Sec, Sour Mix), Golden Breeze (Vodka, Amaretto, Galliano, Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice), Bora Shake (Blue Curaçao Syrup, Ice Cream Mix (Non-Alcoholic))
Dinner began with a really yummy herbed foccacia and ciabatta bread with roasted garlic dip. We started with a wild mushroom risotto and porcini twist with parmiagiano-reggiano, though we didn’t get any parmiagiano unfortunately. The porcini twist was not as crispy as we had hoped, a little too squishy for our liking. We followed this course with a vine ripened tomato salad with bell peppers and onion topped with an herb dressing on micro greens. This was fresh and light, though it could have used a little more dressing.
For our main course, we got the Animator’s Trio with exquisite veal, a great grilled tenderloin (though we were not asked the temperature we would like our meat), and a pulled shank that melted in the mouth. The accompanying tortellacci pasta was great too, a little crunchy on the top though. The sun-dried tomato and sage reduction drizzled over the ordeal was deliciously fresh. The only thing on the plate we did not like was the potato crisp, which was too hard to be enjoyable.
For dessert, you have a choice of crunchy walnut cake, pineapple financier, chocolate brownie cheesecake, cookies and cream sundae or the Sweet Temptations a small tasting of the walnut cake, the pineapple financier, and a lemon mousse. There were sugar free options as well, like a dense chocalte cake and the fantastically light lemon mousse.
Champagne and wines from around the globe are selected by a panel of certified sommeliers and complied into a menu for the restaurants on the Dream. This wine menu is the same in all of the main restaurants and all dishes have an accompanying wine suggestion on the menu.