The ship’s main dining room is a classy affair.
The Restaurant is an elegant dining room that seats about 270 guests, and it’s the ship’s dressiest option, though reservations aren’t required unless you’re looking for a specific table. The food is fairly refined, and most evenings the menu was comprised of about seven starters followed by five entrées. Portions were not large, so ordering a pair of appetizers made sense. On the Formal (optional) evening, the menu was greatly streamlined, but very satisfying.
The Restaurant is also open for breakfast, but we found it surprisingly empty the two mornings we dined here—it’s a good option if the clamor of the Colonnade is too much.
The full dinner menu from The Restaurant was available each night for in-room dining, a very satisfying option we selected on another evening.
On the Formal (Optional) evening the menu came rolled with a ribbon and started with a course of game terrine or white tomato soup with basil foam, and moved on to beer battered cod with minted pea puree and tartar sauce. A glass of Pimms sorbet with a halo of cucumber foam was a refreshing palate cleanser. For entrée we opted for the butter poached halibut which sat on wilted spinach and a casserole of tomatoes and mussels—a fine dish. The other entrée this evening was a slow roasted beef tenderloin and mushroom pie, easily washed down with a glass of satisfying pinot noir. Dessert was a trio of rhubarb preparations—a crumble, a cheesecake and a sherbet.
Another evening we dined here we enjoyed the chicken liver parfait served with caramelized figs, toasted hazelnuts and brioche toast, while the potato leek soup was excellent, spiked with lobster croutons (that’s a recipe we’d like). The seared dorade was delicious, served skin-on with a garnish of garlic slivers, green beans and an unadvertised strip of bacon. We also tried the marinated grilled strip steak, but we found the cut to be leathery and unsatisfying, one of the ship’s few misses.
Breakfast was straightforward and more-or-less duplicated the room service options. A broader selection was available at the Colonnade.
The ship’s full bar menu was available here, including wines served by the glass or bottles ordered from the premium wine menu.
Breakfast was served from 8 to 9 a.m. each morning. Dinner was offered from 7 to 9 p.m. Lunch may be conducted here on some sea days, but it wasn’t during our cruise.
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