Chefs menu

@garymarsh6 (17898)
United Kingdom
May 2, 2019 4:10am CST
While we were on our recent cruise to Norway we decided to have a dining experience called the chefs table. In some restaurants the table is actually in the kitchen so you can watch how the chef is preparing the meal but the actual dining table was in a private dining room as it would have been far too dangerous for us to be in the kitchen when they were preparing the food for hundreds of guests. There were only 8 of us for this special event. We met in the library and had a glass of champagne and Hors D'oevres before taking a tour of the kitchen where we met some of the chefs who would be preparing some of the food. After this quick tour we went to a private dining room where the table was already set up for our ten course tasting menu. It is quite funny when first meeting strangers the atmosphere is polite and a bit still but by the end of the evening we were quite loud and having a great time. So much so that we agreed to meet again on the last night of the cruise for a meal again! Ten courses you may well be surprised but the idea that it is a tasting menu and there should be around two mouthfuls of food so that you can savour the taste of different foods accompanied by pairing wine that should complement the food. However the portions were really too big to be honest needless to say we still managed to eat most of the menu. The chefs were able to show of their skills in the preparation and presentation of the food. Each course was a feast not only for the stomach but for the eyes too! Although there were 10 courses I managed to take photos of only 8 as I always tend to forget to take a photo. The lady beside me reminded me though which is why I have a collection of 8 photos. I have put one photo on of the food. Far too generous for my liking sadly I had to leave some of it as it was just too much for me. The waiter kept filling our glasses with wine. The cost of this experience was £60 but because of the deal we had with the ship we were able to get the meal for £30 which included the tour, the champagne, The meal, the wines, coffee and petite fours! We then adjourned to one of the bars for a nightcap and two photos of the group together with the Chef. That has to be the bargain of the century as the photos alone would have cost more than what we paid for the whole deal. The photo is of the surf and turf which I had to leave some of. The lobster was delicious.
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@LadyDuck (224799)
• Switzerland
2 May
An absolutely great experience and at a very reasonable price. The lobster looks delicious.
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@garymarsh6 (17898)
• United Kingdom
2 May
A few days later I had an even better lobster! I do like lobster one of my favourite foods!
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@Tampa_girl7 (30763)
• United States
2 May
@garymarsh6 I have never had it. I need to try it out sometime.
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@LadyDuck (224799)
• Switzerland
2 May
@garymarsh6 I love lobsters and I had the best lobster on the little Island of Saint Martin. On the French side, they grilled the fresh lobsters they got right from the sea, Nothing fancy, just grilled, spread with butter and some herbs, I never had anything better.
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@rakski (32048)
• Philippines
2 May
it looks delicious and I think it was a good deal after all
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@garymarsh6 (17898)
• United Kingdom
2 May
It really was a great deal! I would do it again at a blink of an eye !
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@rakski (32048)
• Philippines
2 May
@garymarsh6 yes, for sure
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@Fleura (9693)
• United Kingdom
2 May
That sounds like an absolute bargain for some fantastic food! And great fun too!
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@Fleura (9693)
• United Kingdom
2 May
@garymarsh6 Did you have much in common? A love of good food and travel I guess!
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@garymarsh6 (17898)
• United Kingdom
2 May
@Fleura Yes that was about it but they were quite nice folks! I guess there are only certain people that will do this sort of thing but I can tell you it was well worth it and a bargain at that!
@resukill22 (12013)
• Philippines
3 May
Very interesting, I want to eat that soon, but I'm sure it's too expensive
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@garymarsh6 (17898)
• United Kingdom
3 May
Not for us it was not. We only paid half price.
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@resukill22 (12013)
• Philippines
3 May
@just4him (157869)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
2 May
Wow! What an experience! That is a deal, but I imagine you savored the friendships and the evening more than how much it cost. Your food selection is making me drool.
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@garymarsh6 (17898)
• United Kingdom
2 May
It certainly was a bargain in more ways than one!
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@just4him (157869)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
2 May
@garymarsh6 It sounded like you had a really good time. Quite the bargain when you think of all you received for the cost.
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@DianneN (120545)
• United States
2 May
What fun! We have done the same at some wonderful restaurants in New York City, Copenhagen, and Scotland. However, the portions were a bit smaller than yours and more costly.
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@Tampa_girl7 (30763)
• United States
2 May
My husband and I would enjoy this experience
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@garymarsh6 (17898)
• United Kingdom
2 May
It would have been fun Marie had you been at the table with us!
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@Tampa_girl7 (30763)
• United States
3 May
@garymarsh6 it would have been a blast
@JudyEv (160362)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 May
What a wonderful meal that would have been and a great price too. I'm glad you enjoyed it so much.
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@garymarsh6 (17898)
• United Kingdom
3 May
It was absolutely superb Judy and what a bargain too!
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@Hate2Iron (12964)
• Canada
2 May
Sounds like a fun evening and a bargain at the same time... I wonder if they offer something like this for vegetarians...
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@garymarsh6 (17898)
• United Kingdom
2 May
Yes actually there were vegetarian options on the menu too. I was pretty impressed. A few times when I have not fancied anything on the menu I have gone for the vegetarian option and have usually found them to be quite tasty and filling not as all I would have imagined!
@JohnRoberts (82492)
• Los Angeles, California
2 May
You dined quite well that evening.
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@garymarsh6 (17898)
• United Kingdom
2 May
We certainly did John I am sure you would have enjoyed it too!
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@allknowing (83022)
• India
2 May
Talking about photos we were made to individually pose with the Captain which we happily did but later were told we would have to pay if we wanted a copy. (lol) We were on a cruise of the Bahamas by Royal Caribbeans I quite understand your inability to eat what you have paid for which always happens.
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@garymarsh6 (17898)
• United Kingdom
2 May
Yes there was just too much but it was well worth it. I tend to tell the photographers not to bother with me because I would never buy a photo from them no matter how much they charged! They are so expensive!
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@amadeo (95862)
• United States
2 May
Good morning.Glad to hear the food was awesome and quite an experience.
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@garymarsh6 (17898)
• United Kingdom
2 May
It really was Alfredo. I am sorry I missed your post about your birthday but I will go directly to it and see if you have saved me some of your cake!
@Nevena83 (27365)
• Serbia
5 May
It really sounds like an exciting experience.
@Janet357 (16974)
3 May
See, now that you are talking about food, you have many responses hahahaa. I envy you, you always get the best deal there. 30pounds, for those! Love it.