By Gary Marsh
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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@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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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!
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.