I'm going to devote an entire post to Remy, the French restaurant on the Disney Dream, because it was such an epic meal. If you're going to go yourself, you might want to skip this post as it may ruin some surprises! Of course, if you hate to be surprised or want more intel on the restaurant, read on...
First of all, let me say that I think the better half was more excited about this than I was...$75 is a LOT to pay for a meal. However, I think that in the end, it was worth it!
Since we ran all over the ship as soon as we boarded, we were able to get some decent interior pictures of Remy. The decor is art-nouveau inspired.
We were given a table right by the window, which was great for the first 30 minutes or so, when we got to watch a beautiful sunset over the water. After that, however, we were looking at the reflection of the rest of the restaurant in the window. I think the ideal spot would be in one of those "elevated booths". The Pixar character Remy makes a few appearances in the decor...he and Emile can be seen in the center mirror on the back wall...(you can only see Emile in my picture)
...the upholstery on the booths (no picture), and the backs of the chairs.
Love it. Wash your hands before eating! =)
If you arrive before your reservation, you hang out in the Meridian lounge (shared with Palo, which is just on the other side of the ship from Remy). Perfect time for "prom pictures". =)
Our waiter (fabulous French accent standard equipment, as with all the staff) started us off by seating us and explaining the menu (why didn't I take a picture of the menu??) We were to choose an appetizer, seafood course, meat course and dessert. However, there were many surprises to come! First off, another staff member came by to prepare us the house cocktail, using the special Tattinger champagne prepared for the Dream:
Next came a couple surprise courses (no pictures). First, an amuse bouche that was a little fried cube of tomato soup. Very clever; and I love my haute cuisine of the Texas state fair variety. ;)
After that, a little chef's surprise: ratatouille! But it was ratatouille like you've never seen before: The vegetables were in a very small dice: a few millimeters at most! And it was topped with olive oil ice cream, which was not brain-freeze-inducing cold, but very pleasant against the just-warm ratatouille.
Bread service...and another Remy appearance.
Now the expected appetizer came. I had gone with the waiter's recommendations on all my courses; after all, he knows the food a lot better than I do. His choice for the appetizer was declinasion tomate. I was a little apprehensive; I like tomatoes and all, but there were other things that looked good, and what if this was "bleah"? It was not.... To the left, there was a frozen cube of tomato concentrate, garnished with pesto, which the waiter poured a tomato broth over. To the right, there was a Parmesan foam topped with chopped black tomatoes in balsamic vinegar. In the center:
The hubby had a smoked bison, fennel and blood oranges concoction which seemed delicious (I had a small bite, but it was lost amidst my tomato-y bliss). But...pretty.
Next came the fish course. For me (in the background), lobster...with a most life-changing sauce whose ingredients I unfortunately cannot remember, on top of fresh greens (chard, I think?). The hubby's fish was Turdot, with gnocchi on the side, both in a phenomenal white wine sauce.
Speaking of the meat course...my Waygu beef, with life-changing whipped potatoes.
Next, our waiter wheeled over an entire glass-domed cart of cheeses. We had the first cuts of the night, so they were all in beautiful whole wheels and wedges. We told him we weren't fans of blue cheeses, so he only gave us one to try. He arranged them from milder to stronger. We probably tried less than half of what was on the cart! I sadly cannot remember them all, but I can point out the standouts.
Finally, dessert! DARK chocolate-covered praline, with edible gold foil.
And Michael's; a poached pear with raspberry mousse inside, with macaron and candied pistachios.
I had to get a shot of the signature plate. And in the background, you can see the white chocolate placard with my birthday message and some of the 5 pink roses they gave me.
We were silently congratulating ourselves that we had managed to make it through dessert, and believe me---I felt like I had just been able to eat everything. Even though each course was small, there were a LOT. And I maybe had one truffle brioche too many. Then, the waiter came out with a small silver dish, which he opened to reveal squares of dark and milk chocolate with ganache filling. THEN, he brought out this:
After we made it back to the room, there was a card from Remy on our door...and inside...
My roses bloomed beautifully over the rest of the cruise. Here they are on our last day:
|Remy was totally worth the expense!|