Every night we get the menus for all the restaurants for the following night, and we were excited to see that the menu was looking lip-smackingly good.
A good restaurant gives you good bread. The waiters (who all already know you by now) were very excited to announce that the bread was gluten free (since I was avoiding gluten as my tummy was being weird after exam stress). And damn, was it good.
The best part of a tasting menu, apart from getting to try heaps of amazing things, is wine pairings. The last time we came on this cruise to this restaurant, we all left pretty steaming, so we only ordered it for 4 people and shared in amongst us. So sensible. That’s not to say all us lightweights left pretty pissed anyway… Start with the champagne!
This is Ming’s favourite..
And so the food begins. The first dish was called ‘Chef’s Cocktail’ – Shrimp Tempura, Green Papaya & Celery Margarita with Orange Aioli.
Grandma is allergic to shrimp so got one with mussels, which was probably even nicer.
Then came in the gorgeous platters. The food doesn’t look like a huge amount, but by the end of the meal, we were absolutely stuffed.
You have to eat it from left to right, so we started with the Seared Beef Tataki, Pickled Vegetables, Ponzu Jelly and Tahini Puree. In the middle was the Crispy Curried Vidalia Onion Rings with Bitter Greens (was just onion rings to me), and lastly Navy Bean Fritter with Yoghurt Raita.
And, of course, a white wine to go with it, which was amazing. It was super sweet, so if you like that, then you’ll love this.
Next to come was a Clear Tomato Presse with Goats Cheese Panna Cotta and Tear Drop Confit (no idea either but it sounded super cool) down the left, then a White Tomato Cappuccino with Chicken and Pesto Strudel and Basil Foam on the right.
Yeah, pour that Clear Tomato Presse in.
The Cappuccino thing on the right was incredible. So, so good. I savoured every last drop. I’m not sure if I was supposed to have it with a spoon or not, but oh well, no one was watching..
As dinner went on, so did the inside jokes and family chatter. It was incredible having 10 days with this gang.
Then the red arrived. And when there’s red, there’s a main course.
Holy mama. The rest was so good, but this was definitely what I was waiting for. The Grilled Black Sea Bream with Preserved Lemon Sauce, Ricotta Gnocchi and Parmesan Gremolata was on the left.
On the right side, the Slow Roasted Lamb Shank and Potato Moussaka with Red Wine Jus. Mmmmm. Just look at that.
I love dessert wine. Yes, it’s super sweet. Yes, too much will make you have a huge ass, but I love it. I’d like to say I shared it like we were supposed to, but I was a little greedy girl here.
The dessert platter (omg) had a little dessert wine as well. Jackpot. It wasn’t nearly as nice as the one we were given though, I would have probably loved it if I hadn’t tried the other one. Spoilt dessert wine bitch,
Back to the platter…
I had to take a few angle shots since it was such a beauty. It started off with a Coconut and Passion Fruit Gelano…
That was followed by a shot glass of Almond Foam (really weird but really good, like playing with bubbles!), the little shot of dessert wine then the Blackberry Sorbet.
I want to tell you we didn’t go to the casino after this again, but I’ve never lied to you before and I’m not going to start now. I also am not going to say we didn’t have cookies after this either.