Already respected for its onboard culinary offerings Oceania Cruises is raising the bar on shipboard dining by adding 85 exceptional new dishes to the menu in its Grand Dining Room on the line’s newest ship, Riviera. The remainder of the Oceania Cruises fleet will incorporate the new menus over the next three months.
“Since the founding of Oceania Cruises 10 years ago, we have held a reputation for serving cuisine that is the finest at sea and even rivals the best restaurants ashore,” said Kunal S. Kamlani, the line’s president. “Our latest innovations in the Grand Dining Room are inspired by classic European fare, with a contemporary, creative touch. They reflect our ongoing commitment to provide an exceptional dining experience that starts with a thoughtful and meticulously researched menu concept, the highest-quality ingredients and the perfect execution of traditional culinary techniques.”
Ask any past passenger and most, if not all, (including this writer) will rave about the cuisine on board any Oceania Cruises’ ship. This is one line that truly devotes extraordinary resources to cuisine with an entire gastronomic team at the helm headed by executive culinary director, renowned master chef Jacques Pépin.
The new menus were conceived by corporate Chef Franck Garanger, who travels the world sampling international cuisines, and the on board team that spent the past eight months designing and rigorously testing the new menu items. As the menus in the Grand Dining Room change daily, the rollout features a total of 85 new dishes, including three new lobster dishes and 10 new pastas and risottos.
New creations include dishes such as Pancetta-Wrapped Jumbo Shrimp with Kalamata Olive Sauce and Vegetable Julienne, Roast Segovian Suckling Pig with Rosemary Fingerling Potatoes, and Diver Scallops over Orange-Braised Endive with Vanilla Vinaigrette Salad. The new dishes also feature unique, high-end ingredients such as Castilla–La Mancha saffron, Lessatini olive oil from Nice and Ibérico de Bellota pork. There is also a selection of new Canyon Ranch® dishes, including Dover Sole Meunière in Lemon Butter Sauce with Sweet Leek Puff Pastry and Steamed Potatoes, as well as Pulpo a la Gallega: Octopus on Warm Potato Salad with Sweet Spanish Paprika de la Vera.
The rollout includes an array of new wines by the bottle as well as an extended list of wines by the glass. Oceania’s Grand Dining Room reflects the five-star quality of Europe's grandest hotels, with tuxedo-clad wait staffs and elegant table settings.
About Oceania Cruises
Oceania Cruises® itineraries include more than 330 ports in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Africa and the Americas aboard two pairs of mid-size sister ships: the 684-guest Regatta and Nautica, and 1,250-guest Marina and Riviera.