Day 38, Feb. 12:
My husband Humberto and I wanted to do something really big for our 40th wedding anniversary this year, so we booked this world cruise as our gift to each other. We like to call it our “sea-lebration,” because a cruise is already festive per se, with music and fancy dinners, so a celebration cruise when you are marking a birthday, anniversary or other special personal occasion, is simply doubly so. And to mark the date in a special way, we made reservations for dinner at the ship’s Pinnacle Grill, an intimate alternative restaurant on promenade deck 4.
We were greeted by Kim, the restaurant’s gracious manager, and taken to a fine table for two set with opulent Bvlgari china and located next to a gold-leaf-columned picture window. Soon several servers began materializing at our table, bearing a variety of fresh-baked breads, three different kinds of butter including yummy vine-ripened tomato, and three different kinds of sea salts. In other gourmet restaurants at sea that we have tried through the years the service is as impeccable as in the Pinnacle Grill, but here it was warm too – with each of the wait staff addressing us by name, referring to the previous port of call and making other friendly comments.
Book-like menus were brought to us and we selected our preferences from the many, many choices that included the following (the notes in parenthesis are our own impressions!):
Amuse Bouche – In our case, we were brought as a surprise from the chef, a tomato gazpacho with tiny croutons – delightful!
French Onion Soup King Louis XV
Spicy Chicken Coconut Soup
Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail (this by the way, was huuuuge!)
Vine-Ripened Beefsteak Tomato Salad (plump, sweet, with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing, and presented as a tower)
Baby Arugula Salad
Dungeness Crab Cakes
Pinnacle Ocean Platter
Land And Sea – Filet mignon and jumbo prawns
Lobster Macaroni And Cheese
Roasted Vegetable Tower
The Pinnacle Grill features top-quality, hand-selected Sterling Silver premium beef, seasoned rubs, and a 1,600-degree grill to seal the juices.
Filet Mignon – New York Strip Steak – Bone-In Rib Eye Steak – Porterhouse – Rib Eye Steak
Colorado Lamb Chops
Grilled Veal Chop
Grilled Chicken Breast
Filet Steak Diane
Filet Mignon Burger
Broiled King Salmon (delicious, with a lemon-garlic herb splash)
Broiled Lobster Tail
Cedar-Planked Black Cod With Shrimp Scampi
PINNACLE GRILL SIGNATURE SKEWERS
Chicken And Turkey Temptation (a large skewer, flambé tableside, with tomato coulis and onion confit)
Creamed Spinach – Sauteed Button Mushrooms – Asparagus – Basmati Rice – Potatoes: Scallop, Whipped, Jumbo Baked Idaho – Shoestring.
Not-So-Classic Baked Alaska
Warm Grand Marnier Chocolate Volcano Cake (sinfully delicious).
Chocolate Or Vanilla Velvet Souffle
Creamy Homemade Raspberry Cheesecake (velvety and delectable).
Chocolate And Raisin Bread Pudding With Whiskey Sauce
Pinnacle Crème Brulee
Fresh Seasonal Fruits And Berries
Premium Ice Cream Or Sorbets
Assortment of International Cheeses
Are you hungry already? We have decided another “sea-lebration” at the Pinnacle Grill is in order soon – maybe for our 40-years and one-month anniversary!
Freelance travel writer Georgina Cruz and her husband Humberto are currently sailing on Amsterdam’s 112-day Grand World Voyage and will be sending in cruise diaries throughout their time on board. She has logged 174 voyages to all seven continents and visited more than 100 countries.