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Cruise Diary: Dining at the Pinnacle Grill and Le Cirque

Journalist Pat Woods is currently on Oosterdam’s seven-day Alaska Explorer cruise and will be chronicling her journey for us.

Pinnacle Grill

Having dinner at the Pinnacle Grill on Oosterdam is tableside food theater at its finest. Servers lace lobster bisque with aged cognac, flambé entrees and desserts such as Baked Alaska. Creative chefs go beyond simply preparing mouth-watering dishes. They create food artistry.

Land & Sea entree.

Land & Sea entree.

Baked Alaska preparation.

Baked Alaska preparation.

Le Cirque

Once on every cruise, Pinnacle Grill transforms itself into the legendary Le Cirque of New York City, ranked among the world’s best restaurants ($39 dinner, $59 dinner and wine pairing). Rob and I both had lobster salad (delightful) and butternut squash with huckleberries soup (sweet and tangy). Lucia, our efficient and attentive server, sliced Rob’s Chateaubriand tableside. My seared Alaskan Black Cod was prepared with a red wine reduction.

Tableside preparation.

Tableside preparation.

For dessert, I chose a decadent napoleon with fresh berries, while Rob ordered his favorite, crème brûlée. We opted for the optional Italian wine pairing, starting with a sparkling wine, followed by a Chardonnay and ending with Merlot. Le Cirque was the perfect venue way to celebrate a milestone anniversary.

Napolean with berries.

Napolean with berries.

2 Comments
  • rosalind clowes

    what night is the evening at the cirque on the 21 september 2014 cruise to alaska?

  • Julie

    Rosalind, it varies on each cruise. Please contact HAL_reservations@hollandamerica.com or your travel agent. Thanks!

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