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Rudi’s Sel de Mer French Brasserie to Launch as a Pop-Up Restaurant on Six HAL Ships

Holland America Line is honoring its Master Chef and culinary consultant Rudi Sodamin, the creator of Sel de Mer aboard ms Koningsdam, by launching the French brasserie as a pop-up in the Pinnacle Grill and naming it Rudi’s Sel de Mer. Six ships in the fleet will feature the pop-up, including ms Eurodam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms Noordam, ms Oosterdam, ms Westerdam and ms Zuiderdam.

Since it launched on Koningsdam as a stand-alone venue, Sel de Mer has garnered both guest and industry acclaim. Rudi’s Sel de Mer will build on this success with a version of the menu of classic French dishes including locally sourced seafood served in a setting that will transform the Pinnacle Grill alternative dining venue into an intimate brasserie with custom décor, plates, menus and uniforms reflecting the ambiance of the original Koningsdam restaurant. A specially crafted cocktail and wine menu also will be featured. Rudi’s Sel de Mer will be offered once on seven-day cruises and twice on cruises longer than 10 days.

“Sel de Mer onboard Koningsdam is extremely popular among our guests and one of the most talked about dining experiences in the industry,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “The restaurant showcases our commitment to providing our guests with unrivaled dining options, and launching it as Rudi’s Sel de Mer on six more ships as a pop-up will allow more of our guests to see what the buzz is all about and indulge in its phenomenal cuisine.”

For Rudi’s Sel de Mer, Chef Rudi also has created Food Faces art for the exclusive show plates made by Bernardaud, the leading French manufacturer of Limoges porcelain. Each artistic culinary plate portrays a work of art — from food.


Rudi’s Sel de Mer is set to debut in 2017 on ms Nieuw Amsterdam March 31, ms Oosterdam May 11, ms Eurodam May 24, ms Westerdam June 12, ms Noordam Oct. 2 and ms Zuiderdam Nov. 10.

Indulge in the Freshest Seafood at Rudi’s Sel de Mer
Rudi’s Sel de Mer will serve a classic selection of French seafood dishes with a contemporary twist. After an amuse-bouche of Seared Scallops on Seaweed Salad and Light Saffron Vinaigrette Foam, guests can select appetizers including Steak Tartare, Bouillabaisse Marseillaise, Rudi’s Seafood Tower and the classic Fruits de Mer (serves two).

The Amuse-Bouche of Seared Scallops on Seaweed Salad and Light Saffron Vinaigrette Foam

The Amuse-Bouche of Seared Scallops on Seaweed Salad and Light Saffron Vinaigrette Foam

The stunning Fruits de Mer.

The stunning Fruits de Mer.

Bouillabaisse Marseillaise.

Bouillabaisse Marseillaise.

The Seafood Tower after it's been deconstructed.

The Seafood Tower after it’s been deconstructed.

For an entrée, guests can dine on Broiled Maine Lobster, Whole Dover Sole Meunière, Rack of Lamb Persillade, Duck Cassoulet, Steak Frites, Soufflé au Fromage and the popular Salt Crust Baked Branzino. The chefs also will go ashore to the local fish market whenever possible and personally select the catch of the day as a featured dish for the menu.

Souffléau Fromage.

Souffléau Fromage.

Side dishes include French fries, cauliflower puree, green beans, wild rice, truffled mashed potatoes and ratatouille.

No meal at Rudi’s Sel de Mer would be complete without a delectable dessert. Choices include Crêpes Suzette, Apple Tarte Tatin, Profiteroles with Hot Chocolate Sauce, Artisanal French Cheese Plate and Rudi’s famed Souffle – a version of the Salzburg Nockerl.

Rudi's Souffle.

Rudi’s Souffle.

Apple Tarte Tatin.

Apple Tarte Tatin.

Rudi’s Sel de Mer will be offered for a set price of $49 per person for dinner, and reservations are recommended.

Master Chef of the High Seas
An internationally respected food authority, Rudi Sodamin is the most highly decorated chef working on the world’s oceans today and is considered among the hospitality industry’s most-innovative chefs. As Holland America Line’s culinary consultant and chairman of its celebrated Culinary Council, he is the driving force behind the development of fine dining at Holland America Line. He has earned numerous awards for his creative approach and is credited with innovations that continue to improve standards industry wide. Sodamin has authored 13 cookbooks. A 14th will be published later in 2017. Rudi is a member of the prestigious Academy Culinaire de France, the Maîtres Cuisiners de France and an honoree member of the noble Club des Chefs des Chefs, whose members cook for presidents, kings and prime ministers.

  • Norman Will

    We are sailing on Nieuw Amsterdam on May 6th, our first cruise. Have booked Pinnacle for evenings of 6th, 10th and 12th and Tamarind on 7th and 11th. Can you tell us if one of these evenings will be brasserie pop up please. We love the sound of it 🙂

  • Andree Emsley

    We were on the Koningsdam first TransAtlantic Rome to Ft. Lauderdale. We checked the menu but nothing looked good to us. Please allow lasagna back into your Italian restaurant!

  • Julie

    Hi Norman, we do not have that schedule. Please call HAL at 1–877–932–4259. Regardless you’ll have a delicious evening!

  • Jerald Hamernick

    Where can we purchase one of the Sel de Mer dinner plates? We just returned from Eurodam cruise on
    11/26. We couldn’t purchase one on the ship.


  • Julie

    Unfortunately, they currently are not for sale.

  • Bill

    Does the Mariner discount apply to all specialty restraurants on the Koningsdam?

  • Jana Boersma

    Just booked this for the Volendam for our Panama Canal cruise for the night of Oct 23 but in this article it does not show for the Volendam. It popped up on our cruise dining

  • Julie

    Hi Jana, this post is from April 2018, and because the Rudi’s Sel De Mer pop-up was so successful we’ve taken it fleetwide! Enjoy on Volendam!

  • Julie

    Bill, Three star Mariners get a 25% discount on specialty restaurant surcharges and on specialty coffees in all dining venues (restaurant packages do not apply to discount). Four and five star Mariners 50% discount on specialty restaurant surcharges and on specialty coffees in all dining venues (restaurant packages do not apply to discount).

  • Linda

    Dined and very much enjoyed dinner at the pinnacle on prinsebdam loved the dishes especially the one with your name on it it was not available on board I was told to contact you for purchase. Just would like one. Thank you

  • Linda

    Are your dishes available could not purchase on board love the one with your name on it. Thank you

  • Julie

    Hi Linda, Rudi’s dishes aren’t available for purchase at this time … but stay tuned 😉

  • Dave B

    Is the Maine lobster served in Sel de Met alive immediately prior to serving to a passenger?

  • Julie

    Hi Dave, we use frozen raw split whole lobster.


    Are the cocktails and wines at Rudi’s Sel De Mer complimentary and part of the $49 upcharge cost?

  • Julie

    Hi David, the $49 is the meal only. Beverages are additional.

  • karin ehlers

    We took the Cruise to Hawaii on the Oosterdam,and enjoyed the meals at Rudi’s Sel de Mer.Rudi’s Soufle is to die for !! Would you be willing to share the recipe?

  • Vince

    We are booked on the Nieuw Amsterdam for a 5 night cruise out of Port Everglades in December. Is this only offered on 7 night or longer cruises?

  • Julie

    It will not be offered on the 5-night, unfortunately. We apologize.

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