Remy Dinner Review
As much as I adore dining at Palo, Disney Cruise Line’s adults-only restaurant serving Northern Italian cuisine, dining at Remy, its other adults-only dining venue onboard the Fantasy and Dream ships, is a whole other wonderful experience.
Although I dined at Remy my first time onboard the Dream back in 2011, that was somewhat early into my blogging years and more importantly, well before I became the foodie I am today so if you check out my then review of my meal at Remy, you can note it’s quite brief in comparison to my restaurant reviews of today. Needless to say, a top priority for the seven night Caribbean cruise I went on in October was naturalmente, to dine at Remy once more but this time with a much keener eye and palette.
Remy is named after the adorable culinary rat from the Pixar film Ratatouille. And as I’ve said it before, lest you think you’ll be dining amongst cheesy décor (that’s a pun there considering that cheese is one of the courses at Remy, just as it is in any French meal), think again. Remy is all about providing its diners with a deluxe culinary experience. However, one cannot forget about the tiny rat that inspired it all. He’s present in a glass statue holding his trademark stirring spoon, in the design of the chairs, and much more. If you’ve never seen Ratatouille or even heard of it, you could be completely oblivious to the subtle incorporation of design details featuring him.
While service on all levels and places of the Disney Cruise Line ships is always top notch, at Remy, it’s even more so. Your waiter is only looking after two or three tables and nothing about the meal is remotely rushed (unlike in the main dining rooms where there’s definitely a hurried feel, what with serving hundreds and hundreds of people each night in a span of 90 minutes).
Just as before, upon being seated we were given a complimentary cocktail that our waiter Mathieu prepared tableside. Remy offers diners a five-course tasting menu. There are two to choose from, the Saveur and the Gout; both have been created from Michelin-starred chefs. However, if any of the courses are not to your liking/you have an allergy etc, you do have the option of going a la carte from the fraicheur/freshness, mer/sea, and terre/earth and swapping in something else instead.
Unlike in the main dining rooms where it seems the menus NEVER change, at Remy, they change quite frequently. So everything I will be detailing below will most likely be different on future sailings. I assume this would be the same, but Matheiu mentioned that the Saveur is lighter (I don’t see how this is), and the Gout a bit heavier, so he recommended the Saveur for the madams and the the Gout for the monsieurs, which is what D and I did.
Torteaux de Pleine Mer (a type of seafood cake)
Homard du Maine (a lobster dish)
Boeuf de Wagyu
Maple-Pumpkin Caramel Terrine
And because that wasn’t enough food on its own, we were also given two amuse-bouches in the course of the meal. My favorite was undoubtedly the fritter that had warm tomato soup in it and simply exploded in your mouth upon biting into it. The other one had a slightly odd taste to it-a type of nut flavored “soup.”
There was also the cheese course. The “cheese man” wheeled around a cart full of delectable French cheeses and served you the ones you wanted. If you’re not a cheese connoisseur, I’d recommend sticking with the harder ones, as they’re somewhat less rich.
And just like before, after consuming all of the above, we were still given more food, if you can believe it. It’s almost to the point of obscene, but we were given a box of hand-made chocolates and lollipops (these we took with us), two types of tarts (four in total), and caneles, a type of miniature cake. You’re not allowed to take the tarts (I guess due to the risk of them spoiling from dairy ingredients?) but we did get the caneles wrapped up and had them for a snack the next day.
As with Palo, there is an extra charge for dining at Remy. It’s not cheap ($95 a person) but when you count up everything ranging from the cocktail to the five course meal to the many other items you’re getting, it really is quite the steal. You will be stuffed for days or until your next meal because you are on a cruise after all. If you want the wine pairings, that’s $105 per person (total).
I’m not sure I could dine at Remy on every Disney cruise I went on (well, if I was on the two ships that feature Remy , it’s not found on the Magic or Wonder). However, for those truly special moments, I definitely recommend splurging whether it’s your first time dining there or like us, over five years since our prior visit.
Dining at Remy is a culinary experience you will undoubtedly always remember. And just another reason why Disney cruises are so memorable.