When it came time to select special activities to do while on our three night cruise, I knew immediately I wanted to dine at Remy, one of the two adult exclusive restaurants aboard the Disney Dream. Named after the “tiny” French star of the Disney Pixar film Ratatouille, Remy is a deluxe dining experience.
The Disney Cruise Line writes that dining at Remy is like “being transported to an authentic fine dining restaurant in France.” Located on Deck 12, Aft (along with the other adult exclusive restaurant Palo), as soon as you step off of the elevator and into the check in area, you know that you are already in another world, far away from the mobs of children and costumed characters.
As soon as we had checked in with the hostess who served both restaurants, the maitre d’ for Remy came out and proceeded to escort us to the restaurant. On our way in she pointed out the The Wine Room, which is a glass walled enclosure that contains more than 900 bottles of wine, including a rare selection of Old World wines balanced with a selection of New World wines. We were even shown a $25,000 (USD) bottle. Although we opted not to, dining guests are given the opportunity to meet with the sommelier prior to their dinner to preselect wines.
The visual look and setup of the restaurant is stunning. Offering spectacular ocean views, the decor is luxurious; designed in Art Nouveau style, it features soft greens, rich reds, and gold tones. Remy is also tastefully incorporated into the restaurant’s design-there is a small glass statue of him holding a cooking spoon, along with an outline of him on the backs of chairs so subtle that one would need to look closely in order to make it out. We were given a booth on the one side of the restaurant, with a perfect ocean view. I also appreciated the fact that ladies were given their own stools for their purses, a very elegant touch.
Remy’s menu was created by two chefs, Arnaud Lallement from l’Assiette Champenoise-a Michelin 2-star restaurant just outside Reims, France-and Scott Hunnel from Victoria and Albert at Disney World’s Grand Floridian Hotel. Chef Lallement’s menu is the Saveur and chef Hunnel’s menu is the Gout.
Our regular server the night before had told us that dining at Remy would be a three hour affair and he was not joking at all. The entire meal is extremely leisurely starting with the complimentary cocktail you are given, champagne with Absolut Pears and cut up strawberries and mint leaves. I opted for the Saveur menu while D went with the Gout. Each menu contains a total of five selections, although guests do have the option of selecting a la carte as well. I stuck with everything except instead of the Sea Bass Atlantique, I selected the Gout’s duck breast.
After making our selections, we were given a complimentary canape, a fried item the size of a blueberry that we were advised to eat in one bite per the chef’s instructions because upon biting into it, it literally explodes in your mouth, a fiery tomato mess. It was delicious to say the least. We were also given a cream of watercress soup cocktail, to me more of an acquired taste.
(Note: I am just going to write about the Saveur menu since portions were small and D and I didn’t sample each other’s dishes.)
My first course was the Langoustine Royale, Royal Norway Lobster with Caesar Sauce. Minus lobster cakes and lobster ravioli, I’ve never had straight up lobster before but this was heavenly, very succulent and tender. After this experience with langoustine, I could never dare go to Red Lobster.
My second course was Asperge Verte, green asparagus, topped with black truffle sauce. The whole time on the cruise I had been craving green vegetables so this was ideal. Although I would have liked equally the Gout’s second course which was tomato ratatouille, the black truffle sauce made it a winner. Our waiter had asked if I had ever had black truffles before and I told him I hadn’t. When he asked if I liked them I gave a resounding oui.
My third course was the duck breast which, if I had to choose the “weakest” link of the five courses, would probably be it. While all of the other courses tasted extraordinary, the duck breast, while still good, just tasted, well, ordinary.
My fourth course was Poularde Rotie, roast chicken topped with an egg white glaze and accompanied with a miniature cup of roast vegetables. Although by that point I had already eaten multiple courses, the chicken went down smooth and effortlessly.
In typical French dining fashion, following the completion of our main course, we had the cheese course, a tableside trolley of various international cheeses that we got to choose from. I opted for brie and one our waiter described as similar to the Spanish Manchego. It really provides a nice cleansing of the palate.
My final “official” course (official being what was printed on the menu) was Vacherin Framboise, raspberry vacherin, a delectable meringue dessert accompanied by raspberry sorbet. Although I greatly enjoyed my dessert, I have to say D’s Tanzanie Chocolate Mousse looked even better.
And then we were given our unannounced treats. First came the box of homemade candies including a mint and mango lollipop. Second was a plate of more chocolates and scrawled on it in delicate chocolate script was a a Happy Anniversary message in French. We were both beyond touched by this since the night before we had been given a Happy Anniversary treat and never expected another one at Remy. I was also given a red rose and my only disappointment was that since it was our last night, I unfortunately had to leave it behind in our stateroom since I couldn’t take a live flower off the ship with me.
A unique feature of the restaurant is the Gusteau Room (named after the signature restaurant in the Ratatouille film and even designed to resemble the film’s restaurant, including its bold red chairs and drapes and the scenes of Paris on the walls). It is the site of private dining where diners can interact with the head chef. Luckily, the room wasn’t being used that night so D and I were able to go in and take some pictures. The head chef did come over to our booth so we also had the chance to talk with him as well.
Upon returning to our state room, resting on our bed was a box of more chocolates from Remy, along with a thank you note to us for choosing to dine at Remy. It was an incredible meal, had incredible service, and had an incredible look to it. It was a meal that neither of us will never forget. If you’re looking for a romantic, kids-free meal while aboard the Dream (or their new ship the Fantasy that begins sailing next spring) Remy is it.
Note: Reservations are required to dine at Remy and there is an additional $75 cover charge per guest.