Disney and Michelin-starred French restaurants may seem like an odd pairing, but when the new cruise ship Disney Dream debuts early next year, one onboard restaurant will have an impressive French accent. So much so that Disney Cruise Line decided to announce the restaurant, Remy, in New York, at a press dinner at Michelin three-star Le Bernardin.
The restaurant’s name is of course a nod to the diminutive star of Disney Pixar’s animated film Rataouille. But kids are not the focus here. Rather, Remy is adults-only with a cover charge (likely to top $75 per person).
Based on a sample menu served to journalists at Le Bernardin, it will be well worth the price—impressive dishes liked smoked bison with fennel salad and Honeywell oranges and market fresh asparagus with black truffles and vin jaune. Remy may just become the ship’s must-do attraction (well, along with the 4,000-passenger Dream’s AquaDuck, the first water coaster at sea).
The set menu at Remy was created by two top chefs. Impressively, Disney tapped the talents of Chef Arnaud Lallement of l’Assiette Champenoise, who has been getting much acclaim for his Michelin two-star restaurant just outside of Reims, in France’s Champagne region. He is working in collaboration with Chef Scott Hunnel, from award-winning (AAA Five Diamond) Victoria & Albert’s at Walt Disney World’s Grand Floridian resort.
The chefs were charged with creating French-inspired gourmet cuisine combining classic and contemporary styles. Dinner at Remy will be a lavish affair beginning with a signature chilled Champagne cocktail made tableside, followed by eight or nine small courses complemented by an optional wine list that promises to be “stellar.”
For the preview, we were served wines with each course from Taittinger champagne to a 1990 Chateauneuf-du-Pape, which not coincidently is the wine the restaurant reviewer drinks in Ratatouille.
Guest blogger Fran Golden is a cruise expert and frequent contributor to TravelandLeisure.com.