Recently, we had dinner at Remy, one of the two adult-only restaurants aboard the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. We booked a cruise on the Disney Dream on short notice (only 3 days prior to the sailing) and there were plenty of openings at Remy to select when we looked online. We selected the first seating on day 2 of the 4-night Dream cruise. An invitation was delivered to our stateroom with a reminder of the dress code. While you maybe allowed to wear shorts in the main dining rooms, the dress code for Remy dinner is well defined as well as enforced. Men are required to wear a jacket with dress pants and shoes. A tie is optional. Women are required to wear a cocktail or evening dress, a pant suit, or skirt. Jeans, shorts, capri pants, sandals, flip-flops, and tennis shoes are not permitted.
Just around 6 o’clock, we were escorted into Remy past the $25,000 bottle of Château Cheval Blanc 1947.
This is the same wine that food critic Anton Ego orders in the Disney•Pixar movie Ratatouille. Pop in your DVD or Blu-ray and fast forward to the 86 minute mark to get Anton’s perspective on the matter.
Our dinner began with a complementary specialty cocktail, the Colette. The version of the Colette prepared for us table side by Nabil, was made with mint, raspberry, dried apricot, a shot of Absolute Pear infused with fresh mint and finished with Taittinger champagne.
We were seated at an amazing booth tucked in the corner which offered an excellent view of Nassau and more importantly, the evening’s sunset.
The plates in Remy are just as detailed as the restaurant itself…
Our server Olivier returned to our table with what would be the first of many surprises, an Amuse-Bouche (bite-size hors d’œuvre) in the form of a deep fried tomato soup cube. I kid you not, there is liquid tomato soup inside the deep fried outer shell. This must be eaten in one bite otherwise you will have soup all over your clothes. This is one of those unique items that is difficult to describe; it must be tried to really appreciate the uniqueness of this offering. It is truly delicious.
Next up, was the bread service with a selection of breads served with some butter and coarse sea salt.
Following Olivier’s suggestion, we topped the bread with the butter and salt for one of those sweet and salty combinations. I will caution you not to fill up on bread. If you are hungry, just wait, there are many more courses ahead.
It was now time to order the rest of our dinner. During our Remy Champagne Brunch on the Disney Fantasy, our server suggested that when we returned for dinner we should each order from opposite sides of the menu and share. The idea was to sample both Lallement’s Saveur and Hunnel’s Goût menu offerings.
However, after looking over the menu, we decided to decided to go off the grid and let Olivier select each course for us based on a few guidelines. My wife requested no beef or pork and lots of fish, while I requested no shellfish since I am allergic. We felt Olivier as well as the Chef and his team would not steer us wrong. Look at that; we just ordered dinner like Anton Ego – sans wine.
Olivier returned with a Foie Gras Siphon with a few macadamia nuts. We were instructed to eat from the bottom up to experience all the levels of flavor at once. The macadamia nuts provided an added burst of flavor to the foam.
Poulet Rouge (chicken) was served atop a bed of green apples and with a garnish of jicama and a crisp of chicken skin. The chicken was excellently prepared with the green apples offing a unique flavor with each bite.
Cioppino seafood dish featured a scallop, mussel, and fennel. My wife felt that the depth of flavors was absolutely second-to-none. The seafood was prepared perfectly and each thing complemented the other.
Black cod atop a rhubarbe was one of my wife’s favorites. The tartness of the rhubarb paired perfectly with the buttery flaky fish. Delicious!
The beef was served as ordered and extremely flavorful.
The cheese cylinders had an incredible burst of sharp cheddar flavor. Coupled together with the beef… wow! I typically avoid beef, but I’m glad I did not pass on this dish, it was my favorite of the night!
Just when you think it is time for dessert, the Plateau de Fromages (a selection of cheese) arrives table side!
Going with our theme, we just went with Olivier suggestion on which cheeses to sample, which was a sample of each cheese. We will in fact try any cheese, even strong cheeses. My wife enjoyed the brie on the cherry bread with a dollop of the fruited jam, but her favorite was the goat cheese. I am usually always going to choose parmesan or a cheese in its family. The blue cheese was also very delicious and flavorful.
If given a choice, I would choose a cheese plate for dessert instead of the sweets, but when in Remy, just go with the flow and enjoy both. For our dessert a lovely red napkin embroidered with a gold Remy R was delivered.
We were both served the same dessert featuring an delightful chocolate mousse cake with a white chocolate eyelash, raspberries, and gelato.
I am not typically a chocolate guy, but this is a chocolate dessert I’d order again in a heartbeat. It is best when all 3 flavors are eaten together; the cake, white chocolate eyelash, and part of a raspberry. Absolutely incredible and who doesn’t love a little gold leaf with dessert.
……..followed by a tray of goodies similar to that served during Remy’s Champagne Brunch. The two Remy lollipops were lime and my favorite, orange!
By now you might be wondering, how much does dinner at Remy cost? As I mentioned earlier, the Colette is complementary and dinner is $75 per person. There is an optional wine pairing available for an extra $99 per person. Of note, length of dinner varies. We did not rush, but we did not dawdle and we were there between an hour and a half and 2 hours. Some people report dinner up to 3 hours long, but that was not our experience.
As a parting gift, Olivier packaged up our remaining desserts and presented my wife a red rose and box of chocolates. Sure, it was a gamble to let Olivier select each course, but it was a gamble that paid off! If you are a picky eater, Remy might not be for you in first place. Remy requires an open mind and a willingness to try anything. I have to admit, I am a guy that has come a long way and use to be a very, very picky eater. However, I have opened my palate immensely and am glad that I did. I have truly enjoyed all of the new flavor adventures that I have been exposed to and can not wait until our next cruise, where we have Remy brunch booked again!
You can read another mini review of Remy Dinner from our October 2015 sailing on the Disney Dream.