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April 8, 2010

Oo la la, French dining on Disney Dream

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When the new Disney Dream debuts early next year, one onboard restaurant will have a decisively French accent.

Remy, a nod to the diminutive star of Disney Pixar’s “Ratatouille,” will be an adults-only venue, with a cover charge (not yet determined but likely to top $75 p.p.). And you know what? Based on a sample meal prepared for couple dozen members of the press last night, it just may become the ship’s must-do attraction (well, along with the water coaster Dream is debuting for the first time at sea).

In creating the set menu, the cruise line turned to two top chefs. Impressively, Disney tapped the talents of Chef Arnaud Lallement of l’Assiette Champenoise, an acclaimed Michelin two-star restaurant just outside of Reims, in France’s Champagne region, working in collaboration with Chef Scott Hunnel, from award-winning (AAA Five Diamond) Victoria & Albert’s at Walt Disney World’s Grand Floridian resort.

They were charged with creating French-inspired gourmet cuisine combining classic and contemporary styles, with an emphasis on sophistication. Yes, this is on a Disney ship, and will have a lot of kids onboard. But the idea for Remy is to titillate the palettes of adult cruisers. In fact, to dine at Remy you will have to be age 18 or up.

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Dinner at Remy will be a lavish affair beginning with a signature chilled Champagne cocktail made tableside, followed by eight or nine small courses complimented by an optional wine list that promises to be “stellar.”

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At the ever so fancy Le Bernardin in New York last night, we sampled creations including smoked bison with fennel salad and Honeywell oranges, market fresh asparagus with black truffles and vin jaune, white turbot with citrus sauce and Japanese Wagyu beef with garlic-potato puree and the tiniest, prettiest petite carrots.

The menu will also feature a choice of two desserts. But as members of the press we previewed both.

For chocolate lovers there is crunchy praline and chocolate fondant served with a martini glass full of warm chocolate Tabasco foam. And sinful in its own, tarter way is white chocolate enveloping Meyer lemon curd with a blackberry-violet sorbet.

Okay, to say the meal was amazing is an understatement. And of course we were served wines with each course from Tattinger champagne to a 1990 Chateauneuf-du-Pape (which not coincidently is the wine the restaurant reviewer drinks in “Ratatouille.”

The decor of the main dining room, which will seat about 60 guests nightly, is Art Nouveau inspired with soft greens, and red and gold accents. Tables will be set with Frette linens, Riedel glassware, Christofle silverware and china made exclusively for Remy.

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A private Chef’s Table dining room seats 16, offers a glimpse into the kitchen and is more “Ratatouille”-inspired – designed more to look like the movie’s version of an opulent French restaurant. There are also 16 tables within the glass-walled wine room, where you can dine surrounded by 900 bottles of wine.

The Disney Dream will also have the alternative dining restaurant Palo ($15 p.p.), a popular, adults-only offering on the line two existing ships, Disney Magic and Disney Dream.

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