Last evening we had the opportunity to preview what the cuisine will be like when the new Seven Seas Explorer takes its place as the most luxurious cruise ship ever built. It will include a Pan-Asian restaurant named 'Pacific Rim" presenting Asian culinary dishes in a specially designed dining room matching the cuisine.
This took place at the Hakkasan Beverly Hills restaurant with Jason Montague, president and CEO of Regent Seven Seas Cruises on hand to greet media and other guests.
We sat at the table with Bernhard Klotz, culinary director for Regent, and were able to query him on how new culinary concepts are prepared for the Seven Seas Explorer. Actually the new ship will also have a culinary arts kitchen designed as a showroom where chefs will meet passengers and display their skills.
The menu we enjoyed last evening put on display the gourmet cuisine that will be a part of the 'Pacific Rim' restaurant experience.
Served with cocktails were canapes including rib eye bites in a black pepper sauce, steamed crab dumpling and a stir fry lettuce wrap.
There was a Dim Sum Platter with lobster, truffle and shrimp dumplings, and entrees like steamed red snapper, Maine lobster prepared with Chinese honey and black pepper and Wagyu beef
The Seven Seas Explorer, at 56,000 tons and carrying only 750 guests, will have one the highest space ratios in the cruise industry. The maiden voyage is to take place on July 20, 2016 with a fourteen night Monte Carlo to Venice cruise. The ship will remain in Europe next summer.
We were much impressed with the Hakkasan Restaurant and will have more to say about it.