By Matt Roseboom
When Disney’s newest ship, Disney Dream, launches early next year, it will offer a number of firsts, a new “Villains Tonight!” stage show, a water coaster and virtual portholes for inside cabins, among other things. Now they’ve announced their first-ever premier dining option. A new restaurant called Remy will offer French-inspired, gourmet cuisine by two award-winning chefs.
Remy will meld classic and contemporary styles with a new dining concept exclusively for adults. With a subtle nod to the hit Disney Pixar film “Ratatouille” and its diminutive French rodent star Remy, the softly lit main dining room with seating for 80 is designed in Art Nouveau style with a palate of soft greens, deep reds and rich golds. The Remy character is subtly and artfully integrated into the design.
Dinner will start with a signature chilled Champagne cocktail made tableside, followed by eight to nine small courses complemented by a wine list. Polished touches at Remy include a tableside trolley for serving international cheeses, decanting stations for wines, and post-prandial coffee service including French press and grand crÃ¨me.
Tables are elegantly set with Frette linens, Riedel glassware, Christofle silverware and china made exclusively for Remy, with accents such as purse stools for women’s handbags. The serving staff will be part of the story, dressed in long white aprons, black jackets or burgundy vests and bow ties.
“From the moment our guests walk through the door, they are seamlessly transported to a fine French dining experience,” said Ozer Balli, vice president, Disney Cruise Line Hotel Operations.
A private Chef’s Table dining room seats 16 and offers a glimpse into the kitchen. The room is furnished with rich “Ratatouille”-inspired dÃ©cor — bold red carpet, chairs and drapes with touches of gold, opulent chandeliers, and scenes of Paris on the walls. Chef’s Table has its own entrance to the kitchen to allow the chefs’ easy access, and offers a special multi-course menu.
A glass-walled wine room with marble flooring has seating for up to 16 guests amid more than 900 bottles of wine including a rare selection of Old World wines balanced with a solid selection of New World wines. Cruisers are invited to meet with a sommelier in Remy’s wine room to taste and pre-select their wines for the evening.
Chef Arnaud Lallement from l’Assiette Champenoise, a Michelin two-star restaurant just outside Reims, France, and Chef Scott Hunnel from award-winning Victoria & Albert’s at Walt Disney World, are collaborating to create a French-inspired menu featuring products and seasonal ingredients sourced from around the world. Master Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek of Victoria & Albert’s and Chef Mattieu Gerard Siegrist of l’Assiette Champenoise will lend their talents to create Remy’s breads and desserts. French-trained Chef Patrick Albert will be the executive chef.
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