Posted October 27th, 2017, 10:30 AM
Obviously when it comes to dining there is no one size fits all and you may or may not enjoy the TK Grill but it might be worth checking out.
I would like to clarify some of the misconceptions about the Grill and TK dining on Seabourn as people still have it all muddled up.
At present on Quest and Odyssey the former R2 Restaurant has been converted to IMHO opinion a lovely clubby elegant space that bears little resemblance to the dark and cramped restaurant that formerly occupied this space. The R2 on Sojourn is going to be converted to the Grill in December. And on Encore, while I have not been on it, from my understanding it is a slightly larger but similarly outfitted restaurant with the addition of a popular bar. See my pic of the Quest TK Grill
The Grill menu is not the ribs, tumblers etc. menu /environment- it is a formal venue with tablecloths and a menu that recalls a classic New York steakhouse. We actually PREFER it on formal nights as it is a quiet and lovely environment with good classic food and wonderful personal service.
The Colonnade is the venue that once or twice a week transforms into the casual restaurant serving American country favorites or as Keller puts it childhood classics that are served at his land based restaurant Ad Hoc. And it is not just ribs. I think the salads are outstanding as is the potted creamy cheesecake. And don’t get me started on the cheese course. People on this board may recall how I feel about the very special Humboldt Fog served at one of these dinners. I find these dinners, as they are served family style, are most fun to do with another couple or two. And as to the tumblers, I always nicely ask for, and receive, a proper wine glass.
The other TK dishes on Seabourn are found in the Restaurant and the Patio Grill. In the Restaurant there is periodically an insert in the regular menu with a handful of supplemental dishes based on Kellers flagship restaurant , the French Laundry. These dishes are more innovative in ingredient selection and preparation. Ironically these have been my least favorite Keller dishes on Seabourn even though I am a big fan of the French Laundry. I will say the dessert of the molten chocolate cake with passion fruit purée in the Center is delicious.
And finally now and then at the Patio Grill at lunch the TK hot dog (my suggestion is order it with out all of the relish etc. topping it) and the Napa burger (specially sourced beef) are offered. The meat of the hot dog is very good as is the burger.
And as a note, I have never (not on Seabourn nor at any other restaurant) seen a Caesar salad made with vinegar and find it hard to believe they use it in the table side prep. Classic Caesar uses lemon. As to it being all leaves, a Caesar salad is just romaine lettuce leaves — with a few anchovies and croutons added when served. As to an ice cream dessert , I highly recommend instead ordering the lovely light coconut cake.
The portions at the Grill are large so we usually have them skip the crudités with dip brought at the beginning of the meal. Also I’m afraid while we usually try to go easy on bread the classic Parker House rolls are irresistible. And we often share an entree- especially if we order a steak or the lovely roasted chicken. Ironically the Dover sole was my least favorite entree. We actually liked the Grill so much we would have dined there every other night had that been possible and the only disappointment of out July Alaska cruises on Sojourn was that the space has not yet been converted from the R2 to the Grill.
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