Jump to content
Cruise Critic Community
palermo22

Chef's Table

Recommended Posts

For those who have had the opportunity to eat in the Chef's Table during 2018 - what were your favorite two meals? Yes, I know, everyone will have a different opinion - but just wondering if a pattern begins to form and that certain specialties get repeated over and over.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Our experience was that they rotated through their menus every two days. Wish we could have tried them all but we did enjoy the Asian (that fire and ice granite was memorable) and Venetian offerings.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We were on the Viking Sea in July 2018 and dined at the Chef's Table twice. We had the Asian Panorama and La Route Des Indes. Both dinners were excellent!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think the pattern your were looking for may already be emerging. Asian Panorama and La Route Des Indies were our favorites, as well.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I assume you are asking about the top two because that's how many reservations you can make before sailing. On our cruise we were able to make as many additional reservations onboard as we wanted, so we ended up trying 4 of the 6 menus offered.

Asian Panorama – we found the duck overcooked, but otherwise this was excellent

La Route des Indes – all excellent

Sweet & Salty – all excellent except for the 'bird's nest' garnish on the dessert, which we just ignored

Xiang – all excellent [except the dessert reminded DW of tapioca, which she doesn't like – I OTOH loved it]

We passed on Erling's Scandinavian Bistro – which was offered four times – and Venice Carnival. They didn't offer the Journey Through Time menu, which we would have squeezed in if we could have.

 

We found the Chef's Table the highlight of an already terrific cruise. The portions are small enough that DW didn't feel stuffed, and the presentation is stepped up a notch from the MDR. The premium wine pairings were well chosen [and since DW doesn't drink at all, they were comped for me – which made them taste even better!]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

During our fourteen day cruise, we had six reservations for Chef's Table, we ended up cancelling one as we would have repeated one of the menus. We had Asian Panorama, Routes des Indes,Venice Carnival, Sweet and Salty and Erling's Scandinavian Bistro. It's difficult for me to pick a top two, as I thought everything was good, and each menu had memorable items. The only item that I did not care for was the Spicy Tuna first course which was a part of the Indes menu.The two most memorable menus for me were Asian Panorama and Erling's Scandinavian Bistro.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

On our recent VO cruise, we dined in Chef's Table on the evening they were serving the Asian tasting menu. Like others, we did not care for the duck, but the other courses were fine.

 

We weren't exactly blown away by CT, so we cancelled our second reservation and went back to Manfredi's.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just off the Orion. Went to the Chef's Table 3 times and found the food very nice. A bit unusual but quite tasty. The wine pairing worked fine - we were on the Beverage Package so had the premium wines which I think enhanced the meal. You can pay $25 if you haven't got the package but if you consider it would have cost us $75 to upgrade, the package takes on a whole new level of value for money.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We are just back and 6 menus were offered on a 2 day rotation - there are 7 now I understand. We ate there 6 times - we had the Scandinavian twice and gave the Venetian one a miss - we love it there - they had more covers on our cruise in the Chef’s Table than ever before - there are those like us that like to try every menu and they will bend over backwards to fit you in. The quicker rotation has increased the popularity among the “regulars” . It is not everyone’s cup of tea I quite understand that! Manfredi’s reservations are much more of a challenge!

 

 

Sent from my iPad using Forums

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

They do a good job of fitting you in if you want to come on almost any night. We liked the Venetian menu best on our latest cruise. The one thing we did not like was the take on Peking Duck on the Asian Panorama menu-a burrito filled with shredded duck with a small amount of sauce and a tiny piece of crispy skin on top was not good. Most other "inspired by" dishes worked better.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I did not like the Mexican menu's pre-dinner drink....food was OK...good mole!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I did not like the Mexican menu's pre-dinner drink....food was OK...good mole!

 

Was this some sort of tequila beverage?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Which is the Mexican menu? I don't see that on the menus on My Viking Journey for my cruise in December.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Which is the Mexican menu? I don't see that on the menus on My Viking Journey for my cruise in December.

 

I have the Mexico menu on MVJ for the WC in January. There are 12menus! Mexico is:

Mexico

 

Amuse Bouche

 

Tostadas De Pulpo

 

 

 

First Course

 

Tamalito De Pollo

 

salsa verde

 

Granité

 

Nopales Con Limon

 

 

 

Main Course

 

Short Rib

 

mole, pure de camote, miel de agave

 

Dessert

 

Chocolate En Texturas

 

mousse, biscocho, crumble

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you for the Mexican menu. My Viking Journey lists only 4 sample menus, but the whole cruise is only 8 days, so maybe that's why! In any case, I'm glad they rotate every few days now. It was much less frequently when they started. I assumed the same sample menus would be listed for each cruise, but I guess not. Ours shows Asian Panorama, Route des Indes, Sweet and Sour, and Venice Carnival. I don't think we've had the latter two. The beef on Route des Indes was excellent, but some of the other little things on that menu were too oddball for me (picky eater). I remember a great shrimp appetizer on one menu that my husband and I both loved, but I forget which menu it was.

 

I don't worry too much about which menu will be in rotation. For me, there's always something I don't particularly like, but there are several more things I do, so I just eat what I like and don't worry about the rest - which are usually just the amuse bouche - little taste teasers, not the main dish!

 

Since there are only 4 menus listed for my cruise, does that mean those 4 are likely to be in rotation on our cruise, or are they really just sample menus, as the heading states?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Chef's Table seems to be a work in progress and Viking is always tyring to find ways to improve it a bit. We enjoy it! Do we always like every item...Nooooo....but it is fun to explore especially when we aren't paying for it at an expensive state side restaurant!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I just selected our optional restaurant choices this morning, but had been looking over them for the past several days. Our cruise is for 12 nights. There were 6 sample menus for the Chefs Table available for us to see prior to registration opening. When I made our reservations, the same 6 menus were what we had to choose from, each available for 2 nights only. On previous cruises, the menu was the same for 3 nights. As your cruise is for 8 nights, the 4 menus that you can see on My Viking Journey as sample menus will be the only 4 that will be available to you. They will each be available for 2 nights. I am a pretty picky eater, but on a previous cruise we had the Sweet and Salty menu. I enjoyed the entire meal. I thought it was excellent and was happy to see that we would have the choice of that menu on our upcoming cruise.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks. Did you choose the menu first and then available days popped up, I assume? Do you remember if the menus were listed in the same order as the days in the cruise? If not, it's no big deal, but I like to space out my specialty restaurant reservations as much as I can so any info is helpful.

 

Thanks for the info - very helpful.

 

The salty menu looks great.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

roothy123

When you go into the "Make Reservation" a drop box will appear with all of the dates for your cruise. As you go through each date, that night's menu will be shown. I went through each date first to see which menu was available for each night. Like you, I wanted to space our optional restaurants out as much as possible. Then I went back and selected the menus we preferred on the nights we preferred. I made reservations at the Chefs Table first and then made the Manfredi's reservations. The availability of the Chefs Table menus on the reservation site is such an upgrade as there is no more scrambling once on board. The sample menus that were shown on My Viking Journey before reservations were available were shown on a horizontal scroll, so I can't say if they were in any particular order.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Forum Jump
    • Categories
      • Q&A: Cruise Insurance with Steve Dasseos of TripInsuranceStore.com
      • Forum Assistance
      • New Cruisers
      • Cruise Lines “A – O”
      • Cruise Lines “P – Z”
      • River Cruising
      • ROLL CALLS
      • Digital Photography & Cruise Technology
      • Member Cruise Reviews
      • Special Interest Cruising
      • Cruise Discussion Topics
      • UK Cruising
      • Australia & New Zealand Cruisers
      • North American Homeports
      • Ports of Call
      • Cruise Conversations
×
×
  • Create New...