Last year, Holland America Line debuted a new alternative dining option exclusively aboard ms Rotterdam called “Taste of De Librije” featuring the cuisine of Culinary Council member and Michelin Three Star Chef Jonnie Boer. Given its popularity and success as an alternative dining option, the line has extended the experience to ms Eurodam.
Named after Boer’s restaurant in the Netherlands, the menu showcases a selection of starters, soups, entrees and desserts from his land-based eatery. Once per cruise the Pinnacle Grill is transformed for dinner with service staff wearing the uniform livery from De Librije, the restaurant’s table set-up is replicated and the wine list highlights a selection of labels from the Lady De Librije collection. Reservations can be made for “Taste of De Librije” for a US $69 surcharge per person including wine pairings.
“Taste of De Librije is being expanded because the experience has been so popular with not only our Dutch guests who know Jonnie well, but with all our of guests who have enjoyed the opportunity to sample his remarkable cuisine,” said Richard Meadows, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs for Holland America Line. “We continue to be excited to work with Jonnie beyond his role on our Culinary Council and look forward to offering this new dining option to guests sailing on ms Eurodam.”
The five-course menu starts with North Sea Scallops served to all diners. From there, guests can select among three appetizers, two soups, four entrees and three desserts. The tantalizing dishes include Oysters on the Beach with micro greens; Torched Langoustine with green bean coulis; Potato Soup with lobster and chorizo, Seared North Sea Cod with Speck Ham; Beef Tenderloin with bulgur wheat and smoked olive oil foam; Deconstructed Apple Pie with vanilla gelato and Chantilly-style cream, and Rice Chocolate Stones with tuile and strawberries.
When guests return to their stateroom following the dining experience, they will find a special Jonnie Boer surprise gift.
Boer is a rising star of the Dutch culinary scene. In addition to being a member of Holland America Line’s esteemed Culinary Council composed of six international chefs, he is chef and co-owner of Michelin-rated De Librije Restaurant and De Librije Hotel in Zwolle, Netherlands. Boer holds the Relais & Chateaux grand chef designation.
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