Dining at Holland America Line’s Pinnacle Grill, Le Cirque and De Librije
Photo by Jason Leppert
Thanks to Holland America Line’s esteemed culinary program, guests can enjoy not only its delicious steakhouse offerings at Pinnacle Grill but also tastes of the famed Le Cirque restaurant in New York and its Culinary Council member Jonnie Boer’s De Librije.
The Pinnacle Grill has always been something special as one of the best steakhouses at sea, and it’s available for lunch and dinner onboard all 15 of the fleet’s ships. Lunch alone for only $10 per person is a delicious affair, with classic starters like beef carpaccio and Dungeness crab cakes and savory entrees like beef tenderloin with Oregon blue cheese (pictured above) before sweet send-offs such as a strawberry pavlova.
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Of course, come dinner time for a $35 surcharge, things ramp up to appetizers like lobster bisque and steak tartare ahead of cuts ranging from a 7 ounce petite or 10 ounce regular filet mignon to a whopping 23 ounce porterhouse, all impressively included. Only recently was the massive 36 ounce president’s cut of bone-in ribeye added to the menu, available for a $59 supplement. Seafood lovers can also tack on a 5 ounce lobster tail for $10 more or order a 12 ounce Maine lobster tail as an entree for $20 extra. All of this is before desserts encompassing vanilla souffles and chocolate volcano cakes.
Elevating the dining experience even more is “An Evening at Le Cirque” which is hosted at least one evening per cruise, wherein the Pinnacle Grill is transformed into the illustrious New York eatery for a $49 surcharge. Available on every Holland America Line ship, Le Cirque brings to life the restaurant’s whimsy and flavors presented on playful monkey charger plates. Tastes include elegantly prepared and served signature lobster salad, chateaubriand and creme brulee during a night not easily forgotten.
Most recently, another restaurant overlay has been added into the Pinnacle Grill rotation aboard the Rotterdam and Eurodam. “Taste of De Librije” highlights the cuisine of one of Holland America’s own Culinary Council members – six world-renowned food wizards that develop the cuisine for the premium line – Michelin Star Chef Jonnie Boer. Named after his restaurant in the Netherlands, De Librije also replaces the steakhouse once per sailing and delivers wine paired courses for $69.
The focus of De Librije is on colorful plating and flavors that pop in your mouth starting with North Sea Scallops for everyone followed by a choice of dishes from oysters and lobster to pork belly, sweet bread, seared bass, baked cod and deconstructed apple pie. The freshness of each dish is remarkable, making De Librije a highly recommended experience for foodies sailing on Holland America Line.
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