Regent Seven Seas to Debut Gourmet French Eatery on Explorer
PHOTO: Seven Seas Explorer’s Charteuse is designed to evoke a hidden Paris café.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises has been promoting its new ship, the 750-passenger Seven Seas Explorer, set to debut in July 2016, as “the most luxurious ship in the world,” but what would that luxury experience be without a great French restaurant?
At a dinner for the media and travel agents on March 12 at Le Bernandin, one of New York City’s top French restaurants, Regent Seven Seas unveiled plans for Chartreuse, which it describes as a classic French restaurant with a modern twist that is designed to evoke a hidden Paris café.
Chartreuse will join the line’s signature steakhouse, Prime 7, as the second of three specialty restaurants aboard Seven Seas Explorer. Regent Seven Seas will release details about the third specialty restaurant in June. All three restaurants, which guests can book at no additional charge, will feature vintage wines and premium spirits, also at no additional charge.
“A luxury cruise experience is incomplete without gourmet dining,” said Jason Montague, Regent Seven Seas’ president and chief operating officer. “With our sights set on building the world’s most luxurious ship, we challenged our design and culinary teams to develop some extraordinary and exquisite dining options for our guests aboard Seven Seas Explorer.”
Guests will be greeted by a hostess upon arrival at the restaurant through a curved paneled entryway with flooring that resembles a cobblestoned Parisian street. Contemporary lounge chairs and embossed leather stools will surround granite-topped tables in an intimate bar area with scalloped marble mosaic tiled flooring. Guests can enjoy specialty cocktails infused with the French liqueur Chartreuse.
The new restaurant will include a solid zinc bar top on a softly illuminated frosted glass base located near a backlit wine display filled with French wines and selections from boutique vineyards of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Rhône and Loire Valleys. Decorative iron sculpting throughout the bar pays homage to Paris’ iconic Eiffel Tower.
As guests transition to the dining room, they will be greeted by art-nouveau décor with a feature wall lined with sculpted Chartreuse glass surrounded by metallic and crystalline frames on one side and floor-to-ceiling windows separated by metal filigree screens on the other. Indeed, the restaurant takes its name from that decorative Chartreuse glass. There will be tables for two or white leather banquets with ocean views. A silver-leafed ceiling interspersed with gold-bordered black lacquered lines completes the Parisian motif.
The back portion of the restaurant will transition from a dining room into to a Parisian courtyard, creating the illusion of al fresco dining. Separated from the main dining area by a metal lattice screen, this garden area sits upon marble flooring with gold mosaic tile inlays and is illuminated by a wall of decorative lanterns and a centerpiece crystal chandelier.
Chartreuse’s menu, designed by Regent Seven Seas’ own culinary team, will feature dishes using both classic and modern French gastronomic techniques. The menu is highlighted by Charolais steak tartare in a hazelnut-Dijon emulsion topped with Perlita caviar d’Aquitaine, roasted Cévennes rack of lamb with rosemary-mint persillade and sugar snap pea sauce, and poached Brittany blue lobster tail glazed with caramelized lobster roe butter on a bed of Sologne white asparagus and Romanesco. Desserts will include a frozen Chartreuse parfait with almond crumble and classic savarin cake made with aged Martinique rum and topped with vanilla cream.
Regent Seven Seas also announced that its new Chartreuse restaurant concept will be rolled out to the rest of its fleet by summer 2016, replacing Signatures on Seven Seas Voyager and Seven Seas Mariner. Select Chartreuse dishes also will be available at Compass Rose on Seven Seas Navigator.
Then again, if you don’t just want to eat great French food, Regent Seven Seas has another solution: They’ll teach you how to cook it! Earlier this month the line said it would introduce its first culinary instruction center, called the Culinary Arts Kitchen, on Seven Seas Explorer.
Culinary Arts Kitchen will help guests expand their culinary skills in a special cooking school. Eighteen individual cooking stations will give guests to receive hands-on training in top culinary techniques. More than a dozen classes will cover a wide array of topics, including healthy cooking, fish and shellfish preparation, food and wine pairings for entertaining, how to prepare mini-desserts, high-heat grilling, and classes inspired by the destinations visited by the ship.
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