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Silver Wind’s Saletta is muy excellente!

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On March - 3 - 2008

Silver Wind Saletta restaurant (Photo by Anita Dunham-Potter)Cruise vacations are becoming increasingly gourmet in terms of the quality of food as well as the style in which it is served. The Saletta restaurant onboard Silver Wind takes gourmet to the highest epicurean standards. Silversea has partnered with Relais & Châteaux to concoct a fine dining experience with a world view by offering five theme nights: Burgandy, Italian, Spanish, French, and North American. Guests have a choice to pay $200 per person for the wine tasting and gourmet experience or for $30 per person guests can skip the wines and just sample the terrific menu. Given the intimate setting of just 30 seats the service is excellent.

Silver Wind docked in Castries, St. Lucia (Photo by Anita Dunham-Potter)I had the pleasure to dine during Spanish night and what a menu – your name is engraved right on it. Talk about personal service! My dinner partner and I opted for the menu option without wines and were spoiled by Seletta’s Maitre D’ Ray Desjardins and Chef Robert Gélinas, who served up an amazing “Under the Spanish Sun” menu:

Tapas Imbericas — Iberic ‘Tapas’ Teasers — Brushetta, grilled eggplant, sausage stuffed squid, quiche

Zarzuela — Catalan fish and seafood stew with lobster, langoustines, clams, mussels, scallops, squid

Pechuga de Pato con Manzanas — Pink-roasted breast of duck with fresh fried liver and braised Reinette apples

Soufflé de Manchego — Manchego soufflé with cherry compote

Dulces Españoles — Catalan cream, iced Alicante nougat, crispy pancake stuffed with milk jam

Degustacion de café con Bocaditos dulces — Coffee, and artistic tea by master tea blenders Harney & Sons, topped off with sweet regional delights that include chocolates, meringues, cheese, strawberries, and more!

It was three hours of eating pleasure!

Even though Silversea’s prices may seem high, this dining option helps makes the line a good value for the discriminating traveler. This was by far the best dining experience I’ve had on any ship – it is not to be missed.

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