Disney Dream to offer fine dining option with Remy
With a subtle nod to film "Ratatouille" and its diminutive French star Remy, the softly lit main dining room with seating for 80 is designed in Art Nouveau style with a palate of soft greens, deep reds and rich gold. (DISNEY CRUISE LINE)
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Remy, the name of the main character rodent in the Pixar film, will be French-inspired, gourment cuisine by two award-winning chefs touting a mix of classic and contemporary styles that will also be an adults-only dining option.
Chef Arnaud Lallement from l'Assiette Champenoise, a Michelin two-star restaurant just outside Reims, France, and chef Scott Hunnel from award-winning Victoria & Albert's at Walt Disney World Resort, are collaborating to create a French-inspired menu featuring superior products and seasonal ingredients sourced from around the world.
Also, master pastry chef Erich Herbitschek of Victoria & Albert's at Walt Disney World Resort and chef Mattieu Gerard Siegrist of l'Assiette Champenoise will lend their talents to create Remy's savory breads and dessert offerings.
French-trained Chef Patrick Albert will be the executive chef for Remy.
"Remy, a first-of-its-kind onboard experience, takes Disney Cruise Line dining to new heights," said Ozer Balli, vice president, Disney Cruise Line Hotel Operations. "The extraordinary success of Palo on the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder encouraged us to create this elegant, upscale and even more intimate dining experience for the Disney Dream."
Dinner at Remy is a lavish and leisurely affair, starting with a signature chilled Champagne cocktail made tableside, followed by eight to nine small courses complemented by a stellar wine list. Lallement's cuisine is simple and stylish, such as roasted lobster with cream, and fresh asparagus with black truffles and vin jaune. It earns l'Assiette Champenoise two stars (of a possible three) from Michelin, making the experience "excellent cooking and worth a detour." Hunnel's innovative dishes offer small tastes of everything from wild caviar to Kobe beef and Japanese Wagyu strip loin. His cuisine earns Victoria & Albert's the coveted AAA Five Diamonds, a rating accorded a mere 0.19 percent of restaurants in North America and the Caribbean.
Polished touches at Remy include a tableside trolley for serving international cheeses, decanting stations for wines, and post-prandial coffee service including French press and grand creme.
With a subtle nod to film "Ratatouille" and its diminutive French star Remy, the softly lit main dining room with seating for 80 is designed in Art Nouveau style with a palate of soft greens, deep reds and rich gold. The restaurant's classic French design features graceful sinuous lines on chair backs, etched in glass and in wall treatments, and Nouveau-style floral and leaf design in the carpet and banquettes, and warm lighting. The famous Remy character is subtly and artfully integrated into the design.
Tables are elegantly set with Frette linens, Riedel glassware, Christofle silverware and china made exclusively for Remy, with gracious accents such as purse stools for women's handbags. The attentive serving staff is part of the sophisticated story, dressed in long white aprons, black jackets or burgundy vests, and bow ties. "From the moment our guests walk through the door, they are seamlessly transported to a fine French dining experience," said Balli.
The private Chef's Table dining room seats 16 and offers a glimpse into the kitchen. The room is furnished with rich "Ratatouille"-inspired decor bold red carpet, chairs and drapes with touches of gold, opulent chandeliers, and scenes of Paris on the walls. The private Chef's Table dining room has its own entrance to the kitchen to allow the chefs easy access, and offers a special multi-course menu.
A glass-walled wine room with marble flooring has seating for up to 16 guests amid more than 900 bottles of wine including a fine rare selection of Old World wines balanced with a solid selection of New World wines. Once dinner is booked and guests are on board, they are invited to meet with a sommelier in Remy's wine room to taste and pre-select their wines for the evening.
The Disney Dream is slated to debut in January 2011 and will sail out of Port Canaveral. The Dream is the third ship in the Disney Cruise Line stable with the fourth ship, the Disney Fantasy, scheduled to debut in 2012.