Above: The Gran Cuvee Restaurant.
Below: Once a cruise, the Grand XCuvee has a grand buffet.
Above and below: Blu
Above: A steak main course in Blu..
Below: An omlette prepared to order in Blu
Celebrity Silhouette has more than a dozen different dining venues. All of these fall with the direct responsibility of Food and Beverage Manager Carlos Echaiz. Accordingly, I asked Mr. Echaiz to guide us through all of the dining options available to guests on Silhouette. "Between all the specialties and the main restaurant, you can be in a different part of the world every night."
The Dinning Rooms
"Our main restaurant is the Grand Cuvee. First of all, when you go inside, it is a beautiful design. That takes your whole mind into the dining experience."
Grand Cuvee occupies portions of two decks. "On Deck 4, it is full Select Dining so it is a flexible dining alternative for the guests that [want to] come at their leisure. Then you have Deck 3, which is fixed classic seating at 6 and 8:30."
Similarly, the menu in the Grand Cuvee also has two sections. "On the left side you have classic favorites. It is basically everything that our guests have been requesting throughout the years - - things that they like to have available every day. You have there your Caesar salad, your escargot, your onion soup, grilled salmon, also plain things like New York steak and grilled chicken."
This restaurant is open "for breakfast lunch and dinner on a sea day; Breakfast and dinner on a port day."
"Once a cruise we do the brunch. Our culinary team goes all the way to have a very visual brunch with live music. It is where we display our ice carvings. It is fun. We love brunch and I am sure our guests do too."
The Grand Cuvee is not the dining room for some of the guests on Silhouette. Guests staying in the ship's Aqua Class staterooms have their own dining room. The Aqua Class staterooms are premium cabins with more luxurious amenities than the standard cabins. Those guests also have privileges in the ship's spa. Accordingly, their dining room, which is called "Blu" has a healthy-living focus. (See our review)
"It is not that healthy means less food or smaller portions. It is just stay away from the creamy-based sauces. We do more emulsions and try to use less butter and less cream. We do things that are healthier without taking away from the dish itself."
The quality of the ingredients and their freshness come through. "Being smaller in size than the main dining room, we have the opportunity to do [more ala minute cooking]."
Blu offers breakfast and dinner. "It is all open seating. It is a 10-day cycle menu."
"It has been very successful. Guests book Aqua Class just to have the chance to be in Blu. They create a small family there."
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