Australian luxury travel company Scenic is taking the gourmet dining experience to a new dimension with its new ocean cruise “Discovery Yacht,” Scenic Eclipse. The 228-passenger mega yacht has a staggering nine dining venues for guests to choose from, and that’s on top of the in-room dining.
“We have a total of 2,500 recipes across our eight restaurants,” Executive Chef Tom Goetter says. “You would need to be on board for one and a half months to eat every dish.”
Dining onboard Scenic Eclipse is a culinary journey with 14 different nations represented in the kitchens and 10 unique dining experiences that range from causal to fine dining and are inspired by all corners of the globe. From contemporary French fine dining at Lumiere, to your client’s favourite fillet of steak cooked to perfection in the elegant Elements restaurant, a casual meal in the Azure Bar and Café, or modern Asian fusion at Koko’s, there is no shortage of choice.
“We want to create a dining experience where guests feel like they cannot decide where to go at night time”, said Goetter. “What I don’t want is for one of our restaurants to be called the main restaurant, or our best restaurant. It’s a discovery yacht, and we have created a discovery menu”.
The attention and detail that has gone into the design and fit-out of Scenic Eclipse is reflected in the passion for food coming from Goetter and his team.
For the sushi bar, Goetter doesn’t just airfreight in the freshest fish; his rice, his vinegar, his soy sauce all come direct from Japan. “You can get dashi vinegar and soy sauce anywhere, but they are different in Japan,” he says.
“We have 24-month aged parmesan from Italy. It is outstanding. No one gets it because it’s 10 times the price but if you ever have pasta with this parmesan you don’t want anything else. We have two Italians in the kitchen and they just look at it all day long,” he quipped.
On joining Scenic Eclipse, Goetter was given the mandate to create his own menus and to create all-inclusive dining experiences that would be like no other on a cruise ship.
“We have lot of toys in the kitchen which I believe other cruise ship companies are not using yet,” he says. “We have dehydrators for dehydrating our own dry foods for breakfast and making our own spice mixes on board. We are using oven circulators for unique smoking methods and have an on board Urban Cultivator herb garden to ensure we have constant access to fresh herbs and greens.”
Scenic Eclipse offers a choice of all-inclusive dining experiences:
- Elements – A restaurant featuring Italian, steak and seafood
- Yacht Club – Poolside grill, buffet and bar
- Koko’s – Asian Fusion restaurant and Sake bar
- Sushi @ Koko’s – An authentic Japanese experience
- Teppanyaki @ Koko’s – Private dining with an open Teppanyaki grill
- Lumière – Contemporary French fine dining and Champagne bar
- Azure Bar & Café – Relaxed all-day grazing
- Epicure – Learn from the best in the ship’s dedicated cooking school
- In-Suite Dining – A 24-hour comprehensive menu
- Chef’s Table @ Elements – Exclusive, invitation-only degustation dining
Complementing the dining experience, Scenic Eclipse features eight spacious bars and lounges. Guests can sip a glass of France’s finest at the intimate Champagne Bar in Lumiere, indulge in an aged single malt at the elegant Lobby Lounge or unwind in the Observatory with a specialty tea or coffee. Complimentary beverages, including the mini-bar, are also part of Scenic’s signature all-inclusive promise available all day, every day.
Lead image: Koko’s – Asian Fusion restaurant