Food is important in cruising and for Crystal it is a special focus. Initially they partnered with established culinary luminaries like Nobu Matsuhisa to create Silk Road (Asian dining and sushi) and Valentino Restaurant to create Prego (Italian) but more recently they have driven their own initiatives.
They rolled out Tastes, which offers a Global Street Food Court and was developed with Sapphire Restaurant in Laguna Beach California. It provides dishes from around the world. In the main dining room they introduced new menus to bring both Modern Cuisine, dishes using new cooking techniques and equipment, along with a Classic Menu with traditional dishes.
The advantage of having both the modern and classic menus mean that they can satisfy the more conservative passenger that prefers to stick with well-known dishes and appeal to the adventurous gourmet diners used to a more contemporary and flamboyant style of food. I liked having the choice and found the new dishes exciting and provided a fine-dining feel to mealtime.
Here are some of the modern and classics from the main dining room on board Crystal Serenity:
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