Who: Rich and Kathy
Where: Port Canaveral/Nassau 3-night cruise
What: Carnival Liberty
When: August 9-12, 2018
Why: Rich’s Birthday Celebration
Just before our 7:00 PM reservation time, we made our way around the pool area on deck 10 and found the entrance to the Diamonds Steakhouse. The room is quite lovely, divided into two areas overlooking the forward sides of the ship.
After a brief wait, we were seated at a four-top table. We sat next to each other on the bench seat looking out over the starboard side of the ship.
The service was excellent with several servers working to make our experience special. This meal was my birthday dinner, and we wanted it to be memorable. It was that and so much more.
Classic Martini (Kathy & Rich)
Parmesan Crisp & Bread Stick (Rich)
PARMESAN CHEESE QUENELLE (Kathy & Rich)
Crab, Mushrooms, Brown Butter
SMOKE AND ICE FRESH OYSTERS (Rich)
CLASSIC CAESAR SALAD (Kathy & Rich)
Hearts of Romaine Lettuce, Anchovies, Traditionally Prepared
BROILED FILET MIGNON (9 oz.) (Kathy)
Red Wine Sauce
Black Lava Salt
Side: Sautéed Medley of Fresh Mushrooms
SPICE-RUBBED PRIME RIBEYE STEAK (18 oz.) (Rich)
Red Wine Sauce
Red Hawaiian Sea Salt
Side: Yukon Gold Mash with Wasabe Horseradish<
ART AT YOUR TABLE (Kathy & Rich)
Abstract in Presentation, Focused in Flavor
We started by ordering our classic martinis. They were prepared perfectly and were fabulous.
The amuse-bouche was a very creamy parmesan quenelle that was a pleasant start to the meal. Kathy spread the cheese on the fresh roll from the bread service. Quite lovely.
The appetizers were amazing. Kathy’s risotto was like an entree in itself, rich and delicious. I had the oysters that were served in a glass cloche that was lifted to release the smoke trapped inside and reveal the three oysters on the half shell. And it wasn’t just the show that was fabulous — the oysters were fresh and smoky with a splash of sweetness from the apple mignonette.
The Caesar salad was tasty, especially the anchovies that we love. We didn’t eat all of our salads because we knew we had much more to come.
When we ordered our steaks (both medium-rare), we were given the choice of salt for the steaks to be cooked with. Kathy chose the black lava, and I chose the Hawaiian. Since Kathy had a starch with her risotto, she ordered mushrooms as a side to her steak. I ordered the mashed potatoes and had them serve the wasabi on the side.
About halfway through our meal, we were treated to a glorious view of the sunset that made the atmosphere and the experience even sweeter.
The steaks arrived, and they were cooked to perfection. We both ordered the red wine sauce that was served on the side. Kathy’s filet was so tender, it could be pulled apart with a fork. These were excellent steaks, perfectly seasoned and delicious. Unfortunately, we couldn’t finish them, but we enjoyed every bite.<
For dessert, we tried the newly-available Art at Your Table. We had seen several other tables order this, so we were excited to try it. The ingredients were brought out, and then the pastry chef came out with a large palette where he created the art of the dessert, painting the palette with a variety of flavors and textures, culminating with a white chocolate ball he cracked open to reveal a tiramisu cake that he topped with two flavors of ice cream.
Then he took out his chocolate sauce bottle and wrote Happy Birthday on the palette for me. Very special.
This dessert is hard to explain, but it was fun and delicious. As we were finishing our dessert, we were presented with two glasses of champagne and a candle for my birthday. Kathy and the server sang to me. I loved it.
This was an incredible experience. The food, service, and atmosphere were impeccable. It was a birthday experience I will never forget.
Birthday Dessert Art