Friday, November 11, 2016

Holland America Line's Koningsdam Introduces Divine Dining in Sel de Mer

Exquisite. That’s what comes to mind after a meal in Sel de Mer—the new French seafood restaurant aboard Holland America Line’s newest flagship ms Koningsdam.

Sel de Mer, or “salt of the sea” in French, serves an exceptional selection of classic French seafood dishes with a contemporary twist. The intimate restaurant re-creates a setting reminiscent of the finest French brasseries where waiters are traditionally dressed and the food is exceptionally fresh. When the bouillabaisse arrived, I was so captured by its sight and scent that I forgot to get our my camera. Honestly, it was the best I’ve ever tasted, prepared with red mullet, a lobster claw, sole, shrimp, snapper, clams, mussels, tomatoes, saffron, potato, fennel, and orange zest and served with a baguette and rouille.

For a look at what else is cooking, I’d like to share…

A Trio of Seafood Salad with crab meat, North sea shrimp, and tuna.

Classic Baked Escargot, prepared with garlic, parsley, and Pernod butter.

Dover Sole Fillet Meunière, with potatoes, a blood orange, and brown shrimp in butter on the side. Accompaniments are ratatouille, cauliflower puree, and haricot verts.

For dessert, sinfully rich Profiterols with Chantilly cream are topped with hot chocolate sauce.

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