Day 3 of our cruise out of Galveston this Summer on Royal Caribbean saw us on our second consecutive sea day en route to Roatan, Honduras. The Main Dining Room (MDR) was serving their Basil menu. That means that at least one dish had a basil theme. This wasn’t a fantastic meal. However, it was the third consecutive solid performance out of the hardworking staff in the main kitchen.
I started with the cream of mushroom soup. You wouldn’t think that a hot soup would be good in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico during the last week of June, but it was fantastic. The mushroom soup I ordered the day before in Chops was better. I think they put more truffle oil in it. Still, the soup in the MDR was still an excellent start to the meal. It also paired nicely with the orecchiette pasta I had as my entree:
I wrote yesterday that the kitchen did a nice job of keeping my fish tender and moist. The MDR is essentially a very large banquet operation. I was thus impressed that they produced pasta done to a perfect firmness. The sauce was also superb. I hope I was able to restrain myself from ordering seconds, but by this point in the cruise I’m not making any promises.
I ordered the cherries jubilee for dessert that night. Shipboard safety regulations meant they couldn’t actually light it on fire at your table, but it was very good. I also ordered a cappuccino. My drink package covered the cappuccino. That drink helped me power through the rest of the evening. There weren’t any real standouts on this menu, but it was still very good overall.