Fairly shortly after boarding Oasis of the Seas we decided that we wanted to treat ourselves to the six course tasting menu at 150 Central Park. The additional cover charge of $35 represented excellent value.
Inside, 150 Central Park is as impressive as the food, it certainly creates the right atmosphere.
Our meal began with their signature martini – a refreshing blend of cucumber, basil and lemongrass. The waiter joked that it was the never ending martini, and he wasn’t far wrong, I was still drinking it at the end of the meal! The glass was conical shaped so it sat over a bed of ice which kept it cool, it’s the little things that set these restaurants apart.
The salt tasting was one of the most enjoyable and unusual food experiences I’ve had. Salt is salt, isn’t it? Nope. The difference in flavour between these speciality and salts from around the world was surprising. I have a new appreciation for salt!
Our salt tasting was accompanied with a variety of freshly baked bread (which I ate far too much of).
A starter of beetroot and goats cheese was one of my favourite courses, the betroot came in various forms including pickled and powdered (freeze dried and ground I think). It was of course presented like a piece of modern art.
I’m not a massive soup fan but this butternut squash one was pretty good, to add crunch it was topped with roasted nuts. I’ll definitely be stealing that little trick.
Neither of us had tried pompano before. Alex was obviously listening more closely than I was, he tells me it’s a fish that’s native to Florida. It had quite a meaty texture, I don’t eat a lot of fish but it reminded me a little of turbot, although much thinner. I always like to try new foods when I’m abroad so it was nice that they’d chosen some ‘local’ produce – as much as you can when you’re cruising in the Caribbean and therefore constantly on the move.
Our main course was short ribs (deboned) from an award winning ranch, served with romesco sauce and onions. It was very rich, but so tasty. I constantly wax lyrical about American beef, it’s just so much tastier than ours…sorry, it’s true (although I have had two excellent steaks in the UK recently, so maybe I’m just eating in the wrong places!)
Greek yoghurt panna cotta and baklava was the finale to our six course tasting menu. If you’re on board Oasis of the Seas I highly recommend you take advantage of the low cover charge for this, this sort of dinner would usually cost hundreds so it’s well worth it if you are into your food.