As mentioned in my review of my South Pacific cruise on the Rhapsody of the Seas, my boyfriend and I took advantage of a pre-paid dining package which allowed us to eat at all of the specialty restaurants on board for USD55. A couple of days after dining at Chops Grille, we went slightly more casual at Giovanni’s Table, an Italian trattoria.
There were a few items that I had in mind for my appetiser, but I eventually went for the almond crusted scallops which I may say, proved to be a good choice despite the dull presentation. The scallops were cooked perfectly and the pesto almond topping was well seasoned and delicious. My only complaint was that there were only two of them – I wanted more!
My boyfriend chose the beef carpaccio, which was presented far more attractively, and was just as tasty as my scallops. The combination of flavours on the plate was excellent, and I particularly liked the crunchy garlic chips and the herb oil with the paper-thin slices of beef tenderloin.
My main of veal parcels filled with porcini mushrooms, provolone cheese and ham, also looked rather unappetising, and unfortunately, on this occasion, the taste matched the appearance. The veal was quite dry, despite the pools of black truffle sauce and veal jus, and I could barely taste the different components that made up the filling.
I again had food envy when my boyfriend’s jumbo shrimp was brought out to him. Although the presentation was slightly clumsy, the baked shrimp was juicy and tasted fantastic, and was enhanced by the added texture from the crispy shreds of zucchini.
A dessert trolley is wheeled to your table at the end of your meal, and as readers of this blog will know, I love trying different desserts and struggle with choosing just one. Happily on this occasion, the waiter, perhaps sensing my indecision, promptly served us just about one of everything, with the highlight being the Zuppa Inglese, which consisted of wonderfully smooth and creamy Italian custard mixed with brandy infused berries. The custard was incredible and I was just about licking the glass clean by the time I got to the bottom of it. The cannoli shells were soggy, which was a shame, because both the ricotta and chocolate fillings were very nice; and the chocolate cake was also great.
- Overall a decent experience, with some lovely dishes and some disappointing dishes
- If I dined here again, I would choose the more traditional and simple dishes on the menu