|Eric Goldring with Thomas Keller|
in The Grill by Thomas Keller on the Seabourn Encore
(If you look carefully you will see I ordered the chicken!)
|Order the Chicken!|
You can have all the ambiance and service you want, but you are
at The Grill by Thomas Keller to have a culinary experience
For me the chicken is the best item on the menu. The extraordinary flavor was burned into my culinary memory when I dined at Bouchon in Napa Valley and ordered the Poulet Rôti. So it became a "thing" between me and The Grill's Executive Chef Tom (ironically) who has been trained by Mr. Keller to always "slip" me an order of chicken no matter what I ordered, even though it is supposed to be served to two people.
My first evening in The Grill on the Seabourn Encore was with two clients/friends of mine. We all decided to order the chicken; an odd number. We also had a "discussion" about which wine paired best with the famous chicken. Over my client's objection we ordered a Chassagne Montrachet.
As we were dining, Thomas Keller came over to our table to have a chat and noticed three (rather than two) dishes with chicken and queried how that was possible (being the consistency maven that he is). My client said, "We know someone." As Mr. Keller went to congratulate my client, he was rebuffed, "No, Eric knows someone!"
A bit surprised Mr. Keller then asked, "And what wine have you paired with the chicken?" When I told him, he gave a very approving nod and offered me a fist bump! I turned to my client and, with my best Jersey accent said, "Just sayin'!"
In other words, have fun with and in The Grill. It is worth it.
OK, now for what you have been waiting for...
|The Bar in The Grill by Thomas Keller|
on the Seabourn Encore
|Comfortable sofas and chairs near both The Bar and the pianist|
makes for your initial time in The Grill by Thomas Keller
both upscale and relaxing
|Adam Tihany, the interior designer who has a special relationship|
with Thomas Keller and his restaurants, loves to display
wines in creative glass wine cellars.
|The Grill by Thomas Keller's tables are simply, but elegantly, set.|
The cuisine is the focus.
When seated you are served super-crisp crudités with a Green Goddess dip along with wonderful bread and butter.
Your starter (appetizer) ranges from a Caesar Salad made tableside, to artichoke to crab cakes and more. Again, the focus is on presenting clean, simple, but exceptionally well prepared, dishes made with only the finest ingredients. And Thomas Keller assures only the truly "finest ingredients" are used and prepared specifically as he desires. (Seabourn has made a significant investment not only in the ingredients, but in specially designed galleys dedicated to Mr. Keller's menu items.)
|The Grill's Executive Chef Tom prepares a Caesar Salad tableside|
|Simple, but delicious, cold Artichoke|
|Super-Chilled Iceberg Lettuce Salad with Bacon|
|Crab Cake - I highly recommend it!|
Dessert is about as American, and delicious, as one can get. Ice Cream Sundae, Lemon Meringue Pie or Coconut Cake are some examples.
|Executive Chef Tom making an Ice Cream Sundae tableside|
(chocolate & caramel sauce!)
|A petite Lemon Meringue Pie|
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