While we’ve previously dined at the Sel de Mer restaurant on the Koningsdam, we found this “pop-up” event to be a better dining experience.
A variety of tapenades are also served with the bread.
Mr. Jones chose the fresh fish of the day, finding it perfectly cooked.
Sides are portioned large enough for sharing; we enjoyed the cauliflower puree and the ratatouille.There is a special wine list for the Rudi’s Sel de Mer pop-up restaurant, although other wines are also available.
Since we had purchased Holland America’s “Cellar Number 3” wine package, we choose the Laurenz V “Singing” Gruner Veltliner. This light and refreshing white wine from Austria paired well with our fish and seafood.For dessert, I selected the Profiteroles with Hot Chocolate Sauce. Mr. Jones enjoyed the popular Apple Tarte Tatin.
Book Sel de Mer Before Your Cruise
While the stand-alone Sel de Mer restaurant on the Koningsdam is a la carte pricing, the Rudi’s Sel de Mer pop-up restaurant on other Holland America ships has a flat fee of $49 per guest. Four and five star Mariners get a 50 percent discount.
If you want to experience the Rudi’s Sel de Mer pop-up restaurant during your next Holland America cruise, it is best to book before your cruise by calling Ship Services or via the cruise line’s website.
This special dining event is only offered once evening per cruise of 10 days or less.
More Food Faces from Chef Rudi Sodamin
If you enjoy the playful Food Faces plates, you might want to check out the Rudi’s coffee-table book — Food Faces: 150 Feasts for the Eyes — that’s sold onboard and via Amazon.
Have you tried Rudi’s Sel de Mer pop-up restaurant on a Holland America ship? How did you enjoy the experience?
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