5 Golden Spoons
Cruise ship cuisine often falls short but it is completely the opposite aboard the Windsurf, the world’s largest sailing ship. On our first night at sea just south of Barcelona, we dined at Stella Bistro on the star deck. Upon arrival, we were greeted by a team of service staff who warmly introduced themselves and escorted our party of four to our table. The ambiance was elegant but not pretentious and we had a lovely view of the sparkling coast. We were presented with an extensive menu that would delight even the most experienced foodie.
Honestly, I wanted every dish so making choices was quite a challenge. I opted to start with the house made wild boar pate which arrived on a toasted seasoned baguette chip atop a delightful frisée with a delicate mustard sauce. The pate was sweet and tart, country style with just the right amount of texture. A pure delight that melted in my mouth with a gorgeous vinegary finish.
For my next course, I chose a Salad de Canard. Sliced duck breast with orange confit, baby lettuce, and asparagus tips, with a zesty Cointreau dressing. The perfect pairing of flavors. I detected a touch of cumin on the duck which was gave the dish an exotic finish.
Next, I decided to try something completely pedestrian; a classic filet mignon. It was superb. Prepared medium rare over wild mushrooms covered with a Maltaise sauce with a flourish of crispy air fried potatoes. Wow. I treasured every bite.
For a sweet ending, I had the Fraise Mille Fueille. A gorgeous merengue filled with a strawberry vanilla custard. Caramelized almonds and ice cream on the side made the scrumptious treat an even more special dish.
But we weren’t thru yet. A fantastic array of cheeses and a glass of old Spanish port ended the completely decadent experience. Stellar service, an inspired menu, and the perfect setting made this one of the most memorable meals I’ve had in years. Kudos to the Windsurf and Stella Bistro.