If you have had the pleasure to take a voyage on the Disney Cruise Line’s four ships, the Dream, Magic, Wonder or Fantasy and have dined at the exclusive, adults-only, gourmet experience known as Palo, then you can surely attest to the mouth-watering food that is served at the restaurant. And for those who are looking forward to a trip to Palo in the near future, you have something exciting to look forward to – new menu items. Even more enticing, there is also a new wine pairing menu that recently debuted.
The new menu items at Palo feature dishes that highlight the Italian roots of the restaurant. New dishes include an exquisite whole chicken that has been marinated for 24 hours in lemon, sea salt and rosemary. The chicken dish, which is intended for two people, is presented in a copper serving dish with roasted baby vegetables, asparagus and potatoes. The chicken and accompaniments are topped with a Barolo wine reduction typical to the mountainous region of Piedmont in the northwest.
If seafood is more to your liking, Palo’s new menu includes three delectable offerings, the first of which is a piquant Dover sole, which is filleted tableside and served with regional staples like capers, anchovies, sundried tomatoes and thyme potatoes. Alternatively, you can choose the new Sea Scallop dish, which is complimented by an exquisite Prosecco and black truffle reduction. Finally, returning to the menu with a fresh take is the seared ahi tuna steak, which is prepared with blanched green beans, roasted new potatoes and peppered quail eggs.
However no meal at Palo would be complete without the scrumptious desserts. For those who can’t live without the famous chocolate soufflé, you need not worry, as this item remains on the menu. Although, if you are looking for something a little lighter, there are two new options; a light, creamy tiramisu—a coffee-infused classic—and a limoncello tart for a refreshing pop of citrus.
For those connoisseurs seeking a true culinary adventure at sea, Palo’s new Esperienza del Vino wine pairing menu is sure to fit the bill. Featuring six courses, each expertly paired with a glass of wine or spirit, the pairing menu boasts all-new dishes for a fresh take on a guest-favorite experience.
The evening begins with savory coppa (thinly sliced cured pork neck) on dressed fava beans, garnished with sharp pecorino cheese and micro celery. A refreshing Venetian Bellini made with sparkling Prosecco, ripe white peaches and a hint of raspberry is a fitting aperitif.
The other four delectable, savory courses are gnocchi with nutty cep mushroom sauce; poached white asparagus with smoked anchovies, quail egg and truffle oil; and sea bass with spinach and buckwheat. The finale of the savory dishes is beef striploin—aged for 25 days, seared and roasted with rosemary—thinly sliced and served with dressed arugula. Each of the courses is enhanced with a wine from the famous Italian wine country and range from a Bellavista Franciacorta Cuvee Brut to the full-bodied Antinori Tignanello Marchesi, a potent Tuscan red wine. Finally, the coupe de gras of the tasting menu is a creamy mascarpone mousse, enclosed in a delicate white chocolate dome and served atop fluffy rhubarb and grappa sponge cake in a bed of sweet consommé jelly.
If you would like to dine at Palo on your next Disney Cruise Line Voyage, note that reservations are required for all Palo dining experiences and can be booked online or onboard. Also note that there is a $30 per person charge for dinner (not including any alcoholic beverages) and the Esperienza del Vino wine pairing experience is an additional $59 per person.
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