With intense focus, Corporate Executive Chef Wolfgang Maier skillfully crafts decadent grilled pink tiger prawns with sriracha, garlic and kafir lime butter. Even inside the walls of a demanding kitchen, each plate is inimitable and receives attention comparable to a magnificent work of art.
“We want to incorporate all of Asia’s immense culinary traditions within Pacific Rim’s exquisite menu,” Maier said. “Working for the world’s most luxurious ship helps us to perfect our craft and develop mouth-watering cuisine that, we hope, will stay on your mind for days.”
Though Pacific Rim, a new Pan-Asian specialty restaurant aboard Seven Seas Explorer®, is months away from its grand opening, Regent Seven Seas Cruises executives were welcomed to an exclusive tasting of the gourmet restaurant’s inventive menu on a crisp Saturday afternoon in Miami.
Frank Del Rio, chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Bob Binder, vice chairman of Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Jason Montague, president and chief operating officer for Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Randall Soy, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Franco Semeraro, senior vice president of operations for Regent Seven Seas Cruises, were among the guests previewing Pacific Rim’s inventive menu.
The tasting began with sensational tuna tartar featuring sushi grade tuna with mirin soy sauce, carrot and ginger dressing followed by Tom Kha Gai, chicken-coconut and galangal broth, truffle, porcini and foie gras. The afternoon continued with a total of twelve mouth-watering appetizers, soups, entrees plus dishes from Pacific Rim’s Dim Sum menu including Open Top Pork and Shrim Sui Mai with black truffle and yuzu sauce and vegetarian pot stickers.
“Developing these incredible recipes for Pacific Rim has been wonderful,” James Wang, chef de cuisine of Pacific Rim, said. Wang brings 18 years of global hospitality experience to Pacific Rim and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
“We focused on using the finest ingredients for each cuisine and we hope our guests will enjoy it.”
“Our loyal guests are anxiously waiting for Seven Seas Explorer, not only for its luxurious elements and spaciousness, but the superb cuisine,” Soy said. “With Pacific Rim, we selected elegant Asian architecture to perfectly complement the menu, creating an ambiance that brings to life the rich culinary traditions of Asia unlike any other at sea.”
Designed by leading architectural firm RTKL, the architectural and interior design for Pacific Rim is a perfect example of Asian fusion. In the restaurant lobby, guests will encounter a modern interpretation of a Tibetan prayer wheel which sets the mood for the visual and culinary feast to come.
“We hope our guests relish a unique and satisfying experience in each of our gourmet restaurants,” Bernhard Klotz, senior director of culinary, said. “From the scrumptious cuisine and fine china to delightful architecture, décor and perfect ocean views, there is something to appreciate in every dining room aboard Seven Seas Explorer.”
A sampling of the Pacific Rim menu includes…
- Pho Sai Gon, Vietnamese beef noodle soup with fresh herbs
- Black Angus Beef Bulgogi, NY strip seared and sliced, Tokyo negi mash, bulgogi sauce
- Korean Style Barbecue Lamb Chops, wok-fried beans, oyster mushrooms, gochujang sauce
- Black Foot Chicken and Foie Gras Gyoza, soy mirin sauce