On our first dinner at The Dining Room on Holland America Volendam for our 7 day Alaskan Cruise, we were seated at 5:30pm for a group of 10. This dining experience is complimentary and included with the cruise.
We ended up being 15 minutes late for our seating since we got a bit confused on the boat.
We got to choose a starter, main and dessert. But nothing stops you from ordering as many dishes as you want. They can also cater to food allergies if they know ahead of time. My sister has celiac disease and they were able to recommend some gluten-free dishes and had gluten-free bread available. Our server – Edy would be the same server for us the entire time here until the end of the cruise.
Bread and Butter
Prosciutto and Caponata with smoked olive oil and sundried tomato bread stick. This is a nice start and well balanced.
My relatives had the French Onion Soup “Les Halles” with Gruyere cheese crouton, but all of them said it was too salty.
Seared Scallops was a recommended dish and the most popular ordered item. It also has bacon, tomato, avocado puree and vanilla-scented vinaigrette.
Chicken, Papaya and Avocado salad with lime juice, walnut oil vinaigrette, watercress and walnuts. A pretty basic salad, but one of the healthier options.
Smoked Chicken Breast Ballotine with Orange Bourbon sauce with celeriac and roasted brussel sprouts. The chicken breast ballotine was so gross. Very dry and not appetizing at all. After eating half of the dish, I found a hair in the dish. I was very disgusted, so I told the server and asked for a new one.
Beef Short Rib Stroganoff with egg parsley noodles, turnips and carrots was great. This was my second entrée as the first one was pretty damn bad.
Grilled Steelhead Salmon with Ginger-cilantro Pesto with basmati rice, sautéed swiss chard, and garlic cherry tomatoes. A good dish as per my sister.
We put in our dessert order last and there are so many choices.
Sliced fruit is a healthy dessert option compared to the others.
Viennese apple strudel was what my mom ordered.
Crème Brulee was a gluten-free option. My sister said it was good but the portion was generous.
Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake was ok. A bit sweet and I didn’t like it topped with mini marshmallows.
Triple Berry Alaskan Tart comes as a small bite and some lime-scented diplomat cream.
Overall, the dishes can be hit or miss, but since there aren’t restrictions on how much you can order, you can keep on ordering until you find something you like. Just try not to over order and waste too much food. A few extra items like alcohol and coffee costs extra but they make it known that its extra.