After seeing many requests for copies of the menu for the Summit’s Normandie Restaurant, I decided to go ahead and type it word for word from the paper version that passengers are allowed to bring home. Please excuse any spelling errors; all the French words really challenged my computer’s spell checker (not to mention me)!
My wife and I visited the Normandie once (mistake, should have been more) during our 1/20/03 sailing of the Summit. The experience was extraordinary, and should not be missed by anyone sailing on the Summit. The numbers marked with a ** were the items we had during our dinner, and I can highly recommend every one of them!
The Normandie Specialty Restaurant
Soups, Salads and Appetizers
1. Gratinee Normande – The traditional onion soup with cider and cream added.
2. Veloute De Homard - A creamy lobster broth.
3. Salade Cesar - A classic; tossed and served at your table.
4. Tartare De Saumon, Oeufs De Caille - Potted fresh smoked salmon seasoned with herbs, lemon and fromage blanc.
5. Mousseline De Volaille Au Roquefort - A light and delicate mousseline of chicken and Roquefort.
6. Caille Farcis, Gelee Au Porto - Boned quail with forcemeat of veal, chicken and pork flavored with green peppercorns.
7. Tian De Legumes Au Coulis De Tomate – A composition of tomatoes, artichokes, eggplant, zucchini and wild mushrooms in a unique presentation.
**8. Goujonnettes D’Halibut, Sauce Tartare - Fillets of halibut cut in batons, coated with white bread crumbs and fried, accompanied with tartar sauce.
**9. Soufflé Au Fromage De Chevre, Coulis De Tomate - Delicate warm goat cheese soufflé served with a cream sauce and tomato coulis.
1. Lasagne De Primeurs Au Pesto – Vegetables and onion compote layered between sheets of pasta, enhanced with a Pesto sauce.
2. Loup De Mer Grille – Fillet of Sea Bass, brushed with tapenade and served with grilled vegetables.
3. Cassolette De Filet De Sole – Fillets of Dover Sole poached in fish fumet, onions and refined with cream and shrimp butter, garnished with shrimps.
4. Scampi Flambé – Prawns, wrapped in pancetta, flamed in Armagnac, and served on a bed of rocket leaves.
5. Supreme De Poule Faisan Braise Aux Choux, Sauce Cerises – The supreme of young pheasant hen pot roasted and bedded on Savoy cabbage, complemented by a sauce with cherries.
6. Cote De Veau Normande – Tender milk-fed veal chop sautéed with a light Calvados sauce, presented on spinach with an apple and morel turnover.
7. Carre D’Agneau En Crote – Rack of lamb coated with a mushroom duxelle, wrapped in puff pastry and baked until golden brown.
**8. Chateaubriand (2 persons) – Center-cut beef tenderloin grilled to your preference, sliced into delectable portions and garnished with fresh duck liver “Foie Gras,” sauce Perigourdine or Bearnaise with a complement of selected vegetables.
Cheese and Desserts
1. Une Selection De Fromages, Raisins Et Pommes – A selection of cheeses served with grapes and apples.
2. Crepes Suzette – A classic dessert of fine crepes flavored with orange and Grand Marnier.
3. Sabayon Au Marsala – A fluffy delicate Marsala-flavored sabayon
4. Bombe Surprise Du S.S. Normandie – A fine mixture of white and dark chocolate mousse with raspberries and spiked with chocolate curls as served on the S.S. Normandie 1935 – 1938.
**5. Soufflé Au Chocolat – The most classic and well known light soufflé.
6. Les Desserts Gourmands Preferes De Michel Roux – Michel Roux’s favorite bite-sized surprised desserts.
7. Selection De Cremes Glacees Et Sorbets – Freshly churned ice creams and sorbets.
Thx for this posting. I am booked on a Caribbean cruise on Summit in October and will certainly visit this restaurant. Would welcome your overall impressions of the ship re service, what cabins were like (I have booked a 2B grade one), service, etc & tour excursions?
Re the Normandie restaurant, are additional tips required whilst dining there? The food sounds superb and almost like my recent experience on QE2 dining in Queens Grill Restaurant.
First, the charge of $25.00 per person for the Normandie is the tip. There is no pressure of any kind for additional tips. The only extra charge you may have is if you buy wine. The Normandie does have a large wine list that starts around ~$25.00 a bottle and goes up from there. Wine is available by the glass also.
The Summit is in great condition! This was my 10th cruise and it was probably the best one. We had a Cat. 1B cabin, which was very nice with plenty of room. The service was excellent.
What surprised me the most was the entertainment in the main theatre; it was excellent. By far the best I have ever seen on a cruise ship. I usually don't care much for the "production shows," but the four on this cruise were very good, especially the first two. (Three of the four received standing ovations!) The other shows, was also unusually good, nearly all receiving standing ovations. It seemed to me that Celebrity is making a big effort to improve the entertainment.
We took three ship-sponsored tours. The best by far was the Panama Two Ocean Train Tour, Dome Car version. Excellent guide, very nice train ride, and we had perfect weather. One of the best tours I have ever taken.
We also took a Canal Tour in Costa Rica, which we enjoyed. Once again we had a good guide and perfect weather.
The third tour we took was in Cozumel and it was the Passion Island tour. Nice trip, but over-priced in my opinion. We had a nice time at the beach, but I can give it only a "so so" rating.
Thanks Richard - We will be sailing on the Summit April 4th (10 day cruise). Is the menu the same every evening or does it change like in the regular dining rooms? What is the charge for dining in this restaurant?