Our first dinner during a cruise onboard the Norwegian Jade in December was at Alizar, one of the restaurants included in the price of the ticket. It’s an elegantly decorated space that seemed to have some Asian design influences, but the menu was fairly diverse with French, Italian, and American dishes. What we observed later was that many of the restaurants on the ship have similar dishes, with unique items rounding out their menus.
There is a kids menu available with standard kid fare like burgers, mac n cheese, chicken tenders, and pizza. My kid, like always, got the tenders. Heavily breaded, thin strips, with a side of skinny fries.
For appetizers, the wild lump crab cakes showed well. Two fried disks of lump crab meat with a modest amount of breading and hints of spiciness throughout. On the other hand, the French onion soup was a thin and watery disappointment.
The roasted chicken breast, sitting atop mashed potatoes and gravy, lacked a crispy skin but the meat underneath was tender and juicy. A more successful dish was the pappardelle and duck confit. While the pasta felt too thick and gummy, the duck itself was well seasoned and savory. That alone made the dish worth getting.
Service was decent but our waiter disappeared for a long stretch after our entrees arrived and didn’t return until after we finished eating.
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