Located on deck 12 of the Norwegian Jade, inside by the elevator banks but still close enough to serve most of the people visiting the pool, Garden Cafe is the ship’s buffet, serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Breakfast has plenty of cold and hot options. Cereal, fruit, pastries. Pancakes, french toast, oatmeal, bacon. I like that they usually had both chewy and crispy bacon options available. The French toast wasn’t bad — thick cut with toppings like banana’s foster or cherries. This is the same type of French toast served in the Grand Pacific dining room.
Lunch had a variety of options. There’s a made to order pasta station, deli meats, yogurt parfaits, and specialty stations. There was an Indian station and vegetarian station some days.
Dessert stations had plenty to choose from. The flourless chocolate cake was pretty good — sweet but not overpowering and plated nicely. The mango mousse was ok. Subtle with its mango flavor and very restrained with its sweetness. Carrot cake was lacking in the cake part and mostly like a mousse. The walnut date cake was one of the better options, while the chocolate grasshopper was disappointing and bland. Farther down the hall, close to the back of the sip, is a soft serve ice cream station, a place my kid couldn’t get enough of.
We had dinner during Latin night. While there were some Latin dishes, there were plenty of other cuisines available. Some of the Asian food was decent. The fried plantains were probably the best thing I had that night. The roast beef wasn’t bad and the made to order crepe with cherries and nutella was pretty good.
There’s a decent amount of seating along the starboard side of the boat and leading to the back where there’s more seating, a bar, and serving stations. The seating is open air and provides a great view.
All in all, the buffet food was average. On par with a low end Vegas buffet.
Tampa, FL 33602