Taste of Stone afloat

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Food - Tanya MacNaughton

EMER­ALD Princess ar­rived in Fre­man­tle last week for the cruise ship’s maiden five­month sea­son in Aus­tralian wa­ters and brought with it an extra spe­cial din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for fans of Mel­bourne-born celebrity chef Cur­tis Stone.

In­stead of hav­ing to travel to LA for a taste of Stone’s culi­nary de­lights at Maude and Gwen, Aussies now have the op­por­tu­nity to par­take a lit­tle closer to home in the lux­ury liner’s 125seat restau­rant SHARE by Cur­tis Stone.

It joins other SHARE restau­rants on Sun Princess and Ruby Princess.

Emer­ald Princess has launched a new menu for the Aus­tralian sum­mer fea­tur­ing a six­course fine din­ing de­gus­ta­tion with a rea­son­ably priced cover charge for cruis­ers.

The mouth-wa­ter­ing menu op­tions in­clude char­cu­terie with pro­sciutto, pick­led onions and Castel­ve­trano olives, and Stone’s Lit­tle Gem, a crisp baby ro­maine leaf salad tossed in car­away but­ter­milk dress­ing with grape­fruit and nas­tur­tium flow­ers. The pork ravi­oli is a taste sen­sa­tion with green curry fill­ing coated in a le­mon­grass cream and topped with crunchy chichar­rones.

And what would a de­gus­ta­tion be with­out dessert: the tof­fee cheese­cake a sweet treat paired with red wine re­duc­tion, home­made raisins and mac­er­ated grapes.

As much thought by Stone has gone into the restau­rant’s in­te­rior de­sign as its menu and the re­sult­ing am­bi­ence is one of so­phis­ti­cated com­fort.

“I have a very spe­cific vi­sion of how I want my restau­rants to look and feel as well as taste,” Stone said.

“With SHARE, I’ve shared per­sonal fam­ily pho­to­graphs for the walls and even se­lected the books on the shelves. It’s the per­sonal touches that are re­ally im­por­tant to me.”

SHARE is joined by many at­trac­tive din­ing op­tions on the cruise ship in­clud­ing award­win­ning chef Ernesto Uchimura’s Salty Dog Gas­tropub.

Fine din­ing... a SHARE restau­rant.

Meat and greet... a ship­board Char­cu­terie.

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