One of the many freestyle dining options on board the Norwegian Star is Le Bistro, a French themed restaurant. This is one of the more upscale and fancier restaurants on board, making it perfect for a romantic evening. The price is $20 per person, and you can choose as much food as you want, including appetizers, entrees, and desserts.
While Le Bistro is romantic, it wasn’t as formal or stuffy as I was expecting. Instead I found the restaurant to be much more cozy. It was rather small, with curtains on the windows and French paintings lining the walls. However, it still retains a fine dining atmosphere with white tablecloths and lovely wooden chairs with patterned cushions. Some of the tables also have bench seating on one side.
The food here was truly outstanding. Before we even ordered they brought out a “pre-appetizer,” which was a small plate of smoked salmon pate. It was very enjoyable and nice way to start the meal. On the appetizer menu we sampled the salad and the scallops. The salad had endive, roasted duck, walnuts, and a champagne vinagrette. I can honestly say it was one of the best salads I’ve ever had in my life. All of the components complemented each other really well – it was sweet but not too sweet, and the roasted duck added some excellent flavor. The walnuts gave it a nice crunch, which made the texture more exciting. The scallops were among some of the best we’ve had as well, and the portion size was small enough that you don’t feel like you are getting too full before dinner.
The first entree I tried was the bouillabasse soup. It’s a Mediterranean fish soup with snapper, scallops, shrimp, mussels, and vegetables in it. This item is a bit of an adventurous order for many people who are not used to food like this. However, if you’re a fan of seafood you should definitely try it. I enjoyed every bite, but I think the broth the fish was in was actually my favorite part. It had a spicy kick to it, just enough to make the dish much more exciting but not too much to overwhelm all of the flavors. The other entree was the duo of duck. It was a breast of duck and duck confit. Both items were extremely delicious, and if you’re not too familiar with duck it’s a great way to sample this dish in two different ways. It was clearly the most popular item on the menu that evening, as we sat by the kitchen and saw many orders of this dish leaving throughout our time there.
Finally, for dessert we had to try the creme brulee in the French restaurant. This was an excellent creme brulee, with the top well toasted but not burnt at all. There was also a small basket of fruit on top of the creme brulee, which helps to add more flavor to what can sometimes otherwise be a somewhat boring dish.
If you’re going to be traveling on the Norwegian Star, this is absolutely the signature restaurant to try, especially if you’re going as a couple.
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