Food is an integral part of the Viking Ocean Cruises experience, with a feast of options for every taste and mood.
The Viking difference starts with the choice of ten all-inclusive restaurants. All meals, regardless of the dining venue, are included in your fare.
Dinner attire is smart casual too, so a dinner jacket is never required. Simply relax and enjoy the five-star service, quality cuisine and complimentary fine wine.
On every luxury Viking Ocean ship, there’s a subtle nod to the cruise line’s Scandinavian heritage. From Scandinavian works of art, to furnishings, each ship has a modern, yet comfortable European feel.
The Scandinavian influence extends to the on-board food experience too. Traditional dishes such as fresh Norwegian salmon and smoked foods are matched with Norway’s favourite coffee and national spirit, Friele and Aquavit.
Chefs lovingly prepare each dish with the finest seasonal ingredients, skilfully presenting each dish in the traditions of the finest restaurants. And for that cultural connection, Viking incorporates the local cuisine into the on-board dining experience, for a special taste of each destination.
Yet another way Viking matches food with the destination, is through on-shore tours. Join one of the chefs as they scour the local markets, as he or she selects the ingredients to be used in that evening’s meal.
With ten restaurants onboard, the hardest decision to be made each day, will be where to dine.
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The Restaurant is the main dining venue onboard. Featuring Scandinavian design and floor to ceiling panoramic windows, guests will find a daily menu offering regional cuisine, with each dish emphasising locally sourced ingredients. Always available are a selection of American classics. Set amongst beautiful Scandinavian design, with floor to ceiling glass walls to bring the outdoors in.
Manfredi’s Italian Restaurant
This Italian steakhouse restaurant may be the closest thing anywhere outside of Italy, to a Tuscan farm-to-table restaurant. Mouth-watering steaks, freshly made pasta, generous antipasto and the freshest of seafood will have you singing mama-mia! Enjoy chianti by the carafe and an impressive wine collection. This is the perfect venue for a celebration.
The Chef’s Table
The sommeliers and culinary masters at The Chef’s Table create the perfect pairing of food and wine in a luxurious private dining room. The multi-course tasting menu is accompanied by the chef’s commentary, with a description of each dish. Each mouth-watering bite and flavourful sip offers a thrilling synergy of aromas and flavours. For a foodie, this experience should not be missed.
An open kitchen serving buffet style meals, the World Café is a casual, yet interactive dining experience. Choose your favourite foods from the deli, a pasta station, an Asian wok station, sushi bar, and the always favourite, dessert bar. Dine indoors or enjoy the brilliant outdoor views on Aquavit Terrace.
With more al fresco dining than any other cruise line, the Aquavit Terrace offers beautiful panoramic views just outside the World Café, at the stern (the back) of the ship. At twilight, the inviting terrace is transformed into a magical space for dining in a softly lit ambiance. By day, simply enjoy the open air dining space around the infinity pool.
Mamsen’s serves up menu items that include Scandinavian pastries, cakes and waffles. Served with either Norwegian goat cheese or jam, the tasty treats are a great snack anytime of day. Heartier options include salmon gravlax and open-faced sandwiches, along with late-night offerings of split pea soup to warm the cockles. Mamsen’s is in the Explorer’s Lounge and is open for breakfast and lunch, or just an afternoon snack or evening treat.
There is nothing more enjoyable than sitting down to a traditional afternoon tea, especially when there’s a string quartet playing softly in the background. A popular British tradition, high tea is served in the Wintergarden’s park-like setting. Finger sandwiches, scones and decadent desserts are served with tea.
Perfect for a quick lunch or afternoon snack, the Pool Grill dishes up casual fare in a relaxed pool side environment. Here you will find made-to-order lighter meals, complimented by a salad bar, and to make it your own, a condiment bar. As the name suggests, the Pool Grill is the convenient dining option between those daily dips in the pool.
Fancy breakfast in bed? How about dinner or a midnight snack on your private veranda? Room service is available all day, every day, with classic favourites like sandwiches, to the Chairman’s favorite, Norwegian poached salmon with cucumber salad or classic Caesar salad.
The Kitchen Table
An immersive culinary experience, The Kitchen Table is found only on Viking. On port days, join the chef as he or she sets out to handpick fresh ingredients from local markets for a three-course meal made by you, in the state-of-the-art cooking school. On sea days, the talented chefs teach interested guests some hands-on techniques used to prepare local dishes found in the next port. Guests can even recreate the recipes at home with the step-by-step recipe cards provided.
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