Princess Cruises is debuting The Salty Dog Gastropub onboard Crown Princess, pairing gourmet small dishes inspired by pub favourites with craft beers, cocktails and wines.
The Salty Dog menu offerings, including a signature burger, were developed in collaboration with Ernesto Uchimura, former executive chef of Umami Burger and current chef of Plan Check Kitchen + Bar in Los Angeles, who was recently awarded “Chef of the Year: The Comfort Master,” in Los Angeles Magazine.
Presented each night within the Wheelhouse Bar, in refreshed surroundings and with live entertainment, guests will have the choice of three small plates from The Salty Dog Gastropub menu featuring new twists on classic pub dishes. Plates include Pale Ale Pork Cheeks, Spicy Stout Short Ribs, Wild Mushroom Sauté, and Lobster Mac & Cheese, among other delicious options.
The pièce de résistance is “The Ernesto” burger from Chef Uchimura – a rib eye and short rib beef patty, grilled pork belly, caramelized kimchi, beer battered jalapeño and charred onion aioli, topped with cave-aged gruyere cheese.
Princess Cruises Executive Vice President of Guest Experience Rai Caluori said The Salty Dog Gastropub was an enticing addition to the cruise line’s
onboard culinary offerings and brought another unique dining option to its guests.
“Chef Uchimura’s signature burger is sure to be savoured, along with pub favourites reinvented for a more upscale dining experience,” Mr Calouri said.
Chef Ernesto Uchimira said the ‘gastropub at sea’ was an innovative concept that had inspired him to get creative in the galley.
“The Salty Dog Gastropub’s menu will not only satisfy comfort food cravings but also offer guests new pub food flavours and tastes, perfectly paired with a craft beer or fine whiskey,” said Mr Uchimura.
Adjacent to The Salty Dog Gastropub, also in the Wheelhouse Bar, is an expansive new, international whiskey bar, featuring some of the best Scotch whiskeys, American Bourbons and international whiskeys from countries including Japan, Ireland and Australia. Offerings include Johnny Walker Blue, Bakery Hill Classic (Australia), Connemara Whiskey Irish Cask (Ireland) and Hakushu 12 year (Japan). The menu offers daily specialised whiskey flights, allowing guests the opportunity to taste and compare selections from around the world.
The Salty Dog Gastropub and new international whiskey menu, both available in the Wheelhouse Bar, have just launched onboard Crown Princess, and will be onboard Emerald Princess and Ruby Princess in mid-December. A food charge of US$19 per guest applies.
The whiskey menu will also be available in the Wheelhouse Bar onboard Dawn Princess, Sea Princess, Sun Princess, Diamond Princess and Golden Princess by the end of 2015, and onboard all ships with the exception of Pacific Princess by the summer of 2016.