Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Dining at Scarletts Steakhouse on the Carnival Valor #CruisingCarnival

It's hard to believe my best friend Keri and I were sailing on our annual girls cruise a month ago! Every January we take a girls cruise together and this has been a tradition for 5 years. Our 2016 cruise was a 7 night cruise on board the Carnival Valor. On the third night of our cruise, we decided to eat at the ships on board restaurant, Scarlett's Steakhouse.

Scarlett's Steakhouse
If you are on a Carnival ship that offers steakhouse dining, I 110% suggest it and you do need reservations (we tried going a second time and couldn't get in). Carnival offers a wide variety of restaurant style dining on their fleets. They range in price and cuisine. The Steakhouse was a $35 charge per person and so worth it. The wine list was very impressive and on select nights, you can get half off a bottle!!
Upon sitting down, you are presented with a tray of meat. Literally - a tray of meat. You select which cut of meat you want, choices being: 9oz Filet Mignon, 18oz spice rubbed Ribeye, 18oz Grilled Cowboy, 14oz Broiled New York Strip, Double Cut Grilled Lamb Chops. There are other options as well - Surf and Turf, Broiled Maine Lobster Tail, Broiled Rosemary Infused Chicken, Maine Lobster Ravioli, or Grilled Filet of Fish.

Starters
Included in the $35 a person charge, you get starters, salads and desserts along with your choice of the entree. The starters are something you would find yourself paying $15+ at another steakhouse. The price is so worth it for the quality and quantity of food you receive. Keri and I decided to split a couple of starters.
Beef Carpaccio - Sliced raw beef tenderloin with shaved parmesan cheese and marinated mache lettuce. Keri and I are both big fans of Beef Carpaccio and this hit the spot. Interesting fact - if it weren't for my father, Keri would probably be ordering her steaks well done. As kids, when we dined out or had Keri over for dinner, my Dad would not allow her to order steaks Well done. She had to get it Medium Well and eventually she graduated to Medium and finally Medium Rare. Now she eats Beef Carpaccio which is raw. 
Ahi Tuna Tartare   - Dices of Sashimi Grade Yellow Fin Tuna Belly. This was so fresh and full of flavor. I nearly devoured it but I had to share it with Keri.

Soup (& Salad)
One of the great things about cruise ship dining is you can go outside of a pre-set menu. For instance, I did not want a salad, I wanted Lobster Bisque, but the Bisque was on the starter menu. Not a problem!
Keri ordered the Baby Leaf Spinach Salad. It came with blue cheese and warm bacon bits.
I ordered the above mentioned Lobster Bisque with Vintage Cognac. It was delicious!

Entrees
Although we had a wide variety of choices, Keri and I ended up with the same thing
9 oz broiled Filet Mignon. It sliced like butter and was perfectly cooked to a medium rare. A month later, Keri is still talking about this steak.

Dessert
It's hard to imagine eating dessert after all this food but how can you turn it down? We also asked if the bartender could make us an espresso martini, which was not on the menu. They made an excellent one and this drink started a trend for the rest of our cruise. Why haven't we thought of ordering this before?
I got the Cheesecake and Keri got the Chocolate sampler (bittersweet chocolate cake, banana pannacotta, tiramisu and chocolate marquise).

Overall, our dining experience at you can view Carnivals Steakhouse Menu by clicking here.

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