There’s little doubt that current trends towards healthier living and sustainable eating have led to dining becoming an increasingly important part of everyday life. It's also an important consideration for many people planning their next holiday destinations.
Lately, more and more clients have been asking us what they can expect from the onboard dining experience when they embark on their Kimberley cruises, so here’s an overview of what you can expect aboard some of our most popular Kimberley cruises.
True North Adventure Cruises
True North’s dining philosophy is sustainable, organic and very Australian cuisine. Local Western Australian produce is a must, and the freshest of seafood is one of the biggest crowd pleasers. Indeed, it’s a special treat to have the opportunity to accompany True North’s chef as they hand-pick that evening’s fare. It’s an even more unique thrill to stand side by side as you seek out juicy Kimberley mud crabs, or land that big barramundi or trevally that will later form the centrepiece of the evening’s menu. And, after you land the catch of the day you’re invited to watch on as the chef demonstrates the processes involved – from the sea to your plate.
True North’s galley door is always open and adventurers are free to pop in and watch these gastronomic maestros at work. On any given day you might discover freshly prepared breakfast items like jams, marmalade, artisan honeys, or oil infused bread rolls made daily for the lunch and dinner service. Watch on to see expert butchery and fish mongering, jus and stock creation, curing, smoking, gently pressing and marinating with a cryovac machine or cooking with a thermo regulated water bath. Watch the chefs roll pasta, discuss how they prepare sashimi and even take down notes and receipes, allowing you to replicate the menus at home.
Signature dishes on a True North cruise include brined shoulders of lamb, cooked sous-vide with goose fat and herbs, slowly roasted and then chilled, pressed and portioned ready to serve.
Confit garlic and thyme roasted lamb rumps sliced medium-rare, resting on wild mushroom potato puree and sticky lamb jus. With peppery watercress, yellow bean and hazelnut salad to finish.
The nightly Kimberley dining experience concludes with some delectable desserts. Double-skin glasses are placed before guests - topped with a disc of tempered white chocolate and five dots of burnt raspberry coulis. A drizzle of warm Kimberley honey then reveals cold-pressed seasonal nectarines and vanilla bean from Papua New Guinea.
Whether you’re cruising the Kimberley aboard Coral Expeditions I, Coral Discoverer or the new Coral Adventurer, you will savour fuss-free small batch cuisine prepared onboard each day by skilled chefs utlising only the freshest of local ingredients.
Early risers - or those watching their waistlines - can opt to begin each day with a savoury continental breakfast, complete with cereals, fresh fruits and yoghurts. As you’re on holiday though, you might be keen to indulge in the fully-cooked breakfast; a buffet consisting of eggs, bacons, sausages, mushrooms and more, complemented by daily made-to-order specialties such as omelettes.
The lunch buffet highlights a variety of hot and cold dishes; from salads to lighter soups and fresh local seafoods and tropical fruits.
After a busy day of exploration, the dining room comes alive in the evening as stories are told and friendships are formed. The three-course table d’hôte menu is expertly prepared and there is always a choice of main course. Vegetarian and other dietary requirements are also well catered for.
On Coral Expeditions Kimberley cruises the great dining experiences are not just limited to the onboard dining room! Most expeditions feature a barbeque or dinner on a deserted beach or picturesque island. On occasion, there’s also impromptu stops for sunset drinks and canapés.
Lunches and dinners are accompanied by a carefully curated wine list featuring artisanal Australian and New Zealand wines. Table wines and beer during meal service are also included in the price of the expedition on Kimberley cruises.
Great Escape & Kimberley Quest II
Gourmet fare plays an important part in making the Kimberley Quest and Great Escape cruise experiences truly unforgettable. Their talented chefs prepare a unique and varied daily menu of exquisite cuisine, making using of fresh and wholesome produce including of course the Kimberley Coast catch of the day! Like the True North, whenever a fisherman manages to land one of the Kimberley’s best fish their catch will be celebrated (and appreciated!) that evening at the table by fellow adventurers.
Diversity has made a significant investment in their culinary experience ahead of the 2018 Kimberley cruise season with the appointment of one of Western Australia’s most-awarded executive chefs.
Dany Angove has joined Diversity from the renowned Leeuwin Estate winery in Margaret River (Western Australia), where has been head chef for the past ten years. With his passion for fine food, seafood and wine, Dany is recognised for utilising regional produce in his ‘paddock to plate’ or ‘ocean to table’ philosophy to create a first-class culinary experience. Dany has been redesigning the ship’s menus ahead of the 2018 season and will personally join 50% of the company's Kimberley cruises in 2018 in the role of onboard chef.
A final note
Whichever Kimberley cruises take your fancy, you’re sure to enjoy some truly memorable dining experiences. However, If you are particularly thrilled at the prospect of personally landing one of the Kimberley Coast’s best sportsfish for the evening meal (barramundi, mangrove jack, queenfish, GT etc) please do be sure to ask us which of the Kimberley’s ships are licensed for fishing. Typically, the smaller cruise vessels such as True North, Great Escape, Kimberley Quest II, Eco Abrolhos, Diversity, Odyssey and Kimberley Pearl are all licensed for fishing, whilst some larger vessels offer only limited fishing (hand reels, catch and release) or no fishing at all.
For more great Kimberley cruising tips and advice - or to see more sample menus - call one of our Kimberley experts today on 1800 90 20 80.