A new seafood specialty restaurant designed by chef Rudi Sodamin, called Rudi’s Seagrill, will debut aboard Mardi Gras and feature his famous ‘food faces’ according to Carnival Cruise Line.
The several dishes presented as playful ‘food faces’ will be available alongside an extensive selection of seafood entrees and sides, and a full menu of dishes including crab cake, salt-roasted prawns, broiled lobster tail, and chocolate truffle cake.
Rudi’s Seagrill will also offer non-seafood menu options to take the tastes of all guests into account, according to a press release.
Alongside the ‘normal’ menu items, there will also be a selection of appetizers, entrees and desserts presented as food faces including big eye tuna, grilled branzino, seared scallops and apple cheese cake.
“I’ve spent decades perfecting dishes for my restaurants both on-board and ashore, but it has been such a special experience to partner with Carnival to bring this exciting restaurant concept to life,” said Sodamin.
“I believe the quality of a restaurant starts on the plate, so with Rudi’s Seagrill, I want guests to enjoy the food and feel connected to their meals in a fun and engaging way,” he added.
Rudi’s Seagrill will be located on Deck 8 between La Piazza and Summer Landing. It will have space for 80 guests indoors, as well as an al fresco area on The Lanai.
Carnival says the restaurant will offer a fun and immersive atmosphere with Sodamin’s food face-themed artwork front and centre as well as other highlights, such as fish-shaped ‘Gurgle Pots’ that make comical gurgling sounds when poured and plates featuring Rudi’s most beloved foods.
“We wanted to offer our guests a new and exciting dinner-time option that is as sophisticated as our steakhouses but takes our tradition of fun to the next level,” said Cyrus Marfatia, Vice President, Culinary & Dining, Carnival Cruise Line.
“Rudi’s Seagrill will feature next-level seafood delicacies and showcase Rudi’s innovative artistry and ‘plates with personalities’ where guests can feast their eyes on a new personable presentation every time they dine – we’re sure everyone will enjoy them,” he added.
Sodamin, one of the hospitality industry’s most innovative chefs, serves as Holland America Line’s Master Chef, is a member of a number of prestigious culinary organizations including the Club des Chefs des Chefs.