Last night, I dined at the Hot Rock Grill on Silver Whisper. This new dining option, first introduced on Silver Spirit, makes for an enjoyable evening, especially if you’re someone who appreciates dining outdoors, some light cooking/grilling and food that doesn’t go cold.
Hot Rock Grill, situated on the pool deck, serves up anything but your normal cruise ship food. This cruise dining experience is essentially a cook-it-yourself affair, where you grill your own meat or seafood on volcanic stones that are scorchingly hot.
Of course, like everything Silversea Cruises does, the meats are top notch, Sterling Silver(sea?).
Diners are given the choice of a variety of cuts of beef as well as fish or shrimp. Dishes are preceded by a choice of three types of salads and accompanied with a skewer of vegetables and baked potato. Of course, there are oh-so-delicious desserts and as always, complimentary wines or cocktails.
I ordered the Filet Mignon, accompanied by lobster, grilling both myself. To make the job easy, the meats are seared before being delivered, still sizzling, to the table. The volcanic stone sits on top of a bamboo platter, and the best technique for grilling, I learned from my waiter, was to slice thin cuts of beef, then grill and eat. During the hour that I was there, the stone stayed hot, and I never put a cold cut of beef in my mouth.
I filmed the accompanying video on Silver Spirit, where I was only able to watch the concept take place. It was a pleasure to sit down and experience the Hot Rock Grill concept on Silver Whisper.
The fact that this cruise dining experience is conducted outdoors is also a big part of the attraction, and on our sailing from Helsinki to St. Petersburg just yesterday, it was enjoyable to sit as the evening sun glowed in the western sky and put a little sizzle in our steak. No doubt, I’ll return on one of the nights before this Baltic cruise ends, but not before trying Silver Whisper’s four other dining venues, Le Champagne, La Terrazza, The Restaurant, and one of my all-time favorites, room service in the comfort of my suite.