In a grand change of menu, this summer Celebrity Cruise Lines inaugurated Sushi on 5 to replace Bistro on 5, the crepe and burger specialty restaurant. Any menu change on a cruise ship is a major undertaking. To redesign a concept represents a nimble corporate response to guests’ tastes. In the place of a modest sushi bar in the buffet, Sushi on 5 promises the best of terrestrial Pacific Rim dining. It delivers.
The menu includes specialty cocktails, like the Asian Pear Smash, made with Don Julio reposado, Asian pear, fresh lime juice and green tea syrup. Offered are wines and beer, including Oze No Yukidoke IPA and Echigo Ales and Stout. The premium to ultra-premium sake list is long and reasonably priced.
Dinner starts with perfectly steamed and sea-salted edamame ($4). Other starters include freshly steamed/lightly-fried lobster and shrimp wontons ($7). There are three soups of udon and ramen, with the guest favorite clearly the BBQ pork ramen bowl ($9). Another guest favorite is the scallop and shrimp dynamite, a hot pot with a special honey sauce ($9).
All the favorite sushi rolls, sashimi, and nigiri are present. Fresh wasabi will be prepared tableside. Then come the inventive desserts. I confess to breaking the IP diet plan with the Matchamisu, Japanese matcha green tea tiramisu ($8). It was a delightful sinless departure according to the scale in the ship’s gym. Does it lie?
Al-a-cart pricing is new to Celebrity specialty restaurants. The effort in Sushi on 5 is to deliver high quality at a modest price. The dishes are large enough to share.
For those reluctant potential cruise guests expecting to see food that reminds them of church potluck suppers, you really need to wake up to the last decade of luxury cruises. Cuisine is a top priority in the onboard experience for all the luxury lines. In Sushi on 5 guests are treated to relaxed atmosphere, wonderful service, and enticing menu choices.
The On 5 dining venues on Celebrity have long been my favorite spot to unwind from an exciting day. I sink into the soft leather sofas and watch the world float by, while listening to live music drift up from the 3rd deck lobby gallery. Now there is a new menu to keep me coming back.
Celebrity regulars enjoy their sushi. Join them on Millennium, Silhouette, Reflection, and soon on Eclipse, as the transformation occurs across the fleet. On Silhouette, host Webster and Chef Denton invite you to the redefined onboard experience.
(In full disclosure, this was not a solicited review or compensated dining experience. It was just an enjoyable way to spend an evening).