Celebrity Cruises has always placed a strong emphasis on food, but on its latest ship, Celebrity Edge, the line takes it up a notch or two. The ship boasts an astonishing 29 places you can get food, from a traditional three-course meal to a grab-and-go outlet.
And to make things even more mouthwateringly delicious, each of the four main dining rooms has three starters and three entrees exclusive to that restaurant.
There are more dishes than a cruiser can try in a month, let alone a one-week cruise. So where do you start?
The good news is we've done the research for you (someone had to do it) and pared down everything to the nine must-try dishes on Celebrity Edge.
1. Lamb Shank Tagine
This melt-in-your-mouth dish is slow-cooked, Moroccan-style and comes with root vegetables, potato puree and Middle Eastern spices. A nod to the restaurant's Eastern Mediterranean/North African theme, it's one of those dishes where there is an awful lot going on spice-wise -- cumin, ras el hanout, cinnamon, ginger and pepper -- but all complementing each other perfectly.
Recommended by the line's executive chef, Cornelius Gallagher, who oversees all Celebrity's cuisine, we're pretty confident this dish is a winner. It also happens to be the no. 1 appetizer ordered by cruisers across all the main dining restaurants onboard Celebrity Edge.
Kefalograveria is a Greek cheese made from sheep's milk and the dish, as it's served in Cyprus, is simple but delicious: olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon to give it a bit of bite. That's it. Enjoy!
3. Strozzapreti Carbonara and Slow-Roasted Porchetta
Tuscan was inspired by the extra-fee restaurant Tuscan Grille, found on Celebrity's Solstice-class ships, but instead of serving steaks (you'll find those in Fine Cut, a dedicated steak restaurant onboard Celebrity Edge), it concentrates entirely on Southern Italian cuisine.
This dish -- "strozzapreti" means "strangled" -- is a carbonara pasta, twisted and laid in a creamy base of Parmesan cheese and a whole poached egg on top. The slow-roasted porchetta -- otherwise known as by its Southern Italian name, guanciale -- adds the tang.
4. BBQ Glazed Short Ribs
Cosmopolitan aims to offer "classic American" cuisine (this is the main dining room where you'll find NY strip steak), but as the name suggests, you'll also find a few international gems, such as this appetizer. We liked the barbecue short ribs so much we ordered it as a main.
Honey glazed so you get sweetness mixed with smokiness, these ribs are literally melt in your mouth -- the tender meat just falling off the bone in strips. It comes with crispy onion straws, sweet corn puree and pickled vegetable slaw.
5. Beef Tenderloin en Croute
This French-themed restaurant features delicious French-style dishes, such as chicken pate, a potato and Gruyere tart, and baked Brie cheese (a contender for this spot), but we are opting for this beautifully presented and off-the-scale beef tenderloin.
It comes in a light-as-air puff pastry topping, a Roquefort fondue (to give you that sharp cheese kick) and a dark bordelaise mushroom sauce. Pair with a full-bodied Bordeaux for maximum pleasure.
6. Chicken Tagine
Restaurant: Luminae, the suites-only dining room
Price: Free for suite passengers
Celebrity's latest culinary partnership is with acclaimed New York-based chef Daniel Boulud, and this dish is his creation. This dish is made "sous vide," which translates as "under vacuum," a cooking method in which food is placed in a pouch or glass jar and cooked in water for longer than the usual cooking time.
The result: The flavors seep deep into the chicken, creating an astonishingly rich dish bursting with different spices -- curry, turmeric, ginger, cumin and paprika are all present, as are olives and golden raisins. It's presented on a bed of couscous.
7. Sherry-Glazed Pheasant Breast
Restaurant: Blu, the AquaClass-only restaurant
Price: Free for AquaClass and suite passengers
We had a hard time narrowing down our favorite meal hear -- and the herb-crusted rack of lamb was a tempting choice -- but the sherry-glazed pheasant was the clear stand-out for us. It was just the right side of gamey, with a delicacy offset by the sweet glaze. It's complemented with oven-roasted tomatoes and cured pickled vegetables.
8. Life After Death
Price: $65 per person
For a playful dining experience on Celebrity Edge, you'll have to splurge on Eden, where the emphasis is on the elements -- earth, air and water -- as interpreted by molecular gastronomy. The dish we've chosen as the standout item here is a classic striploin steak, slow-aged for deeper flavor, which comes with potato, béarnaise sauce and watercress.
9. Prime Rib
Restaurant: Fine Cut Steakhouse
Price: $55 per person
The latest addition to the Celebrity fleet, Fine Cut is a classic steakhouse, and it would be remiss of us not to mention the USDA Prime, bone-in, 14-ounce rib eye, but really it's the side we couldn't get enough of: Tater Tots made with Gruyere cheese, our contender for the best overall dish onboard.