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Old 12-20-2013, 11:08 PM   #1
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Brunch - Palo or Remy on Dream?

Hey all,

Just booked our Dream cruise in Feb. Since it was a late booking, we were able to schedule a brunch at Remy but not at Palo. We (DH and I) loved Palo brunch on the Wonder last year. How does the Remy brunch compare? Wondering if we should cancel the Remy brunch and try to book Palo onboard.

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Old 12-21-2013, 02:51 PM   #2
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Remus brunch is a set menu. Small portions champagne paring but this is extra after first glass.
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Old 12-21-2013, 10:42 PM   #3
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My wife and I did both the Remy and Palo brunches on the 12/7/13 sailing of the Fantasy.

We did the champagne pairing at Remy. We both loved the food and overall experience at Remy. You are given a menu to see what you will be having but there are no "options". Everyone ate the same thing. There are many courses and each is a small portion. I liked this because many of the dishes were things that I wouldn't normally eat but wanted to experience. If there is something that you dislike then they will offer a substitute. The only thing that I did not like was a frothy corn soup, but I declined when they offered to make a different soup for me. We rarely drink alcohol and I'm generally not fond of wine/champagne anyway, but all of the champagnes were fantastic. It was a great experience. I think that for the 2 of us with the champagne pairing and tip, the meal was close to $200.

Palo was OK and I would still like to try a dinner there but it was a disappointment after our experience at Remy. If you were to do both on the same sailing then I would do Palo 1st and Remy 2nd so that it may not feel like such a letdown. It was a completely different experience. We were taken to our table where our server took our drink orders and then began explaining how brunch worked. There was no written menu. The server escorted us to an area near the buffet where there were 2 carts full of many different plated entrees. We were to view these and then tell her our selections when we returned to our table. Some of the entrees looked exactly like entrees that you could get at the self service buffet (Cabanas). She then walked us through the buffet and explained the different dishes. The buffet was primarily appetizer-ish items and desserts. She then passed us on to another server who actually carries your plates for you. You walk through the buffet with this server and tell them what you want and they put it on the plate for you. This was a little out of my comfort zone to start with but I don't think that the person helping me spoke English very well. I would gesture at an item and ask what it was and she would put it on my plate without answering my question. Neither my wife or I loved the food. It was ok but we would eat at Cabanas rather than eating another Palo brunch.
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Old 12-22-2013, 02:55 PM   #4
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Thanks Mouse Hunter.

Guess we'll think about it. There's still 42 days until our cruise. It's nice to know if you don't care for something at Remy they offer an alternative. I think that's why I'm hesitant. At Palo it's nice that you can pick and choose what you'd like (more tiramisu please!) Although we didn't have someone filling our plates for us - I agree that's quite awkward.
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We've done Palo brunch three times and have never had someone carry our plates for us?! Palo brunch is like a buffet. There are three stations (on the Dream and Fantasy) with various meats, fish, bread, fruit etc. There is also a hot menu which is made to order from the kitchen. Then there are desserts. Yum! I LOVE Palo brunch. We go every cruise. Palo brunch is a lot more casual than Palo dinner because it's a buffet (which I enjoy).

I haven't done Remy brunch... Yet. So can't compare the two.
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Old 12-22-2013, 04:57 PM   #6
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We just got back and did both brunches. They were both fantastic and we thoroughly enjoyed both experiences, although they were totally different.

Remy--set menu, food is French and you are served each course. I loved everything I was served and we also did the champagne pairing. It ended up being over $200 after we tipped. I'm not a big champagne person, but I loved the different types and how well they went with each course.

Palo--a buffet that also includes items you can order (like chicken parmesan, various pizzas, etc). I loved the food but there was just way too much of it for me to get to try everything I wanted to eat. It is $25 per person (not including tip), you get one glass of champagne or a mimosa.

I'd be hard pressed to decide which one I enjoyed more. I think it really depends on the style of food you like and how much you are desiring to spend.
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