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DFDS Seaways

DFDS sails into ultra-gourmet territory

Two highly qualified chefs have been hired to create memorable, locally sourced tasting menus.

Known mostly for family smorgasbord buffets, DFDS Seaways has just unveiled new gourmet restaurants on its line between Copenhagen and Oslo.

Restaurant Sjø is the name of its new upmarket dining concept, launched on its two ships Crown and Pearl, which sail the daily route between the Danish and Norwegian capitals in both directions.

Søren Westh, who worked as a chef at Noma for eight years, has been enlisted to start the project and to advise on how DFDS can reach the Michelin stratosphere, the Copenhagen Post writes.

Westh has also worked at the three-star Michelin restaurant Per Se in New York and did a season at the three-star El Bulli in Barcelona.

At the same time, Christian Mortensen, formerly of the Michelin-starred Kul in Kødbyen and the Paul in Tivoli, is signed up to be Sjø’s head chef.

The pair of culinary experts have now created menus that give passengers a dining experience that is memorable and locally sourced from Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

Seven-course adventure
The menus feature four, five and seven courses from a total of 12 options, and waiters are trained to guide the guests through the meal. The priciest – the seven-course menu with wine pairings – costs DKK 1,500 (€200).

Sjø, which replaces the former gourmet restaurant Marco Polo, can seat up to 50 guests.

“Landing a Michelin star for Restaurant Sjø could be as much as ten years in the future,” thinks Kevin Thyge Helsinghof, DFDS’s global sales director, “but we want to offer high-level Scandinavian cuisine on our ships now.”

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