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Royal Caribbean - Taste of Sabor Experience

I recently sailed on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line's Liberty of the Seas for my Honeymoon.  The trip itself was quite amazing, but we had a special dinner at Sabor that wasn't on any pre-planning options.  While at dinner at the Chef's Table earlier in our cruise, a nice gentleman from Sabor came by and told us about a similar experience they were trying out at that restaurant.  Of course we decided we had to give it a try!

We got the menu to look over and our host for the night came to greet us and go through what to expect etc. This was a new thing they were trying, so we didn't really know much about it going in other than "if you liked the Chef Table, come try this!" He was wonderful, and we had a great time with him. We were at a big table off to the side as you went in (our whole Chef's Table party decided to go for this, so we were old friends at this point!) The table was semi-private, but still somewhat part of the normal dining area so we could peek into the normal restaurant and got the atmosphere of Sabor as well. It was a perfect little nook.  What I thought was extra special about this meal is that while Chef's Table is all wine pairings (which are great!) this meal had a variety of drinks paired with the courses so that was a fun touch. 

We started with margaritas and chicken flautas which were delicious! They were crispy and the perfect way to kick off the meal. We noticed other tables had chips, salsa and guacamole and we totally wanted them, so we asked for some. We were advised against this since we had a lot of food coming, but we did not listen and the whole table enjoyed the little snack! The chips were so good and the guac was fresh and delicious! Supply chain issues meant they made them differently - flour tortillas instead of corn, and they were definitely amazing this way.

spicy chicken flauta - tomatoes, onion, crispy corn tortilla, salsa verde and sour cream sauce 

Next up was the ceviche of red snapper. This was light and fresh. A wonderful second course to the meal. The third course was a gazpacho (cold tomato soup) I'm sure it was good, but I am just not a gazpacho fan. I'm not a huge tomato fan to begin with, and the whole cold soup thing is just weird to me. I love sangria though and that's what was paired so that was right up my alley!

Oaxacan ceviche of red snapper - red snapper, spicy citrus marinade, mango and chilies (paired with pinot grigio)
red sangria! - tequila, Cointreau, carmenere red wine and blood oranges
gazpacho mexicano - chilled gazpacho, red onion, jalapeno, avocados and tomatoes (paird with sangria)

The next course was a shrimp dish (white fish for me, as I don't like shellfish) and everyone seemed to enjoy this one!  I enjoyed my alternative dish and loved the wine pairing here, delightful!

jalapeno-garlic tiger shrimp - calabacitas, agave nectar

After that came the short rib dish. Oh my gosh this was so so good! I wish we hadn't filled up on chips (duh!) so we had more room to enjoy this. It was tender and the mole was so full of flavor. Devine! Worth the entire meal just for this dish!

mole short rib - warm potato and pepper hash, jalapeno-lime vinaigrette

Thankfully dessert was small, little chocolate crepes for the perfect little sweet bite to end the meal. I'm pretty sure we closed down the restaurant, the other people dining had cleared out and I think they even started cleaning up the rest of the dining room.

chocolate crepes with mascarpone drizzle

Sabor isn't on all Royal Caribbean Ships, and this might not be offered on shorter cruises, but if you see it, I would definitely snag it up if you are a foodie and love a nice multi-course meal. We had such a great evening and wouldn't hesitate to do this again if we have the opportunity!

Maci Schau
Maci is an avid foodie and loves trying out new restaurants and seasonal food offerings in the parks.  You can email Maci at


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