As a little girl, I was obsessed with shipwrecks, treasure and naturally – all things Titanic.
When I was about eight years old, I got my first book about the Titanic disaster written by Robert Ballard and that hard cover book (that I still have) became my bible. I read it back to front, over and over again, fascinated by the story and the lives aboard the doomed vessel.
I was also a thirteen year old girl when James Cameron’s Titanic was released in theatres in December 1997 and trust me when I say – that consumed my life for a good chunk of my teen years too.
So when we heard that our favorite neighborhood restaurant, Atelier Tony in Dieppe, New Brunswick was hosting a limited dinner experience inspired by all things Titanic – we couldn’t resist.
It should come as no surprise that the event was so popular, they added two additional nights and sold-out all four evening events. And I have a sneaking suspicion if they do it again next year, they’ll be selling out all over again.
Each of the nine courses was inspired by the actual menu served in the First Class Dining Room 111 years ago on April 14th, when Titanic hit the iceberg. Many dishes served at Atelier Tony were identical, from the barley soup to the poached salmon and the delicious Waldorf Pudding for dessert.
Here’s a look at our evening as we traveled back in time to enjoy a dinner inspired by the last meal served in the First Class Dining Room on the ill-fated Titanic.
Dinner attendees were encouraged to dress up and let’s just say, as someone who has been obsessed with the Titanic since I was a little girl and someone who was a 13 year old when the movie came out in 1997 – I was beyond ready for the challenge.
And of course – I couldn’t resist pulling in the the lifesaver from our wedding photos for this shot before we headed out the door to dinner.
Boatloads of congratulations to the team at Atelier Tony for creating a world-class dining experience. From the decor throughout the restaurant to the team dressed up in 1912-inspired attire to the incredible live pianist and violinist that played all evening – we truly were transformed back in time.
The little details, such as the printed first class dining menus and the drink list, were such a cool added touch. It was really neat to see what different drinks from brandy to coffee to tomato juice cost in 1912 on the Titanic.
I couldn’t resist starting the evening with a Clove Club cocktail, featuring gin, raspberry, vermouth, and whites. It was absolutely divine and honestly, I could have drank these all night before I switched to Prosecco.
So – are you ready to see what we dined on that evening?
Apologies in advance, you might be a little hungry after reading this post.
Hors D’oeuvres and Bread and Butter
This initial plate blew my mind. I absolutely love beef tartare so this twist on beef tartare wrapped in a spring roll was so tasty, as was the asparagus dish and foie gras stuffed puffs. I could have eaten seconds on all of these items and knew at this point, we were really in for a treat.
Oysters, Rockafeller, English
I love oysters. I love oysters Rockafeller. But give me oysters in a tartar sauce broth cooked à la english beer battered fish and chips? And omg. This dish was to die for and I would 100% have ordered more if I could have. I really hope they introduce the fish & chips inspired oysters on their summer menu.
Cream of Barley Soup
Don’t let the name fool you – this was easily the best cream of barley soup I have ever had. It was a whole new level of cream of barley and the foam on top, which I believe was mushroom based, was so good.
Poached Salmon with Mousseline Sauce, Cucumbers
This dish, was definitely one of my favorites. The poached salmon was cooked to perfection and the mousseline sauce, packed with dill (my fave) was delicious. Again, I’m secretly hoping some version of this dish ends up on their summer menu because it was refreshing and light and perfect for summer evenings.
Roasted Duck, Apple Relish, Citrus Jus, Chicken Liver Mousse
Let me start by saying, I’m not typically a big fan of duck. I have a hard time with any sort of game meats BUT this was delicious. When you combined all of the this, the taste explosion was fantastic.
Tenderloin of Beef, Vegetable Terrine, Shaved Foie Gras, Sauce Bordelaise
This dish was chef’s kiss. The tenderloin was cooked to perfection, the potatoes were delicious, I LOVE asparagus so that’s always a treat and the shaved foie gras? Yum!
Peaches in Chartreuse Jelly
This first course of dessert was definitely interesting. It was a dish that was served on the Titanic, so naturally, I was curious but I wouldn’t say I was a big fan. This was the only dish that I had one bite and offered the rest to my husband. But all that said – it was quite pretty!
Walford Pudding, Raisins, Apples
This dessert dish was a surprise to me. I wasn’t 100% sure I was going to be a fan, especially with raisins and apples, but I actually loved it. It was refreshing, light, and the perfect dish after eight-courses of food.
Chocolate & Vanilla Eclairs
Last but certainly not least, these chocolate and vanilla eclairs came with the bill and were out of this world. So soft, so creamy, I want these all of the time. They were the perfect send-off from a magical evening.
No blog post, Instagram story, or photo can truly express how amazing this night was. I had the time of my life, it was a perfect date night with hubby, and if the rumours are true that Atelier Tony plans to do more experience and historically inspired dinner events, you best believe we will be at all of them.
I’ve said this many times since that evening, but I think we ate even better than first-class passengers on the actual ship.
We’ll be talking about this experience for a long time to come.
A big congratulations to the team at Atelier Tony for the hard work, dedication, and attention to detail that went into this event. It was no small feat, and the experience was world-class.
PS: Not sponsored, just another incredible New Brunswick experience that we wanted to share!
SarahApril 28, 2023 at 10:56 am
Looks incredible! All of it. What a night
CrystalApril 28, 2023 at 11:05 am
It was incredible! I would attend again in a heart beat!