The Moderno Churrascaria Restaurant

The Moderno Churrascaria Restaurant, which is a specialty restaurant on the Norwegian Star cruise ship, was a pleasant surprise from the usual cruise ship food. Both the service and the food were great!

Although reservations are recommended, we didn’t find they were really needed. The cost per person was $20 which I thought was very reasonable considering all the food you have the option of eating, the quality of the food and the service provided.

Salad Buffet
Salad from the buffet

The meal starts with a trip to the large beautiful salad buffet which includes deli meat and soup.  Once you finish the salad, the waiter brings small containers of rice, fried sweet plantains (my absolute favorite), garlic mashed potatoes and black beans.

Fried Sweet Plantain
Fried Sweet Plantain

There are “cards on the table that you turn over to let the servers know when you are ready to start your main courses. Red means stop (don’t bring any more food) and green means bring it on! You can pass on any food that you do not want to eat.

The servers, called gauchos, are quite prompt in bringing the selections of food to your table which include lamb chops, filet mignon, beef, chicken, chorizo, etc.  They will cut as much or as little as you want to eat. Most of the meat arrives on a long metal skewer.

Moderno Churrascaria
Moderno Churrascaria

And, of course, I had to have my lamb …


They also brought pineapple on a skewer which was very tender.

Pineapple on a skewer
Pineapple on a skewer

For dessert there were three options: Coconut Flan, Mango Rice Pudding and Papaya Cream.  I had the Mango Rice Pudding which was okay but not great. When I tasted my husband’s Coconut Flan, I wished I had ordered it instead as it was very light and tasteful. I could have changed my dessert but decided to keep what I had.

Coconut Flan
Coconut Flan
Mango Rice Pudding
Papaya Cream

For me, this was the highlight of the food on the Norwegian cruise ship called the Star. Very good food and excellent service. The best part of this experience was being able to select which foods you wanted to eat and eating at a pace that was just right.

Other posts related to this ship as linked below.

Preparing for A Winter Vacation

The Norwegian Star – The Ship

Gulf of Mexico – Sunsets

The Norwegian Star – Cabin Steward

The Norwegian Star – Food

The Norwegian Star – Excursion to Costa Maya, Mexico 

The Norwegian Star – Trip to Belize City, Belize

The Norwegian Star – Trip to Cozumel, Mexico

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