If you want an incredible meal with impeccable service, go on a cruise. The most decadent meal I have ever had was on a Holland America ship.
When we arrived at the table our favorite beverages were already at our places. The waiters pulled out our chairs and set the napkins on our laps before handing us the elegant leather-bound menus.
While deciding on what to eat we had fresh breads and rolls with butter, better than the best bakeries. For my appetizer I had caviar and herbed cream cheese on toast points.
The fresh garden salad was the perfect way to rinse my palate before they brought the next course.
My selection was escargot in lemon butter. I have heard that escargot can be horribly chewy if not cooked right but it was light and soft, surprisingly delicious for snails.
The cold cantaloupe cream soup they brought next was refreshing and I very much enjoyed the sweet fruitieness. My tablemates respectively opted for chicken consume and lobster bisque accompanied by goblets of white wine.
After the soup I was given a flute of sparkling champagne. It tasted, as the monk Don Perignon once said, as though it were bottled stars.
My main course was filet mignon wrapped in bacon with asparagus spears and orange rounds arranged elegantly over top. The steak was so tender I cut it with my fork alone and the bacon was exquisitely crispy. The asparagus was perfectly cooked, with just enough crunch and fresh garlic orange sauce.
After we finished our meals and the plates were gone, the lights suddenly went way down. As we watched in fascination the hundreds of wait staff marched around the vast dining room with flaming desert before stopping at each table and serving us huge slices of Baked Alaska, ice cream on fire. They brought me a vanilla latte to complement the sweetness of my incendiary treat.
There was not a single moment of the entire evening where the service, food, or beverages were anything less than what royalty would receive.
The price was not bad at all, $400 for an entire week including my stateroom and lovely hours of sunshine and activities. Really, if you say the room was about half of the price, it comes to less than ten dollars per meal. I have gone on many cruises over the years but that one meal has always stuck out in my mind as being the best, incomparably splendid.