A diverse menu of delicacies from the Far East will tantalize diners’ palates at Ji Ji Asian Kitchen, a new full-service restaurant aboard Carnival Sunshine which debuts May 5.
Located aft on Lido Deck, Ji Ji Asian Kitchen will offer mouth-watering creations inspired by regional cuisines from China, Mongolia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore and Vietnam. Items are listed with a corresponding number indicating the region where the cuisine originates.
The menu includes seven different appetizers, including Nanjing-style duck, whose origin dates back 1,400 years, along with slow-braised pork belly and soups such as Tamarind & Shrimp and Chicken & Cilantro Root. Even favorites like spring rolls get an interesting twist with lemon marmalade, curry leaves, pink grapefruit and cilantro pearls. Entrees are just as varied with seven different choices, including slow-braised Wagyu beef short rib with watermelon radish, burdock root, wasabi pearl and crisp potatoes, as well as stewed pork served in a clay pot with wok-fried scallions, sesame, fresh spinach, pea shoots, and snap peas, and Singapore chili shrimp, inspired by local street vendors and featuring a sweet and spicy chili sauce. Rounding out the menu are various sides, noodles and rice dishes, along with Asian-themed desserts like rose crème brulee with ginger cream. Japanese beers and full bar service are available, as well.
Meals are enjoyed amidst stylish and elegant surroundings with decorative touches like hanging light fixtures, warm and inviting interiors, and Chinese prayer rolls located throughout.
Ji Ji Asian Kitchen carries a $12 per person charge for adults, $5 for children 11 and under. At lunch, the restaurant will offer complimentary custom-made noodle dishes where guests can select their choice of noodles, vegetables, spices and meats.
Ji Ji Asian Kitchen is one of a seemingly endless array of culinary choices on Carnival Sunshine which will also include Guy’s Burger Joint developed in tandem with Food Network personality Guy Fieri, BlueIguana Cantina, Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse, Cucina del Capitano family-style Italian restaurant, and the 24-hour Pizzeria del Capitano, complementing the expansive Lido Marketplace poolside eatery and two main dining rooms.
Carnival Sunshine will operate a series of nine- and 12-day Mediterranean voyages May through October followed by a 16-day trans-Atlantic crossing from Barcelona to New Orleans, positioning the vessel for year-round seven-day Caribbean cruises from the Big Easy beginning in November.