Tucked in the aft corner of Carnival Sunshine, just off the Havana Bar, is quite possibly one of the best dining values at sea, Ji Ji’s Asian Kitchen, where for $12 per person ($5 for kids) you can enjoy a four-course meal that will leave you wanting to dine there another night.
China, Mongolia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, and Vietnam’s regional cuisines inspire Carnival Sunshine’s brand new, full service restaurant, Ji Ji’s Asian Kitchen.
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Elegant surroundings and clever decorative touches such as hanging light fixtures and Chinese prayer rolls provide ambiance in the restaurant.
After checking in at the host stand, you are seated in the restaurant, where you are brought some complimentary bread and sauces, followed by the server taking your drink order and ordering.
The menu is laid out simply, and the table head orders everyone’s food. How it works is the server rolls the dice and it lands on a lucky number. Everyone at the table rolls the dice until someone lands on the lucky number.
Seven different appetizers, seven different entrées, and an assortment of classic sides and soups with a new twist make up the menu.
▪ Nanjing-style duck appetizers
▪ Chicken spring rolls
▪ Slow-braised Wagyu beef short rib with watermelon radish
▪ Chicken & Cilantro Root Soup
▪ Sweet & Sour Fragrant Shrimp
▪ Hakka Style Noodles
See the full menu of Ji Ji’s Asian Kitchen here.
Words can’t describe how great this venue is and I’d put it against a PF Chang’s or any land-based Asian fusion venue. There simply isn’t a better value at sea.
You should make reservations in Ji Ji’s Asian Kitchen because once word gets around, it does book up pretty quickly. On our sailing, we had the opportunity to dine three times. Each time we dined (without reservations), it was harder and harder for us to get in. In fact, they kept trying to book us for another night and we kept saying we weren’t coming back, and we always did.
Free Lunchtime Offerings
Ji Ji’s is free at lunch, offering a noodle bar with vegetables and meats, usually open until 2p on port days and a little later on sea days.
Carnival Sunshine will be homeported in the Mediterranean until October, then heading to New Orleans until April 2014, then Port Canaveral.