Carnival specialty restaurant will make food faces on the plates

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Rudi Sodamin with a "food face" made with smoked salmon.
Rudi Sodamin with a "food face" made with smoked salmon.

Fun with food is coming to the Carnival Mardi Gras.

A new seafood restaurant designed by chef Rudi Sodamin called Rudi's Seagrill will feature dishes with the ingredients arranged in playful "food faces."

Carnival said the menu will feature a selection of appetizers, entrees and desserts presented as food faces, including big eye tuna, grilled branzino, seared scallops and apple cheesecake.

"I believe the quality of a restaurant starts on the plate, so with Rudi's Seagrill, I want guests to enjoy the food and feel connected to their meals in a fun and engaging way," Sodamin said.

To date, Sodamin has been primarily associated with Holland America Line, where he is head of the Culinary Council of chefs and has his own seafood bistro on several ships.

Sodamin also published a book last year called "Food Faces: 150 Feasts for the Eyes."

Situated on Deck 8 between La Piazza and Summer Landing, Rudi's Seagrill will have an 80-seat indoor dining room with warm lighting and stylish design elements as well as an al fresco area on the Lanai, Carnival said.

There will be a reservations fee "in line with Carnival's other full-service specialty restaurants."

The Mardi Gras is scheduled to launch in Europe on Aug. 31, 2020, and arrive at Port Canaveral for Caribbean cruises in October.

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