Holland America Line has announced a new partnership with sushi chef Andy Matsuda. Matsuda will train shipboard chefs and add four of his signature rolls to Tamarind, the Asian-fusion restaurant onboard several of Holland America’s ships.
The Japanese-born chef brings more than 35 years of sushi-making experience and 15 years of teaching to the cruise line, and he began his collaboration and training aboard the line’s newest ship, Koningsdam. At Matsuda’s Sushi Chef Institute in Los Angeles, California, he teaches aspiring chefs and professionals from all over the world about sushi and Japanese cuisine. More than 1,300 graduates of the institute have gone on to careers in sushi restaurants or have become restaurateurs themselves.
Guests can enjoy Matsuda’s four signature rolls on Tamarind’s dinner menu. They are a Tempura Lobster Roll with lobster tail, unagi sauce, avocado and asparagus; Nigiri Seared Salmon with green olives and capers; Dragon Roll with tempura shrimp, unagi sauce, avocado and asparagus; and Nigiri Tuna Zuke with yuzu-flavored tuna and guacamole sauce. Tamarind is on board Koningsdam, Nieuw Amsterdam and Eurodam.
The Asian-fusion Tamarind restaurant also serves sushi selections on the full dinner menu. Selections feature Spider Roll with soft shell crab tempura, California Roll, Tsutsumi Roll with snapper and avocado, Spicy Tuna Roll, Veggie Rainbow Roll, Volcano Roll with sesame-marinated salmon and Thai chilis, and Nigiri sushi with tuna, salmon and ebi shrimp. Tamarind on Koningsdam also has a sushi counter with eight seats where guests can enjoy watching the chefs prepare the fresh sushi.