Orient Express Dinner and Drinks Menu: A Luxurious Culinary Journey


Welcome aboard the Orient Express! Tonight, we embark on a journey of elegance and indulgence with a menu inspired by the luxurious travels of yesteryear. This evening's culinary adventure promises to be a feast for the senses, featuring exquisite dishes and refreshing beverages. Let’s raise our glasses to this extraordinary experience and savour every moment of this memorable evening!

Appetizers: Elegant Beginnings

Belle Époque Bruschetta

  • Ingredients: Fresh baguette slices, heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil, mozzarella cheese, balsamic glaze, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
    Instructions: Toast baguette slices until golden. Top each slice with diced heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil, and mozzarella cheese. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic glaze. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Grand Palais Pâté Platter

  • Ingredients: Assorted pâtés (duck, chicken liver, vegetable), cornichons, whole grain mustard, French baguette slices.
    Instructions: Arrange assorted pâtés on a platter with cornichons, whole-grain mustard, and baguette slices. Serve at room temperature.

Main Courses: Gourmet Delights

Riviera Grilled Salmon

  • Ingredients: 4 salmon fillets, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 lemon (sliced), fresh dill, salt, and pepper.
    Instructions: Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Brush salmon fillets with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill salmon for 4-5 minutes on each side, until cooked through. Garnish with lemon slices and fresh dill.

Orient Express Coq au Vin

  • Ingredients: 4 chicken thighs, 1 bottle of red wine, 1 cup of chicken broth, 4 garlic cloves (minced), 1 onion (chopped), 2 carrots (sliced), 2 tbsp tomato paste, 1 tbsp flour, 2 tbsp butter, 1 tsp thyme, salt, and pepper.
    Instructions: In a large pot, melt butter and sauté garlic and onion until fragrant. Add chicken thighs and brown on all sides. Stir in carrots, tomato paste, and flour. Pour in red wine and chicken broth. Add thyme, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 45 minutes until the chicken is tender. Serve hot.

Sides: Luxurious Accompaniments

Mediterranean Orzo Salad

  • Ingredients: 1 lb orzo pasta, 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes (halved), 1/2 cup black olives (sliced), 1/2 cup cucumber (diced), 1/4 cup red onion (chopped), 1/4 cup feta cheese (crumbled), 1/4 cup lemon vinaigrette, fresh parsley for garnish.
    Instructions: Cook orzo according to package instructions, drain, and rinse with cold water. In a large bowl, combine orzo, cherry tomatoes, black olives, cucumber, red onion, and feta cheese. Toss with lemon vinaigrette and garnish with fresh parsley.

Truffle Mashed Potatoes

  • Ingredients: 4 large potatoes (peeled and cubed), 1/4 cup butter, 1/4 cup heavy cream, 2 tbsp truffle oil, salt, and pepper.
    Instructions: Boil potatoes until tender, then drain. Mash potatoes with butter, heavy cream, and truffle oil until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Serve warm.

Desserts: Sweet Indulgences

Viennese Sacher Torte

  • Ingredients: 1 box chocolate cake mix, 1 cup apricot jam, 1 cup chocolate ganache, whipped cream for garnish.
    Instructions: Bake chocolate cake according to package instructions. Once cooled, slice the cake horizontally and spread apricot jam between layers. Pour chocolate ganache over the cake. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

Parisian Macarons

  • Ingredients: 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar, 1 cup almond flour, 3 large egg whites, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, food colouring, assorted fillings (buttercream, ganache, jam).
    Instructions: Sift powdered sugar and almond flour together. Whisk egg whites until foamy, then gradually add granulated sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Fold in dry ingredients and food colouring. Pipe small circles onto parchment paper and let rest for 30 minutes. Bake at 300°F for 15-18 minutes. Once cool, sandwich macarons with assorted fillings.

Drinks: Refreshing Elixirs

The Royal Cocktail

  • Ingredients: 2 oz gin, 1 oz elderflower liqueur, 1 oz fresh lemon juice, club soda, lemon twist for garnish.
    Instructions: In a shaker, combine gin, elderflower liqueur, and lemon juice with ice. Shake well and strain into a glass filled with ice. Top with club soda and garnish with a lemon twist.

Orient Express Mocktail

  • Ingredients: 4 cups sparkling water, 1 cup pomegranate juice, 1/4 cup fresh lime juice, pomegranate seeds and mint leaves for garnish.
    Instructions: In a pitcher, combine sparkling water, pomegranate juice, and lime juice. Stir well. Serve over ice and garnish with pomegranate seeds and mint leaves.

The Grand Tour (Alcoholic Option)

  • Ingredients: 1 bottle champagne, 1/2 cup Grand Marnier, orange slices for garnish.
    Instructions: In a large pitcher, combine champagne and Grand Marnier. Serve in champagne flutes and garnish with orange slices.


This Orient Express dinner menu offers a lavish selection of dishes and drinks that promise to transport you to a world of luxury and refinement. From the elegant appetisers to the indulgent desserts, each recipe is crafted to provide a memorable dining experience. Enjoy the journey and bon appétit!


Can these dishes be prepared in advance? Yes, many of these items can be prepared ahead of time, allowing you to focus on enjoying the evening with your guests.

What non-alcoholic drinks can I serve? In addition to the Orient Express Mocktail, you can offer a variety of non-alcoholic beverages like herbal teas, sparkling water with fruit infusions, or classic lemonades to refresh all guests.

How can I cater to dietary restrictions with this menu? Offer a variety of dishes, including vegetarian options like the Mediterranean Orzo Salad and Parisian Macarons. Clearly label any potential allergens.

What is the best way to serve the food at this event? Buffet-style serving works well for a dinner party, allowing guests to mingle and serve themselves from a beautifully arranged spread.

How can I make the evening more interactive with the food and drinks? Consider setting up a DIY bruschetta station or a dessert decorating table where guests can customize their treats. Additionally, a photo booth with travel-themed props can add to the fun and create lasting memories.