Review In Brief
The Queen Elizabeth Queen's Grill Restaurant is one of the best dining venues at sea. The menu features mostly traditional dishes, prepared by expert chefs. There is also The Steakhouse at The Verandah which has a more modern menu. However you will have to pay a supplement to eat there.
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Queen Elizabeth Queen’s Grill Restaurants Review
Queen Elizabeth Queen’s Grill Restaurant
The Queen Elizabeth Queen’s Grill Restaurant is one of the best restaurants at sea. In fact it reminds me of Simpson’s in the Strand, with a classic English decor and an exceptional menu.
The Queen’s Grill menu is traditional yet sublime. It does not have fussy nouvelle cuisine, rather the menu has exceptionally prepared classics and it changes daily. However, there are dishes which are available all the time. In fact, guest can even order off-menu. The chefs can prepare almost anything your heart desires, simply let the maître d’ know what you’d like in advance (usually during lunch time for dinner orders).
One of the most popular dishes on the Queen’s Grill menu is the whole Duck L Orange which is carved table-side, then flambéd in Grand Marnier sauce. I think it is the perfect size for two.
The Queen’s Grill menu also has delicacies like White Sturgeon Caviar with traditional condiments as well as a delightful Mackerel Pate. The English-style Rack of Lamb was also excellent. The chefs simply roast it with herbs so the sweet lamb flavour shines through. The dish comes with a light gravy and mint jelly.
Another popular dish is the Crepe Suzette. This dessert is an off-menu item, but all the Cunard regulars know about it. Your waiter flambés the crepes tabled-side and then serves them with homemade vanilla ice cream. It’s a nostalgic throwback to the 1980s which I adored. Also, there is a sublime Lemon & Lavender Cake with Clotted Cream – it’s not to be missed.
It’s worth noting that you will be assigned a table for the duration of your voyage. However, if you are unhappy with where they place you, simply alert the maître d’ who will do his best to find an alternate location.
It’s worth remembering that you can also dine al fresco in the courtyard (weather permitting).
Breakfast: 7:30am – 9:00am.
Lunch: 12:30pm – 2:00pm.
Dinner: 6:30pm – 9:00pm.
The Steakhouse at The Verandah
The Steakhouse at The Verandah is a specialty restaurant onboard Queen Elizabeth. It is a great dining venue, but unlike the Queen’s Grill Restaurant anyone can dine there (for an additional charge).
The name of the restaurant pays homage to Cunard’s dining history. In the 1930’s The Verandah Grill was the exclusive preserve of first-class passengers on Queen Mary.
The menu has appetisers like H. Foreman & Son’s London Cure Gin & Tonic Salmon, as well as Salt Beef Briskit Hash. There is also a somewhat disappointing Tea-Smoked Duck Breast with Mandarin Dressing. Main course includes signature dishes like the Cunarder Burger and the Grand Platter Fruit de Mar (for two), but there are also classics like Whole Grilled Dover Sole and Organic Salt Marsh Lamb Cutlets.
I think The Steakhouse at The Veranda is a nice dining alternative, but I can’t help feeling it has lost some of its panache since becoming a steakhouse. It’s also worth noting that there is a charge of US$25 for lunch and US$39 for dinner per person. Also, reservations are required.
Lunch: 12:00pm – 1:30pm.
Dinner: 6:00pm – 8:30pm.
Other dining options
The other dining venues on Queen Elizabeth are not as good. Indeed, the other restaurants don’t meet the dining standards expected by most luxury cruisers.
There is the sprawling Lido buffet as well as the Garden Lounge. In addition, the Cafe Carinthia and the Golden Lion Pub serve light meals.