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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The Queen Elizabeth Queen’s Grill Restaurants
Queen Elizabeth Queen’s Grill Restaurant
The Queen Elizabeth Queen’s Grill Restaurant is one of the best restaurants at sea. 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. The Queen’s Grill menu changes daily, but 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 Duck L Orange. Your waiter carves the whole duck at the table. He then finishes it with a flambéd Grand Marnier sauce. The Duck L Orange is the perfect size for two people to enjoy.
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 excellent too. 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 serves them with homemade vanilla ice cream. It’s a nostalgic throwback to the 1980s which I adored. There is also a sublime Lemon & Lavender Cake with Clotted Cream which is on the Queen’s Grill menu.
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.
The Queen Elizabeth Queen’s Grill Restaurant is open from 6:30pm every night. The last order is taken at 9:00pm. However, you do not need to make reservations. It’s worth remembering that you can dine al fresco in the courtyard too (weather permitting).
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 includes prime steaks as well as classics like Maine lobster and Alaskan king crab. It also includes a British twist on the traditional steakhouse offering with Scotch grass-fed, dry-aged beef and Salt Marsh lamb rack. In addition, there is Australian Wagyu beef as well.
I think The Steakhouse at The Veranda is a nice dining alternative. However it’s worth noting that there is a charge of US$25 for lunch and US$39 for dinner per person. Also, reservations are required.
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.