People often ask me how good the food on Seabourn Cruises really is. In my experience it is the best cuisine at sea and the restaurants on Seabourn Quest are no exception. While the restaurants may be small in number, they are big on mouthwateringly good cuisine.
The are five Seabourn Quest restaurants, including:
The Grill by Thomas Keller.
Earth & Ocean at The Patio.
Restaurants & food
Food quality & presentation
The main dining room on Seabourn Quest is simply called The Restaurant. It is a spectacular space with a jaw-dropping central atrium. Indeed, the setting is worthy of the fantastic cuisine prepared by the talented chefs.
The menu showcases innovative culinary trends and gastronomic classics. What’s more it changes daily. Starters include Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio with Crisp Greens, Country Bread Croutons & Anchovy Emulsion as well as a delectable Crispy Seafood Cake with Sauce Gribiche & Roasted Red Peppers.
For main course there is a classic Roast Rack of Lamb with Vegetable Couscous, Eggplant Puree, Greens & Spiced Lamb Jus. Although I especially enjoyed the Roasted Qual & Spiced Figs with Caramelized Fennel, Salsify Ragout, Pomegranate & Poultry Jus. It was an exceptionally good game dish.
The Restaurant has tempting desserts like Strawberry Soup & White Chocolate Parfait with Fresh Berries Pistachio Crostini & Crackers. Not to mention a daily soufflé; the Poir William with Bittersweet Chocolate Sauce is not to be missed.
The daily cheese board is also worth indulging in. On my review voyage there was a luscious Comte cheese with complex fruit and nut notes. A Spanish semi-hard known as Drunken Goat was also worth sampling. This goats milk cheese is soaked in Double wine.
The Restaurant is also open for breakfast and lunch. In the morning there are pastries, eggs and other breakfast classics. At lunchtime there is a paired-down menu. The fare is lighter and usually includes at least one fish dish as well as healthy salads.
I rate The Restaurant as the best dining venue on Seabourn Quest. It’s worth noting that there is open seating and you do not need to make reservations.
The Grill by Thomas Keller is the specialty restaurant on Seabourn Quest. It is an homage to the classic American grills of the 50’s and 60s with a menu inspired by Michelin-starred chef, Thomas Keller.
Chef Keller has reimagined the classic dishes of the time in a small, but satisfying menu. Starters include a Gulf Prawn Cocktail with Preserved Horseradish & Tomato Cocktail, as well as the ever popular Caesar Salad which is prepared table side.
There is a deconstructed Lobster Thermidor for main course. As well as a succulent broiled Veal T-Bone. Though it has to be said the Roasted Free Range Chicken with Thyme Jus is not to be missed. It takes two days to prepare and is a taste sensation.
The Grill By Thomas Keller also has daily specials. On my voyage these included a Waldorf Salad, as well as Cordon Bleu with Parsley Sauce.
Some people might find dessert somewhat less enticing. There is a Meyer Lemon Meringue Tart, a Seven Layer Coconut Cake as well as a Dark Chocolate Layer Cake. Perhaps some lighter choices might bring balance to the menu.
Editor’s tip: The Grill By Thomas Keller has an exclusive cocktail list. It’s very tempting with libations like the Flame of Love Martini with Kettle One, Fino Sherry & Flamed Orange Peel. There is also an indulgent Old Cuban with Zacapa 23 Rum, Cane Sugar Syrup Angostura Bitters, Mint Leaves, a Splash of Champagne & Fresh Lime Juice.
The Grill By Thomas Keller is open for dinner only. Reservations are essential.
Dinner: 5:30pm – 10:30pm
The Colonnade is Seabourn Quest’s casual buffet restaurant. I’m pleased to say that on my voyage it continued to set the standard for exemplary food quality and presentation.
During the day there are salads, as well as seafood platters and hot roasted meats. Not to mention delectable desserts and pâtisserie. It is all immaculately presented.
In the evening The Colonnade has an à la carte menu which is often themed around a particular port of call or style of cookery. During my voyage it was French, with starters like Foie Gras Terrine with Marinated Scallion Salad & French Vinaigrette. There was also an excellent Chateaubriand Roast Beef Tenderloin for main course.
The Colonnade has comfortable seating inside, but I recommend eating al fresco on the delightful teak terrace.
The Colonnade is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You do not need reservations.
The Patio is a poolside buffet restaurant beneath the shade of umbrellas amid gentle sea breezes.
A breakfast time there are items from the griddle as well as healthy yoghurt and fruit dishes. At lunch time I enjoyed grilled fish as well as an indulgent burger and pizza. There are also daily specials.
Earth & Ocean at The Patio is the à la carte poolside restaurant on Seabourn Quest. The menu was inspired by consulting chef Anton Egger travels around the World.
Indeed, the petit menu is full of surprises. I especially enjoyed the Scallops Basquaise with Roasted Garlic, Pine Nuts, Tomato & Liguri Olive Confit. The Seabass with Eryngii Mushrooms, Sir Fried Super Greens, Toasted Garlic & Wasabi Lime Butter was also a taste sensation.
Earth & Ocean at The Patio is open for dinner only, with a candlelight atmosphere. Reservations are essential.
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