Dining with a Princess

Continuing with my ‘Dining Afloat’ theme this review offers an insight into the dining experience of Cunard passengers who are sailing on board Queen Victoria and accommodated in the Princess Grill.

The Princess Grill is an excellent restaurant situated high on the starboard side of Deck 11 and affords wonderful panoramic views from wherever within the restaurant passengers are seated. The restaurant has a capacity of around 126 covers, depending on table configurations.

and is particularly intimate by night…

Passengers accommodated in Princess Grill Suites can,  if  they  so  wish,  take all meals in the Princess Grill. Tables in the Princess Grill are allocated and remain the table for those passengers for all meals throughout a cruise. There is of course the opportunity to change from one table to another and the Maitre’d is always most accommodating on this service. Their waiters therefore are those that will serve them throughout their stay in the Princess Grill.

Princess Grill guests  also have exclusive use the Grill’s Lounge which is also situated on 11 Deck…

For dinner the Princess Grill operates a two menu system on most evenings. There is a daily changing table d’hôte menu, an example of which is…

…and an À la carte menu which remains extant during the cruise…

The  À la carte Entrée menu

…and the

À la carte Dessert menu

The fixed table situation has many advantages, none more important than it ensures that your waiter and his assistants look after you for every meal that you take, throughout the day.

Many courses are prepared ‘at the table’…

and the results from above…

Rack of Lamb

and…

Crêpe Suzette

Generally the staff are always happy, given  notice, to meet requests for dishes that may not be on the menu.

A taste of other dishes though, include…

A Devilled Crab Appetizer

 

A vegetarian Baked Stuffed Aubergine

 

 

while not forgetting the ‘must have’ Lobster

 

 

But my all time seafood favourite incorporating excellent taste and texture on this particular cruise had to be the Fillets of Turbot in a Prawn Sauce

 

 

No food thread would be complete without mentioning that old chestnut, additional  vegetables. Well, in the Princess Grill,  as with other Cunard restaurants, one only has to ask and a selection is offered. Fresh and usually silver served

By way of adding a little colour to the table, doesn’t this Strawberry Frazier just catch the eye….

 

 

Mentioned earlier was the fact that the and Head Waiter and waiters remain constant to your designated table and that stands for all daily meals. Guests every need are well anticipated, eating whims catered for and all with the classic style of service associated with Cunard.

That legacy is also evident with the wine service at lunch and dinner. Attentive and knowledgeable sommeliers, again dedicated to a set of tables are always on hand…

 

 

including on this particular cruise, the excellent Sommelier, Roman.

 

So let us raise a glass to one of the finest dining experiences at sea…

 

 

…while remembering that this level of food and service are constant throughout your time on board. This isn’t a speciality restaurant where some would swoon over a single meal, this is the daily ‘norm’ and despite what others may claim, it is one of the top dining experiences at sea when taken in this overall context..

 

 

 

 

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