June 7, 2010
We Are Cunard
Posted in: Queen Elizabeth
Countdown to Queen Elizabeth – 126 days
In a press release today, it has been revealed today that Queen Elizabeth, will offer a selection of the most popular dining opportunities from her sisters, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria, but will also introduce several new concepts.
Peter Shanks, Cunard’s President and Managing Director, said: “In planning the dining options that will be offered on Queen Elizabeth, we looked for inspiration in venues Cunard has created during its 170-year history and took the best from those. With Queen Elizabeth, Cunard will become one of the oldest names in ocean travel sailing the industry’s youngest fleet, so it is natural for us to recognise our past while always catering for the needs of today’s discerning traveller.”
Cunard’s renowned Global Culinary Ambassador Jean-Marie Zimmermann, who is responsible for all things culinary on Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria, will continue in this role on Queen Elizabeth. Readers may remember we featured Jean-Marie in a Blog last year which you can see by clicking on this link.
In their day the Verandah Grills on board the original Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth were perhaps the most exclusive restaurants at sea, on a par with exclusive private clubs in London, New York and Paris. These Grills were available to first-class passengers who wanted a truly exclusive experience and the rooms would be frequented by royalty, film stars, the rich and the famous. In keeping with this tradition, The Verandah on Queen Elizabeth will offer an experience of exquisite cuisine, contemporary design and impeccable service with menus created by Chef Zimmermann, who has paid homage to his homeland and created a menu of fine French cuisine. There’ll be artwork inspired by the playful and whimsical murals on the first two Queens, while the vintage menus will tell the story of the dining experience on board the original Queen Elizabeth.
The dishes will evoke the personality and flavour of regions such as Périgord, Pyrenees, Alsace, Bresse and Burgundy and will include Monkfish and Rascas Fish Bouillabaisse, Magret Duck, Baked Brie de Meaux Brioche, and Hot Vanilla Soufflé infused with Edmond Briottet Peach Liqueur. The Verandah will be open for lunch and dinner for a small surcharge.
The Queens and Princess Grills will be very similar to those on Queen Victoria, but will be decorated distinctly in an Art Deco fashion to create an individual feel in each restaurant.
Each restaurant will offer a single seating and A la carte menus featuring classic dishes as well as some new specialties. French-style doors will open from each Grills Restaurant onto the Courtyard where al fresco dining will be offered.
Like Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth also will offer the Britannia Club, where guests travelling in AA category staterooms will enjoy single-seating dining at a time of their choosing.
As many of you know already, Queen Elizabeth’s two-tiered Britannia Restaurant will have a dramatic sweeping staircase as well as Art Deco decorative features. Breakfast and lunch will be served by open seating and guests have the option of either early or late sitting for dinner.
As on Queen Victoria The Lido will be open 24 hours a day and in the evening several new dining options will be offered such as Asado which features South American cuisine and the traditional style of cooking meats on a grill. Guests may choose from a selection of dishes from the Rotisserie and Grill, such as Roasted Chimmichuri Chicken and Argentinean Lamb Chops with Pistachio.
Aztec will offer authentic regional Mexican cuisine, exploring the variety of spices and ingredients which are native to the country. Guests can look forward to appetizing dishes such as Chile Relleno de Espinaca and Banana-Wrapped Snapper Veracruzana. Finally Jasmine offers Pan-Asian cuisine, drawing on influences from Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and China. Tantalizing dishes are inspired by the many flavours of the region, producing dishes that range from Aromatic Crispy Duck to Char Siew Pau.
The three night-time dinner options are available to all guests for a small surcharge and for those seeking a more informal dining option for dinner; a buffet station will also remain open.
Many of you have seen the pictures of the beautiful new Garden Lounge with its magnificent vaulted glass ceiling. On select sea days, a Champagne afternoon tea service featuring Veuve Clicquot Champagne will be offered for a small charge.
Occasional evening ‘Supper Clubs’ will combine dining with dancing under the stars, where small plates of savouries and sweets will be accompanied by live music.
Also on Queen Elizabeth, just like her sisters, guests will be able to enjoy pub food in the Golden Lion Pub and traditional afternoon tea in the Queens Room.
As well as this Blog you can follow all the news about Queen Elizabeth on a new micro site;
I’ll hope to get you some more pictures from the shipyard in Italy soon but in the meantime Thursday’s Blog will feature news from our flagship, Queen Mary 2. Cheers for now Alastair.