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Dining on the Queen

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RUSS_RAFF_crossing.jpegWhen B4 opted for accommodation in Queens Grill, she automatically earned us a standing table for two at breakfast, lunch and dinner in a fabulous restaurant: The Queens Grill aft on the port side of Deck 7. The slightly lesser Princess Grill for those who booked that class is aft on the starboard side.large_QueensGrill1JPG.JPG

The Queens Grill serves breakfast from 8:00 until 9:30, lunch from 12:00 until 1:30 and dinner from 6:30 until 9:00. Come and go whenever you like within those limits; it is your table, your waiter, your wine steward, etc., so there is no waiting ever. Of course, we can, if we like, eat at the Kings Court Buffet on Deck 7, midships. There the food looks great and the hours are much more generous: Continental Breakfast from 5:00 to 6:30 with full breakfast following until 11:30. The Chef’s Gallery Healthy Corner is open from 7:00 until 10:00.

Kings Court Lunch is from 11:30 until 3:00 and there is a burger & hot dog station or a pizza station or a sushi bar for those so inclined. Dinner Buffet begins at 6:00 and ends at 10:30 but do not worry should you be peckish later on: The Late Snack Buffett runs from 11:00 until 2:00 in the morning. 86f58f20-cdfd-11e8-8608-1bc6fa5e4fba.JPG85f3fda0-cdfd-11e8-a638-6171a0e37adf.JPG

The food at Kings Court looks great but we cannot tell you much about it because we only ate there a couple of times. We had lunch one day in the Golden Lion Pub enjoying fish and chips and Portobello and sweet potato pie. Both were quite nice.

Friday night is Aztec Mexican food theme night within Kings Court.

Gluten free and lactose free items are available from the aft buffet from 7:00 until 3:00.

Snacks are available in the Carinthia Lounge and lunch is available at the Pavilion Pool Bar. Poolside on a crossing is not the place to be. The outside temperature is in the fifties and it is windy while we are underway, and we are always underway.

Don’t forget to stop by the Godiva Café for chocolates and specialty coffees or the Champagne Bar for a bubbly.

Canapes are delivered to us each afternoon. We have been graciously gifted with a bottle of champagne each and every day and that is always on ice in our suite. We make sure to carry our filled flutes when we leave 9028 and head out for whatever venue beckons.f2de07c0-ce21-11e8-9547-cf77216488b0.jpg

Statistics: Under the leadership of Executive Chef Klaus Kremer, 150 chefs will this week prepare 32,400 eggs, 50 tons of fresh fruits and fresh vegetables and eight tons of meat. Seven hundred English Scones will be served each and every day at afternoon tea.

As you would imagine on a ship there are many alternative dining venues ranging from the Verandah Steakhouse where there is a $39 cover charge at dinner or the Kings Court Alternative Dining White Tablecloth restaurant where there is a cover of $19.50. We didn’t choose any of those because we can have what they offer at our Queens Grill table if we ask.

In the Queens Grill, at lunch one day when I saw tomato soup offered I asked for a grilled cheese sandwich to be brought along with it. They didn’t blink at that request, but I didn’t care much for the sandwich.

One may order from the menu or make a special request. At lunch, we make our special orders for the evening. We have requested chateau, veal, sole and beef wellington. They are happy to accommodate. On Friday night, B4 added a request for foie gras as an appetizer and a Grand Marnier soufflé for desert. OsmanPreparesVeal.JPG

These special order entrees are prepared tableside from the trolley and presented with a flourish. Beryl said, “The service is very Downton Abbey.” I don’t award stars for restaurants—I’ll leave that to the professionals—but Queens Grill is star studded for certain.

I am reminded, for those who have ever been there, of the experience at Kansas City’s River Club. The major difference—other than being at sea rather than atop a bluff overlooking the Missouri River—is that the tables in Queens Room are shoehorned together more tightly than I would like.

Not all is perfection. In Queens Grill, a table of ten behind me, celebrating the birthday of one of its occupants, became so loud that the gentile atmosphere that is supposed to be the hallmark of Queens Grill was shattered and for much longer than it takes to sing “Happy Birthday.” We were motivated to retire to the tranquil Grill Lounge for our coffee and dessert.

At peak times, the Kings Court buffet is crowded. Prime tables at windows are hard to get. That is the rule on every ship I’ve sailed and QM2 is no exception.

Food is as much an event as sustenance. Here, we dress for dinner; formal (tuxedo for me) three nights and slightly less formally—suit and tie for me—on the other evenings. I love that. We should have brought more jewelry and we brought quite a lot.PaulCuffs.JPGBerylGazingChampagne.JPGPaulInGoldenLion.JPGJohnPaulJohnLynBerylSandra2.JPGPaulMelBerylBob.JPG

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