Once the most famous restaurants at sea, the Queens Grill is now a British bistro occupying the former first-class dining quarters of the QE2. It has gone through a refurbishment led by Chris Integlia, head of design and projects at PCFC Investments, the owners of the QE2.
The 50-year-old interiors of the Queens Grill have been upgraded to a more contemporary look. They now feature brown and white chequered marble flooring with dark wood panelled walls, complemented by circular tables and comfortable seating. The theme runs throughout the venue and into the private dining room and the bar area.
Located on the Boat Deck, passengers will now enter the restaurant via exclusive elevators and a dedicated arrival lounge and have the option of dining inside or outside on the terrace.
Highlights of the brand-new menu include smoked haddock and Scottish haggis pâté and Wagyu crudo, salmon Wellington, gourmet duck burger and beef short rib.
The Queens Grill dining room is one of three main dining rooms aboard the former Cunard ocean liner. The Queens Grill was once reserved exclusively for first class passengers, with second and tourist class passengers dining in the Princess and Britannia Grill restaurants, respectively.
The QE2 was acquired for $100 million in 2007 by Istithmar, a subsidiary of Dubai World, and docked at Dubai’s Port Rashid in November 2008 during her final voyage. The first phase of refurbishment work across seven decks, 244 rooms and four food and beverage outlets totalled $100 million and some 2.7 million man hours.
There are six other decks including a spa and pool area, nine further food and beverage outlets and a shopping arcade.