Standards of food, service and presentation are excellent in all three restaurants, and there is a buffet service in the Thistle Restaurant and Palms Café for those who prefer more informal dining, with extensive menus of hot and cold food. This is far more attractive than the cafeterias on larger ships, as the buffets are placed within restaurants, with waiters showing diners to their seats and serving tea and coffee at the table. Self service tea and coffee is available in the Palms Café 24 hours. Breakfast and lunch are open sittings and staggered slightly between the three restaurants to allow more freedom of choice. Afternoon tea with sandwiches and assorted cakes is served in buffet form in the Palms Café from 3.45 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.
Thistle Restaurant (Deck 4): The main restaurant on board, with windows on three sides (the restaurants are aft of the ship) and tasteful, sophisticated decor.
Breakfast is 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. or 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. depending on the day's programme. Lunch is noon to 2 p.m. when guests can choose to order from the menu and have waiter service, or help themselves at the buffet.
Dinner is first sitting 6:15 p.m. and second sitting 8:30 p.m. with waiter service. A typical menu selection would be, starters: tropical papaya cocktail or chef's duck pate; soups might include chicken vermicelli, cream of tomato or chilled carrot and orange; salads: house salad with choice of dressings, or grilled salmon flakes with salad; main courses: steamed halibut with basil infused vegetables, or grilled pheasant breast, roast leg of lamb, tagliatelle Alfredo, or deli platter; British dish of the day: slow cooked pork belly; vegetarian: seared goat cheese salad. Desserts: Bavarian lemon cream, Napoleon slice, rich chocolate fudge cake, sugar-free Napoleon slice, ice cream and sorbets, and a selection of |British and international cheeses.
Always available as a main course are grilled fish of the day, grilled chicken breast, omelettes, pasta, and all dishes can be served with a daily selection of well done vegetables, French fries, and boiled or baked potatoes.
Palms Café (Deck 6): A less formal atmosphere, but more elegant than cafeterias on larger ships. Tables already set with cutlery and napkins, regularly renewed by the attentive waiters as guests come and go. Buffet operating for all meal times.
Breakfast is 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., lunch 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., dinner 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Supper Club 11 p.m. to midnight. Omelettes, fried eggs etc. can be ordered at the buffet at breakfast time. On certain days there are themed buffets at dinner time, e.g. Asian and Indian.
The daily programme announces Today's Tasters at the Palms Café -- for example Sunday roasts -- and Supper Club specials such as bacon butties (sandwiches) or fish 'n' chips.
Grampian Restaurant (Deck 8): A smaller restaurant with a more formal and intimate atmosphere. Large round windows either side and elegant decor makes this an attractive dining area.
Breakfast is 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., lunch noon to 2 p.m., dinner first sitting 6:15 p.m., second sitting 8:30 p.m. Menus are the same as the Thistle Restaurant with waiter service.
Marquee Bar (Deck 8): Weather permitting, an alfresco lunch is served, with comfortable seating provided close to the swimming pools.
Lunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and includes soup of the day, fish 'n' chips, pizza, burgers, sandwiches and ice cream.
Room Service: A free service is available for Continental breakfast, which is served in the cabin between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m., but the order must be hung on the cabin door before 2 a.m. In-room dining is also available free of charge from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., the menu includes soup of the day, various fish or meat platters, sandwiches and desserts.
However, there is a charge for a selection of chilled and warm canapes, at £17 and £18 respectively, and party platters from £16 to £28. A wide variety of wines, beers and soft drinks is also available through room service.
The Grill (Deck 6, outside the Palms Café): In warm weather a premium a la carte menu is served out on deck in The Grill restaurant from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and some lunch times, for a premium of £20 per person. Starters: Shrimp avocado and papaya tower, seared herb crusted beef carpaccio, or Caesar salad. Main courses: Grilled mixed seafood, grilled prime ribeye steak, sirloin steak or fillet steak with choice of side dishes. Desserts: Pannacotta or chocolate cup. Bookings are made at guest services.
The Bookmark Cafe (Deck 5, adjoining the library): A recent addition to all ships on the Fred. Olsen fleet is an intimate coffee shop serving coffee and tea from Taylors of Harrogate (double espresso £1.85, cappuccino £2.10 ), and a mouthwatering selection of chocolates. A Mont Blanc Honeycomb Triangle costs 85p, a rose crème 65p.