Restaurants & Eateries aboard Virgin Voyages new ships are where a Michelin-starred chef collective creates incredible onboard dining experiences. More than 20 distinctive and delicious specialty eateries bring fresh ingredients and made-to-order cooking together to crush any craving. Here’s a taste of what to expect from their foodie-approved eateries.
Virgin Voyages takes food seriously. Pairing fresh ingredients and vibrant flavors with ever-evolving ways to experience food, they have elevated and diversified their menus while minimizing waste by only cooking what’s been ordered. It’s a win for your stomach and a win for the planet.
All 20+ eateries (that’s what Virgin calls their restaurants) are included with your cruise fare. From Steakhouses and Korean BBQ to a cooking lab and an international food market, all eateries on board offer dishes designed to crush any craving! With unique spaces and diverse options, they have ditched the one-big-dining-hall experience and said goodbye to buffets. Every eatery has its own kitchen and an executive chef – and all of their food is fresh and made-to-order, never mass-produced.
At Virgin, they believe that balance is key, so they offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options in every eatery that is designed from scratch and always created from the freshest ingredients. World-class chefs like Brad Farmerie (of PUBLIC in NYC) and Sohui Kim (of The Good Fork and Insa in NYC) are a few of the names behind Virgin’s incredible menus.
In this entry, we are going to look at six of Virgin’s restaurants, and I’ll be doing another blog about the rest of their dining options. So, here is a taste of what you can expect from Virgin Voyages’ eateries:
THE WAKE — for Steak & Seafood
The perfect mix of sophistication, nostalgia and cool – entering The Wake is an event in itself. As soon as you see the grand staircase, you’ll feel like you’ve stumbled onto a glitz & glam movie set that is regal by design with raised levels of luxury and exuburance.
Magnum bottles of wine poured table side
Personal dining rooms for groups of 10+
Steak, seafood and a full raw bar
Lavish brunch featuring a selection of Eggs Benedict
RAZZLE DAZZLE — Virgin’s vegetarian-forward (and omnivore-friendly) restaurant
One of Virgin’s most unique offerings onboard, Razzle Dazzle Restaurant is a veggie-forward eatery that delivers a healthy dose of nice with just the right amount of naughty. Sailors can choose from one side that skews towards plant-based vegetarian and vegan dishes including must have munchies such as the Impossible Burger, or the indulgent side — meaty cheats, sweets and gluttonous treats. Sailors can enjoy healthy smoothies and juices by day and relax with signature cocktails by night in a lively, bustling environment.
Razzle Dazzle Features:
Famous all Red Bar featuring signature cocktails
PINK AGAVE — UPSCALE MEXICAN
Inspired by the vibrant, colorful streets of Mexico, Sailors are treated to a menu reflecting the regions emerging culinary renaissance. Personal, intimate, and educational, their mezcalier will guide you through a highly curated dining and drinking experience. Pink Agave is Virgin’s tribute to sophisticated Mexican Cuisine and home to their impressive mezcal and tequila collection.
Pink Agave Features:
Mezcal & tequila library
Late Night Lounge
Authentic Mexican Cuisine
Private Group Dining
THE TEST KITCHEN — Cooking lab & Restaurant
The Test Kitchen is the most unique, innovative, and experimental dining experience on the ship. The tasting menu is presented in the form of an ingredient list where Sailors put their trust into Virgin’s expert chefs to make the decisions. This laboratory-like eatery is part cooking school and part restaurant. It’s educational, experiential and delicious in ways you’ve never tasted. With classes and evolving tasting menus, this is for the curious, boundary-pushing tastebuds on board.
The Test Kitchen features:
Chef driven set menu
Innovative culinary technique
Curated wine, beer, cocktail and spirit free pairing menus
GUNBAE — Korean BBQ
If you’re into hands-on meat grilling and soju drinking, Virgin’s Korean BBQ is the perfect spot. Sailors have the option to choose from meats, seafood, vegetables or all of the above when they’re ready to start grilling and the crew will be on hand to help. Virgin specially designed a flameless grill for the ultimate BBQ experience, which will be the centerpiece of the loudest restaurant at sea.
Authentic Korean Dishes
Drinking games and fun cocktails
EXTRA VIRGIN — Elevated Italian
Deeply rooted in Italian culinary traditions, Virgin’s trattoria serves regionally-inspired food punctuated by their fresh, handmade pasta. Start with antipasti — this selection of cured meats and cheeses gets Sailors’ mouths watering for more. While everyone loves a good pizza, Extra Virgin focuses on pasta-centric favorites made fresh daily. Match with a great Italian wine and top it off with traditional aperitivos and digestivos to make your night complete…or help it get started!
Extra Virgin Features:
Freshly made pasta
The best Italian wine list on the ship
Table side afrogate cart
Has this got you hungry for more? Watch this space for more information about Virgin Voyage’s other eateries and a lot more information about Virgin Voyages! Remember, while you are onboard a Virgin ship, ALL food is included…none of the above restaurants charge a “specialty dining” fee. I’m excited to get on one of Virgin’s ships! Just wait until you hear about their ice cream shop and their diner where you can play air hockey, foosball & shuffle board while munching on corndogs, candy apples, churros & adult milkshakes!
Are you ready to begin planning your Virgin Voyage vacation? If so, give me a shout…I’ll be able to help you plan an amazing vacation with the cruise industry’s newest cruise line!