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celebrity eclipse qsine restaurant ipadFor a few brief moments I played with an Apple Ipad. Rare as hen’s teeth in the UK is the Ipad. Aside from the computer-geek thrill the interesting thing was I was checking out various dishes in a restaurant and perusing their wine list. Plus I was on a cruise ship!

New to the Celebrity Eclipse is the QSine restaurant. It aims to be ‘different’. No three set courses, no limit to the dishes you can order, no set method of plating either. As the ipad was whisked away – I had managed to view a red wine with a perfunctory tasting note and a full scan of the label, in addition to the dish description as shown in the photo – a series of sample dishes were thrown our way. Far too quickly really to appreciate their individuality or to take photos of them all.

I’m a little confused as to the roll of the IPad, do you order a dish or a wine directly from it? I’m unsure. There was a full illuminated ‘menu’, again in a non-standard format (pdf download), that lists all the dishes. I forget all we tried: a meatball trilogy made from Kobe beef was slightly disappointing in texture and flavour (each had a different stuffing), a superbly presented tapas or mezi selection (think different dishes, pots, wraps etc on a giant thimble collection stand), make your own burgers (sliders in American with a brioche bun, miniature Kobe burger, American cheese, onions, tomatoes, three sauces), an illuminated prawn cocktail, Sushi Lollipops (as pictured), delicious spring rolls served in giant springs, decorate your own cupcake, the fun element is exciting, you really have no idea what to expect next…
I think they are missing a trick though. Little attention is paid to the wine. By expanding the innovation and fun to bring in the wine or other drinks would have enhanced the while ‘experience’ greatly. A different wine sample or cocktail with each dish or even presented different drinks in an equally novel fashion as the food. Something more than a sparkler in cocktail obviously, but with all the attention lavished on the food it was disappointing that little was offered on the drink side of things.

The wine menu has echoes of the quirkiness (pdf download, prices in US$ per bottle), printed off-kilter, with plenty I’d like to try (those at this press presentation were a decent enough Chardonnay and an OK-ish Pinot Noir, exactly the same as served with our other meals in the other restaurants). Although the IPad had wine label scans and a few lines by way of a tasting note wine obviously takes a back seat…

celebrity eclipse qsine resteraunt : make your own burgers


1 Comment »

  1. Margaret River Wine says:

    This new technology can sometimes get confusing hey? Good stuff though, going to revolutionize the way we can view wine

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