Oct 28, 2013

Qsine: The Most Fun Meal on the High Seas


I've meaning to share this meal with you guys...because it was a doosie. A doosie in the most delicious sense of the word. This was HANDS DOWN the best meal we ate during our 11-day sailing on the Celebrity Reflection last May. Qsine is a fairly new specialty restaurant aboard a handful of the Celebrity fleet of vessels. This fusion-esque restaurant prides itself on taking each of its patrons on a culinary journey to the farthest corners of the world in mouthwatering spoonfuls. While wandering around the ship on our first afternoon aboard, we came across the menu for Qsine and knew we had to try it out. The first point that drew us in? You order on iPads! We've been to a few restaurants in Germany where you order via iPad and they've all been spectacular, so we knew we were in for a treat with Qsine. We set our reservation for the night we departed the port in Istanbul and waited patiently for our chance for culinary wonderment.

Upon arriving for our reserved seating time, we were greeted by another courteous Celebrity staff member (they seriously have the nicest staff) and were led to our table, right beside a large window. We couldn't have been given a more perfect table because as we sipped our sangria, we watched the sun sink behind the waves. Hello, romance! At the start of our meal, our lively waiter explained exactly how dinner at Qsine would work. We could choose anything from the iPad menu and boom, it would be table-side in a few short minutes. D and I dove into that menu with eyes bigger than our stomaches and ordered 5 different treats from their fascinating selection of dishes from all around the world. We tried M's Favorite (this giant Pandora's box of small bites like Goat Cheese Cigars, Hummus, Lamb Chops, and Eggplant Imam Biyaldi), the Sushi Lollipops (with yummy wasabi mayo), the Slider Party (make your own Angus beef sliders with fun garnishes), the Chinese X Martini (featuring Orange Chicken, Kung Pao Shrimp  Beef & Pepper in Black Bean Sauce, Sweet & Sour Pork, Stir-Fry Veggies, and Sticky Rice), and the Painters Mignon (Filet Mignon with sides of Garlic Mash, Mac & Cheese, Creamed Spinach, and Au Jus sauce). Oh and that's not all...we also ordered dessert from this fun flip cube type thing. Decorate your own cupcakes, Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pops, and a Chocolate Tombstone the length of my forearm...need I say more?! 

I'm drooling all over my keyboard.

 To say this place is a delight would be a total understatement. With each dish that rolled out from the kitchen, D and I would squeal with excitement at the thought of what new flavor explosion we were about to experience. Each item was so thoughtfully cultivated and beautifully executed that it felt like we were dining in some scientist's brilliant art-deco lounge. A total meal for the senses if I ever ate one. D and I left absolutely STUFFED to the gills, but happy as clams. If you ever have the chance to sail with Celebrity, run--don't walk, and snag a reservation at Qsine. Your mouth will thank you!

Qsine || Now aboard the Celebrity Reflection, Eclipse, Millennium, Infinity, Silhouette, and Summit. || Additional $45 fee per person (worth it!!) || Reservations suggested.

16 comments:

  1. This looks awesome. So creative. I think the frost your own cupcakes is a cute idea.Was this cruiseline expensive? I did Costa in June and hated it. The ports were awesome but they only allowed us like 2-3 hours on each port, which I didn't expect and the food was okay. I'm looking for a new cruiseline.

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  2. So interesting! A very creative idea, and I think the cupcake-icing is my favourite :D

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  3. Um YUM! I want all of the things, to eat, right now. And to go on a cruise, you lucky duck!

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  4. Ok, frosting your own cupcakes with that mini bag?! SOLD! Seriously, I have this weird thing for mini...everything! I. love. it. You're really killin' me with this post Casey. Poor food deprived, kimchi and rice eating, me. I'll be dreaming of food like this tonight! ;)

    -Amanda | Living in Another Language

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  5. So jealous right now. I'm having a major case of food envy.

    Voyage of the MeeMee

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  6. Now I'm hungry, too! And here I was contemplating My coming week of fit-food. Now, I'm miserable.
    Lol! This all looks amazing!!! And the presentation just adds loads to the imagination! Gosh! You're lucky ^^!

    Loads of love, SJay!
    www.sweetswithfreaks.blogspot.com

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  7. Wow, the food looks so good! Look at these Sushi 'Cake' Pops! :D I love Fusion cuisine - such a creative mix of flavors!

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  8. excuse me ... is that sushi on a stick>?!

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  9. Oh yeah so much yummy looking food although sushi I would pass on as I do not like sushi I have never tired cake pops but did buy them for Leo who took one bite and handed it back and said no thank you.

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  10. OMG this place looks absolutely beyond amazing!!!!!!

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  11. this sounds fascinating! and delicious!!! i'm so hungry right now!

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  12. Wow, wow, wow and ... wow! The food looks so good!

    Molly

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  13. We set sail on the Refection a week from Saturday. We were talking about trying Qsine, now with having found your Blog, we are definitely going to be there! Thank you so much for sharing!

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