Ahoy there, fellow food enthusiasts! Join me as we embark on a delectable journey through the culinary delights of The Pantry aboard the Pacific Explorer. Nestled on Deck 14 Forward, The Pantry is the ship’s largest restaurant, and it’s a treasure trove of diverse and mouthwatering cuisines.
Imagine a food court with nine distinct restaurants, each offering a unique culinary experience. From savory to sweet, The Pantry has it all. Let’s take a closer look at these delightful dining options:
Curry House: Are you a fan of international curry flavours? This is your haven. Enjoy classic and exotic curries from India, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, South Africa, and the Caribbean. Served with homemade bread, chutneys, raitas, and pickles, it’s a curry lover’s dream.
Mexicana: Craving Mexican delights? Build your own tacos with your choice of base, fillings like carne asada beef, spicy pork, or tender chicken, and top them off with homemade salsas, pickles, guacamole, and cheese. It’s a fiesta for your taste buds.
Kettle & Bun: If you’re in the mood for sandwiches, salads, and soups, Kettle & Bun is your go-to spot. Mix and match to create your perfect combo and enjoy a casual bite in a relaxed café atmosphere.
Sugar Bar: Indulge your sweet tooth with a selection of freshly baked cakes, buttery pastries, and delightful desserts. All made onboard for a sweet escape, whether it’s for a mid-morning pick-me-up or an after-dinner delight.
Hook’s Fish & Chips: Crispy battered fish and hot chips with just the right amount of crunch. Dive into seafood delights like salt and pepper squid, lemon pepper calamari rings, or paella. It’s the perfect treat after a day in the sun.
Stix: Satisfy your Asian cravings with traditional rice dishes, stir-fries, sizzling noodles, and dumpling soups. Whether you’re enjoying a post-pool lunch or a pre-party dinner, Stix has you covered.
Fat Cow: Meat lovers, rejoice! Indulge in quality cuts like tender carvings, roast chicken, legs of lamb, cured hams, roast pork, and beef scotch fillets. All sourced from selected producers for a farm-to-plate feast.
McGregor’s Garden: Looking for a healthy option? This is your place. Enjoy fresh salads that change daily, perfect for a light side to complement your meal.
Nic & Toni’s: Transport your taste buds to the Mediterranean with mouthwatering dishes like Spanish Paellas and delicious pasta. It’s like dining in Europe while at sea.
The Pantry has become our go-to spot on the ship, and here’s why:
No Reservations Required: Unlike some of the other ship’s restaurants, The Pantry doesn’t require bookings. Just walk in and find a variety of options.
Open All the Time: The Pantry caters to early birds and night owls alike. While the individual restaurants have specific serving hours, there’s always food available, even late at night.
Hot Drinks Galore: Water, tea, milk, and coffee are complimentary, and there’s a station open all day. During breakfast, you can enjoy free fruit juices.
While we won’t dive into a detailed review of each restaurant (there’s just too much to try!), here are some of our favourites:
Hook’s Fish & Chips: The battered fish here is a standout, as are the roast pork leg and sausages at Fat Cow.
Curry House: The curries are amazing, with flavours from around the globe. The homemade bread, chutneys, and raitas are perfect accompaniments.
Stix: As Asian food lovers, we often find ourselves here, especially when they serve Filipino dishes.
Kettle & Bun: While not extraordinary, it’s a reliable option for sandwiches, wraps, and bread-based goodies.
During breakfast, The Pantry offers the standard a range of options like bacon, sausages, and eggs . They even serve congee with changing flavours every day. Freshly baked bread, overnight oats, yogurt, and fruits await you. Plus, you can load up on free fruit juices, making it the perfect time for a sugary drink fix.
In the grand tapestry of dining options aboard the Pacific Explorer, The Pantry stands out as a versatile and ever-accessible culinary hub. While there are some hits and misses, the friendly staff and the variety of offerings make it a favourite among passengers. Whether you’re seeking a quick bite, a leisurely meal, or a late-night snack, The Pantry has you covered. It’s not just a restaurant; it’s an experience. Bon appétit!
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