Sail and Savor: The Crown Grill Experience on Discovery Princess

Sail and Savor: The Crown Grill Experience on Discovery Princess


Posted 2023-10-11 by Gail Clifford MDfollow
Discovery Princess Lido Deck

Amidst the captivating autumn landscapes of Vancouver, BC, I embarked on an extraordinary voyage aboard the Discovery Princess. This coastal culinary adventure would lead me from Vancouver, BC, Canada to Los Angeles, making stops in Victoria, BC, Canada and San Francisco along the way.

Onboard the Discovery Princess, The Crown Grill awaits, promising an unparalleled dining experience that marries the finest aged beef, fresh seafood, delectable appetizers, mouthwatering sides, and an artisanal salt selection. Guided by a dedicated salt sommelier, this culinary gem invites you to elevate your senses to new heights. As we journey through The Crown Grill's offerings, we'll also immerse ourselves in its enchanting ambiance, explore its menu highlights, and indulge in its sumptuous desserts.

Like A Gentleman's Retreat by the Sea
As the Discovery Princess set course from Vancouver, the coastal breeze carried with it the promise of an unforgettable culinary journey. The dining room at The Crown Grill transported me to an era reminiscent of an old manor home, where rich, dark wood and intricate panels adorned the walls, akin to a gentleman's study in a country estate. This warm and inviting ambiance, enhanced by soft lighting and tasteful décor, set the stage for an evening of unparalleled dining. It's a place where taste and luxury harmonize, and every detail is thoughtfully curated to elevate your senses.

Exquisite Cuts and Fresh Seafood
The Crown Grill prides itself on its extensive menu, showcasing the finest cuts of aged beef, including the tender New York Strip and the delectable Porterhouse steak. Seafood enthusiasts will relish the array of fresh catches, from succulent lobster tail to Alaskan King crab legs. The menu reflects a commitment to sourcing only the highest quality ingredients, with a coastal touch that resonates within the rustic elegance of the dining space.

Filet Mignon, A Personal Favorite
And for those who appreciate the pinnacle of beef, The Crown Grill proudly serves my personal favorite cut, the Filet Mignon. This tender, melt-in-your-mouth steak is a testament to the restaurant's dedication to offering a diverse and exquisite selection of cuts. It's a dish that never fails to delight the palate and elevate the dining experience to new heights.

Pair your protein selection with a fine wine from their extensive collection, thoughtfully curated to complement your meal and the breathtaking coastal views that might remind you of gazing out from a countryside estate, except it’s water, not grass.

Crown Grill Specialty Wine Pairing

Mouthwatering Starters and Sides
Commence your culinary journey with appetizers like the Lobster Cake or Grilled Tiger Prawns, celebrating the flavors of the coast. These dishes are expertly prepared, reflecting the chef's dedication to creating memorable flavors. Enhance your main course with an array of delectable side dishes, such as the indulgent Roasted Marrow Bone & Shallot Mashed Potatoes, the classic Baked Potato, the creamy Garlic and Herb French Fries, the rich Mashed Potato, the crisp Grilled Asparagus, the velvety Creamed Spinach, or the savory Sautéed Mushrooms. Each bite encapsulates the essence of the region, while you bask in the ambiance reminiscent of a gentleman's country retreat.

An Artisanal Salt Experience
At The Crown Grill, the dining experience goes beyond exceptional cuts of meat and seafood. It extends to the finer details, including an artisanal salt selection that invites you to embark on a unique culinary journey. A dedicated salt sommelier stands ready to guide you through a selection of gourmet salts, each offering a distinct flavor profile. Choose from:
• Hawaiian Black Salt (from Hiwa Kai): Combined with activated charcoal, this solar-evaporated Pacific sea salt boasts a stunning black color, silky texture, and natural saline flavor that adds depth and complexity to your dishes.
• Smoked Applewood Salt (from Yakima, WA): Infused with the sweetness of applewood from the Yakima Valley, this smoked sea salt imparts a subtle fruit and wood taste, elevating the flavors of your meal.
• Himalayan Mountain Pink Salt: Experience this exotic ingredient that boasts a robust salt and mineral flavor, said to provide numerous health benefits and aid in detoxification. It adds a unique depth to your culinary experience.

A Coastal Culinary Experience
Dining at The Crown Grill aboard the Discovery Princess is a distinct experience, with the coastal backdrop adding to the allure. The attentive and friendly staff go above and beyond to ensure every guest has a memorable journey, with a hint of coastal hospitality in their service. Their expertise in the menu, wine pairings, and the art of salt selection makes the dining experience both educational and delightful, all within the cozy embrace of the manor-like dining room.

Discovery Princess Crown Grill Specialty Dessert

Unforgettable Desserts
No coastal culinary journey is complete without a sweet finale, and The Crown Grill presents an array of delightful desserts to choose from, including:
• Gluten-Free Apple and Rhubarb Cobbler: A comforting blend of sweet apples and tangy rhubarb, perfectly baked to a golden perfection.
• Key Lime Pie Bar: A zesty and creamy treat that captures the essence of the coast in every bite.
• Salted Caramel Crème Brûlée Cheesecake: A decadent fusion of caramel, cheesecake, and the classic crème brûlée, creating a symphony of flavors.
• Triple Chocolate Treasure: A delightful surprise that tantalizes the taste buds with layers of rich chocolate goodness and includes two mini chocolate macarons.
• Warm Chocolate Mousse Trifle: A heavenly concoction of warm chocolate mousse, inviting you to savor the indulgence.

And that's on the regular menu. Get invited to a specialty wine pairing dinner, as we did on our last night at sea, and even more exquisite desserts await you.

Each dessert is a masterpiece designed to leave a lasting impression, capturing the essence of the coastal regions visited along the way, while you savor the ambiance that echoes the charm of an old manor home. And yes, the server laughed, incredulously, when I requested dessert served first. I chose the Triple Chocolate Treasure and enjoyed it tremendously.

Know Before You Go
Booking a table at The Crown Grill is essential for those seeking an extraordinary dining experience. Here's how you can secure your place at this culinary haven:

1. Online Reservations: The Discovery Princess offers a convenient online reservation system on their website. Simply log in to your account or create one if you haven't already and select your preferred dining date and time at The Crown Grill. It's a straightforward process that allows you to plan your culinary adventure in advance.

2. Contact the Concierge: For those who prefer a more personalized touch, the ship's concierge is at your service. You can contact them directly to make reservations, inquire about availability, or even request special arrangements for celebrations or dietary preferences.

3. Early Booking: Given the popularity of The Crown Grill, especially during the October coastal voyage, it's advisable to make your reservations as early as possible. This ensures that you secure your preferred dining time and date, guaranteeing a seamless and delightful experience.

4. Special Occasions: If you're celebrating a special occasion, be sure to inform the staff when making your reservation. The Crown Grill team goes above and beyond to make your moments unforgettable, whether it's a birthday, anniversary, or any other significant event.

5. Group Dining: For larger groups or gatherings, The Crown Grill can accommodate parties of various sizes. Contact the restaurant in advance to discuss your group's needs and make the necessary arrangements for a memorable dining experience.

As you plan your October voyage from Vancouver to Los Angeles on the Discovery Princess, make The Crown Grill and 360 dining focal points of your culinary journey. With its old-world charm, exquisite menu, artisanal salt selection, and an array of delectable desserts, The Crown Grill is a dining experience that engages all the senses and elevates your palate. The coastal beauty of the regions visited, combined with the warm ambiance of this gentleman's retreat, promises a dining adventure like no other.

Reserve your table early and set sail on a coastal culinary odyssey that celebrates the essence of the sea, the flavors of the coast, and the luxury of The Crown Grill. Whether you're a seasoned traveler or embarking on your first cruise, this dining experience is sure to leave a lasting impression and become a cherished memory of your voyage aboard the Discovery Princess.

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