Calling all foodies – if you want to combine your love of world cuisine with cruising, TUI Discovery 2 is the ship for you. It boasts no less than seven places to eat and, best of all, most of them come with your all inclusive package. Here’s the lowdown on the top places to dine…
TUI Discovery 2’s very own Pan-Asian eatery is the one you can’t miss. The menu here was created by Saturday Kitchen and Celebrity MasterChef regular Ian Pengelley, who has worked as Executive Head Chef at Chai-Wu in Harrods and celeb-fave Gilgamesh in Camden. Kora La serves up a fusion of south and east Asian cuisine, combining flavours from Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese food. The mouth-watering dishes include bok choy and shiitake mushroom soufflé, beef panang curry and crisp pork belly. And, you can wash it down with a classic Singha beer or one of the signature cocktails like a mint chutney mojito. Desserts come in the form of Asian-style banana crepes, and chocolate cake with Matcha green tea fondant – yum.
Discovery 2’s main eatery is named after the latitude of Saint-Nazaire in France where the ship was built. And, the big venue boasts floor-to-ceiling windows for ocean views while you dine, and a stylish sand and sea coloured décor. This place specialises in hearty meals, so starters include dishes like roast vegetable quiche, cream of mushroom soup, and Caesar salad. And for the main course, you can expect grilled ribeye of Angus Beef Provençal, roast Iberico pork loin and poached fillet of cod. 47°also offers the only table service breakfast on the ship, so if you want your salmon and eggs specially delivered, this is the place to be.
The grand stairs in 47° restaurant lead up to the super trendy Italian eatery, Gallery 47°. This laid-back venue boasts a sunset-inspired colour scheme, and bookings aren’t necessary, so you can just turn up. You can have your fill of all the classic pizza and pasta dishes like Spaghetti Bolognese and calzone, plus dishes like slow braised pork and deep fried king prawns are on the menu, too. Dessert lines up lemon merengue pie, Italian cheese platters, and of course, a selection of mouth-watering gelatos for you to try.
When you’re going all inclusive, you can’t go wrong with a big buffet. Islands serves up everything from huge breakfast spreads and quick between-meal snacks to massive carvery roasts in the evening. And, after a long day of exploring new countries, trying out watersports, or making the most of the onboard activities, you’ll need it. There are also regular themed nights here where you can sample international dishes from places like Mexico, the Middle East and Portugal.
Snack Shack does exactly what it says on the tin. Head up to deck 9 and you’ll find rows of stripy, colourful beach huts inspired by festival food stalls and traditional beachside shacks. When you’re after a quick snack, you can grab bites like chicken wings, hotdogs and focaccia sandwiches. And, bacon butties are served here every morning, so you can pick one up before you head off on an excursion. You can also opt for healthy options like falafel wraps and fresh fruit pots, too.
This eatery boasts a relaxed, flower-filled décor and all the tables look out onto the ocean. During the day, you can grab deli-style light bites and freshly-squeezed juices. By night, the venue turns into a pizzeria-come-tapas-style restaurant. For a small cover charge, you can opt for the hot stone experience where you grill your own meat and vegetables – like marinated tenderloin pork medallions and Stilton-glazed Portobello mushrooms – on a sizzling plate.
And, that’s not all…
Surf & Turf steakhouse
You’ll pay a cover charge to dine in this à la carte eatery which specialises in – you guessed it – steaks, meat and fish. So special occasions can be saved for a celebration here. All of the 28-days-aged Angus steaks are carefully handpicked and cut before being seared on a 350C grill. There’s a range of delectable sauces for you to choose from, and even the cutlery here is designed to cut the meat quickly and limit contact with metal to preserve the flavour. The tomahawk rib-eye steak is perfect for sharing, made from 32oz of beef and named for its resemblance to a tomahawk. And, there’s also juicy lobster tails, grilled prawns, roasted salmon and baked vegetable wellington to whet your appetite, too.