Cunard has given an exclusive preview of Queen Anne’s new Indian-themed restaurant, Aranya in The Verandah onboard Queen Victoria.
The cruise line said the restaurant is an all-new taste direction for Cunard, designed to take diners on a journey through the rich spice flavours of India with menus curated by experts in their field.
It’s intended to transport guests on a multi-sensory tour of the Indian subcontinent, from the vibrancy of the flavours to the luxurious interiors, which include stunning floor-to-ceiling windows to ensure magnificent views while dining.
Aranya is one of four additional dining experiences that will be available on Queen Anne – alongside Aji Wa, Sir Samuels, and Tramonto.
The evening-only dining venue will be available to guests as a supplement, complementing the inclusive fare options offered for lunch or dinner elsewhere on the ship.
The restaurant is headed by Surjan Singh, fondly known as Chef Jolly, a highly acclaimed Indian chef who is working with the luxury cruise line to develop the Aranya menu alongside Cunard’s Culinary Development team, led by Gareth Bowen.
His achievements span three decades and include senior positions at the Taj Palace in New Delhi, the Goa Marriott Resort, the JW Marriott Mumbai, the Renaissance Mumbai, and the London Marriott West India Quay Hotel.
He has also enjoyed highly popular stints on MasterChef India and MasterChef Junior, India.
Katie McAlister, President of Cunard, said:
“We always strive to deliver unparalleled culinary experiences at sea and we were absolutely thrilled to share a sneak peak of what’s to come with Aranya, which will be one of the most exciting dining venues aboard our newest ship Queen Anne.
“Cunard is renowned for high-quality dining options, and we’re delighted to be introducing more venues that reflect the vibrancy and varied cultural tastes of our guests.
“Queen Anne will offer more choices of entertainment, dining, and bars than ever before and we’re so excited to be working with chefs at the very top of their game, such as Surjan Singh, to ensure that our new Queen surprises and delights guests not just in her maiden season but for many years to come.”
Surjan Singh (Chef Jolly), Aranya Development Chef, added: “It is an absolute pleasure to be working with Cunard on such an exciting project.
“Aranya is not just a restaurant, it is a multi-sensory culinary experience that is designed to immerse diners in the rich spice flavours of the Indian subcontinent.
“Every dish has been curated with authenticity and quality at its heart, resulting in a harmonious blend of tradition and innovation that I hope diners will remember long after their voyage.”
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