Lido Restaurant, QUEEN ELIZABETH - Jan 2012

Aft on Deck 9 is the Lido Restaurant - the buffet. Open 24 hours and in the evening the stb aft section doubles as an alternative extra tariff $10 restaurant the theme of which varies, Pan-Asian, Indian or Mexican. There are various framed pictures on the walls and in the tiles in the serving areas of "Life aboard in the Golden Age of Cruising" from Maurizio Eliseo and artworks by Istvan Bernath [from Princess Cruises http://bernathart.wordpress.com/2011/05/26/the-seven-seas-istvan-bernath-paintings-for-princess-and-cunard-cruises/ ].

There are 3 main serving areas and 3 coffee stations [it can sometimes be a hunt the working coffee machine scenario]. To aft the area 'pinches' which is unfortunately where 2 of the serving stations are [either side] leaving a single narrow passageway through tables. At breakfast and lunch it becomes impossible to find anywhere to sit and you can wait a long while. It became necessary to find a table before getting one's food otherwise you hung around with a tray forevermore. Part of this problem [at lunch anyway] is due to those people [as on QM2] taking up residence for the day along the windows, reading and in one case playing scrabble! On one occasion we did over hear the officers talking about what they should do about it. [Move those people obviously not eating :)] For breakfast use room service, great, and arrives on time :) For lunch go to the Britannia Restaurant if you don't mind sharing a table with others and you may need to queue at busy times when everyone walks out of a talk and wants to eat.
The food itself in the Lido was standard buffet fare and fine, plenty of fruit and salad. Self-serve ice cream machines too with cones. In the evenings there was a different theme each night. A waffle/pancake station, pizza/pasta station, eggs etc.. English and American bacon [most important :)]. The juice was over sweet, but good coffee from grounds, not liquid stuff - January 2012
The first 2 days of sailing it was under 'norovirus control' with all food/coffee served to you and fruit etc plated. This was a bit of a pain but judging by some of the manhandling of rolls & tongs etc by some passengers once this was relaxed, it was no doubt a good thing.

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