Virgin Voyages is all about breaking the mold when it comes to cruising and this is abundantly clear from the features onboard it’s first ship. In this post I take a look at Scarlet Lady restaurants that are sure to offer some epic eats! Let’s face it, food on a cruise is very important.
How Scarlet Lady restaurants are different
Scarlet Lady is an adult-only cruise ship and Virgin Voyages has the following dining features:
- A bar in every restaurant
- Al fresco dining options
- No buffet
- All food will be made to order to reduce food waste
- No cover charges in any of the 20+ restaurants
Virgin Voyages had always promised to revolutionise the cruise industry.
Virgin Voyages’ Creative Collective
The design concept for all of the Scarlet Lady restaurants has been created by the Virgin Voyages’ Creative Collective, which includes the world-class AvroKO Hospitality Group, and their very own Michelin starred chef Brad Farmerie. They are joined by Roman & Williams, Stephen Alesch and Robin Stanfeder, who spent years crafting sets for some of Hollywood’s top films.
Restaurants on Scarlet Lady
Scarlet Lady offers 20 dining venues. Let’s take a look at eight of Scarlet Lady’s restuarants: Wake restaurant, Test Kitchen, Pizza Place, Geonbae, The Galley, Pink Agave, Extra Virgin and Razzle Dazzle.
The Wake restaurant serves steak and seafood with breathtaking views of the ship’s wake in stylish surroundings. The restaurant has been designed by Roman and Williams.
The Test Kitchen is an experimental dining experience, designed by Concrete Amsterdam. The chefs will hand-pick the ingredients and sailors will have the opportunity to sit on communal tables.
This Korean BBQ restaurant promises to give the first round of top-shelf soju shots on the house. Soju is a popular South Korean, which is usually downed in one although it’s traditionally acceptable to sip subsequent shots of the alcohol drink.
This Mexican restaurant has been designed by Tom Dixon. It’s decor is stylish and upscale. The ingredients are simple and freshly prepared.
This made-to-order food market looks very much like a buffet but Virgin Voyages has confirmed that there is no buffet on Scarlet Lady.
In The Galley, sailors can enjoy Sushi, soup, bakery items, tacos, desserts and many more options to choose throughout the day. You will find this restaurant on the lido deck.
A laid back vibe will be found at Virgin Voyages’ Pizza Place, the onboard pizzeria complete with comfortable seating, hammocks and views of the ocean. I think the hammocks may come in handy when you’ve eaten too much pizza!
Virgin Voyages have aptly named their onboard Italian restaurant, Extra Virgin. Here you can enjoy authentic pasta dishes on communal tables or within a private dining room. This restaurant is inspired by the ‘mobster’s lair’.
Virgin Voyages’ signature onboard restaurant is Razzle Dazzle, which serves meals throughout the day from breakfast to dinner. Dishes on offer include salads, burgers and vegetarian options guaranteed to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. This appears to be the restaurant that replaces the main dining room found on other cruise lines.
Within this Scarlet Lady restaurant is the Red Bar that will serve naughty (cocktails) and nice (smoothies) options. I think I’d opt for the naughty options myself!
I think the most unique feature of the Razzle Dazzle restaurant will be the ‘Drag Brunch’ hosted twice per cruise. Drag queens entertain diners and help to ‘nurse that hangover while working on a new one’. The entrance to Razzle Dazzle (pictured above) may need to be avoided though if you are suffering from a hangover!
Vegan Options on Scarlet Lady
Virgin Voyages aims to be one of the most sustainable cruise lines and part of this plan is to offer plenty of vegan options in Scarlet Lady restaurants. You will find many plant-based dishes in the Razzle Dazzle restaurants. Take a look at how Scarlet Lady is a great choice for Vegans.
Scarlet Lady cruise ship from Virgin Voyages debuted in 2021. I like the fact that all Scarlet Lady restaurants are included in the cruise fare. The ship will cruise the around the UK during it’s first season and be based out of Port Miami long-term. New concepts revealed by the company included plans to call its cruise passengers ‘sailors’ and an onboard tattoo parlour.