Posted May 4th, 2018, 04:06 AM
We were on the same trip last year and were asked every single day if we were happy with the menu or if we wanted anything else. That was either Zoltan, one of the head waiters or Ico.
We did opt for a few off menu treats including Peking Duck that takes 3 days to prepare.
We were also invited to dine with the F & B Manager one night in steerage. That was good fun.
Well, our QG experience was much like majortom's. I think we met you, Stewart, on a Canary Islands cruise and if that is so then I think you are a regular customer? I suspect that "regulars" do get enhanced treatment in the Grills. And given how much they are spending, that seems entirely reasonable. I also appreciate the comment earlier in this thread that one has to ask (at least at first). Frankly, the offered menu and the a la carte options were more than enough for us. When using a restaurant, we like to be able to decide what we want when we sit down to eat and not a day or two in advance! Thinking in advance is too much like being at home!
On the food front, it seems that people often choose to order caviar or lobster when going off menu. I worked in Russia for six and odd years and have had all the caviar that I want, to the extent that I would not go out of the way to request it. And lobster is not one of our favourite foods: except lobster bisque at Tasty's Restaurant in Anguilla (apologies for the advert!). I am sure the OP will not be disappointed whichever choices he makes.
However, we were regularly asked in QG if we were happy with the menu, so the opportunity was there. The great thing about QG is that people can make it what they want. For us, I think we have decided that PG suits better. We don't really take that much advantage of the QG extras like the free bar in cabin. And, frankly, we found our excellent aft QG room a bit too large (and bouncy going across the Bay of Biscay).
Disney: Magic Mediterranean 2007, Western Caribbean 2008, Baltic 2010, Westbound TA 2011, Eastern Mediterranean 2014, Westbound TA 2014, Westbound TA 2016. Wonder California Coast Repo 2012
Celebrity: Summit Caribbean 2012, Century Alaska 2012, Infinity Iceland and Norway 2013, Constellation Greece, Croatia and Turkey 2015, Eclipse Southern Caribbean 2017
Cunard: Queen Victoria Canaries 2011, Queen Mary 2 Eastbound TA 2014, Eastbound TA 2016, Queen Elizabeth Canaries 2017
P&O: Arcadia Mediterranean and Venice 2012, Oriana Iberia and Morocco 2013, Oriana Norway 2018