Royal Caribbean 'tests' new Chops Menu On Navigator
I guess it was going to happen sooner or later - a cruise line extra-fee "upscale" restaurant putting items on the menu that carry an additional charge, and doing so after raising the price of admission from $30 to $35 each.
On Navigator Of The Seas, Royal Caribbean is testing a new menu for it's Chops restaurant. The new menu for this 'steakhouse' only has two steak choices included in the $35 per person reservation fee - an 8 ounce filet mignon or a 10 ounce strip steak. Gone are the larger 12 ounce filet and the 18 ounce t-bone. Instead, for an additional $18 you can get a 'dry aged' 16 ounce strip steak, or for $19 a dry aged 20 ounce porterhouse. A roasted 1.5 pound Maine lobster will set you back another $21.
Other changes include removing the oyster appetizer, the onion soup, and (perhaps most egregiously) the baked potato. The baked potato has been replaced with (brace yourselves) cheese tater tots. And also, you can order a dry-aged hamburger for your entree. No kidding. They really think people are going to spend $35 each and then want to sit down to a hamburger and tater tots? Sadly, some will, and apparently have, because Royal claims they are getting 'good reviews' of this test menu. And that is bad because it means it is likely to be rolled out fleetwide.
Apparently if you want a big steak at Chops, the price of dinner will soon be $53.
I only eat at Chops once on the Grandeur and I loved it, I am not to sure about tater tots ! Do you think they are something special or just the frozen ones out of the bag with some cheese on them!! I think to add $21 for a 1.5 pound Lobster is no deal, it is basically a Chix Lobster really! Dang cut backs are hell....
I was in shock looking at Celebrity's Specialty restaurant this week. They are all $45 each including Qsine..when did that happen. Darn. I love Tuscan Grill and Qsine but now that is $180 and my husband is so picky it just isn't worth it. Now he would order double tater tots with extra cheese LOL Bistro on Five is looking pretty good right now !
Apparently they are 'in house' tater tots with Gruyere cheese, either made on the ship or (more likely) custom made by a supplier. I suppose I should check at Costco and see if they have something that fits same description. Who ever heard of a steakhouse that doesn't have baked potatoes? And really, a baked potato is about as easy as it gets in preparation, and potatoes are cheap, so it makes no sense.