World Dream Palace Restaurant
The Palace Restaurant is the private restaurant for Palace guests on board Dream Cruises’ World Dream. At main meal times, both Asian and Western options are offered. The Palace Afternoon High Tea, Palace Happy Hour, and other snacks throughout the day outside of meal times are also here.
There had been some reductions of Palace dining options some time in October 2021, with each specialty restaurant allowed to be dined at only once per cruise for lunch and dinner.
However, this has since been changed to unlimited dining at the Palace Restaurant at all meal times, while the other specialty restaurants remain restricted to once per cruise.
Here’s the Palace brochure on my cruise in November 2021. While Palace guests can only enjoy each specialty restaurant only once per cruise, the Palace Restaurant is open for repeat visits.
Most of the Palace Restaurant food is quite okay, and I would happily have all my meals at the Palace Restaurant, so this new restriction is still quite okay for me.
At other meal times like breakfast, morning tea, afternoon tea, afternoon High Tea, and supper, the Palace Restaurant remains open for unlimited dining.
Here’s a look at the Palace Restaurant offerings, which is a now-useful backup in case you don’t fancy certain lower-end specialty restaurants like Hot Pot or Blue Lagoon.
Palace Restaurant Breakfast
Breakfast at the Palace Restaurant is provided daily, and is not affected by the new specialty restaurant limit as that only touches on lunch and dinner.
The eggs on a plate (or Full Dream if you’re European) are a staple at the Palace Restaurant, available every day. Simply choose the style of eggs you want (multiple is fine as seen with my poached and scrambled combo) with a choice of sides.
The sides at the Palace Restaurant, for good reason, are of a more premium quality than Dream Dining Room Lower and The Lido.
Another Chinese dish that’s available daily is the Warm Soya Milk and Dough Fritters (豆浆油条). I always get this with my eggs too, I don’t know why but it’s quite a good combination.
There’s also a Dim Sum basket and Asian noodle dish which changes daily. Check with the waiter or waitress on the day’s selection.
Not only Chinese food is available at Palace Restaurant. Malay and Indian breakfast dishes are also available as daily specials, depending on the day. Here’s some Roti Prata with Chicken Curry (Malaysian style with the sambal) and Nasi Lemak with Sambal Prawns.
The all-day drinks menu is available at meal times with a selection of chilled (boxed) juices, coffees, teas, and chocolate drinks.
Palace Restaurant Lunch
Both lunch and dinner at the Palace Restaurant comes with a 4-course Asian menu and a Western menu. However, unlike specialty restaurants, the courses here can be mixed and matched between both menus, and unlimited courses can be ordered.
This means that if you’re up for the challenge, you can turn this into a 13-course lunch with 2 appetizers, 2 soups, 6 mains, and 3 desserts.
Here’s what I had for boarding day lunch on my recent cruise in November 2021.
To start, I ordered both the Western and Asian salads as both sounded good to me.
The Western Citrus Salad had citrus fruits in it, while the Asian Century Egg Salad was more flavorful with a peanut sauce and a spicy chilli oil, presented in a Western style which was interesting.
Cutlery at the Palace Restaurant for main meal times are provided according to courses ordered.
For the soup, I ordered the Western Cream of Cauliflower Soup. I noticed that it was the same dish offered in the Dream Dining Room Lower, but the taste here was a lot more flavourful and the soup was thicker.
For my main, I ordered the Grilled Salmon Set on Potato Celeriac with Florentine Sauce. The steak itself was a little bit overcooked and dry for my liking, but the sauce helped with that. The skin was nice and crispy.
For dessert, I ordered the Western option of Carrot Cake Tangy Cream Cheese Frosting…
… and a serving of Vanilla Ice Cream, which complemented each other for a nice end to lunch.
Palace Restaurant Afternoon High Tea
On high seas day, Palace Restaurant offers an Afternoon High Tea at 3.30pm.
This is a 9-course sweet and savoury bites set served with a tiered curate stand.
Savoury snacks included a Bacon and Onions Quiche, Mini Spinach Tartlet, Egg Sandwich, and Profiterole Filled with Tuna Mousse.
I usually have the savoury bites first so I don’t ruin the taste of them later if I have the sweets first.
For sweets, Carrot Cake, Chocolate Eclair, English Fruit Cake, and Toffee Banoffee Pie were offered.
I quite liked the Chocolate Eclair though I may be biased since I like Eclairs by default already, but the Toffee Banoffee Pie deserves a special mention.
The scones are a staple at the Palace Afternoon High Tea, which is good for the ‘gram for a picture with some atas scones and tea.
Palace Restaurant Happy Hour
The Palace Happy Hour takes place from 5pm to 7pm daily. Yes, even on boarding day. This can be enjoyed at the Palace Restaurant, Palace Lounge, Genting Lounge, and Private Saloon.
Here’s the Palace Happy Hour Beverage Menu.
While there are notably no cocktails provided, unlike the Premium Beverage Package, your own concoction can be made from the drinks (and self-proclaimed mixers) provided in the Palace Happy Hour Beverage Menu.
Palace Restaurant Dinner
I haven’t eaten a full Palace Restaurant Dinner as I usually get a specialty restaurant for that, but the menu really is quite impressive with abalone on the Asian menu and Filet Mignon on the Western menu.
I had a Grilled Beef Filet Mignon on a previous cruise, which looks good but wasn’t to my liking as previously explained here. But if you like medium well to well done steaks, this might be for you.
A Cheese Platter seems to be a staple for Palace Restaurant Dinner. As the first seating of dinner overlaps with the Palace Happy Hour, you can have alcohol with dinner if you make a reservation for before 7pm. And wine goes well with cheese platters.
Palace Restaurant Comfort Menu – Any times outside regular meal times and afternoon tea
On my first trip on The Palace earlier this year, I was surprised that the quality of the Comfort Menu was amazing. The Comfort Menu is offered at all other times without main meals – yes, that means through the night too.
The Fried Kway Teow at the Palace Restaurant is what I think is the best dish on board World Dream, done in Penang style which I like. This also gives me a taste of Penang Char Kway Teow which I sorely miss.
(Singapore mixes mee by default, and I don’t recall hearing the word “mee” in Char Kway Teow.)
On another version of the Comfort Menu, Penang Style Prawn Noodle Soup is also offered, which is very flavourful.
The Palace Restaurant Deep Fried Chicken Wings is also quite a popular snack, and definitely leaps and bounds from The Lido fried stuff.
The Malaysian Bak Kut Teh here at Palace Restaurant is nice and herbal, which is the version of Bak Kut Teh I like. The broth is also a lot more fragrant and flavourful than Silk Road.
The Palace Restaurant Malaysian Bak Kut Teh also comes with quite a lot of ingredients for a small bowl.
On the western selection, a sandwich is also constantly available, either as a ham or bacon with cheese sandwich.
The Fish Burger served with French Fries is also another staple in the Palace Restaurant Comfort Menu.
For dessert, I usually end off with a Herbal Jelly or Gui Ling Gao / 龟苓膏. Cut fruits are also available.
The new October 2021 update for The Palace on board World Dream was quite a serious nerf especially for the 4 day 3 night cruise where with only 6 specialty restaurants on board, including the Palace Restaurant, everybody would have to eat at each one once, or go for Dream Dining Room or The Lido instead.
Personally, I’ve made reservations for both Prime Steakhouse and Seafood Grill on previous Palace cruises so as to enjoy both steak and seafood, but this is now not possible any more as they are classified as one restaurant, and thus am only allowed to visit it once per cruise.
While the addition of Palace Restaurant back to unlimited dining at all meal times, this kind of mitigates the issue as while I won’t be getting both steak and seafood at Deck 8, I’ll still be able to somewhat have it at the Palace Restaurant.
And if all else fails, fall back on the Comfort Menu after a meal time.
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