IT IS the meal that always goes down well – the final first class menu served on the ill-fated Titanic before it hit an iceberg and sank.
The White Star liner met her fate on April 15, 1912 after striking the berg during her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York.
RMS Titanic was famed for her splendour, luxury lifestyle and first class finesse, and those qualities were reflected in the first class restaurant.
Now, head chef Conor McClelland recreates the menu several times a year at Rayanne House hotel in Belfast’s Holywood.
And it’s a classy culinary feat that has just earned the hotel a César Award – the Oscars of the hotel trade – from the Good Hotel Guide.
So what’s on the menu?
Well, Conor has a string of awards to his name including Best Hotel Chef in Northern Ireland and a top ten ranking in the Best Chefs in Ulster honours, so you know it’s going to be special.
Here’s how the Titanic meal shapes up:
First Course ~ hors d’oeuvres
Second Course ~ Soup
Cream of Barley finished with Bushmills Whiskey and Cream
Third Course ~ Salad
Asparagus and Watercress Salad with Champagne – Saffron Vinaigrette served with Roast Squab
Fourth Course ~ Fish
Poached Salmon with Mousseline Sauce garnished with Cucumber and Fresh Dill
Fifth Course ~ Sorbet
Rose Water and Mint Sorbet
Sixth Course ~ Entrée
Pan~Seared Filet Mignon topped with Foie Gras and Truffle drizzled with a Cognac, Madeira and Red Wine Reduction served with Potatoes Anna, Creamed Carrots and Zucchini Farci
Seventh Course ~ Sweet
Spiced Peaches in Chartreuse Jelly and French Vanilla Ice Cream
Eighth Course ~ Dessert
Cheese and Fruit
Coffee and Petit Fours
The ‘Titanic Menu’ meal is served in a beautiful period dining room with views of Belfast Lough, down which Titanic sailed on April 10, 1912, unaware of the tragedy just days away.
And there’s more for Titanic fans at the hotel, which has photos and stories of those who lived here at the time of the disaster. There’s also a treasured print by JW Carey which shows the ship in the lough with Rayanne House in the background.
Titanic’s original first class dining saloon
Hotel owners suggest guests take the Titanic Tour led by Susie Millar, great-granddaughter of Thomas Millar, who worked in Harland & Wolff on the construction of ship and was an engineer on board.
There’s Titanic Belfast, which lives up to its name as the world’s largest Titanic visitor attraction, Titanic’s Dock and Pump House and boat tours all just five miles from Rayanne House.
Rayanne House’s restaurant
As well as the César Award announced officially today, the hotel restaurant has been listed in the Top 3 Best Restaurants in Ulster at the prestigious Food and Wine Restaurant of the Year Awards.
Other honours include being listed in the Top 10 Best Service in Ireland by the Food and Wine Awards and the Customer Service Excellence trophy at the Northern Ireland Tourism Awards.
At the time of writing a Titanic Dinner for two, with double bedroom and gourmet breakfast was £250 per couple. For latest pricing, room rates and availability at Rayanne House, see http://www.rayannehouse.com.
For more on the Good Hotel Guide 2022 see www.goodhotelguide.com