Regent Seven Seas Cruises® has revealed the inspiration behind Prime 7, the signature steakhouse aboard Seven Seas Grandeur due to set sail in November 2023.
Designed by Studio DADO, the fully re-imagined venue takes its cues from the classic New York steakhouse at the turn of the 19th to 20th century, while celebrating design touches and surprises to confirm this is a dining experience very much of the moment. Prime 7 may embrace its roots but this is a restaurant designed to cater directly to Regent’s sophisticated, worldly guests who expect only the finest culinary experiences.
“The culmination of a 30-year heritage of perfection, Seven Seas Grandeur’s Prime 7 is the latest evolution in luxury dining at sea,” said Andrea DeMarco, President of Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
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“Studio DADO’s re-imagined Prime 7 plays into a joyful sense of curiosity and nostalgia with the delicate craftsmanship that is woven throughout the space. Seven Seas Grandeur redefines the standard of luxury, and the ship’s dining venues are among the most elegant and sophisticated of any luxury cruise brand. We cannot wait to showcase her to our valued guests later this year.”
Prime 7’s design alludes to a bygone era of New York City’s gentlemen industrialists, an unapologetically hearty clientele who bestrode the planet in search of the finest aged beef and a bottle or two of bracing Bordeaux. As a nod to that intrepid spirit, a wall of antique travel cases and black-and-white photography greets guests at the entry, the fine-tooled leather of each bag a badge of honour for the well-travelled diner.
“Regent’s guests are among the hospitality world’s most sophisticated travellers,” says Yohandel Ruiz, who reveals the thinking behind the design of Prime 7 in an exclusive video interview. Ruiz, one of the four Founders of Studio DADO, the Miami-based design practice responsible for the design of the fine dining venues and all of the ship’s accommodation, continues: “Our challenge was to create something comfortable, traditional, even classic but in a way that feels fresh, new and unabashedly contemporary.”
Starting in the vestibule, walking through the various spaces of the restaurant feels like a journey home. The entrance space showcases details that recall a traditional streetcar, from wall detailing that looks like gentleman’s belting leather to a glass, lenticular screen above the bar that shows the city of New York growing from the 19th century to today.
Ruiz believes Prime 7 is on par with the first-class steakhouses found in New York and Chicago. “Every element of Seven Seas Grandeur’s Prime 7 has been treated as a piece of art – from the stitched ceilings to the whiskey decanters, to the fashion-inspired furniture, each detail was hand-selected to transport guests to a familiar time.”
Moving through the restaurant, the aesthetic changes to feel more residential – Persian carpets underfoot, residential-style lighting, and memorabilia in vitrines that disguise server stations and back-of-house areas.
A Modern Menu of Classics
In keeping with the ship’s grounding in Regent’s storied history and heritage of perfection, the menu of is full of guest-favourites, sure to delight any luxury traveller that experiences Seven Seas Grandeur’s Prime 7.
Guests will enjoy mouthwatering appetisers, such as jumbo lump crab cakes with tartar sauce and lemon, Black Angus Beef steak tartare with truffle-beer bread or succulent jumbo shrimp with a citrus cocktail sauce.
The selection of steaks, all USDA prime beef and dry-aged 28 days to ensure the ultimate in taste and tenderness, include prime New York strip, porterhouse and succulent filet mignon, just to name a few. Alternative entrée options vary from indulgent whole Maine lobster, ever-popular Dover sole, and New Zealand double-cut lamb chops, or guests could plump for a sumptuous range of small plates such as spice-crusted seared ahi tuna steak and grilled chicken supreme.
Dessert is truly a treat for those with a sweet tooth, with a decadent 14-layer chocolate mousse cake, a caramel chocolate sundae, cheese plates, fresh seasonal berries with crème anglaise and more on the menu.