Twenty-six items on the menu at the Sir Winston’s — and Santa Catalina Island is “26 miles across the sea” from the great ship, according to the classic song.
Coincidence? History will be the judge.
What is certain is that each of the relatively small items on the menu at the Queen Mary is perfectly executed.
Sir Winston’s reopened in April after a several-months-long refurbishing.
The atmosphere is classic and the view of Long Beach skyline is one of the finest.
General Manager John’s Bowshewicz (known as JB) said his goal is to “make customers feel like they’re at home in their own home. Feel relaxed. I want them to tell their friends ‘my home is your home.’”
Because of its location, view and plush décor, one might assume that most of its clientele is there for special occasions. Not so, according to Executive Chef Todd Henderson.
“On Saturday night, JB knows 80% of the customers by name," he said.
“The regulars know what they want, “JB said. “We’ve had customers call the mayor’s office when something was taken off the menu."
About The Food
With that view, they could get away with mundane food, but Henderson concentrates on using high quality ingredients to make traditional dishes.
The food at Sir Winston’s is primarily classic dishes with an occasional nod to contemporary trends, like the Pork Belly Queenies, which includes double smoked bacon. They’re marinated, brined and then seared to create a dish that is very tender and tasty, accompanied by a fresh apple relish.
Lobster Bisque is smooth, intense and mild, all at the same time.
The Beef Wellington is a signature dish. It's Angus Tenderloin, wrapped in delicate pastry with mushroom duxelles and demi glaze. The beef is tender and the other flavors from the duxelles (mushrooms, onion, shallots, garlic and parsley), the pastry and the demi are distinct and compliment the beef.
A classic crème brulee dessert is creamy and sweet and topped with fresh bananas.
As might be expected, the wine list is extended and varied.
Cocktails range from the traditional, — Sidecar, The Singapore Sling and the Pimm’s Cup — to the original creations like the Scofflaw Templeton Rye Whiskey, Martini and Rossi Dry Vermouth, Lemon Juice and Grenadine.
They pick their own barrels for Jack Daniels, traveling to the distillery in Tennessee.
By The Way
Sir Winston honors Winston Churchill, who led the United Kingdom during the Second World War and considered the greatest statesman of all time refusing to surrender to the Germans at the beginning of World War II. He met President Roosevelt aboard the Queen Mary.
Important To Know
Sir Winston’s is open at 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Reservations recommended — (562) 499-1657. Validated parking is available. A brunch is served from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.
The Chowder House offers another dining option on the Queen Mary. In the near future, the Promenade Café will reopen after remodeling, and the Chowder House will undergo refurbishing.