The Queen & Mangosteen

July 22, 2012 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

The Queen & Mangosteen
1 HarbourFront Walk
#01-106 VivoCity


http://www.queenandmangosteen.com/


Great Desserts, Average Main Courses, And Good But Expensive Pub Grub

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 6
Ambience & Setting: 8
Food & Beverage: 6
Service: 6
Value for Money: 5
Spent about SGD $35 per person.


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The Queen & Mangosteen is a gourmet British pub, and honestly, the most gourmet thing about the place is the prices. I hardly ever feel like I'm getting my money's worth when dining here.

A plus point for The Queen & Mangosteen is their location, right next to the waterfront of Vivocity. The Queen & Mangosteen uses this to their full advantage, as nearly three-quarters of the restaurant is open air. What little interior seating they have, is just average in terms of ambience. Opt to sit outdoors for the view instead.

Service at The Queen & Mangosteen is average at best... Nothing particularly outstanding or terrible. Their food in general isn't that great either. Most of it is just average, especially their main courses. Their pub grub is pretty good, though somewhat expensive for the portion you're served.

However, I really loved The Queen & Mangosteen version of creme brulee... The Cambridge Burnt Cream. Probably one of the best creme brulee I've ever eaten, a smooth and creamy custard covered with a nicely caramalised layer of sugar, topped with fresh fruits that give a burst of flavour.

Also loved their Pimm's And Lemonade, which I think is great on warm days... Cool and refreshing with a hint of mint. Excellent thirst quencher!

The beers, wine and alcohol list at The Queen & Mangosteen is pretty good too, and they offer quite a wide range. Great place if you're planning to drink.

Notes that prices listed on their menu / website, is NOT inclusive of tax or service charge, meaning the actual prices are 17% higher. Overall, I'll probably only recommend The Queen & Mangosteen for their desserts and drinks, possibly some of their appetizers and pub grub as well. But skip the main courses.


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The version of Fish & Chips at The Queen & Mangosteen is more like Chips with a side order of Fish. But it was tasty, the fish was well battered and crisp outside, while still tender and flaky inside. I wish they could serve this as a main course, with bigger pieces of fish! The chips are thick cut, british style. And the Home Made Curry Tartare Sauce is just awesome... Savoury, but not too spicy. But at SGD $18.75, somewhat expensive for the portion you get.

Fish & Chips With Home Made Curry Tartare Sauce



The Onion Rings are cut into thick slices, and well battered. I felt the Wasabi Mayo could have been stronger though. At SGD $11.70, I felt this was worth it.

Beer Battered Onion Rings With Wasabi Mayo



The strips of shredded duck are well infused with orange, giving it a nice fruity flavour. Tasty, but slightly pricey at SGD $14.05.

Orange-Infused Duck Rillette With Crusty Bread



The Latte and English Breakfast Tea is just average. The Earl Grey Tea however, had an additional floral, citrusy taste. Slightly more expensive than other coffee joints, at SGD $7.60 each.

Latte


English Breakfast Tea


Earl Grey Tea



I loved the Pimm's And Lemonade! Cool, refreshing, and a great thirst quencher! Contains alcohol, because of the use of Pimm's, a brand of gin. Mixed together with lemonade, cucumber, mint, strawberry and orange. Costs SGD $16.40 per glass, and $51.50 per jug. Sometimes, they have a 1-for-1 deal on this... Even more worth it!

Pimm's And Lemonade



The Archi Pelago / Archipelago brand is the house craft beer. A half-pint costs between SGD $7.10 - $11.70, a pint costs between SGD $11.70 - $16.40, and a jug costs between $25.75 - $44.50, depending on the timing of your order. It's cheapest earlier in the day. I like this brand of beers, for the smoothness, and very little after taste!

Archi Pelago Summer Ale


Archi Pelago Bohemian Lager


Archi Pelago Irish Ale



The Chicken And Mushroom Pie, and the Beef And Guinness Pie, are both served with a small side of fresh tossed salad with salt and vinaigrette. They cost SGD $18.75 each. Quite expensive, considering that each is quite small in size, only about 2 inches across. Taste is average at best, as these 2 pies are actually purchased from a third-party supplier, not made fresh in-house. Skip these 2 pies, as the other pies on The Queen & Mangosteen menu are definitely better.

Chicken And Mushroom Pie Outside With Salad


Chicken And Mushroom Pie Inside


Beef And Guinness Pie Outside With Salad


Beef And Guinness Pie Inside



The Cottage Pie comes topped with a creamy mashed potato 'crust', instead of the usual pie crust. Packed full of minced beef, onions and tomatoes, the Cottage Pie is extremely tasty with a full, meaty flavour. The mashed potato on top is light and smooth. Also served with a side salad. Costs SGD $21.10 each, but I would highly recommend this!

Cottage Pie Outside With Salad


Cottage Pie Inside



The Queen's Famous Fisherman's Pie is basically fluffy, creamy mashed potato, on top of a seafood chowder. The mashed potato on top is light and smooth. The seafood chowder within contains diced carrots, diced leeks, chunks of fish (Snapper), scallops, and prawns. Extremely tasty and satisfying, at SGD $30.45, it's a complete meal on its own. Highly recommended!

The Queen's Famous Fisherman's Pie Topped With Creamy Mashed Potato Outside With Salad


The Queen's Famous Fisherman's Pie Topped With Creamy Mashed Potato Inside



The Sirloin Steak was perfectly done, medium rare, still juicy inside and tender when sliced. But that was the only good thing about this dish. The Mushroom Pepper Sauce was a little too salty, and the Garden Vegetables were overcooked. The Yorkshire Pudding, which is traditionally supposed to be similar in texture to a light pastry puff, was dry and slightly burnt. Overall, this dish was terrible. Cost SGD $37.45, with this price, I could get better steak elsewhere.

Steak With Thick Cut Chips, Yorkshire Pudding, Garden Vegetables With Mushroom Pepper Sauce



Pork sausages, served on a mound of mashed potatoes, topped with their house signature onion rings. Good, but not great, at a price of SGD $30.45.

Bangers & Mash (Pork) Served With Caramelised Onion Gravy



This was probably the best main course I've had here so far. The pork was cooked nicely, the apple sauce was savoury and sweet, without being too thick, and the mashed potatoes and vegetables were alright. Cost SGD $33.95.

Grilled Marinated Yorkshire Pork Rack On Mashed Potato Served With Wild Rocket Leaves, Mixed Olives And Apple Sauce



The Cambridge Burnt Cream is The Queen & Mangosteen version of Crème Brûlée. I think it's one of the best Creme Brulee in Singapore. For SGD $14.05, you get a large portion of rich, smooth, creamy custard, covered with a thin layer of hard caramel, which cracks as you cut into it. Topped with fresh strawberry and raspberry which gives an additional burst of flavour. Great! I would highly recommend this!

Cambridge Burnt Cream



The Fruit Crumble With Vanilla Ice Cream was pretty good as well. It's the house take on the standard apple crumble, but with this, they've sprinkled the biscuit crumble instead. The apples were soft and sweet, while the addition of other fruits also helped enhance the overall look and taste. Good, also costs SGD $14.05.

Fruit Crumble With Vanilla Ice Cream



The Truffle Fries had a generous dusting of truffle powder, though consuming it in large amounts tends to build on the umami / saltiness taste.

Truffle Fries




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