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The Queen & the Mangosteen

I think I might have mentioned before that I have a soft spot for cafes and restaurants with quirky names? Tell me if you don’t think that the Queen & the Mangosteen sounds cool. The Queen & Mangosteen is a modern interpretation of the quintessential British gourmet pub with a whimsical flourish. Rumour has it that the mangosteen was reputedly Queen Victoria’s favourite fruit. Hey whaddya know, the mangosteen is my favourite fruit too!!!

There’s something about a place being known as a “pub”. I think in the Singaporean culture, we think of pubs as sleazy places where good people don’t go to. It’s not the same case in the UK. After watching Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay on TV, I’ve come to realise that families can go down to the pub for dinner. It just happens to be a place where you can also get alcoholic drinks.

Ah well, despite me saying that I like quirky names, this is only the 2nd time that I’ve been to the Queen & the Mangosteen. The 1st time being just after they opened a few years ago. Do you recall before this, in its place was Corduroy Cafe? I loved going to the Corduroy Cafe, it had such a nice ambience, and you had to walk past a long display of tasty jams and cakes! Wish the Corduroy Cafe was still around!

Anyway, my colleagues and I went down to the Queen & Mangosteen last week to celebrate someone’s birthday. After perusing the menu, most of us got the set-lunch as the prices were almost similar to the ala carte menu but with an additional soup/dessert and drink thrown in.

Queen & the Mangosteen - Coke

Free-flow of coke! Not that I need free flow coke. One glass is more than enough for me per meal.

Queen & the Mangosteen - Green Pea and Scampi Soup

Green pea and scampi soup – This was the soup of the day. Everyone chose this except for me. The soup colour may put you off, but based on the slurps and grunts of approval, everyone enjoyed the soup very much. There were chunks of scampi (prawns) in it too. Darn, I regretted not ordering this!

Queen & the Mangosteen - Fish & Chips

I had the fish and chips with their home made curry sauce. The fish is pretty good. It doesn’t taste oily and goes well with the curry dip. Only grouse is, 3 pieces isn’t really enough to fill you up if you didn’t already have the green pea soup! The fries were also very good. Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.

Queen & the Mangosteen - Pot of Mussels

My colleague didn’t get the set lunch. Instead she ordered this pot of mussels in thai curry sauce with crusty bread. I managed to snag 2 mussels from her and I tell you, the broth was AMAZING! There’s a hint of Asian spice flavours to it so it’s even better than the usual mussels in wine. I could have slurped up the entire pot of broth if I’d ordered this! I bet the restaurant knows how good the broth is that is why bread is also served on the side. The mussels were also very fresh tasting to me, although it seems in the end, my colleague had to discard 5 mussels as they were unopened. I’m definitely coming back soon to try this dish again. Not cheap at $30+.  

Queen & the Mangosteen - Cottage Pie

Cottage pie (beef) – Not sure how this tasted but I don’t think my colleague had any complaints.

Queen & the Mangosteen - Panna Cotta

Ok this was the ickiest thing of the lot, and alas, it was my order! Instead of having a soup from the set lunch, I chose to have the dessert of the day. It happened to be panna cotta which is something that I like. I had in mind something like this from Gunthers, but obviously Gunther’s is in a far different league. I should have known better. Even the presentation itself was a failure. Look at the icky liquid covering the sides of the glass! Well I suppose the only good thing is that if you like the flavour of this panna cotta, there is lots of it to enjoy.

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Drink until he looks cute! Don’t you think that is so cheekily creative? I’ve a good mind to gather some of my male friends for a drink now. Ha. And I’ll pay if it works.

Queen & Mangosteen

Queen & Mangosteen Seating Area

Here are some more pictures I took off the Queen & Mangosteen’s website. As you can see, there is indoor seating as well as outdoor if you so choose.

Queen & Mangosteen - Mini burgers and onion rings

I tried those mini burgers the 1st time I went there. Pretty good and definitely pretty cute.

The Queen & Mangosteen

#01-106/107 Vivocity 1 Habourfront Walk, Singapore, Singapore 098585

Mon – Thu:11:00 am-11:00 pm

Fri – Sat:11:00 am-1:00 am

Sun:11:00 am-11:00 pm

Smiths Fish and Chips

When we first saw Smiths Authentic British Fish and Chips moving into Tanjong Katong, we were quite excited. I know there are loads of places that serve fish and chips, but here was a shop, a standalone fish and chip shop mind you, that was proclaiming its authenticity, obviously we were excited about it. Having been to the World Famous Fish and Chip shop in New Zealand, I had high expectations for Smiths’ Fish and Chips. Did you know that fish and chips are the most popular form of fast food in New Zealand, more popular than McDonalds, KFC etc?

After Smiths opened, I chanced upon a couple of reviews that weren’t very positive. Add the fact that the cheapest fish and chips at Smiths will set you back by at least ten dollars, the need to visit Smiths became less compelling. Alas, find ourselves at Smiths we did 2 weeks ago, when the cafe next door which we wanted to go to was full. Smiths was packed, so we had our hopes up.

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It was quite interesting to find that they have scampi and chip butty, which are things that are probably quite foreign to most Singaporeans. For the record, I love scampi. Scampi looks and tastes like prawns, but when I was in the UK, every single wait staff I asked said it was a fish. Wikipedia says it is a type of lobster. As for chip butty, that is a chip sandwich, ie chips in between slices of bread……..best not to know that these exist.

I ordered the Cod & Chips $17 while the Partner ordered the Dory & Chips $10. The Cod fish was quite terrible. It was tough, dry and totally lacking in flavour. Cod is one of my favourite fish (I am very fussy with fish) but if I hadn’t personally ordered the cod myself, I would not have known that the piece of fish I was eating was cod, the most expensive item on the menu!!! I wonder if the cod had been sitting in the warmer for a long time until it had become dry, if most people order the cheaper options…

On the contrary, the Dory fish tasted much better. It was juicy and flavourful and I wish I’d ordered that instead and saved 7 bucks, and so did the Partner because he had to relinquish half his lunch to me.

Smiths Fish and Chips (4)

Smiths Fish and Chips (3)

I have to say, these fish and chips are darn oily. They don’t come with the mushy peas either, you have to pay $2 to get some. You have to pay $2 to get some gravy too. The batter is pretty thick, so if you’re on a diet, this is really not the place for you. But, if you’re not on a diet, the batter is quite tasty. In fact, you can pay $2 to get more “batter scratchings”…

Smiths Fish and Chips (5)

HP sauce or vinegar to go with your fish? It’s common to have fish and chips with vinegar in the UK and in NZ. Smiths also provides tomato sauce. You won’t find chilli sauce here. I tried.

Smiths Fish and Chips - Soggy Fries

I would possibly give the fish another chance. But Smith’s chips were probably the soggiest chips I have ever eaten. If only I could order the Dory fish on its own without the side of chips.

Smiths Fish and Chips

On the whole, I think the prices are too high for a non-restaurant setting, for the quality of food served and for the portion size.

***Photos all taken using the iPhone 4***

Smiths – Authentic British Fish and Chips

230 Tanjong Katong Road,
Singapore 437018
ECP – Exit 11

Directions to Smiths Fish and Chips

Tel :9639 8348

http://www.smithsfishandchips.com

frenchie@smithsfishandchips.com

The Queen & the Mangosteen

After the demise of my favourite cafe, the Corduroy Cafe, at Vivocity, I was suitably depressed upon the discovery that the replacement was not to be another cafe. Yes, the Queen & the Mangosteen is formally open, the latest British Pub in town. Not that I know of many others. I have heard of Irish Pubs though.

Anyway, as the Mangosteen happens to be my favourite fruit, and because of the nice decor, we decided to explore the place. 2/3 of the seating is actually Al Fresco, and when I went there for an early dinner at 5pm, most of the people were sitting outside anyway.

There isn’t very much in the food menu, about 2 pages to be exact, and you better be a big fan of fries, because they sure serve a ton of it. I ordered my most favourite British dish, Breaded Scampi, mushy peas and fries, while the Partner ordered a Sirloin Steak. Regrettably, for $20, the Scampi was not enough to fill me, and I had to have 1/4 of the steak as well. The dish was nice though, I think mainly because Scampi is hard to be bad, but it wasn’t spectacular. The flavour of the steak was nice, but it was overdone despite our order of Medium Rare. I’ve always wondered where to find Scampi in Singapore, and now I know where to find Scampi in Singapore!

The next table ordered Mini Burgers. Those look really nice and cute. 3 mini burgers but they look as big as 1 entire burger combined. I might order those the next time. I’d still like to go again. The atmosphere is nice and relaxing and I really wanna try out those mini burgers.

The Queen and the Mangosteen Scampi and fries

Behold the 10 Breaded Scampis

The Queen and the Mangosteen steak and friesThe Sirloin Steak.The Queen and the Mangosteen outdoor bar seatsThey have bar seats, elevated seats as well as bench seats. Indoor is table seating.View of Vivocity outdoor fountainThe peaceful view. Will look pretty when the casino is up.

Feb 22, 2009 @ 16:03

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