Guess what I found on a recent trip to VivoCity? A British restaurant-pub called The Queen and Mangosteen! I have been reminiscing the delicious food I had in London. Since I can’t travel now, finding a British restaurant in Singapore is as good as it gets.
There is a legend why this British restaurant is called The Queen and Mangosteen. Queen Victoria offered a reward of 8 pounds sterling to anyone who could deliver to her the fresh mangosteen fruit. Although it is not substantiated by any known historical document, it may be why the mangosteen is known as “Queen of Fruit”.
Although The Queen and Mangosteen describes itself as “Gourmet British Pub”, it serves much more than just pub grub. In fact, it offers everything from all-day breakfast to pies and desserts. You can view the full menu here.
I finally get to try the Yorkshire Pudding with Gravy [S$6] that I didn’t get to try when I was in London. It is usually a part of traditional Sunday roast .
Yorkshire pudding is a pudding-like bun made of egg, flour with water or milk. Even though its name says “pudding”, it doesn’t contain any cream or custard fillings. You can serve it in numerous ways depending on the choice of ingredients, size of pudding and accompanying components of the dish.
In this instance, it is served as a side dish with beef gravy. It works as a simple appetizer to whet your appetite for the rest of the meal.
Since fish and chips originated in England and it is one of the iconic dishes of British cuisine, it seems only right to order it here.
I must have been thinking of the terrific fish and chips I had at Manly Fish Market when I ordered Scottish Haddock Fish & Chips [S$24].
It is definitely much better than Lemon Sole Fish and Chips at Rock and Sole Plaice. Haddock has a firmer texture than cod with a slightly sweet flavor. The homemade curry tartare sauce that accompanies the fish is quite a novelty but I still prefer plain old tartare.
The Sticky Date Pudding [S$12] is just perfect. It tastes exactly like the one I had at Mother Mash in London.
Sticky date pudding is like a super-dense version of chocolate cake. It is made with pitted dates yet you can’t really taste the dates in the dessert. It is usually served with toffee sauce and a scoop of ice-cream. This is my favorite British dessert.
The Queen and Mangosteen transports you to London through their food so you don’t have to fly all the way there. You can find all the classic British dishes here and I personally feel the taste is pretty authentic. Don’t take my word for it, come down and try them yourself.
The Queen and Mangosteen also has an alfresco seating area at the waterfront with perfect view of Sentosa. Besides spirits and cocktails, there is also handcrafted beers from Archipelago, Singapore’s own commercial brewery. Happy hour daily until 8pm where you can get 1-for-1 for selected cocktails, house pours and sparkles.
The Queen and Mangosteen
Address: 1 Harbourfront Walk, VivoCity #01-106/107, Singapore 098585
Telephone: +65 63769830
Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday 12pm – 10pm, Friday – Saturday 12pm – 10.30pm