Tuesday, May 26, 2015

YummY! - Bangers & Mash @ The Queen & Mangosteen

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Vicocity, Harbour Front, Singapore - May 2015
Ever since reading those Beano cartoons as a kid, I have been hooked on sausage and mash. Whenever I see this on the menu of outlets, my imagination goes back to the cartoon of those towering piles of mash filled with banger sausages. To cut a story short, I love those since young, and whenever I see them on the menu, I will surely go for them. The thing is not many foodie joints serve them; many associating them with pub grub, even then very few pubs here sell them. So while on a cycling back-packing trip to attend the Singapore 3rd Annual Brompton Day, I got to savour them again!

It was our last day in Singapore, our bus back to Malaysia was at 4:00pm. We checked out from our accomodations, the Five Stones Hostel and headed for the Harbour Front Bus Terminal. With time to spare we did some last minute shopping at Vivocity, come lunch time it was food hunting time. A few of us dropped into The Queen & Mangosteen Gourmet British Pub
I am not sure how they got their name or how the British Queen from a cool land far away is associated with the tropical mangosteens. Nevertheless, the place was cozy and pride themselves as being a gourmet British Pub. A pub and a gourmet dining place? Hmmm... an interesting combo. They did have a fairly extensive menu but when my eyes dropped onto the listing "Bangers & Mash"; those other gourmet stuff just dropped away, the decision was put - pub grub it is for me!

First some bitter to start off with to cool down on a hot afternoon and work up our appetites.

The main order came: three large and thick sausages enclosing a large scoop of mash with golden-brown onion rings and topped by a green sprig. I cut open one of the sausage...

... inside were pork that had been ground but not to an extent where they become too fine like those sausages from the supermarkets. Here is a solid sausage with coarser meat that was good to munch into - flavourful and juicy.
The onion rings were perfect, with crunchy batter around a good thick ring of onion.
The mash? It was my only disappointment, not because it was not good but because there was not enough of it; I had imagined a big pile like those in the comics!

For desserts, I ordered coconut ice-cream that came in a coconut shell and topped up with some slices of sea coconut. Although beautifully served, there was some real disappointment here. It was not coconut ice-cream made from fragrant santan (coconut milk) but milk ice-cream with coconut shavings inside. This had happened to me before; when will I learn that coconut ice-cream the Western way is just this, and not the santan ice-cream the Eastern way.

Their menu (click on photo to enlarge).

#01-106/107 Vivocity (Lift Lobby F), 1 HarbourFront Walk, Singapore 098585.
Phone: (65) 63769380    |     Fax: (65) 63769384
Hours : Sunday-Thursday: 12pm to Midnight; Friday, Saturday & Holiday Eves - 12pm to 1am

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