We recently stumbled upon the Queen’s Garden in the far East of Singapore – in Changi Village. It is not the garden of the Queen of England and we are not talking about the infamous drag queens of Changi either. We wanted to visit a newly opened microbrewery in Changi Village but could not find a parking lot anywhere and decided to drive around and explore the area a bit. We saw an old colonial building set amidst lush greenery with dining and bar facilities. The building turned out to be the Raintr33 boutique hotel. Queen’s Garden is a modern European restaurant in Raintr33.
Raintr33 is a small trendy hotel housed in buildings that were once army barracks. It is set in a rustic green landscape and has a tastefully furnished modern interior. Queen’s Garden is located in the lobby level of Raintr33.
The restaurant has indoor and alfresco dining areas. The decor has a certain homely laid-back charm but is not likely to win any award for restaurant interior design. The menu of Queen’s Garden is fairly limited but has the usual Western staples – salads, pastas, burgers, fish and steak.
We ordered char-grill striploin ($27) plus a side dish of sauteed vegetables ($3), crab meat pasta ($24) and salted caramel vanilla pudding ($10) for dessert. While we waited for our food, iced water was offered and warm bread was served.
The portion sizes of the food were rather small; which meant that we had room for dessert. The dishes were nicely presented. The char-grill sirloin came on a slab of slate and garnished with strips of leek and topped with cherry tomatoes on vine.
The sirloin was grilled to the way we liked – medium-well. The meat was lean and tender and had a natural BBQ flavour with a hint of smokiness. The thick savoury red wine sauce went very well with the grilled meat. It was a delightful dish.
The crab meat linguine was well coated with a sauce of pine nut, chili and tomato. There was a fair amount of crab meat and the pine nuts provided a contrast of texture. The dish reminded us of chilli crabs but was otherwise not remarkable.
The vanilla pudding came with a scoop of ice cream and was served on a large plate nicely decorated with fresh fruits. The vanilla pudding was not the custard version but more like a light fluffy cake. The salted caramel sauce complimented the pudding very well. Together with the ice cream, the vanilla pudding was certainly a relishable dessert.
We are glad to have discovered this hidden gem in Changi. Queen’s Garden is an unpretentious restaurant serving good food which are elegantly presented. The casual restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere and is in a nice secluded location with verdant foliage. Queen’s Garden can be a great stopover after a family outing or a perfect place for a date when you want to avoid the crowd.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
Queen’s Garden at Raintr33 Hotel
33 Hendon Road, Changi Village
#Street Fact – Hendon Road was named after the Hendon Aerodrome in London, England, which was an important centre for aviation from 1908 to 1968.