Queen’s Garden in the Far East (Closed)

Queen's Garden at Raintr33 Hotel

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.

Queen's Garden

Queen's Garden

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.

Queen's Garden at Raintr33 Hotel

Queen's Garden at Raintr33 Hotel Changi

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.

Queen's Garden at Raintr33 Hotel Changi

Queen's Garden at Raintr33 Hotel Changi

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.

Queen's Garden Changi

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.

Queen's Garden Changi

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.

Queen's Garden at Raintr33 Hotel

Ratings:
Food: 4
Service: 3
Value: 3
Atmosphere: 3
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs  3 Tops

Queen’s Garden at Raintr33 Hotel
33 Hendon Road, Changi Village
Singapore 509673

 

#Street Fact – Hendon Road was named after the Hendon Aerodrome in London, England, which was an important centre for aviation from 1908 to 1968.

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