Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Review: The King Louis Grill & Bar at Vivo City

I was recently invited to The King Louis for a food-tasting session so here is my review on it.

The King Louis is Singapore's first medieval restaurant. It has been listed as one of the best family restaurants in 2011 and 2012!

I love their castle-themed ambience which adds to the whole dining experience. At The King Louis, they have different types of banquets (meat platters.etc) for sharing. The essence of dining at The King Louis lies in the joy of sharing platters of food with friends or family. 

For drinks, I had the mango juice which is priced at $5. They do not serve fresh juices though, so skip this if you do not like artificial fruit juices. They do serve floats but the floats can get really filling if you order the banquet platter as their portions are huge and value for money.

First up, we had the Homemade Mushroom Soup ($9.50) served with a stick of garlic bread. The button and shiitake mushrooms are blended and made into a creamy mushroom soup. It would be good to share this with at least 1 person so that it doesn't get too overwhelming towards the end.

For starters, we also had Platter C ($24.90) which consists of chicken drumlets, calamari rings, prawn twisters, potato wedges, and sausage and bacon bites. The chicken drumlets were a favourite among the lot. Although they were all deep-fried, they were not greasy. The calamari rings had the right texture and were not overly chewy. I also liked the prawn twisters which were crispy and had a unique touch to it. In contrast to the deep-fried snacks, the salad was a refreshing side.

Queen Victoria Banquet ($169.90 for 4-5pax)
In this platter, there are roasted beef with black pepper sauce, premium BBQ baby back ribs, pan-seared snapper with wasabi mayo, sauteed scallops with garlic and cream sauce, and oven-baked king prawns with melted mozzarella cheese.

The only disappointment here was the beef steak which was dry, tough, and felt like it had been cooked beforehand. The black pepper sauce was yummy though and I wished that they had given more of it. That aside, I enjoyed the various seafood in this platter. The snapper fish was really tender and fresh but I would prefer if there were no bones in it. The king prawns were huge and they complemented well with the melted cheese. The BBQ baby back ribs were tender and the sweet BBQ sauce went harmoniously well with the ribs. This platter came with lots of roasted potatoes underneath as well as assorted vegetables.

We also tried their Wales Beef Bolognese ($19.90) which is one of their signature dishes. The sauce is homemade and sauteed with grated carrots and onions; and reduced with fresh cream and red wine. The bolognese taste was really rich and might be a tad overwhelming for some to finish it alone. I find the taste very authentic and bolognese lovers should like this.

Lastly, we had the Beer Battered Fish & Chips  ($21.90). This is served with mesclun, straight cut fries, and homemade egg tartar. The fish and chips looked greasy but they were surprisingly not when I tried them. The fish had retained lots of moisture in them yet the batter was not soggy. Although tender, the texture of the fish was too soft for my liking.

Overall, there were hits and misses. 

King Louis is perfect for group gatherings and family dinners. With their selections of banquets to choose from, you can prepare to FEAST LIKE A KING!

The King Louis Grill & Bar 
#03-07A, 1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore 098585

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