Frequently driving past this place, I’ve always wondered why it’s so crowded all the time. Less the fact that it’s a pub and they’ve got quite a decent range of beer, the first thing you feel when you walk into this place is its victorian (or well, colonial) vibe. The sort of vibe you would feel when you see an old building along the street and walk right into it – simply because of how it brings back fond (or maybe not) memories of the days in history classes…
I love the architecture of the building, re-used in a rather magnificent fashion to maximise the internal and external area.
It was a cold night when we went there, and even tho’ I had made the booking that very morning, we weren’t given a seat inside the establishment! Boo hoo.
Never mind that, because at that point in time when we were seated, it was fairly quiet, which was a good thing. I thought to myself, “okay, I’m actually willing to sacrifice the cold with the quiet”.
Starving ladies we were, we quickly glanced through the menu, and realised there were quite a few choices… and they were all described with such professionalism that your mouth would water with each line you read!
Guess who dove straight into the drinks list? So like I said, they have a good range of beer, and much less to say cocktails (S.C recommended the vodka infusions). To start off the night, we had the following:
1664 Kronenbourg (Beer)
Redskin Vodka Infusion
Took us a while to decide on the mains, so while waiting, S.C was actually cravin’ for some wedges (which they call “chunkies” right here in Queens), so we had some chunkies ordered with our drinks. I have to say were REALLY GOOD! Good sh1t! :) They were by one of the best tasting wedges I have had here in Perth since I arrived in 2003. So if you are cravin’ some chunkies, why don’t you head down to the Queens, order some beer, and some chunkies. A delightful treat! KUDOS+++!!!
The 1664 Kronenbourg was quite an awesome beer. The first taste felt a tad bitter which I found a bit unattractive, but as I sipped further into the glass, I realised it wasn’t one of those beers where you could taste its goodness in just a small sip – you had to really dive into it! Not the best beer, but it was averagely good.
I tried the redskin vodka infusion for fun, but it didn’t sit too well with my tastebuds. It tasted very similar to a panadol syrup I used to take when I was growing up in Singapore. But it’s a taste that’s quite popular with other people (I know, I’m strange!).
We were finally able to decide on our mains:
Piri Piri Chicken Burger (ME!)
Don’t be fooled. It’s not Nando’s, but the description appears to be so similar that it’s not funny.
Vanilla Roasted Pork Belly, pepperberry and macademia stuffing, roast chat potatoes, snow peas, apple glaze (V.A)
Now, do you understand why I said the mouth would just drool at every line??
Venison Osso Bucco
A rich tomato braise, with some soft spinach palenta (so yes, I copied)
The chicken burger, despite its breast meat being really tender, was a tad on the dry side – which is never too appetising. Especially for someone who loves the thigh, drumstick and wing parts of the chicken. The sauce was close to nothing, altho’ there were random spots of spiciness over the course of finishing the burger. Chips were a let-down compared to the awesome chunkies we had before – mainly because they were soggy and NOT salted! A big boo boo there.
The vanilla roasted pork belly was also a let-down for V.A… the taste was peculiar. I have to agree. Having tasted a bit of the belly, there was a strange flavour oozing out of that pork that didn’t seem too right. The easiest way to actually describe that taste is to compare it with the taste of a sausage. Yes, it’s not exactly a walk in the park when you pay almost-top-dollar for a nice pork belly that tasted like a sunday-bbq sausage.
By the time I tried the venison, it was a bit cold, so it did destroy abit of the ‘complete’ taste that it should have had. That said, the dish tasted okay, albeit too rich with the tomato braise. S.C wasn’t too impressed either but among us three, I think she had the best.
Overall, the mains were quite a disappointment despite their beautiful description. Just to finish the night off, I ordered a midi of the Wahoo beer by Gage Roads. Interesting flavour that one!
By the time it came to desserts, we were a tad too afraid to risk anything, so we decided to scoot off and head to a place where we knew served good cakes and tea and coffee (tho’ I haven’t tried the coffee there yet so I can’t say anything).
The service was average, and by the time we were having our mains, the place had become rowdy with people shouting all over, so it was difficult to even get the attention of a waitperson. That said, the waiter who served us for most of the evening was extremely friendly and was willing to even get us the bill as opposed to us going to the counter and waiting for ages to get the bill settled. :) Thumbs up there!
I think I will still come back to Queens, and give it another shot at food, but I will definitely not order those three dishes. Given the great range of beer, I will definitely be back to drink and have some chunkies!
Rating: 2.75 out of 5 stars
Rating by: S.T (a.k.a Miss Egg)
The Queens, Highgate
Telephone: (08) 9328 7267
Address: 520 Beaufort Street, Highgate 6003, Western Australia