Let me just start out by saying that this place was not our choice. We met A’s parents at Vivocity for dinner, and since they got there first, we asked them to pick the place. A’s dad was enticed by the “one dines free with every two paying diners” promo, but turns out that it’s limited to weekdays. Anyway since we were already there we decided to give it a go.
King Louis Grill is a cheesy theme restaurant that isn’t even very Arthurian. Perfunctory suits of armour in the corner, tiaras on the waitresses and calling the dishes “Queen Elizabeth’s Feast” or “King Arthur’s Platter” do not a medieval theme make. The restaurant took over Hog’s Breath Cafe on the 3rd floor, next to Daiso and Imperial Herbal, and they’ve retained most of the decor, just adding a few cheesy elements in a lame attempt to make it themed.
But enough about first impressions. If the food had been good, I’d be more than willing to overlook the peripheral details. Unfortunately, it wasn’t. We ordered one of the Queen’s Platters for 2 to 3 persons, comprising lamb chops, rib eye steak, BBQ pork ribs and roast chicken. The platter was definitely substantial enough for more than 3 persons; 4 of us were struggling to finish it.
The food itself was very lacklustre. The lamb was overcooked and chewy. The steak, when we asked for medium rare, was a combination of medium and well done. The ribs were tender but smelt kinda funny, like it was on the brink of going off. The only thing that was half decent was the chicken, because honestly, how far wrong can you go with roast chicken? There was a mound of potato wedges, and boiled (read: overcooked) vegetables.
Yes, at $71.90 for a platter large enough for 4, it seems pretty value for money. But when you think about it, the quality is on par with most hawker centre Western food stalls, so on that basis, $18 per person for that kind of quality is kind of a rip-off.
Needless to say, we’re definitely not coming back. Not voluntarily, anyway.
C’s being a bit harsh but yeah. It’s not really great for restaurant standards. The best thing I can say about it is that the portions are huge.
And given that only one server gave us good service, I’m forced to add this to the not recommended list.
King Louis Grill & Bar
1 Harbourfront Walk
Open daily: 12 noon to 10 pm
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