Medieval-themed restaurant not very medieval

It was that huge statue in a cheap suit of armor that first got us curious about The King Louis Grill & Bar at VivoCity.

The statue was standing in a rather prominent spot in VivoCity, holding a sword and accompany a large poster detailing the merits of the restaurant it was endorsing.

The food in the pictures looked really good. Meat. Thick slabs of juicy, tantalising meat. Loads of meat.

And there was a 3-for-2 beer promo which decided the boys.

So up we went to The King Louis.

The King Louis

It is supposedly a restaurant serving medieval English royalty cuisine.

The menu looks good enough. There are royal banquet sets for knights and queens, as well as individual ala carte items.

But I’m sure medieval royalty had dishes a lot more creative than what we saw on the menu. They probably had dishes along the lines of Honey-coated Roast Rabbit Stuffed With Exotic Pear and Aged Cheese.

Still, I am generally quite happy sticking to commoner dishes like Just A Regular Rib-Eye Steak, so it didn’t bother me too much that The King Louis didn’t quite deliver its promise of feeding us like medieval royalty.

The King Louis

The decor is a little cheesy if you want my opinion. The furniture looks more Western Cowboy Tavern than Medieval England Court to me. The only things that vaguely pass off as medieval are the fake knights wearing plates of cheap, hammered steel.

And there are TV monitors surrounding the restaurant.

The King Louis

“Oh, look! Medieval TV!” said Unker Kell.

He pointed at one particular TV in a corner. The screen was doing funny stuff, alternating between colourful fuzz and techno-funk lines performing synchronised dance.

The King Louis

The King Louis


But despite questionable decor and misleading advertisements, we found the food pretty decent. Three of us shared a Knight’s Banquet at a reasonable price of $45.90.

For an additional $10, we could receive two soups, two drinks and dessert.

The King Louis

The King Louis

I mean, the meats weren’t to-die-for or anything, but they were tasty enough that I wouldn’t mind going back there again. I love mixed platters where you get all kinds of meat.

Only the pork was disappointing because it was overcooked, too tough and dry. The beef and chicken were reasonably good. The potato wedges were crispy and tasty. The pineapple and apple slices were inedible, being quite bland. All their juices must have seeped out during the cooking.

The meal was just enough for the three of us.

I particularly liked the very large fork that come sitting on the platter.

The King Louis

When it was time for us to receive our dessert, I was excited to discover what “King Louis Assorted Pastries” we were going to get.

Turned out it was this:

The King Louis

I asked our server, “THIS is assorted pastries?”

She smiled without any hint of irony and said brightly, “Yes.”

Oh, well, at least the staff was cheerful and friendly.

The staff was made up of young ladies dressed in black t-shirts and black pants with very common-looking aprons and — get this — wearing cheap tiaras on their heads with their hair unceremoniously tied up.

It was wrong on two counts.

Firstly, tiaras should go with gowns, not lousy tshirts and pants with cheap aprons.

Secondly, tiaras are supposed to belong on princesses, and princesses are not waitresses, period.

It would be a better experience for diners if the waitresses are dressed like medieval serving wenches. You can easily get these costumes at costume shops.

Serving wench

Although you’d have to dirty them up a bit to make them look more realistic. I mean the dresses, not the wenches. Although I can imagine serving wenches being quite grimy after hours of serving food.

For a themed restaurant, overall, not enough effort has been made to stay faithful to the theme. Foodwise, it’s reasonable. The cheesecake was actually really good. Secret Recipe standard.

Just don’t order beer.

Our boys got the “3 beers for the price of 2” promo, right? It turned out that their three beers cost $40. Each pint of Stella Artois goes for $20 there.

According to the boys, $40 is a normal price to pay for three pints of beer at most drinking places, anyway. Some promotion that was.

We’d still go back, though. We want to try the meat+seafood banquet, next. And I’m still hoping the wait staff uniforms will get better.

The King Louis Grill & Bar is at #03-07A VivoCity (beside Daiso).

16 thoughts on “Medieval-themed restaurant not very medieval

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    I was hoping for something out of the Camelot scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail… ah well. *shrug*

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    Nais… looks a bit much for just a simple dinner out though. Plus, the only way to do that would be to turn Singapore Indoor Stadium into a permanent 15th century castle…

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    “Honey-coated Roast Rabbit Stuffed With Exotic Pear and Aged Cheese” Wow i dont know if thats a real dish or not but it sounds amazing

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    @masterofboots: Actually, I think the food is better than the novelty factor, lol. It’s not very novel, a bit fail. :P

    @Mince Pye: “I don’t want to talk to you no more, you empty headed animal food trough wiper. I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.” Like that? :P

    Damn I feel like watching it again. Shall we have a MPatHG night?

    @Songtian: Hmm… I threw in the “aged cheese” to make it sound less appetising. Guess it didn’t work?

    @LJ: I think all the food should be okay. Just don’t order the beer. :P

    @RN1209: Sigh. No way will we ever get cool stuff like that in Singapore. :(

    @Lx: Erm… I made up the dish but I wouldn’t be surprised if there were really something like that. They had elaborate fancy sounding dishes every day in the royal courts. :P

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    Yup, guess the bright light and the TV spoil the image. Maybe they should kill the lights and replace it with fireplace.

    BTW, I would love to see the waitresses “dressed like medieval serving wenches” but think they are not suitable in castle that serves food for the knight.

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    I don’t think it would be too far off, though. Even in royal courts, servants owned only poor, servant clothes, so the dinner servers would be in their regular poor clothes.

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    That’s the castle scene with the French soldiers! Don’t you remember the Camelot scene?

    “Oh we’re the knights of the round table, we’re willing and we’re able!”

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    But that’s my least favourite part of the movie. Don’t like it. Only the last part where he sings “I have to push the pram a lot” is funny.

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