The Queen Vic just opened last month, and it’s already quite the welcome addition to ever-changing H St. While some other popular establishments on the strip seem to blend in with their toned-down colors, The Queen Vic chose to go the opposite direction. There is no way anyone could miss the dark red exterior, or walk by without even taking a peek inside.
The interior looks just like one would expect a British gastropub to look like…I think. There is a wooden bar that stretches through the narrow restaurant. Behind your bar seat you’ll find a mirror, and in front you face quite the selection of beers on tap and some of the friendliest and most welcoming bartenders ever.
The oysters were some of the best I have ever had. You’ll get three oysters on the HalfShell with foie gras, duck confit & cornichons. Each ingredient looked like it had been prepared so carefully, that I tried them one by one. For the last two I finally did the the “one bite” for that mix of flavor & texture. The patron sitting next to me kept eyeing my plate with envy that I almost offered him one, but couldn’t.
For my main course I had the burger. Yes that sounds plain, but it is made with lamb & dry aged beef and three onion jam. The bread could have been better, but the meat and sauce were delish. Also appetizing on the menu was tandoori-style chicken as well as the requisite fish & chips. My neighbor loved the cornish pasties.
The British pub is named after a “Public House” in the soap opera EastEnders, and will feature a changing menu. A tip: the Strongbow (cider) is fantastic.