Having been to the Queens Head in Amotherby a handful of times, I had high expectations when it came to the food at the Cantonese restaurant, and I wasn’t left disappointed.
Inside, the restaurant has a modern Oriental twist and diners are initially greeted with a luxury-styled waiting area with a huge L-shaped sofa which is so comfortable it feels like you’re perched on a cloud.
The menu is extensive with pages and pages of different dishes ranging in heat, spices and flavours.
Staff were welcoming and they couldn’t do enough for you. Ordering in the waiting area, it was a matter of minutes before we were taken to our table.
For starter our dining party shared the aromatic duck pancakes which were presented as beautifully as shredded duck can be on a plate.
The succulent duck was complemented superbly with the hoisin sauce and cucumber filling which added a crunch to the soft pancakes.
The food was served quickly and it wasn’t long after we were seated that our duck appetiser was brought to the table.
Another starter I would recommend is the special platter which includes duck spring rolls, which have a quality crispy shell, honey ribs, seaweed, prawn toast and chicken skewers.
The huge platter was ample for the three of us that dug in and all of the flavours merged together and complemented one another.
The large portions are presented in Oriental plates and the majority of our table was taken up by the various dishes.
For main I treated myself to sweet and sour chicken and fragrant fried rice. The battered chicken was perfectly crisped and accompanied with onions, red and green peppers, and pineapples in a perfectly flavoured sweet and sour sauce. The fragrant fried rice was aromatic but not overpowering.
The vegetarian selection ranged from noodle dishes to tofu and mixed vegetables so my cousin had plenty to choose from. She decided on the mixed vegetables with black bean sauce which she described as nothing short of delicious.
Another dish we chose was the char sui pork chow mein which mountained the plate it was presented on and was filled with so many flavours and colours.
Having ordered three portions of rice and a main dish each, our eyes were definitely too big for our bellies but our waiter happily packed up leftovers. And I can say the sweet and sour chicken tasted just as good the next day.
This is where my only issue with our evening at Queens Head occurred.
A fan of something sweet to round of a meal, I am a strong believer that there is always room for dessert. But on the evening we were there no-one came back to our table, and we were left wondering how to order dessert!
After half an hour, and without a waiter having walked by, we gave up and paid the bill at the bar. I can only assume this was a one-off mishap as I’ve enjoyed desserts there many times before. But it did taint an otherwise gleaming evening at the restaurant.
Despite this you can’t fault the food, it is authentic and filled with colour and mouth-watering flavours.
Overall score: 8