Food Review: Kai Garden (嘉苑) at Marina Square | Quality Dim Sum and that must try Pan-fried Charcoal Pork Bun
The Place We visited the one month old Kai Garden at Marina Square last year end after trying some of its signature dishes like the Peking Duck (check out our previous review), and left fairly impressed with Chef Fung’s new restaurant. With his previous accolade as the Group Executive Chef of Paradise Group, I was excited to try the Dim Sum dishes at Kai Garden finally. Expectations are definitely high for me, as I used to frequent the now defunct Paradise Pavilion at Marina Bay Link Mall for dim sum.
The Food I must say we were generally impressed with the dim sum standard at Kai garden across all the dishes we tried. If there is only one item you have to try, don’t leave without having the Pan-fried Charcoal Pork Bun ($6.80), packed with so much juice and a perfect skin texture which left us craving for more.
Have you heard of fried Siew Mai? The Pan-fried Pork Dumpling “Siew Mai” ($8.80) is another must try item for me, once again demonstrating Chef Fung’s creative juices after the Pan-fried Charcoal Pork Bun. Presented in an exquisite fashion instead of the usual dim sum basket, the siew mai is filled with generous ingredients, not to mention that the fried texture gave it a more crunchy flavor.
The Mini Egg Tart ($4.80) was deeply loved by C, and I can understand why. The crisp crust was almost done perfectly, containing the egg with the right level of wobbliness that even the fussiest C had to concur.
We know we can’t go very wrong with the other dim sum usuals like the Signature Steamed Custard Bun ($5.80), Baked BBQ Honey Pork Pastry ($5.60), Steamed Prawn Dumpling (Ha Gao) ($6.50) and Steamed Cheong-fun with Prawns and Chives ($7.80).
For something soothing to balance out the array of food, try the comforting Double-boiled Lobster Soup with Dumpling ($14.80).
For desserts, I recommend the Chilled Coconut Puree ($6.80) for a refreshing end to the meal.
Rants Prices are on the higher end ($5 to $8 on average per dim sum dish) as compared to some other Cantonese restaurants we know.
Will I Return Again? I was generally impressed with the dim sum, though I won’t say every dish is exceptional. Expect above average dim sum quality with above average prices and order the right dishes. I am already planning my return visit again.
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Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
6 Raffles Boulevard
#03-128A/128B, Marina Square
Tel: +65 6250 4826
Mondays to Fridays: 11.30am to 3.30pm (last order at 2.30pm); 6.00pm to 11.00pm (last order at 10.00pm)
Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays: 11.00am to 4.00pm (last order 3.30pm)
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