The Place Located at Pacific Plaza, the second overseas Michelin-starred restaurant to open at the mall over the past weeks (Read our full review of Tsuta), Hong Kong’s Kam’s Roast opens in Singapore this week. We were really excited for this particular opening, as we tried the One-Michelin Starred Kam’s Roast Goose back in Wan Chai, Hong Kong last year (being part of our top eats to try in Hong Kong). Psst, we know of the third Michelin-starred restaurant which will be opening here too, Tim Ho Wan is expected to open here in the next month or so.
Simple setting, designed to get the most seats into the small space, and a private room at the entrance of the restaurant. Kam’s Roast gives you the same vibe enjoyed in the typical Hong Kong restaurants – simple décor, warm lightings, and complete with wooden tables and chairs.
The Food No, you won’t get to savour their famous Roast Goose here. Due to import restrictions of live goose, Kam’s kitchen was not satisfied with what they could achieve with the frozen options. Having said that, you pretty much get everything else here, and even their noodles are flown in daily on a Singapore Airlines flight.
To start the meal right, both the Marinated Cucumber with Vinegar and Garlic (S$6.80) and Marinated Black Fungus with Vinegar (S$6.80) are definitely amongst the must tries here. Slight spice in both, with the crunchy and refreshing Cucumbers being my favourite appetizer.
Without the main star here, the Roast Duck and Soya Chicken (S$11.80 per portion for Mixed Selection, S$55 for Whole Duck and S$14.80 for Quarter Chicken) takes centre-stage. The Roast Duck was a tad underwhelming for me, although that could be a result of my high expectations prior to visiting Kam’s. Nonetheless, the Soya Chicken did wow me with its tender meats and to-die-for juicy skin. Both the meats come with the heart-stopping gravy, which went perfectly together with the plain Steamed White Rice (S$2).
Hold on. What actually stole the limelight here for us was the Char Siu offerings. The Toro Char Siu (Pork Belly, S$22.80) and Char Siu (S$14.80) had just the right balance of char and the barbequed sauce. If you have to pick one, go for the Toro Char Siu which remains tender, fatty and juicy, as opposed to the Char Siu meats coming across as slightly dry.
Kam’s Roast also serves up Roast Suckling Pig (S$34.80 per portion, S$148 Half, S$248 Whole) and Crispy Roast Pork (S$14.80).
Of course, you cannot miss out the noodles at Kam’s Roast, having flown thousands of miles from Hong Kong daily. The plain Braised Noodle with Ginger Scallion (S$6.80) will go well with any of the meats, and without the alkaline taste I would usually associate with Hong Kong noodles. In fact, you can have the Kam’s Roast meats with the noodles as well, with selections including the Duck Leg Noodle (S$15.80) and BBQ Pork Noodle (S$9.80) – which we found more value for money.
The only dessert here is the Red Bean Soup with Aged Orange Peel (S$5.80), which may not impress many as I found the dessert quite diluted – unlike the local Red Bean Soup which I would very much enjoy more.
Rants Kam’s Roast is probably not a place for a long relaxing meal, as we foresee a quick turnover of tables here at least in the opening phase. However, if you are receptive for a quick and good meal, Kam’s Roast should not disappoint that much.
Will I Return Again? For that occasional cravings for Hong Kong-styled meats, we will definitely head back to Kam’s Roast. Its central location in Orchard Road also works perfectly for diners. But still, where’s the goose which Kam’s Roast is renowned for in Hong Kong?
And yes, if you are heading to Hong Kong soon, read our recommendations of what to eat here.
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This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
Monday to Friday 11am to 10pm
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday 10am to 10pm
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