The Place I’ve previously written about 88 Hong Kong Roast Meat Specialist, though it warrants an update since it has moved to a new coffeeshop space along Lavender Street about two months ago. The popular roast meat brand takes up the whole corner coffeeshop, which is way better in terms of seating capacity than its previous Foch Road stall.
The Food The Char Siew and Roasted Pork Belly are the meats which I recall to be good at 88 Hong Kong Roast Meat Specialist, and there are various Wanton Noodle or Noodle combinations on the menu if you need some carbs as well.
I went for the Char Siew & Roasted Pork Noodle (S$6.50) as well as the pure Char Siew Noodle (S$4.50).
In terms of the noodle, it is quite springy and good with a little bit of chilli. There is also cubes of pork lard in the noodle, which I’m not complaining.
As for the meats, the char siew is more outstanding than the roasted pork for me, with a little char on the edges.
The roasted pork here is way too thinly sliced.
Rants The service is quite slow and at 10:30am on a Sunday, the queue has stretched outside the coffeeshop with an estimated waiting time of 45 minutes to an hours. Immediate parking outside the coffeeshop is limited and the best alternative is the multi-storey carpark in the nearby HDB blocks.
Will I Return Again? Let’s just say 88 Hong Kong Roast Meat Specialist is worth trying without the horrendous queue and if you happen to be in the vicinity. Overall, I still prefer Roast Paradise for a similar comparison.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
88 Hong Kong Roast Meat Specialist
308 Lavender Street
Tel: +65 8225 2495
Tuesday to Sunday: 8:30am to 8:30pm
Closed on Monday
Ranted by The Ranter