Kam’s Roast Singapore was launched in Pacific Plaza in November 2016 to great anticipation. Many Singapore residents (ourselves included) are fans of the Yung Kee restaurant in Hong Kong and looked forward to having their roast meats and other Cantonese dishes without waiting for the next trip to the Fragrant Harbour. Enough ink has been split on the connection between Kam’s Roast Goose HK and Yung Kee as well as why goose was dropped from the name of the restaurant in Singapore and from the Singapore menu, see e.g. the Straits Times story on 7 Nov 2016. We will just jump straight into our lunch experience at Kam’s Roast Singapore.
We feared for the worst when we approached Pacific Plaza. There was a long queue of people forming outside this Scotts Road mall. Fortunately, these patient folks were waiting to try another new Michelin Star restaurant – Tsuta Ramen which is also on the ground floor at Pacific Plaza. We were there a about 1 pm and there was a short queue at Kam’s for the bigger parties. Small parties of two, like us, were ushered in straightaway without having to wait.
As you can see from these pictures, Kam’s Roast Singapore is a very simple and practical restaurant. It was full but the turnover was fast as the food was served quickly and people will mostly just eat and leave. This is clearly not a restaurant to go for the ambience or to linger.
In case diners are not aware, there are enough signs both inside and outside the restaurant to remind them that Kam’s Roast Goose was awarded one Michelin Star in Hong Kong in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Here are pictures of the Kam’s Roast Menu. The roast meats are the main attractions – in particular the roast duck, suckling pig and roast pork. We placed our order for a half roast duck ($28), wonton noodles ($8.80), marinated cucumber with vinegar and garlic ($6.80), steamed rice ($2) and Chinese tea ($1.50 each).
The marinated cucumber was wonderfully crunchy. The vinegar and garlic worked well together to produce a very good appetizer and also an effective palate cleanser to break the monotony of the oily duck meat.
The wonton noodle (dry) was a disappointment. We had high expectations of wonton noodles from any good Hong Kong restaurant. But both the noodles and the wonton that day were quite bland.
Finally, the main reason for our eating at Kam’s Roast Singapore restaurant. The roast duck was quite fat but not overly so. It probably has a BMI of 30. Which meant that even the usually dry breast meat was still moist. The duck itself was very good.
Overall, we had mixed feelings about our lunch at Kam’s Roast Singapore. We were happy that we did not have to queue and the duck was pretty good. We can see why it won a Michelin Star. The goose that did not make it to Singapore must have tasted even better! But the part of us that looked forward to a Yung Kee in Singapore was disappointed to see that the menu was quite limited (for example, we miss the creamy yolk century eggs) and the noodles we tried that day was not what we had expected.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
Kam’s Roast Singapore
1-04/05/06/07 Pacific Plaza, 9 Scotts Road
Opening hours: 11am to 10pm (Monday to Friday)
10am to 10pm (weekends and public holidays)
Tel: 6836 7788