Kim Gary Hong Kong Kim Gary cafe was opened in 1992. From the traditional Chinese culture, taste a cup of tea, eat a ‘Pao’ to sipping cup of milk tea and eat a piece of French toast, Hong Kong Restaurant combine the essence of Chinese and Western food culture. To
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1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore 098585
2. 10 Tampines Central 1
#B1-07 Tampines 1
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Slightly better than XinWang
Upon entering Kim Gary, the only basis for comparison here is the other HK cafe I know of - which is XinWang. Both are HK cafes with similar pricings, but if given a choice, I'd choose Kim Gary and not XinWang.
The cream soup served with my baked rice tasted delicious and the milk tea was pretty rich as well. I thought the milk tea was better than XinWang's while my sister disagreed and said otherwise. (So, this is pretty up to you, the diner, to decide ^^)
The baked rice was generous in portion and hence worth the money. It is very filling and I was satisfied at the fact that one does not need to order much to feel full. In fact, my sister and I only ordered a set each, which was a set of baked rice, soup and milk tea. Will definitely come back again!
Just another Xin Wang HK Cafe
Well, the food is perhaps only a tiny bit better than Xin Wang's, but much less affordable. The fare is typical of Hong Kong cafes -- fried rice, noodles, pastas and baked rice, toasts, and some Western chow. There's not much to recommend but, to be safe, if you want a decent portion for what you're paying, get either baked rice or fried rice.
I have visited only the Tampines outlet and, each time I was there, the place was packed. I remembered how it was so hard to get the attention of the waiting staff. You probably had to break something or drop a cup if you wanted their immediate attention.
I think I'd choose Xin Wang over this place anytime.
The design of the restaurant is simple, modern. the staff here are attentive and extremely fast. that being said, if you are looking for immediate service that's a place for you but if you're looking at personalized and caring service, you might want to consider other restaurants. the place is packed with tables close together and the noise level is pretty high. it really reminds of the high density and fast-paced lifestyle that i experienced in Hong Kong.
they serve a rather wide variety of cuisines from western to chinese and of course, hong kong food. the chinese and western food are somewhat tweaked to fit the tastebuds of Asians. the beef steak hot plate was value for money costing at about $12 and the taste isnt compromised. i was looking forward to the fried rice but it was poorly done, it tasted bland and had little ingredients. the typhoon shelter was supposed to very spicy and a huge bowl of dark orange soup made it seem very spicy indeed. surprisingly, there was almost no spiciness at all. my favourite would be the baked rice. the standard baked rice is served in a dim sum-like steamer with pandan leaf giving it a good aroma and the metled cheese whets up my appetite. the twin sauce or curry baked rice is a more elaborate version which tasted pretty good too. especially the baked potatoes! do try their toasts and yin yang or milk tea which are hong kong specialities, a little overpriced but it's the same everywhere.
1-for-1 after 9pm
The only time I would patronize Kim Gary is for their 1-for-1 promotion after 9pm, available at the branch at Tampines One (not sure if they still have it now or if other branches has the same promotion).
What I do like about Kim Gary would be their extensive range of food options, often dragging past several menus, depending on the seasonal specialties. I recalled ordering their abalone (not sure if it's real) baked rice during one of their seasonal specials and it wasn't much to my liking though, despite being a lover for seafood. The abalone, probably after being baked for too long, tends to become hard and chewy. However, I find their food standard to be average and definitely nothing to be shouting about. I do enjoy their finger snacks variety, for they offer a mouthful yet not too sinful should I be dieting when craving for supper. While there used to be this long queue outside the branch that I patronize, the hype seemed to have died down and I can easily find a seat without having to wait.
Like most of the Hong Kong tea cafes, I rather disliked the ambiance in Kim Gary for it is often noisy, with diners trying to continue their conversation over the noise.
HK Kim Gary Cafe is just another Hong Kong cafe, along the likes of Xin Wang Cafe etc. I reckon it only has 1 branch in Vivocity compared to Xin Wang which has conquered many areas of Singapore. There is nothing special about this cafe that warrents a special trip down to try.
Firstly, the menu is very consuming. Upon being seated, we were given like 3 different menus, ranging from like season specials, to lunch specials to the main menu. We were supposed to fill up the order form according to the different menu categorie. I gave up halfway and just told the waiter my orders. I managed to try the dual baked rice (tomato and cream), nissin instant noodles, and the seaweed fries. The baked rice was quite thougtful with 2 flavours, the nissin instant noodles were bleah because it was really instant noodles with just the addition of egg and ham. The fries tasted like mcdonald shaker fries, nothing fantastic
Used to be better
Hong Kong Kim Gary Restaurant at vivacity used to attract a long queue of people especially during dinner times. A few year ago, when I first tried Hong Kong Kim Gary Restaurant, I enjoyed the food there. I remember ordering a set of baked rice that comes with a bowl of soup and a cup of drink. The price was reasonable too.
However, in recent times, I noticed that there wasn't any queue, or rather, the queue was nothing compared to the past. Indeed, when i tried the food at Hong Kong Kim Gary Restaurant, I was disappointed. The same baked rice set which I ordered wasn't as tasty as before. The rice was plain and dry. The cheese were a miserly amount. The chicken was hard and tasteless. Though the price of the set meal did not change, I felt that the standard of the food dropped greatly, thus, explaining the shorter queue outside. However, I have to say that they iced milk tea and iced yuan yang are still as yummy as before.
Nothing out of the ordinary.
I went to Kim Gary Restaurant with high expectations but sadly I was very disappointed. This restaurant is always crowded in the evenings and weekends and we have to wait for 10 minutes to get seated. The whole place smells of food but it is pleasantly fragrant. They also have this utensil box so that they save time on serving us with utensils and tissue paper. Ordering was made easy with the tick boxes and I must say that they are efficient in serving us our food as all our food came within minutes of each other.
We ordered the baked rice and nissin noodles. I must say that the food is very ordinary. I did not expect top notch food but I find that their food do not justify the price with their cheap ingredients and bland taste. Their set meals are more attractive and they have a wider range of food compared to other HK cafes so this is Kim Gary's selling point.
If you are not the fussy kind and would like to enjoy comfort food, this is the place for you.
just another "HK cafe" riding on the HK cafe trend.
Kim Gary is yet another HK cafe serving Hk style western cuisine. Ok, to put it bluntly, I dislike majority of what Hong Kong cafe has to offer besides their dimsums and papaya soup noodles. HK style western cuisine is something I don't really understand. By putting pasta with pork chop, that's HK style? My recommendation would be to not have these western style dishes here. I tried it once here and duly regretted it.
The pork chop was boney, and whatever little meat was present, was dry, thin and hard. Unappetizing. The pasta was to the soggy and overcooked side. The sauce made it worse. We Singaporeans usually call it "gelat". It means that the taste is too overwhelming to be eaten continually. The pork felt like it had been precooked and only reheated when an order comes in. This might explain the tough meat. I didn't like it at all. Some coffee shops western stalls have better pork chops at 1/2 or 1/3 the price of Kim Gary's.
Service was really bad. Like another reviewer has mentioned, they were rushing here and there. By rushing here and there, the ambience was totally ruined. I don't want to dine in a place where the waiters are rude, inefficient and rushing around unnecessarily. It wasn't even crowded. All in all, I didn't like this restaurant and if you're really looking for a HK Cafe place to dine at, I would recommend Xin Wang HK Cafe over Kim Gary.
HK style western food.
What attracted me to eat at ‘Kim Gary’ was the western-esque selection in the menu, much like Xin Wang. Hong Kong Kim Gary Restaurant has a variety of dishes, from baked rice to spaghetti to traditional Hong Kong specialties, so it is possible that you could be spoilt for choice here.
Ordered the cheese baked rice with sliced beef. The amount of melted cheese they put into the dish was really generous, but the beef, to me, felt a little undercooked. It was a challenge to bite and chew the meat, and that kind of made me want to put all the beef aside and just enjoy the cheese with some rice instead.
Am not sure if it had to do with the beef or something from the dish, but I felt extremely nauseated hours after my meal here. But that aside, I don’t mind returning to try other dishes like their twin sauce spaghetti, and maybe something off the western side as well. Definitely worth a try, but maybe you’d wanna avoid the beef dishes to prevent from disappointment…