Hong Kong Kim Gary Restaurant
1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore 098585
2. 10 Tampines Central 1
#B1-07 Tampines 1
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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…