Kwan Imm Vegetarian Restaurant
Location: 336/338 Tanjong Katong Road
Opening Hours: Daily: 11.00am-3.00pm & 6.00pm-10.00pm
Miao Yi, Xin Man Yuan and Grace's Court. The traditional Chinese restaurant in Singapore are mostly always a disappointment to me. Unlike Hong Kong, the food in these traditional eateries tend to be very underwhelming (in my opinion), and are basically just hawker tze char dishes plated more nicely. There are some rare exceptions, but most tend to follow this theme. Of course, traditional Chinese eateries will hit you with a lot of additional charges - Pickle charge, tissue charge, snack charge, service charge, GST, going to the toilet charge, sitting down charge etc. For a typical meal in these restaurants, put aside $10-15 for additional charges.
Beancurd with Mushroom. After consulting with the waitress, they highly recommended we order this tofu dish, so I couldn't resist ordering. The beancurd in the center of the plate was apparently made by themselves, but I wasn't too impressed with it quite frankly. It just tasted like mashed up tofu, and had very little flavour. The sauce was very typical, satisfying enough, but nothing special.
Price: $10.00. 6/10
Broccili with Arctic Lappa. Before you wonder what artic lappa is, let me explain - Artic lappa is another name for a variety of burdock, which in this preparation has had the skin peeled and then ultimately fried with the rest of the ingredients. The sauce for this dish was very similar (if not identical) to the previous beancurd dish, so my thoughts on this sauce was the same as the aforementioned. The ingredients were cooked well, but it was a pretty flat lifeless dish overall.
Price: $15.00. 6/10
Stir Fried Vermicelli. Overall this was the most impressive dish of the evening. The noodles were cooked very well and had excellent flavour. This dish had seemingly every mock meat ever created tangled inside, so if you're not someone who enjoys mock meat, then this is a dish you will want to avoid.
Price: $8.00. 7/10
Conclusion - I have a very neutral feeling about this new restaurant. Like all traditional Chinese restaurants in Singapore, they seem to be selling the same food, cooked the same way, with the same ambiance, for the same price. I admire the ambition of the Kwan Imm owner to open something different, compared to her coffee shop - Having said that, it doesn't appeal to me, and I won't likely be a regular visitor.
Food - 6/10
Service - 5/10
Value - 5/10