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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Kwan Imm Vegetarian Restaurant - Marine Parade

When I think of Kwan Imm Vegetarian, I think of one of the most well known budget eats in Singapore, which has been running successfully in Geylang for countless years now.  Second thing I think of is the auntie who founded Kwan Imm, and famously struck a million dollar lottery jackpot a few years back - And here was me thinking gambling was frowned upon in Buddhism.  Well, apparently she has injected that windfall into opening another Kwan Imm Vegetarian eatery, this one being a full fledged restaurant.

Kwan Imm Vegetarian Restaurant
Location: 336/338 Tanjong Katong Road
Contact: 63480019/63482770
Opening Hours: Daily: 11.00am-3.00pm & 6.00pm-10.00pm

This restaurant is very traditional, closely resembling eateries such as 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.
The menu is currently in its developmental stage, in fact the owner/staff was quite against me taking a photo of it.  The plan is to do an official launch around mid-December 2015, where the menu will be ironed out more.  Pricing wise this restaurant is considered on the high side.
First dish to the table was the 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
Next dish was the 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
The last dish was the 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.

Overall Rating
Food - 6/10
Ambiance- 6/10
Service - 5/10
Value - 5/10
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