Sunday, 12 May 2013

Kam Fung

After 5 + City Pig’s Summary


Average spend £15 per person (Three mains to share with rice, Chinese tea and service charge.)
Healthy scale 3/5
3.5/5 – Food
3/5 – Service
3/5 – Comfort of dining in
3.5/5 – Overall rating
27 Red Lion Street, London  WC1R 4PS. Nearest tube: Holborn
Opening times
Call:  020 7242 5821
Eat in/Takeaway:
Recommended dishes & drinks
Hot pot dishes on the Chinese menu.
Vegetarian dishes
Loyalty card
No website

A local small Chinese restaurant serving simple and large portion sized Cantonese dishes.

After 5 + City Pig’s analysis

Kam Fung is a small Chinese restaurant located in Holborn and is relatively unknown as it is located on a side street. However, those in the know will tell you how extremely large portions are served here.

I came here the other day as I felt like having some comfort food but nothing too greasy. Kam Fung is the place to come and it is a perfect spot if you are really hungry. Arriving here just the two of us, I knew we were going to have trouble completing all the dishes. We ordered three dishes being from the Chinese menu. A beef brisket hotpot with satay sauce, a seafood tofu dish and the classic stir fried garlic flavoured choi sum (Chinese vegetables).

The food came quick and the service was reasonable. I noticed that the dishes on the Chinese menu were quite expensive about £15 for the hot pots but given the size you could easily share between three to four people. If you chose to have a one meal dish per person this averages £7.

There isn’t much to say about the atmosphere, it is a typical small Chinese restaurant and don’t expect any ambience but a quick hearty meal.

Often associated with poor quality if you are given large portions, it is relatively good quality food. I didn’t get the greasy MSG feeling and I noticed how many vegetables were thrown in to supplement the dishes. There were tomatoes in the beef brisket which is not traditionally the case but tasted well with the satay sauce. Beef brisket hotpot dishes can tend to be very oily, I was satisfied that the right balance was achieved here.

I observed that most customers have to have a doggy bag to bring back the leftover food which is what happened with us.

The cooking cannot be compared to the likes of Royal China but it is the simple home-style cooking with large portions that has given Kam Fung the reputation it deserves.

There are no male waiters and this has been the case for many years and had always struck me as being very odd. Whatever the reasons, they obviously know what the secret recipe is since this place is still going strong after many years. 

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