Established since 1970s, Kay Lee Roast Meat was looking for a buyer for their recipes at $3.5 million some time back. A major company has acquired Kay Lee, and set up 4 branches now.
Since the acquisition, the direction of Kay Lee has changed. No longer a kopitiam style. The new company seems to remodel Kay Lee after Crystal Jade. There is wine on the menu, along with finger food. And there is a whole lot of other food.
I don’t think this concept works because the other dishes aren’t good. The wanton noodles, the popcorn chicken with wasabi dip, and the salted veg soup are just so.
Luckily, the standard of the roast meats is similar to the last time we visited the kopitiam. The char siew is definitely the showpiece, very fat, very char, and very sweet; if you like heavily flavored greasy food, you’ve found your soulmate. The duck is dry, and the crackling of sio bak is too hard.
The service was fantastic, probably because there were only 3 tables around. But the restaurant concept isn’t working for Kay Lee, because people only want to eat the roast meats. The company should have set up stalls in food courts.
Kay Lee Roast Meat
3 Temasek Boulevard, #02-609, Singapore 038983
T: +65 6594 2202
Weekday 11am-3pm, 5pm-10pm, Weekends & PH 11am-10pm
Written by A. Nathanael Ho.