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Kai Garden : You’ll be back for their buns

Fine Cantonese cuisine and creative dim sum are the highlights of this new restaurant


Treat yourself to a spread of Chef Fung’s authentic, mouthwatering dim sum.

The next time you visit the newly-revamped wing of Marina Square, don’t forget to try Kai Garden. Open since December last year, the restaurant, which specialises in fine Cantonese cuisine, has been seeing a steady crowd.

Comprising three sections — Dim Sum, Roasts and Main Kitchen, the 200-seater restaurant is spacious with a modern chinoiserie vibe.

Owner and executive chef Fung Chi Keung, who has a wealth of experience in Cantonese-style cuisine, has injected new life into traditional dim sum dishes. The result is an interesting and well-thought out menu.

Rich Cantonese Flavours

Double-bolied Lobster Soup with Dumpling

Savour every drop of the Double Boiled Lobster Soup — it will leave you wanting more.

We were treated to the Double Boiled Lobster Soup ($14.80), a comforting start to our meal. The soup, cooked by straining lobster flesh, imparted the rich essence of the meat to the broth. Nestled within the soup is a seafood dumpling, filled generously with delicacies such as fish maw and plump scallops.

Another favourite of mine had to be the Steamed Scallop Dumpling with Abalone ($9.80). Though simply executed, the freshness of the abalone and steamed scallops made each morsel of the dumpling delightful and luxurious.

Traditional Dim Sum with a Tantalising Twist


Tender and juicy on the inside, the Pan-Fried Charcoal Pork Bun should not be missed. 

Contrary to the name, the blackness of the Pan Fried Charcoal Pork Bun ($6.80) comes from squid ink. With each bite, the crisp exterior gave way to tender and juicy pork fillings. The flavour profile resembled a pork xiao long bao (steamed dumpling).

Another must-try is the Baked Crispy Mushroom Bun ($5.80). This unique bun features a buttery and crusty skin, with fragrant mushrooms and gooey cheese within —  a perfect blend of sweet and savoury.

Classic Hits Done Well

Signature Steamed Custard Bun

Kai Garden’s Signature Steamed Custard Bun was a palette pleaser.

As a fan of liu sha bao (salted egg yolk custard bun), I had high expectations of Kai Garden’s Signature Steamed Custard Bun ($5.80). Thankfully, it didn’t disappoint. The molten custard flowed like lava and struck a good balance between the sweetness of the custard and the richness of salted egg yolk.

In light of the thoughtful creations and impeccable service, I can definitely see myself returning to Kai Garden again.

By Natalie Kwan

Kai Garden, Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard, #03-128A/128B, Singapore 039594, Tel: 6250 4826

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