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Kam's Place

1043 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC V6E1M5
Tel: (604) 669-3389
Neighbourhood: West End

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Solid all around
By applepie of Burnaby (129 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 21, 2008 - 4:25pm [Dine in]

I have been to Kam's a few times because it is conveniently located for me. The food is not bad, but not wonderful either - and I have tried a number of different dishes here. Their lunch menu has some good selections. Service is prompt and pleasant. As long as it does not move away, I think I will be back once in a while.

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Dirty dish water served as ice water
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 26, 2005 - 11:14pm [Dine in]

Never going back. Unsanitary. And I actually doubted my friend when he said his glass of water was yellowish, different from the rest of ours, and had an odd taste.... I said it might be the lighting... Until I took a sip of the garbage myself. It's )@!(# dirty dish water! How the heck do you end up scooping some of that up for someone? Or was it grabbed straight out of the dirty dish bin? Out of tap water? Give me a break! The rest of the food, if you don't experience food poisoning first, is mediocre to bland. I only went there twice because it used to be a favourite of my brother's, I don't know why. I never liked it. Glad to see that they were listed in the Province on year as part of the ones that failed inspection and was indeed closed for a while for a cleanup. Forced into closing and cleaning up otherwise, stay closed down forever. I wish they had opted for the latter.

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nervous laughter
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 11, 2008 - 4:07pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I went to Kam's to find out what all the buzz was about. It was not the best meal ever. We arrived at the place and some guy who seemed to be in charge (I assume it was Kam) told us "Five minutes, okay?". Then he laughed nervously. It was an inauspicious start to the meal. 20 minutes later we were still waiting. Okay I thought, it's busy. During the wait several other potential diners also got the 5-minute speech. While I was sitting around I had time to notice that the place was a bit shabby and needed a cleaning.

Finally we sat down, and ordered a lettuce wrap and a pork curry with steamed rice. I also tried the coconut lichee drink. I kept hearing Kam's maniacal cackling during the meal. This was very unsettling. The food itself was a mixed bag. the coconut drink was nice, and lettuce wrap was okay too, but the curry was a tasteless and watery train wreck. We didn't finish it.

Was it a good meal? Not really. With so many choices I won't be back. Maybe Kam knows how awful it is and that explains his nervousness...

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Disappointing
By bozlee of Tsawwassen (102 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 10, 2007 - 11:48pm [Dine in]

Went for lunch this week having not been to Kams for a while. The price is right but the food has gone downhill and the servers could show some enthusiasm. The green bean chicken entree was pasable but it was too dry...needed a sauce and was warm when it arrived. Kam has been in the business too long to become complacent....there are too many new places on Davie Street and I won't be back until they get better.

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Decent but NOT authentic
By sgtoca of Kitsilano, Vancouver (103 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 8:33pm [Dine in]

If you've actually had real Singapore or Malaysian food, you will know that nothing at Kam's is authentic. Its your basic Chinese restaurant that has a few good dishes. I don't mind the place but just wish they don't pride themselves as a Singapore restaurant coz that's a farce.

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Alright I guess
By A Fatty of North Burnaby, BC (75 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 26, 2010 - 2:34am [Dine in]

The food here is alright, it tastes pretty good. But for it's price, it is not worth it. This place is only worth if you can find a buy one get one free coupon (a long time ago in the Geogia Strait, not sure if they still have it now). And yes, they were voted the best Thai food in some years I believe. However, I wouldn't go back until I find that coupon.

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Ok
By Rayzach of West End, Vancouver (57 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2008 - 6:53pm [Dine in]

Having read the reviews we decided to check out Kam's as we have visited Singapore many times and love the food. Ordered the goong pad, green curry with veggies and a few other dishes and they were just ok. The service was friendly and Kam was pleasant to us and the other patrons.

Maybe they were just having a bad day or something as we left satisfied but unimpressed...

Perhaps would be considered "earth-shattering" and special if you have never left Vancouver and don't really know what great, authentic Singaporean tastes like...

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Always Good & Great Service !!!!
By diner40 of Vancouver (95 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - 5:20pm [Dine in]

I just don't get it. I have been to Kam's on several occasions and have never had a bad experience. In fact, I find Kam to be one of the most gracious and generous owner/operators of a restaurant that I have been to. He always seems to be cheery and in a good mood, greeting customers, joking and having fun.
I was just at Kam's on Monday night and once again had a great dinner. The portions are huge and although not upper end cuisine
very tasty. My dining partner and I enjoyed the lettuce wraps, a generous portion of curried chicken with lot's and I mean lot's of chicken, no holding back here. We also orderd two Singhia Beer and an order of coconut rice and plain rice, all of that for a mear $38.00, heck there was enough left over to give to some street people afterwards.
At the end of the meal Kam came up to us and said hold on I will bring you dessert, of course we were too stuffed to even think about dessert. What he brought were a couple of shots of Orange liqueur, on the house and this isn't the first time he has done this. Maybe some reviewers are overly critical, petty or very demanding or a combination of all of those things.
I can honestly say that Kam's is a great place to eat.

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Another Davie Institution
By frederation105 of Yaletown (11 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 4, 2009 - 3:00pm [Dine in]

A great place for a fill up. Not unlike Stephos, another Davie Street institution that offers moderate quality food at affordable prices and high volume. Service is excellent. This was our first visit here and the server was quite helpful in suggesting good choices with a smile. If you find yourself very hungry with little time this is a good choice. Ambiance was nothing great, but clean and offering a good view of the Davie Street.

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Kam's= nausea, diarrhea
By jmschstn of Vancouver, BC, Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 9:53pm [Dine in]

Service was good, the food was nasty. Pad thai was made with ketchup....I think. The food wasn't fresh, it was like they went and got presidents choice frozen food and just reheated. I had heard that the quality of food left with the old management, now I know for real. That is all.

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Kam is gone, the Place is his in name only
By botsauce of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, July 26, 2010 - 5:09pm [Dine in]

I went to one of my all time favourite restaurants last night and found myself in a bit of a Twilight Zone. Where was our favourite bubbly always laughing and cheerful singaporean-cuisine-slinging Kam? Who were these new waitresses? Why were they so glum? Who was that man in the cash area? Something was definitely up.

Then came the food. The pineapple fried rice was dry, the curries less creamy, the chicken more processed and not cut as nicely. On the whole, the food was quite a disappointment from the usual to which I had grown accustomed. I even passed on dessert because I didn't want another disappointment. It's possibly still a good value. I haven't reconciled that one in my mind yet.

Anyway, it's obvious the place has changed hands. Goodwill can only go so far. If you start messing with recipes and your staff can't keep up the positive vibe that the place had previous, then people will stop coming. And that goodwill the new owners paid for will have dried up like the crummy fried rice I had last night.

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Love it!
By carrie Close of Vancouver (Hastings-Sunrise) (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 5:44pm [Dine in]

First of all, Kam the owner is so nice and welcoming. The food is well made they have large portions. You can always find a 2 for 1 coupon in the Georgia Straight. I feel it's the best singaporean restaurant in Vancoouver. I love this restaurant and will go back again and again.

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Delicious
By LauraVan of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 2:39pm [Dine in]

I went to Kam's on September 26th for dinner with 2 friends visiting from England. They are only here for 8 days but loved this place so much they are itching to go back. The food was wonderful and the service very friendly.

We ordered the Ginger Beef which was amazing. We are going back tomorrow and ordering that again. We also ordered the Pad Thai and Green Chicken Curry. Everything was amazing, but order the Ginger Beef!!!!!

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Friendly, good food
By shao100 of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 13, 2009 - 7:24pm [Dine in]

We've been going to Kam's Place for a couple of years regularly, and it never fails to please. Dishes are tasty and very generous in their portions. Lots to take home! The level of spice varies a lot, and the server was helpful in pointing this out to us. The owner even gave us a set of ceramic bowls for our new baby, which was unexpected since we don't know him at all! Recommended.

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In toady's world outstanding value
By Segismundo of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 7, 2009 - 11:18pm [Dine in]

We dine at KAM'S at least once a week and this for more than 5 years already. When reading many of the reviews here I can't even believe that people went to the same restaurant. Mr. Kam's is certainly an expert in the hospitality industry. Prices are rising every month and he still puts so much food on your plate that most patrons can't even finish it. His lunch specials are so cheap one who is familiar with food process must certainly raise the question 'how can he do it?"

His employees are the most friendly and kind individuals you can imagine. It is absolutely wrong to call Mr. Kam's unique personalty "pathetic" or to call him other names. That's the way he is, that's what made him famous and that's the Mr. Kam's hundreds of guests like.

Kam's food is not 5 Star, however is tasty. We I have never experienced watered down peanut butter sauce or ketchup sauce like other guys described it here. For some people to consider: Once you picked a table and the first orders are served the number of your table is assigned to your orders. Cancelling this during rush time requires some work. Deleting all orders and entering them again with a new table number / code.

Kam's place delivers in today's world an outstanding value. And just to be clear: No, I don't have any shares in this company. I just think people should be honest, since the service is friendly and the restaurant is clean. Have you ever seen another restaurant with so many beautiful orchids and fresh flowers on almost each table?

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A taste of South East Asia
By Menuplease of north vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 14, 2008 - 9:24pm [Dine in]

Loved It!!
A long walk up Davie from English Bay worked up my appetite. Thank heavens for Kam's! Cheap and reasonable food, and even though there was a line up, we got a table pretty quickly. Food was fast and fresh, and tasted just like a trip to South East Asia! I'll be back asap! I found out later from friends that there is a coupon in the Georgia Straight.
Thanks Kam!

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Ready To Be Treated Like a Cockroach?
By bonniefood of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 3:59pm [Dine in]

We've been to this place a couple of times now, the second to give it another chance. Both occasions were fraught with disappointment: poor service, uninspired cuisine, and a loud-mouthed and rude owner whom, on our second visit, I would have raised my voice to had he not been so comically pathetic. We asked, well before we ordered, if we could change tables, as a more comfortable one had become available. The sneering and sarcastic man, later identified as the owner, gave us a song and dance about how the move would confuse his system, and told us we would have to stay where we were. I beg your pardon? Are you trying to alienate customers? He returned several times during our meal to ask if we were nearly finished as others wanted to dine, this despite the fact that their were many other tables available. I'd like to know what the hell his system is! In terms of the food, our second visit confirmed our first impression: the food isn't worth the trip. The rubbery Pad Thai was dripping with ketchup-like sauce and our vegetable dish was overcooked and soggy, though we requested the cook go easy on the sauce. I suspect that without their coupons the place would be out of business. If you want to dine here be prepared to be disappointed. If you enjoy poor to mediocre food and being treated as if you were a cockroach in the Queen's kitchen, this may be the place for you.

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Needs a change in management
By VanEats2k6 of Downtown, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, September 24, 2006 - 1:11pm [Dine in]

Extremely unfriendly management / owner. If you use a coupon they will snob you. If you complain about food, they will snob you. If you only drink water, they will snob you. Been there on two occasions, as I thought they may be having a bad day, however, that was not the case. The waitresses do not smile or repeat your order, they don’t say thank you, the service is awful.

The décor is not that bad though, the food is Ok, but it is the people that make this place awful.

Also, be aware they were closed down a few years back by the health department.

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Restaurant Owner Puts a Damper on Meal
By bradzembic of vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 23, 2006 - 2:58pm [Dine in]

Decent food; friendly server who always knows our order; its's the owner that needs to be avoided. I once brought his attention to an unsanitary practice of one of his staff and he's snubbed me ever since. Never a hello; never a thanks, come back again. If it wasn't that we're spending $10 on an at-least-tasty meal for two from coupons and have a good sense of humour, I'd give my coin to someone who isn't such a prima donna and who actually cares about someone other than himself. No wonder he's got the reputation he has.

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Do you people know what you are eating?
By humblechef of West End (9 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - 3:46pm [Dine in]

After many years of hearing how fabulous Kam's was, I ventured there for dinner. The menu sounded great, the place smelled great but the food was bland and boring. The only way to get any flavour was to dump on the soy sauce and hot sauce, and those where the hot spicy dishes.

I have been a chef for over 20 years and one of the first things you learn is to be consistant when preparing food. I try to give the benefit of a doubt so I tried Kam's once more, they are consistent, consistently bland and boring.

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