end of an era @ Kam's
- Cynsa May 14, 2007 08:50 AM
Remember those heaping plates and cheap prices? No more. The newly-remodeled Kam's on Balboa (next to the Balboa Theater) reopened on Sunday May 6 with a new sign and a brightly-blue-and-orange awning over the door.
I'm scratching it from the almond pressed duck/wor sieu opp source list; it tasted more like flavorless chicken without the richness of duck...
on the plus side, the shrimp in the overly-sweetly-sauced House Eggplant Special and in the Seafood Claypot were perfectly not-overcooked, remaining moist to the bite.
re: Problem Child
When you order the oyster sauce beef tongue again, I hope to read your post... I suspect that there have been changes in the kitchen - but I am unfamiliar with its history. Our total bill was $51 + tip for four dishes (we had no leftovers, construing that we ate everything because we were hungry, it was good to eat...or, portions were small...one or none of the above). I think that the almond pressed duck was $9.50 and the Seafood Clay pot was $12.50.
Menupix has the old prices: almond pressed duck is listed at $6.90 and Beef Tongue with Oyster sauce at $7.90. Prices have to increase with operating costs.
Probably haven't been there in about a year. If I recall correctly, the cost was slightly higher closer to $10 for the two dishes, but portions were huge and we would eat those for 3 meals. Maybe I should try and check it out once again.
Thanks for the heads up. Hopefully I'll get a chance to go back there soon.
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Sorry to hear. I've been going to Kam's for 25 years. My ABC wife wrinkles her nose at this place, but I would drive an hour for their Kam's Special Yee Won Ton Soup--a huge bowl of rich, dark broth, loaded with a heaping pile of pork, chicken, shrimp, and FRIED wontons, still crisp when that bowl hits the table, but starting to soak up that wonderful broth. I have never seen this dish anywhere else, and most places will refuse to fry the wontons for me, and sort of look at me like I'm crazy.
I remember when Kam's was on Geary, between 8th & 9th Avenues, probably 30 years ago. I used to live across the street. The "Kam's Special" plate was $1.69 and was more than enough food for my dinner.