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The never ending queue of Kam’s Roast Goose

Have you heard about Kam’s Roast goose in Wanchai?

There’s a story of a family feud, arguments over intellectual property and a legal battle. Kam’s Roast Goose is the result of a split off.

This little restaurant in Wanchai that has seats that pack people in like sardines in a tin sees a never ending queue on weekends. Thinking of going at 2 or 3pm to skip the lunch crowd? Forget it, you’ll still be in the line for at least 30 minutes. Perhaps on a day of thunderstorms, that’ll be the time to go.

The location was expertly chosen. Facing the large, busy trunk of Hennessy road where traffic flow is a constant, The restaurant benefits from the wide sidewalk which allows people to queue 2-3 abreast and still provide space for pedestrians. The school occupying the adjacent plot completes the perfection of this lot as no other shops or restaurants complain about people blocking their frontage. The school entrance is on the other side and there isn’t any impedance to either party.

What about the food? I like everything but the goose. Somehow goose doesn’t really appeal to me… the meat is dark, on the dry side and in very small portions. I go for the siu yok, char siew and yao gai. Those dishes are excellent and you can takeaway at a very decent price.

When I went a few weekends ago to buy takeaway, I waited about 15 minutes (there were 3/4 people in the takeaway queue in front of me). A couple came along and asked the reception lady how long they would have to wait. “2 or 3 hours” she said without missing a beat. “Could be faster if people do drop out of the queue“.

If you can bear the wait and queue at the restaurant, bring a face mask because the fumes from the passing buses get really bad. It’s one of the worst stretches of bus fumes in Wan Chai.

Find your way to Kam’s Roast Goose.

Jacomax Pizzeria has a very cool interior. Star Wars fans alert!

It was Friday night and we didn’t want to head out for dinner. My in-laws were here and we couldn’t decide what to eat. No surprise when #1 jumped and whooped for joy when pizza was put forward as a suggestion. 

Pizza Express, unsurprisingly, was full. The table availability only started at 9pm. Perfect! A chance to try something new. 

I remember seeing this little pizza place with funky lettering called Jacomax on the junction of Hennessy and Luard, a very bold location. The exterior was sort of dark and it didn’t look that welcoming but I had a look at the menu when it first opened and it looked like a very traditional pizza parlour with all the conventions. 

So off we went to order pizza! 

The one man pizza factory
Pizza menu Drinks menu
The bar

Some photos of the quirky interior decor . 

Naked lady in recline and deer mount in rainbow technicolour
More seating areas behind
Painted horse or rainbow zebra? Note the craft beers available in the fridge below (unseen in photo)
Seating at front of house

Small person was mesmerised by this Star Wars infused painting. “What’s the stormtrooper doing?” This painting which looks rather grand scenic style was quite unexpected and a nice touch. I asked the lady waitress where they got it but all she knew was that her boss chose it. 

Can you spot the AT-AT walkers?

We left with 3 pizzas. A 13″ magherita for small person, a 13″ Hawaiian and tuna half half and a large 20″ pizza salami and mushroom half half. 

We lugged the boxes home and ate with so much relish that I forgot to take a photo of them. Well, my hands were full of pizza. 🙂

Click here for Jacomax branches, opening hours, telephone numbers and location. 

Breakfast at the Hoko Farm, Hennessy Road

If you’re a guest at the Ozo hotel or you need a place to have a meal or a drink off the tram line, Hoko Farm might meet your small snack needs. It’s basically a dressed up Hong Kong style Cha Chaan Teng

  
Bright interior decor with a fun feel makes this a good place to head to with kids. There’s a ramp access to the restaurant, you can wheel your stroller right in. 

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The restaurant is quite large, you can choose to sit on the left or the right of the entrance, the right has wall-bench sofa seating which works well for children and larger groups. 

  
The menu for breakfast is quite limited but the afternoon menus seem more extensive. I went for the featured breakfast set.

    
It reminded me of a McD’s breakfast… Pancakes which were slightly stodgy, a skinny sausage that was over condimented and undercooked, a twisted up omelette which looked appetising but had a tad too much water in it. (Ok, I am fussy about my breakfasts, I admit it.)

The pancakes are served with some syrup in a small pan handle bowl which is a nice touch. When I asked for butter, it came partially melted in a similar bowl which worked great for dipping the pancake pieces. I had to ask for the sausage to be re-cooked as it came positively pink inside when cut. The staff did replace the sausage and topped up my cup of hot lemon water.

It was a mediocre breakfast but the small person enjoyed it tremendously and pretty much polished everything off. I can’t really complain very much, the service was decent and the price was equivalent to what I would pay at any other HK style cafe.

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She also loved the mural. 

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Ok so here’s the menu in case you’re in the neighborhood and want to give this place a try. 

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Here’s where it is:

On the ground floor near Caffe Habitu and after the 759 snack store.