6842 7759
This is quite a unique eatery, offering Cantonese Roast meats which are prepared using a special blend of Asian and Western techniques, and zhi char items in a restaurant of industrial hipster décor. continue reading
Opening Hours
11:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
Tue - Sun
11:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
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Signature Dishes
Roast Pork Roast Pork Belly Roast Duck
Review (2)
We were having lunch at Char's "new" location after several moves from Geylang to Guillemard Road to the current (and hopefully) permanent location @ Jalan Besar. The Place Located just a few doors down from my favourite, now defunct burger spot, Suprette, Char's interior sports an industrial vibe with exposed halogen bulbs and cement screed floors and walls, Char's premises is reminiscent more of a pub or one of those hipster cafes/coffee houses that are sprouting up rapidly across Singapore. Decor aside, we had to wait for a few minutes to catch the attention of a seemingly clueless wait staff to confirm our reservation. Questions about the menu were also met with a blank stare. Dou Miao Dry Scallops The obligatory vegetable dish and a pretty decent one at that. The crunchy dou miao was partially immersed in a not overly thick but flavourful gravy with generous amounts of dried scallop shreds. Simple but delicious and best eaten with rice. Butter Chicken Thin strips of tender chicken cooked with curry leaves, evaporated milk and topped with fried garlic and sliced almonds; I liked the creaminess and sweetness of the whole dish. And the curry leaves gave it a nice curry tinge and aroma. Kinda reminded me a little of the Butter Pork Ribs dish from Two Chefs sans the "milk powder" dusting. Quarter Roast Duck The quarter duck was probably more suited for 2 pax than 4 but nonetheless, I liked the crisp skin and tender meat that didn't come across as too gamey. Very competent dish and one of the better ones I've had so far. Double Roast We chose Char's famous BBQ and roasted pork for our 双拼. The BBQ pork had quite a distinct porkiness that seemed to cut through the sweetness of the mildly sticky sauce, probably due to the high fat to meat ratio. The slightly leaner slices tasted better in my humble opinion (I had the same conclusion after having lunch at Char again recently). The roast pork was a little inconsistent with the second row of pork sporting a crisper skin than the first row. But both rows bosted tender meat with a finishing tinge of spice (not too sure what spice though). Pretty good overall but not quite a fan of the above mentioned spice. Yong Chow Fried Rice First looks, the fried rice looked a little anemic and unappetising at best. However it turned out decent with a mild wok hei and reasonable servings of pork, egg, shrimps, mushrooms and greens. It would have been better if the rice had an even distribution of egg. Bill At just over the century mark for a 4 pax lunch, it is honestly quite reasonable, given the quality of food. Of course quantity can always be improved but I think priority on the fix list has to be the service. On my return visit, the staff couldn't decide if the place was fully booked and made us wait at the door for ~10 minutes while she went off to chat with her colleague. When pressed, she offered us a smaller table but didn't offer us additional chairs. The food might be good but if service is going to continue this way, I'll gladly take my money elsewhere!Final Verdict:Ambience: 6/10Service: 4/10Food: 7/10Value for money: 7/10Overall: 6/10Address: 363 Jalan BesarContact: 6842 7759Opening Hours:11:30 AM - 2:30 PM (Last order at 2pm)6:00 PM - 10:00 PM (Last order at 9.30pm)Closed on MONDAYWebsite: http://char.eleospages.com/ continue reading
(The above review is the personal opinion of a user which does not represent OpenRice's point of view.)
Level3 2016-08-12
Founded by Anthony and Alvin, these two brothers came from UK to Singapore, aimed to change our views of cantonese roast meats, the western way.This highly-raved roast meat galore place moved down from Guillemard to this current 4-storey shophouse at Jalan Besar. New location was still as bad as previous because parking was a problem and mrt wasn't near. A dinner gathering with 3 other lady friends but got all of us exhausted just to get to this place, so inconvenient. Interior of grey walls and heavy metal chairs, the ambience was more like a cafe bistro.Finally after we settled down, we "chop chop" ordered our food to cure the grumbling tummies. Our first dish was the signature char siew meat that every surrounding tables also had. Signature Char Siew $24.00 ($6.00 per 100gm, min. order of 300gm is required)- Tender meat texture with sufficient fats, these glossy OVERLY SWEET honey char siew lacked CHAR! High expectations of a more roasted version but now they were just expensive braised "Lor Bak" (pork belly) to me, nicely marinated though! The chilli oil complemented really well with the meat. 👍🏼👍🏼 Salted Egg Yolk Pork Ribs $14.00- Boneless pork cubes were deep fried in batter and the end product looked like "popcorns" instead of the usual ribs. Meat texture was firm but not dry. The lacking part was the salted egg yolk taste as it was almost non-existence. They should name this dish "buttered pork cubes" instead. 👍🏼 Prawn Paste Chicken Wings $12.00 (4 wholes)- A commonly ordered dish at any cze char stalls, this was one of the best snack choice to go down with BEER! Lightly battered and marinated with chef's special herb recipe, they were quite yummy. A pity the deep frying dried out some parts of the wings, otherwise they would be perfect. 👍🏼👍🏼 Hobgoblin GOLD draft Beer $8.00- A combi of 4 hops, with infused wheat and malted barley, this golden drink of 4.5% abv, definitely gave us the punch! 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 Spicy 4 Seasons Beans $10.00- French beans, one of my favourite vegetable choice always, I ordered it without any further hesitation. The French beans were still crunchy when served, which is good, but was overpowered by the five spiced powder added in the frying. The dried chilies did not contribute to any of the spiciness too (another white elephant) and I wondered why was this dish even classified as "spicy"?!!! Spicy level was 0... 👍🏼** Business was really good as whole place was packed on a Friday night. But this first experience for me at CHAR, might be the last too. Food wasn't as impressive although this place was highly raved and staff wasn't attentive too. We had to remind the multiple staff on duty at least 3 times to get one request done. Hearing the dragging of heavy metal chairs throughout the whole 2 hours was very irritating too! As for food, I'm not sure if it's still the two owners manning the kitchen but I felt chinese cuisines should have its certain % of style kept, not all products suited the fusion way.**Read full reviews and more food photos at http://jellylovesfood.blogspot.sg📍 CH叉R Restaurant363 Jalan BesarSingapore 208994Tel: 6842 7759Tues to Sun 11.30am - 2pm, 6pm - 10pm(Monday closed)*Reservations recommendedMy jelly ratings: 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 Yummy👍🏼👍🏼 Not too bad👍🏼 Needs improvement👎🏼 I won't take a 2nd bite/look continue reading
(The above review is the personal opinion of a user which does not represent OpenRice's point of view.)