The Place Located conveniently beside the Cathay, Charly T’s is a casual family restaurant which prides itself as serving quality food at value for money prices. We finally had the chance to visit the restaurant here at Dhoby Ghaut after trying some of the food briefly at PasarBella some time back. There is a big digital display of the menu at the order counter, where we place our orders and wait for our food to be served. One big plus point is that there is no service charge here at Charly T’s.
The Food The menu is mainly focused on western fare, such as roasted chicken, beef burger, chicken cutlet and pork. There is almost every kind of meat for everyone, so it is pretty good choice and variety of options for every diner. The interesting fact sheet is that every dish is a footprint of Charly T’s travel adventure, which kinda documents the cuisine and food prints from all around the world. I was fascinated by the diversity of the creation of each dish to different parts of the world.
We started off with the refreshing CT’s Odysseys ($7+): Green Flash (Green apple, orange, pineapple), CA Breezing (Carrot, green apple, celery, watermelon), CT’s Cool Aid (Barley, pear, lemonade) and Red Tang (Strawberry, cranberry, lychee). Each drink is freshly made and it really depends on your preference. I went for the Red Tang, which I find really refreshing and fresh, especially the taste of the strawberry.
Next up was the Mum’s Chicken Soup ($8+), which has a very homely taste. The soup is appetising and easy on the palate.
The roasted Chicken is the star dish here, where we tried the Charly T’s Original Recipe Rotisserie Chicken (Quarter chicken with 2 additions at $14.50+, half chicken with 2 additions at $24+, whole chicken with 4 additions at $44+) and the Charly T’s Kampong Rotisserie Chicken (Quarter chicken with 2 additions at $15.50+, half chicken with 2 additions at $26+, whole chicken with 4 additions at $50+). I like the fact that the chicken is roasted over a long period of time up to thirteen hours, and that the restaurants uses free range chicken, which makes it an even healthier option.
The chicken is really tender and it does not feel very oily surprisingly. What is even better is that we can select from different types of sauces to go with the chicken, such as the ‘Homemade’ Chermoula Sauce, Creamy Roasted Sesame Sauce, Kansas City BBQ Sauce and Charly T’s Original Sauce (in spicy or hot). The sauces are unlimited in serving and without extra charge. My favourite is the ‘Homemade’ Chermoula Sauce as the taste is very unique. It is slightly sweet and yet it blends well with the roast chicken. The Kampong chicken is available on a seasonal basis.
We can select additions (sides) with each order of the chicken, such as the Steamed Fresh Vegetables, Butter Garlic Rice, German Potato Salad and the Macaronic and Cheese. I must say that there is a good variety here to compliment the roast chicken. Special mention goes to the the Macaroni and Cheese, which uses a recipe from award-winning Chef Rozanne Gold’s “Eat Fresh Food” cookbook – it contains less cheese and includes fresh cauliflower. Indeed, I find it not too cheesy and tasted just right, which makes the dish less “Jelat” (singlish for over-bearing).
For all burger lovers, I would recommend the Sloppy Joe ($10.50+), which is American inspired, with minced beef meat topped with cheese. The burger bun is really soft and tasty, and unlike other burgers, it is easy to slice and eat instead of making a big mess. It also comes with Nacho Chips instead of the usual fries.
The Kalua Pork ($20+) comes with steamed vegetable, which is a relatively small serving. I do not exactly like this dish as I find it too fatty. Despite so, the pork is very tender.
If the roast chicken is not enough to satisfy your chicken craving, the Chicken Schnitzel ($15.50+) is another alternative. This is fried chicken breast meat, which I find it a little too dry as compared to the roasted chicken.
We were already quite full after trying so much dishes, but what is a good meal without having some desserts?
For desserts, a good choice is the CT’s Original Filled Waffles with Fig & Date ($10+) with Cookies ‘N Cream Ice Cream (additional $5+). The waffle is freshly made and it is really fresh and aromatic. Topping up the waffle with ice-cream is highly recommended, all the better if is shared among a group of people.
Another unique dessert is the Kaiserschmarrn ($16+), which is basically caramelized pancakes with raisins and powdered sugar, served with a Vanilla ice-cream. The pancakes are really fluffy and soft, which blends well with the ice-cream as well.
Rants Some of the dishes can be improved such as the Chicken Schnitzel. The menu can also be improved by displaying pictures of the main dishes at least so that customers will know what to expect.
Will I Return Again? There is a lack of quality casual restaurants in town and Charly T’s is definitely one food alternative to have a relaxed and chill-lax meal. The prices are affordable for the quality of the food and for that, it is justifiable to return again.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
200 Turf Club Road
Tel: +65 6467 9307
112 East Coast Road
#03-15 Singapore 428802
Tel: +65 6636 4701
Reserve your tables at Charly T’s branch at I12 Katong at Chope.co !