Singapore loves chicken. We also love Rotisserie Chicken – from Kenny Roger’s, The Rotisserie to a lesser known Charly T’s. I have been to Charly T’s a few times, also because there is almost nothing decent to eat at The Cathay.
I have always thought that Charly T’s is a real person (like Mr Charlie Tan or something), but he is actually a representation of a globetrotter whose goal in life is to bring travel, food, jazz, life and more together to create exciting food journeys. That should be my life objective as well. Daniel A’s Rotisserie Chicken anybody?
There is no table menu so it can get a little confusing. But you are a first-timer, stick to the signature Quarter Chicken with 2 additions ($13 for original, $15 for seasonal recipe). If you can finish half, it will be $27 with 3 additions.
Charly T’s chickens are never frozen to keep their freshness. Their supplies come from our neighbours up north, and then marinated for over 13 hours before they are slow-cooked -rotisserie style.
I cannot help notice that my plate was almost ‘clean’ – meaning no extra oil flowing out from the sides. Just the chicken on a white plate. Some would like it because it is non-oily, some may think it is dry.
Comparatively, their chicken has a thin glistering crisp exterior, and the meat seem to be able to lock in some of its natural taste. You can probably eat it on its own without the seasonings.
In case you are a ‘dipper’ like me, there are 4 free flow sauces to choose from (yeah, not just chilli and ketchup!) with my favourite being the Kansas City BBQ Sauce which best complements the chicken. The creamy roasted sesame sauce feels that it is better paired with salad.
To complete the meal, you can choose from the “Mum’s kitchen‟ side dishes such as the German Potato Salad, Macaroni and Cheese, Fresh Vegetables and Butter Garlic Rice.
If you are used to the sides at Kenny Roger’s, Charly T’s additions may prove to be too plain and healthy-tasting (with its receipe from Rozanne Gold’s Eat Fresh Food) for you. While I am guilty of preferring a more fattening-tasting Mac-Cheese over at the competitor’s, Charly T’s Potato Salad has a pleasant rustic tasting home-cooked feel.
20 Handy Road, Level 1 NOMU Building, Singapore (Dhoby Gaut MRT) Tel: +65 6336 7789 (2nd Branch at 112 Katong)
Opening Hours: Mon–Wed: 11am – 11pm, Thu–Fri: 11am – 1am, Sat: 9am – 1am , Sun: 9am – 11pm