Check out that glistening piece of fatty Char Siew covered with saucy marinate, that literally melts in your mouth.

Char Restaurant known for their Roast Pork, Roast Pork Belly and Roast Duck has moved from Guillemard Road to Jalan Besar (a few shops away from Ponggol Nasi Lemak, right opposite Kok Kee Wanton Noodles).

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.

Its new location at 363 Jalan Besar, is a four storey conservation building owned by the Lee Clan Association.

The ground floor consists of a combination of round and square tables for families and small groups; while upstairs incorporates a full bar with a range of craft beers.

Char’s Special Char Siew ($7 per 100g, min order 300g) arrived looking artery-clogging, every piece gleaming with grease as the light shone upon. Orh-lu-lu and pui-pui, which means black and fatty.

Heck it, just eat!

As I stuffed a piece into my mouth, that sticky salty-sweet sauce (somewhat like hoisin) stuck to the tongue like a 3M post-it pad, then followed by feeling the tender yet oily piece disintegrate in the mouth… Ho-Sek!

It achieved what it was set up to do. It was delicious.

But after three to four pieces, it did get moderately cloying, and I was eyeing at my expanding waistline with guilt thoughts.

The Crispy Pork Belly ($7 per 100g, min order 300g) had a medium-thick crackling, was decent in texture, overall above the average, but not earth-shattering good.

Between the Shredded Duck Noodle Soup ($10) and Beef Hor Fun ($12), I would say go for the former.

The soup had a light yet flavourful broth which complemented well with both the vermicelli and shredded roasted duck; while the stir-fried hor fun was too oily and lacked strong wok-hei.

Since Salted-Egg-anything is in the rage now… The Salted Egg Pork ($14) consisting of boneless rib meat deep fried, then stir fried in salted egg sauce, chilli and curry leaves were a worthy-try, more for the tenderness of the meat though.

If the sauce had been more creamy, it would have been two thumbs up.

Char Restaurant is likely to appeal to the younger demographics craving for appetizing zhi char fare and roast in a comfortable, air-conditioned setting. This new location, should pack in the crowds.

Char Restaurant
363 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208994
Tel: +65 6842 7759
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 6pm – 9:30pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon

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  1. Unique means the only one. There is no such phrase as quite unique or fairly unique. It is just poor understanding of the English language. This type of elementary linguistic blunder diminishes what may have been a useful critique.


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