Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Late Lunch at Charly T's @112 Katong, Media Invite

My friend Wendy got invited again to a food tasting session and I got to tag along to try out Charly T's new Weekend Free Flow Sliders & Beer promo at only $38+ (available on Sat/Sun 12-3pm). We will also be sampling Charly T's Original Recipe 'Best Chicken in the City', the well known signature dish served here.

We arrived at around 1pm on a Saturday afternoon, and was quickly seated and placed order for their featured dishes. The modern bistro-style restaurant has an open concept kitchen showcasing chefs hard at work churning out dishes for the diners.

The family friendly restaurant also has a kids corner to keep them entertained while the adults dine. 

We both ordered fruit juices from their CT's Odyssey juices selection. I had the Green Flash $7+, a concoction of green apple, orange and pineapple juices, delightfully refreshing.

My friend ordered the Red Tang $7+, this red color juice contains strawberry, cranberry and lychee, a sweet and charming drink. 

The food arrived pretty quickly, and the first dish served at our table was their signature 'Best Chicken in the City', a roasted chicken (half) served with two choices of sides (German Potato Salad, Macaroni & Cheese, Butter Garlic Rice and Steamed Fresh Vegetables). The 3 options available for this dish are:

- Quarter chicken with 2 sides at $14.50+
- Half chicken with 2 sides at $24.00+
- Whole chicken with 4 sides at $44.00+

Charly T’s Original Recipe, free-range chickens are marinated for over 13hrs before being slow-cooked rotisserie style to achieve its tender and juicy texture.

We were very impressed with the roast chicken, the meat was succulent and really tender, even the breast meat was moist and not dry and tough like regular roast chicken sold elsewhere. The sauces served with the chicken were pretty yummy too. Definitely recommended!

The half chicken was served with two sides, German Potato Salad and Macaroni & Cheese. The potato was well cooked till soft and topped with smokey bacon bits, making the otherwise bland tasting dish very enjoyable, I liked.

The Mac & Cheese on the other hand was not cheesy enough for us. While we understand that this dish uses a special recipe from the award-winning Chef Rozanne Gold, which is supposed to contain less cheese and includes fresh cauliflower as a healthier alternative, but the cauliflower taste was very faint and the dish tasted quite bland overall. This dish may appeal to those who are health conscious and appreciates lighter tasting wholesome food.

We were served one round of beer and mini burger sliders next. For the new promotion at Charly T's, diners are able to order unlimited bottled Budweiser beer and Mini Beef and Chicken Burgers served with fries ($38+ per pax).

We sampled one set of Beef & Chicken mini burgers first. The beef patty was well executed, juicy and tender and well marinated.

The chicken burger was more interesting, it contains 3 small slices of thin crispy Schnitzel-style Chicken. Schnitzel is German for a boneless meat, first thinned with a meat tenderizer, and then coated with flour, beaten eggs and bread crumbs, and finally deep-fried till crispy. It is a popular dish served at many German restaurants. The 3 pieces of schnitzel chicken stacked together created a thick yet crisply layered mouthfeel for the burger, we liked it very much and ordered a second serving of chicken burger sliders.

We were starting to feel quite full and decided to move on to desserts. After checking out the dessert menu, we picked out 3 desserts and requested the waiter to serve them in tasting portion (if possible) as we're not able to finish all 3 in full portion.

Molten Cake $10+, served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The cake is made of good quality dark chocolate which was very dense and flavorful and not too sweet, nice! Although the molten center wasn't very lava like, it still taste delicious with the creamy ice cream. I don't mind having this again.

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwich $8+, vanilla ice cream sandwiched in between two giant cookies. The giant cookie was quite hard initially but soften a little after soaking in the melting ice cream and turned out to be quite yummy to eat, not bad.

Kaiserchmarrn $16+, a traditional German dessert which is a light, caramelized pancake made from a sweet batter using flour, eggs, sugar, salt, and milk, and baked in butter. Raisins are traditionally added in the pancake mixture, and the dish is usually served hot, sprinkled with powdered sugar, together with apple or plum sauce or various fruit compotes. At Charly T's, this was served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

We were rather unsure when the waitress first recommended this dessert to us, but we're sold once we took our first bite. It was very tasty, the pancake was light and fluffy and not overly sweet but very filling. Luckily, they served us a reduced portion for this dish.

Out of the 3 desserts, only the Kaiserschmarrn pancakes are served in a smaller portion, we were filled to the brim at the end of the meal!

We had a very pleasant dining experience at Charly T's, both food and services exceeds our expectations. I would come back regularly if I stayed in the east. But for now, I highly recommend the easterners to go check it out!

Thank you Charly T's and FoodNews for the food tasting invite!

Charly T's Press Release

Celebrate National Day with Charly T's
Salute the nation's 49th Birthday with the newly-launched Charly T's Chicken Rice, our mouth-watering rendition of the local iconic dish featuring our signature free-range "Best Chicken in the City", served with authentic fragrant rice, mom's chicken soup and popular chicken rice condiments.

Available all-day at both Charly T's 112 Katong and PasarBella from now till 31 August at $9.90 per portion.

Charly T's National Day Photo Contest
Express your love for Singapore this National Day by taking part in the Charly T's National Day Photo Contest and stand to win $500 cash and $200 worth of dining vouchers! To participate, simply post a photo of one's heartfelt wishes and share the contest to rally votes from your friends.

Click here to find out more:

Other promos that caught our eyes at the restaurant entrance...

Charly T's @112 Katong
112 East Coast Road, #03-15 112 Katong, S428802
Tel: (65) 6636 4701

Opening hours:
Mondays - Fridays: 11am to 10pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 9am to 10pm

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