Food Feature: Char

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Char was previously located at Guillemard Road, but now the restaurant is located at 363 Jalan Besar. My friends told me that we were going to a spot famous for Cantonese style roast meats, so when I saw the layout of the restaurant, I was taken by surprise.

The interior of the restaurant is reminiscent of cafes we see a lot of these days – industrial chic. Char occupies two storeys, so there were plenty of seats. However, it was still fully packed at dinner time! So if you’d like to check out this place, I recommend that you make reservations prior to your visit.


We tried a couple of items of food items on their menu, such as the fried rice, salted egg vegetables and roasted duck. All of which tasted good, though some more memorable than others.

Overall, I enjoyed the whole dining experience! The place left an impression on me, so I went to find out more. Char was opened by two brothers, Anthony and Alvin, who aimed to change the Cantonese Roast meat scene in Singapore. They tapped on Alvin’s cooking experiences in Birmingham – a mix of Asian and various Western techniques that resulted in the unique taste of their dishes. It’s interesting to note how they also brought in ales and ciders to serve in the restaurant.

With the increasing number of hipster cafes and restaurants, it’s nice to see people putting in efforts to preserve our traditional food items by adding a fresh take to the whole dining experience. Do check out this place if you’re looking for a spot to bring your family, significant other or friends to dine at and let me know how it went for you!

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