Monday, February 04, 2008

Charco's The Flaming Chicken, Ang Mo Kio Ave 5


There's a new western food place down at Ang Mo Kio (Blk 608, Ang Mo Kio Ave 5) run by an Australian guy where Botak Jones used to be and it seems to be a place for roasted chicken, chicken burgers, ribs, kebabs and salad. The place reminded me of the food at Nando's and Kenny Rogers, Coffeeshop styled of course. The stall looked to be still at the early stages of getting used to the business with spotty service, wrong orders and a noticeable wait time for the food to arrive. I ordered a quarter Hawaiian chicken ($6.50) since this was basically a roasted chicken joint and this was the first visit. For a dollar top up, one can get a Portugese chicken instead of the regular Charco's chicken. The difference with the Portuguese chicken was that it's spicy while the latter is wasn't. So that's a Hawaiian Portuguese chicken?! The chicken, to it's Hawaiian namesake came with two slices of pineapple fritters which were not too bad when you ate them hot. The meat was a little dry and didn't taste like it was different from other roasted chicken. It was just regular roasted chicken and the spices on the Portuguese bird weren't really special. What was notable though were their tangy, smoky and spicy bbq sauce on the side. This sauce was so smoky, it tasted almost carcinogenic. Seriously, but it was pretty good as well.

10 comments:

kevo10 said...

I have tried Charco's I think its the best food I have eaten in a very long time. The variety and the presentation is great!!! This is something that Singapore has needed in a very long time. I'm sick of the boring food we have now, Charco's is a lifesaver!! God Bless Charco's!!!

ladyironchef said...

hahaha! another ang moh selling western food in coffee shops, how many of such kinds are on our shores already. lol

Anonymous said...

I think the food is just excellent.... love the ribs especially.....the cream potatoes are just heaven.....a must try.....thumbs up to charco's

Anonymous said...

Yummy, I love their Seafood and Caser Salads. Best of all, just along the same stretch, there is a muffin shop, Pateli's Crave, sells the best muffins I even tasted too. Saw their newspaper cuttings outside their shop, stated they are one of the pioneer selling cupcakes in Singapore. Wow, Blk 608 Ang Mo Kio Ave 5 is a food paradise...

Anonymous said...

I love their seafood and caser salads, though I find it abit expensive for a small portion at $4.90.

There is also the best muffin shop along the same stretch at Blk 608, call..hmm.. Pateli's Crave. They are the pioneer of Cupcakes in Singapore too. Very nice muffins..yummy. Must try! But I think they closed on Sun and Public Holidays and half day on Sat.

private and confidential. said...

Charcos looks absolutely TEMPTING!
but i was just wondering..issit Halal?
if not..any suggestions to where i can find HALAL chicken just as good?

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LiquidShaDow said...

Hi private and confidential,
I don't think they are halal. They have pork ribs.

AdFai said...

I have tried Charco's quater chicken with 3 choices of salads. their cesar salad, prawn salad are superb. And the salad serving is generous. Anyway, it's Halal, their Halal certificate can be seen next to the cashier counter.

oonik said...

actually charco's is halal. saw the big halal sticker sign when I went there yesterday. like the ribs alot but be warned that it's lamb (mutton?) and not beef

Jessica said...

I had been a Fan of Charco ever since they pop up behind my house and I saw that they're Halal. Love their regular Charco Chicken but the only time I tried their Portugese, I found it too oily for my taste.
If not for the pricetag, I would had eaten there every week but have to lately limit it to almost monthly. :P