The Rotisserie offers good fresh-off-the-spit chicken as well as fish and chips amid a no-fuss, self-service setting.
Contributed By Yong Yung Shin
For those of us who work in the very dense CBD area, lunch time is often a tricky juggle between convenience, taste and price, but the addition of the Aussie-style The Rotisserie may just make it easier for harried executives to make up their minds come noon time.
Upon entering the diner, the solid wood tables, high ceiling, whitewashed walls and full length glass walls impart a spacious, relaxed feel, giving office workers a breather from the surrounding concrete jungle. A quick glance at the menu shows two early plus points—variety and price.
The top draw here is its fresh-off-the-spit chicken, roasted daily. Apparently, the chicken is made to sit in a marinade bath for 12 hours to let the flavor settle in, before being coated with a secret seasoning and placed on the spit. The result is tender, moist chicken that is almost fat-free beneath the skin. Customers can opt for the Quarter (S$10) or Half (S$15) Roasted Chicken Meal.
Those with an extra hearty appetite can roll up their sleeves for the Brazilian Pork Ribs (S$15), although that may not be necessary as the ribs are braised before being chargrilled, ensuring fall-off-the-bone tenderness. Instead of the usual honey coating, a pineapple-and-blackberry fruit sauce is used, complementing the smokiness of the meat well. A personal favorite is the Fish & Chips (S$11)—deep-fried cream dory fish in a crisp, golden beer batter.
All three of the above main dish options come with a choice of either chips or two side dishes—the colorful, vibrant salads such as pumpkin, feta and rocket salad, Asian chicken noodle salad, chickpea and avocado pilaf, visible through the glass display will give those who “eat with their eyes” a hard time making up their minds. Otherwise, go for the hot side dishes—our pick is the indulgent Cajun fries.
Options for lighter lunches abound as well—The Rotisserie does a good Panini sandwich (S$9); our favorites are the Italian (comprising salami, picnic ham, Provolone cheese, basil pesto and mayonnaise) and the Chicken BBQ, each bite a fusion of sweet and savory chicken chunks in barbecue sauce, caramelized onions and melted Swiss cheese. Alternatively, go for the Aussie pies (S$6)—choose from Beef, Chicken Hungarian Goulash, Lamb Mint & Rosemary and Sausage fillings, or the Soup-of-the-day (S$5) such as Smoked Tomato, Chicken Noodle Soup and French Onion.
For an afternoon pick-me-up, drop in for a Café Americano (S$3.50), a Vanilla Latte (S$4.50) or a Caramel Macchiato (S$4.50). Its gourmet coffee blends are internationally sourced but custom-roasted locally to preserve freshness and aroma.
Like a new staff member to the department, it’s always mildly exciting when a new diner sets up shop in the CBD enclave, but we hope The Rotisserie will stay for good.
51 Telok Ayer Street, #01-01
China Square Food Centre
+65 6224 5486