Central Perk, Oppa Chicken Express and Roost

Chandler’s Thanksgiving Chicken
Chandler’s Thanksgiving ChickenPHOTO: CENTRAL PERK
Chicken flavours include Honey Garlic (above)
Chicken flavours include Honey Garlic (above)PHOTO: OPPA CHICKEN


After much media attention, Central Perk opened yesterday at Central Mall in Magazine Road.

The 100-seat cafe is inspired by the popular Friends comedy series and its interior is modelled after the fictional cafe in the show.

Fans of the popular series will be able to identify with the menu, as the dishes are inspired by elements in the show, with explanations that read like the show's episode descriptions. For example, the Rachel "Green" Salad ($13), named after actress Jennifer Aniston's character in the show, is described as "the one with pesto, olives, feta, and compressed fruit".

Other dishes include Chandler's Thanksgiving Chicken ($36); Joey's "You're My Everest" Turkey ($36 for 300g, $170 for whole turkey, subject to availability); and Ross & Rachel's Breakup Pizza with anchovies ($26).

The teatime menu (10 to 11am, 3 to 5pm) includes Joey's Peanut Butter Fingers ($4) and "Nestle Toulouse" cookies ($3).

Where: 01-01 Central Mall, 1 Magazine Road

Open: 10am to 10pm (Tuesdays to Sundays), closed on Mondays

Info: www.facebook.com/centralperksingapore


Korean fried chicken joint Oppa Chicken in South Bridge Road has opened a second outlet at a coffee shop in Ang Mo Kio. The Oppa One-Bowls are affordable meals that include a salad and its signature fried chicken.

Options include kimchi fried rice ($5.90), jjajangmyeon noodles ($5.90), japchae noodles ($6.90) and crispy seaweed fries set ($5.90).

Chicken flavours include Honey Garlic, Yangnyum (sweet chilli sauce), Flaming Yangnyum, Soy Garlic, Tangy Onion and Original.

The chicken alone costs $8.90 for eight winglets and $11.90 for six boneless pieces.

Where: Block 721 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8

Open: 11am to 3pm, 5 to 10pm (Tuesdays to Sundays), closed on Mondays

Info: www.facebook.com/OPPAChicken



Chicken rice gets a modern update at the new Roost restaurant, which opened yesterday at The Centrepoint. Its signature Hainanese-style chicken is cooked with a Singapore-made machine called iKook. The patented poultry-cooker can cook up to 10 birds in less than 40 minutes.

Other highlights on the menu include chicken sushi ($4.90) with Roost's chicken rice and sliced soya chicken glazed with teriyaki sauce; chicken chawanmushi ($4.90); chicken laksa ($7.90) and Yin Yang Chicken Rice ($8.90, pictured) - with poached and soya sauce chicken.

There are other items such as chap chye ($5.90), chilli crab dip ($5.90) with crispy bread strips and assam laksa ($7.90).

Where: B1-17/18/19 The Centrepoint, 176 Orchard Road

Open: 11am to 9pm daily

Info: Call 6909-0411 or go to www.facebook.com/roost.sg

Eunice Quek

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 27, 2016, with the headline 'Open For Business'. Print Edition | Subscribe