Your pictures make me hungry!
but aston (along east coast) is always so packed. i went to cha chang ting usually and give aston a miss in my last few attempts to go there...
Do u have to make reservation? I heard the place is always crowded...
but the hk style nai cha and different types of toast are very good. as the name implies, cha chang ting.
It is a chinese version of fast food. that is why they serve instant noodles and quick to cook dishes. the main thrust is about speed and customer to seating time ratio.
But since it has a huge car park beside, it is the best place in terms of convenience for people who drive. And since it has so many seats, one wont feel paiseh when he sees a queue outside and rush to get off and give the seats to next customer. So, to chat the night away, its a great place to be.
As for price, its about ave like any other cha chang ting in the malls
its a fair system and hence you see a long trail of customers waiting and looking silly outside. Also, since they force people to queue, it naturally is a form of advertisement to all the cars that passes by... whats so great about aston? well, try it to find out.
if you find the one along east coast road too crowded, you can walk over to the one at joo chiat. as i have not compared to the two menus before, i am not sure if both are priced the same with the same items. i believe both are good for steak. but pls avoid lamb chops... its the worst tasting lamb i ever had in my life. I even asked them to re-cook after taking a bite, and the lamb meat stench was still horrible. i ended up paying for another meal and let everyone on the table to sample the bad lamb.
Lamb aside, i think the ambiance is nice, the waiters/waitress are well trained and most of the food there are acceptable for its price... (ie, dont compare with St piere or Morton standard pls! as the high end steak houses charge way too much for a lump of meat pls some overpriced fine wine )
I have to agree that the waiters and waitresses are well trained. Even though my waiter was a part timer, he explained how the meat tasted like, and what was on the menu, and recommended the food to us. We already had an idea in mind (from ieatishootipost) and his views tallied with what the reviewer mentioned.
my experience between the aston specialties along east coast road and aston prime along joo chiat is quite different. we did enjoy aston prime alot more since it is air conditioned and you can make reservation there. food on the menu is slightly different. the food at prime is more expensive i think, and there are some unique dishes. bright restaurant and ok price.
when we were at specialties we had to wait for half an hour = mosquito target. then the waiter who serve our table was super blur, gave me the wrong stuff i ordered for. but the price at the specialties are a steal. menu is different i think, was looking for the food we had in prime. romantic ambiance with cheap food.
I would prefer not to queue along east coast road. So, aston prime may be a better alternative then.