The Fat Cat (closed)

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The Fat Cat (closed)

Note: This venue has closed.

The Fat Cat, which used to be situated within a residential estate, has now moved to Holland Village. This eating house holds within it three stalls: Thai (Thai Yai), North Indian (Masala Mantra) and Western (The French Onion). 

The concept is that of a food court with service staff. And, judging from a recent visit, very pleasant ones, at that. Although listed separately, the menus from all three stalls are offered together, a move which, my companion noted, makes the process of selecting quite overwhelming. From the 28 starters and 50-odd mains, we eventually settled on five. The dishes arrived quickly, and in jumbled succession. We began with the fragrant and spicy minced pork with basil ($8). The Tealeave salad – crispy mung beans, cherry tomatoes, white cabbage and cucumber tossed together with a tart vinegar dressing ($9) – was a fun gallimaufry of crunchy, crisp and soft textures. And since both starting dishes were spicy, our tastebuds were a little numbed; so much so that when the big bowl of tom yum surfaced, the seafood-studded cloudy broth tasted milder than it already was. A swig of the house draft – Hoegaarden and Stella Artois are both on tap ($8 a pint with any main course) – restored our palates.

The wine list is updated every three to four months, although popular vinos like the Ten Ton Stone Shiraz Cabernet and the Tahuna Sauvignon Blanc (both $12 per glass) will, we’re told, be mainstays.

Be sure to ask owners Michele Lee and Gina Kunalan for pairing suggestions; it seems they’ve tried and tested everything. Celine Asril

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Venue name: The Fat Cat (closed)
Address: 17D Lorong Liput
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-11pm

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