July 12, 2014

The Fat Cat @ Lorong Liput, Holland Village ~ Thai, North Indian & Western Cuisine All Under One Roof

The Fat Cat is a casual bistro situated at Jalan Riang (Serangoon) for a couple of years before moving into their current premises at Holland Village. The change of location did not see much change in their menu, which offers not just 1, but 3 different cuisines under the same roof. Thai Yai (Thai), Masala Mantra (North Indian) and The French Onion (Western). Wow! No wonder the cat got fat! :p

But as what the two co-owners of Fat Cat (both are born in year of tiger) thought: "Being fat is a sign of prosperity". Good in an excusable way haha. Let's get ready to indulge in all that Fat Cat has to offer.

Each distinct cuisine is helmed by a dedicated head chef to ensure quality of the dishes served matches up to standards of their professional expectations. This '3-in-1' dining concept has worked well in Fat Cat's years of operations and found favor among regulars who appreciate the diverse variety they can enjoy within the convenience of one venue.

I will unreservedly give praise to Fat Cat's rendition of Mantra Wings ($10) from their North India menu. Served piping hot, these scrumptious delights were well-marinated with Indian herbs, and deep-fried to a wonderful crunch that totally satisfied the chicken wing lover in me.

The North India menu also feature the bestseller Ajwaini Fish Tikka ($14), fish fillet which is marinated with fresh herbs and spices, before being baked in the tandoor (clay oven) till tender, as well as perennial favorites such as Aloo Gobi ($8), a dish of potato and cauliflower flavored with the aroma of Indian spices, and Saag Paneer ($14), cottage cheese served in thick spinach gravy.

The Chicken Masala ($11) of diced chicken pieces cooked with fresh tomatoes and onions in thick gravy, was another classic dish which was generally well-liked by my dining companions, though I would prefer it to have a higher degree of spiciness. Nevertheless, it went well with servings of Garlic Naan ($3) which came freshly baked from the heat of the tandoor oven. It turned out to be one of the best dish of the evening.

We also tried several items from the Thai menu which was decidedly agreeable on most of our palates, but I thought flavors can generally be bolder. For instance, I find the Prawns Tom Yum Soup ($14) a tad lacking in spiciness and sourness, two characteristics which would give the dish more definition. But that's my personal preference, this rendition might be suitable for those who prefer a milder taste.

The Mango Salad ($12) which came with julienned green mangoes and pieces of lightly-fried baby snapper was quite an appetizing starter in its refreshing chili, palm sugar and lime dressing. Panang Beef Curry ($14), coconut-based curry of beef with yellow pumpkin and coriander and Pineapple Rice ($12) with river prawns, Chinese sausage, honey pineapple, raisins and chicken floss would be good choices of main course for a more substantial meal.

The Western menu throws up tried and trusted dishes such as Mushroom Soup ($5), Hot Pot Clams ($12), Sea Bass ($18), and Lamb Shank ($22). Pizzas ($17 - $22) and Pastas ($15 - $18) are also included in the menu which makes the overall selection very well-rounded. Definitely family-friendly too as kids portions are available upon request for certain items.

To be able to sample different cuisines without the hassle of moving from restaurant to restaurant is indeed Fat Cat's best selling point. Great for group gatherings, as chances are there will be something on the menu to suit everyone. I think the problem you'd faced is the temptation of ordering more than you intended (haha, it's a happy problem!). Wash it all down with some beer, wine or cocktail. I would also save some space for a scoop of Movenpick ice cream :p

The Fat Cat is also available for private event bookings with customized menu at a minimum spending and venue rental fee.

The Fat Cat Bistro
Address: Holland Village, 17D Lorong Liput, Singapore 277731
Contact: +65 6465 1107
Website: http://www.thefatcat.com.sg/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thefatcatbistro
Opening Hours: Tue-Thu & Sun12pm-2.30pm & 5.30pm-11.30pm / Fri & Sat 12pm-2.30pm & 5.30pm-12.30am / Closed on Mon

Prices are subject to service charge and prevailing taxes.

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