The Cathay Restaurant

Average: 4 (1 vote)

There are black and white posters of erstwhile Cathay filmstars adorning the walls here, and even the five private dining rooms are named after Cathay’s cinemas, but everything is pretty modern. Signature dishes like the fried prawn with salted egg yolk; Cathay roasted crispy chicken; and steamed mian xian are definitely worth trying.

What we like most about this restaurant is that it is manageably posh yet not too caught up in its own grandeur. The interior is comfortable to the eye, clean and bright—with efficient wait staff dressed in red and black, all ready to help. Black and white pictures of erstwhile Chinese stars adorn the walls which add a lovely, quaint, old-world charm. And the food is fabulous, though the portions can be a bit small (with the exception of the fish). The roasted pork belly appetizer was sinfully fatty, mouth-melting and rich; and the pa tin fish was huge and came straight from the fishtank. Equally competent were the stirfried spinach with homemade beancurd and crabmeat and the chilled mango with sago and pomelo. The chilled black glutinous rice with ice-cream was a tad sweet, but still pretty interesting. While the wait staff could have displayed better knowledge about the dishes, they were eager to please and very polite. We will definitely return for another pleasant, near-perfect dining experience.

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Venue Details
Address: The Cathay Restaurant, #02-01 The Cathay, 2 Handy Rd., Singapore, 229233 Singapore
Phone: 6732-7888
Area: Orchard
Cuisine: Cantonese
Price Range: $$
Open since: January, 2007
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am-2:30pm; daily 6-10:30pm; Sun 10am-2:30pm
Parking available: at The Cathay, Takeaway available
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