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FJ Visits: Phat Cat Laundry Review

10 months ago by Venetia Sng

Can doing your laundry ever be fun? Taking inspiration from the stereotypical Chinese-owned laundromat, Phat Cat Laundry reimagines the humble facility as a fun setting for knocking back Asian- inspired drinks and food—but no, you can’t actually wash your clothes here. From cheeky teahouse cocktails named after Mandopop songs to hearty fusion snacks, Phat Cat Laundry is a place for the fun- loving crowd in a novel setting. Only open for the night owls; no wet blankets allowed.

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Phat Cat Laundry serves up reasonably priced cocktails, did we mention that selected housepours, beer and wine go as low as $5 during their daily Happy Hour? We got the Black Tea + Bergamot ($22) which comprises of earl grey crème gin, rich syrup, hand-pressed citrus and egg foam–it was surprisingly light and refreshing. The diner next to us ordered the Forget-Love Water ($26) and it looked like bottled unicorn tears.

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Beyond the neon signage on the outside, there are high tables near the bar area just for drinks, and a cosy corner for diners to kick back and relax. The space inside is also filled with washing machines, dryers, vintage detergent posters and cheekily modified boxes of washing powder.

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Though they looked short handed (we were there on a Friday night), our drinks and appetisers were served rather quickly. The Messy Sweet Potato Fries ($14) with gravy, sous vide egg, pickles and fried shallots was exceptional and we had really high expectations for the dishes to come.

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Next up was the highly recommended Truffled Prawn Egg Rolls ($14). It wasn’t as satisfying as the super shiok Messy Sweet Potato Fries ($14) but we would still recommend it to anyone who loves a good truffle dish. It’s basically a chunky prawn spring roll served with black truffle paste, lemongrass aioli and tobiko. The crispy egg roll, crunchy prawn and fish roe with a hint of truffle makes this dish one that you must try. Almost every table ordered it that night.

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We went for the Mushroom And Bone Marrow Fried Rice ($16) which consists of wild mushrooms and furikake and topped with a sunny side up. It was my first time having bone marrow so I was a bit hesitant. It turned out to be flavourful and not overwhelming. As for the fried rice, it was a tad bit salty for my liking and my husband agreed.

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To our disappointment, the Affogato ($10) wasn’t available as the restaurant was out of ice cream, so we ended our dinner with the Pineapple Brulee ($10). Torched and served with yoghurt, tea- infused honey and candied walnuts, this uncomplicated but gratifying dessert was the great way to end our meal.

Phat Cat Laundry
4 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089261. Tel: 6221 8262

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