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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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