Some fat cats from Bedok have strayed out of their location in the east and settled on new territory in Orchard Road. The new STRAY by FATCAT Orchard Central cafe was opened in January 2017 by the people behind the FatCat Ice Cream Bar at Bedok . We may not be felines, but we were just as curious to try the food at the new restaurant which they describe on their Facebook as “…a brand new concept restaurant serving progressive Chinese cuisine”.
STRAY by FATCAT at Orchard Central is simply decorated. A neat and tidy place with lots of headroom and natural light. Displaying their strong dessert roots from Bedok, the cakes on display looked enticing enough. First impressions were definitely positive.
Expecting a brand new concept restaurant serving progressive Chinese cuisine, our high hopes were somewhat dampened when we saw the menu. There were only a handful of savoury dishes listed as main courses. Not only that, the paper-wrapped paper chicken was not available that day. We were not keen on the salmon yu sheng bowl as we already had an overdose of raw fish and yu sheng in recent days. That left only two items – black pepper wagyu bowl and salted egg chicken waffles. We tried both, a side of spam fries and some desserts.
Stray by Fatcat Menu
The black pepper wagyu bowl ($22) was served with a generous amount of beef slices. We understand that the beef was cooked sous vide style. We are unaccustomed to the texture of the beef. Some slices were soft and some of them chewy. Some may like this style of cooking, but we were not enamoured with what was served that day.
The salted egg chicken waffles was much better. The main components, the fried chicken and the black waffles were both good. Those, combined with the mild wasabi-like sauce and the salted egg highlights, made this a dish we are happy to return to eat.
For a bit of variety, we tried the Stray spam fries ($12) – it has been a while since we ate luncheon meat. This brought back some memories. As you can imagine, these spam fries were very tasty, although this is probably not a dish we should be eating on a regular basis.
Coffee and Desserts
We tried one of the cakes in the display – a Citrus Entremets ($8.80). According to subsequent research at Wikipedia “entrement” is a small dish served between courses or simply a dessert. This was a pleasant and light cake.
The other two dessert items at Stray by FatCat were more unusual. The Keep Popping Spheres ($12) was a trio of three small balls of juices – lime, blood mandarin and lychee contained within a thin edible membrane. Each should be consumed in one go. This was a fun dish. The lime sphere was weak in taste. The lychee and blood orange ones were fruity and refreshing.
The black and gold ($18) was a beautifully presented dish of black charcoal waffles with an obelisk of soft ice-cream. Salted egg yolk fragments and curry leaves provide an unexpected but interesting twist to the common waffles and ice-cream.
Overall, we think that the strengths of the STRAY by FATCATS lie in their desserts and coffee. We had mixed feelings about the savoury dishes we tried that day. We did not get to try any progressive Chinese cuisine, but there were certainly some flashes of brilliance in the sweets department. The coffee by the way was also very good ($5 for cappuccino and $4.5 for black).
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
STRAY by FATCAT
181 Orchard Road #04-22A/23 Orchard Central
Tel: +65 6835 7317
Coffee & Desserts: 11 am to 10 pm
Lunch: 12 noon to 2pm
Dinner: 6pm to 9pm
Nearby MRT Stations : Somerset