The Tree Cafe, a casual place to eat @ The Cathay

The Tree Cafe at Cathay is a simple, casual place to eat. Located on level 3 of the Cathay building at Dhoby Ghaut, it is a convenient place to have a quick bite if you are watching a movie at Cathay or if you happen to be in the area. It is a peaceful place and a short walk away from Plaza Singapura which can get too noisy and crowded for our liking.

The Tree Cafe Cathay

The Tree Cafe is a homey kind of place. It is decorated simply and has dark furniture. The only thing that stands out is the swing at the corner. We guess that it is there to promote the garden or park theme for this restaurant.

The Tree Cafe Menu

Here are pictures of The Tree Cafe Menu. Do not expect any gourmet meal. The dishes in the menu are Western restaurant standards such as pancakes, fried chicken, pasta and snacks. There are also Asian rice bowls. Other than the five “Specialty” items, everything else is priced at $10 or below. Which makes it a convenient and affordable place for the office workers and students in the Dhoby Ghaut area to go for a meal.

The Tree Cafe Menu

The honey drumlets were small but tasty. We thought that it was nicely presented and reasonably priced.

The mushroom bisque ($3.50) was disappointing. It was very thick and starchy with not much of a mushroom taste.

The Chic & Waffles ($9.50) was an untidy dish. It looked like the components were simply thrown on the plate with little regard for aesthetics (the same could be said for the rest of the dishes). In terms of taste, both the fried chicken and waffles were not bad. The chicken was a bit dry but we thought it was a fairly decent dish considering the price.

Chic & Waffles

The best dish of the day was the black pepper chicken ($9.50). The grilled chicken was juicier than the deep-fried version. We had a choice of two sides and selected salad and potato wedges. The black pepper sauce worked well with the chicken. This is one dish we will be happy to order again.

Black pepper chicken

We also tried the breaded fish ($9.50). It was an unoffensive dish but the fish tasted very bland.

For dessert, we had the ondeh ondeh cake with coffee. The cake had the components of ondeh ondeh – grated coconut at the edges and gula melaka dripped over it. It was a good effort but did not quite taste like the ondeh ondeh we are used to. The coffee was pretty good.

Ratings:
Food: 4
Service: 3
Value: 3
Atmosphere: 3
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs 3 Tops

The Tree Cafe
2 Handy Road
#02-12/14 The Cathay
Singapore 229233

Nearby MRT Stations: Dhoby Ghaut, Bras Basah

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