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The night at Fat Cat Bistro unfolded in usual fashion, with drinks flowing freely. So did the light-hearted conversations around the table. With settings similar to that of a coffee shop albeit with the mojitos, draft beers and other cocktails doing it's merry rounds, this encouraged a communal and very intimate setting. Very suitable for small group gatherings or even family meals. Just be mindful that the place is open-air meaning that things can get a little sticky around here so dress appropriately for the occasion, dress light.
From the start, service was efficient, friendly. Starters consisted of Crispy Pork Ribs
($12 for 5 pieces) and Thai Mango Salad
($10) from the Thai kitchen; the former was very well received. crispy yet deliciously juicy on the inside, this was a delight to eat even sans the chili dressing. The mango salad on the other hand was average, the balance of sour, sweet, salty and spicy could have been better fine tuned.
The Goat's Cheese Salad
($10), representative of the Western kitchen (The French Onion) was a surprising winner as well with it's generous serving of lightly grilled cheese with mixed leaves tossed in a light coating of french dressing.
But the clear winner in the starters category were the Mantra Wings
($8 for 6 pieces) from Masala Mantra. Fried to perfection, these golden wings were perfect snacks to go along with the drinks available at the bar. The light use of Indian spices in the marination adding a bit of kick to the overall addictive experience.
With respect to mains, I honestly lost track at some point of time. A few of my personal favourites were the Saag Paneer
($12) and the Mutton Vindaloo Curry
($12), pity that the naans we used to mop up the curries lacked fluffiness and the authenticity of those that have come out straight from the tandoor. Another would be the green curry, my take on the Thai food served from Thai Yai (the thai food stall) seemed to lean more on the sweet side, a strange trend that spreads across all its representative items for the night.
Offerings from the Western kitchen that night included the Australian Tenderloin and Seas Bass. Not too suitable for sharing, I was a tad biased against these dishes. That aside, flavors were faultless and portion sizes were decently priced.
The desserts made their mini parades soon after. I chose the Mango Sticky Rice .
Served with dried shards of coconut, that added a refreshing bite to the otherwise monotonous dish with only soft and chewy left to describe it. This rendition was well executed with the glutinous rice cooked to a nice doneness and that sweetened coconut milk drizzled generously over. The Chocolate lava cake possessed a very unnatural sweet flavor probably hailing from the use of cheap compound chocolate within but I'm sure the less finicky would happily settle for this dish.