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(Closed) The Cathay Restaurant

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#02-01, The Cathay, 2 Handy Road, 229233
Asian, Cantonese, Chinese, Dim Sum, Shanghainese
+65 67327888

Weekdays & Saturdays:
* 11.30 - 15.00 (Lunch) (last order at 14.30)
* 18.00 - 23.00 (Dinner) (last order at 22.30)
Sundays & Public Holidays:
* 10.00 - 17.00 (Lunch) (last order at 16.30)
* 18.00 - 23.00 (Dinner) (last order at 22.30)

$35 based on 58 submissions
Dinner (25 votes), Lunch (25 votes), Children/Family (24 votes) ...

The Cathay Restaurant will cease operation from 15 June 2015 onwards.


The Cathay Restaurant, located at the Cathay, offers some of the finest Cantonese and Shanghainese cuisine. Its Interiors are laced with a touch of nostalgia, bringing diners back to the 1960s.


Our signature dishes:-
- Braised Shark’s Fin Soup with Crab Meat and Bamboo Pith
- Braised Baby Abalone with Mushroom
- Deep-fried Soon Hock
- Cathay Crispy Roasted Chicken
- Stir-fried Fresh Scallop and Cuttlefish with XO Sauce
- Pan-fried Beef Tenderloin
- Fried Prawn with Wasabi Salad Cream


What others are eating here

deep fried soon hock
deep fried soon hock
cathay roasted crispy chicken
cathay roasted crispy chicken
crispy chinese pancakes
crispy chinese pancakes
marinated sea whelk
marinated sea whelk
drunken chicken roll
drunken chicken roll

Latest Review for The Cathay Restaurant

Overall RatingBased on 54 reviews
Most helpful review:


Food/Drink 4| Value 3| Ambience 4| Service 3
Total Review: 1

Tried this place as I was early for a film and wanted a nice peaceful setting for a meal before I embarked on the adventurous Avengers film.
 Ordered the buffet since i was famished and felt I could eat my money worth. Indeed I am always skeptical about the standard of buffet food but The Cathay Restaurant definitely came through. The menu was quite extensive and I was delighted to be able to try many dishes.
 Amongst the many delicious items i tried, the dishes tt made me feel I got my money's worth(aside for my eating capacity). I had a delicious bowl of Shark's fin Soup with Abalone, A whole deep-fried SoonHock, Braised baby Abalone with Mushroom and Fried Crayfish with Black Pepper.
 Aside to these dishes, I thouroughly enjoyed their specialty "Cathay Roasted Crispy Chicken", Stir-fried Snapper Fillet, Fried Prawn with Crispy Oats, StirFried Scallops and Cuttlefish. And not to mention stewed Spare ribs with Eggplant.
 Not wanting to stuff myself with carbs, This place definitely assisted me in that. But since I do love carbs(Especially fried ones), I indulged on crispy noodles w seafood(Must Try).
 To top of my super decadent chinese buffet, I slurped down 2 Mango puddings and chomped down a delicious chinese pancake.
 Did I leave out dimsum? I heard this place was good for dimsum and surely I cant resist a good HarGow so I ordered a portion outside of the Buffet, and boy were these good. Kudos to the chef!
 Spot on indeed.

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Dim Sum is OK

Food/Drink 4| Value 3| Ambience 3| Service 3
Total Reviews: 121

Tried this place on recommendations from a friend. Tried the dim sum, which turned out to be alright. The usual stuff can be found here but don't expect the menu to be overly extensive. They do serve some Shanghainese cuisine here. Ambiance is very average only while service staff were very attentive. Will return but not on priority list.

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Food/Drink 4| Value 4| Ambience 3| Service 3
Total Reviews: 224

Kudos to the kind folks at HGW & Cathay for inviting me to the table

This restaurant has heritage as old, if not older than our nation. Quite appropriate for the SG50 mood that’s ongoing presently. Originally established (in the 1940s) to reach out to the colonial clientele back in the day, over time, transformed to feature Cantonese & Shanghainese cuisines. Perched nicely on the second level at the Cineplex, it’s not difficult to locate.

Don’t be mistaken, this is not a CNY review, but more so; a feature that covers some of their regular items on their menu, on any given day.

All in all, 16 dishes (excluding desserts), so I will spare you the long thesis and cover some I felt shouldn’t be missed.

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Marinated Sea Whelk – this is something familiar yet unfamiliar. The sweet, sour & mild spicy blend is drizzled over the scalded sea whelk, served chilled. One can’t help but to recollect the familiarity to the Thai chicken feet salad. Except, with the whelk, the crunch factor is less laborious for the jaw.

Crispy Eggplant with Pork Floss – this is not something you’d find readily available in most other Chinese restaurants, but I’ll say this is somewhat addictive, to the likes of the familiar phrase “once you start, you can’t stop”

Drunken Chicken Roll – the name in itself suggests that the elements within isn’t intended for the under 18. However, one would find it pretty heartwarming when it the chilly climate rings. The taste of the alcohol isn’t overbearing, and has a light tinge of herbal fragrance, given the presence of dried wolfberries rolled within.

Deep Fried Soon Hock - This I find is pretty neat. The fish is deep fried whole in an arch like posture, fried to the crisp even the fins are like crunchy crackers. The fish is dissected into almost equal portion, roll the portions in the sauce for taste.

Black Pepper Cray Fish – do not fret having to slap on surgical gloves for sweat pumping procedure to consume. The cray fish is already halved down the middle, so all it takes is to lightly probe the flesh off its crust. The lightly salted flavor and bounce to the bite makes for a pleasant dish to savor.

Cathay Roasted Crispy Chicken – there’s little wonder why they’d call it a signature. Unlike most roasted chicken, the meat is tender, moist & juicy. I’d speculate that they first prepare it like a confeit, prior to roasting the skin to a crisp.

Crispy Chinese Pancakes – the crust is light, thin & crispy, with light mushy sweet lotus paste. We sat deliberating & ruminating over the filling, for there was a nice fruity essence to it. But none could exactly deduce what element it was. Applying the theory of elimination, we drew 2 possibilities, either; apricot and/or pineapple. Perhaps you might want to give it a try and shed some light on the matter.

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Solid Chinese Cuisine At This Legacy Restaurant

Food/Drink 4| Value 5| Ambience 4| Service 4
Total Reviews: 461

Full The Cathay Restaurant review here:

Operating under the Cathay Organisation, The Cathay Restaurant has a long historical legacy, reaching the height of its popularity in 1951 with its Chinese Zi Char, Cantonese, and Shanghainese dishes. Despite closing in the 70s, The Cathay Restaurant reopened in 2007, and has now come full circle, serving up solid, delicious, and authentic Chinese dishes in an elegant oriental setting.

Ambience at The Cathay Restaurant exudes an elegant oriental sophistication. Colours of red, black, and white within the brightly lit, spacious 190-seater interior lend a sense of luxury and space. Traditional Chinese lanterns hang overhead, while aluminium-screened private function rooms feature Chinese movie posters in a nod to its cinema links. Portraits of 1960s Chinese movie actresses adorn the walls, while pillars bear Chinese motifs. Tables are suitably large for communal dining, and the modern cushioned chairs are comfortable.

Service at The Cathay Restaurant is attentive, yet unobstrusive. Staff are quick to offer a change of plates after a few courses, and clearing is done efficiently. Topping up of tea is also performed proactively, without asking. I also like that staff are professional, and rather knowledgable, able to describe the ingredients in each dish with general terms.

Food at The Cathay Restaurant features fine dining Chinese Zi Char, with a predominant Cantonese and Shanghainese style to dishes. We sampled the ala-carte dinner buffet, which features an extensive menu of 62 different items. Dishes are generally well executed with good wok hei (breath of the wok), well balanced and tasty, with good quality, fresh ingredients. Costing about SGD $50 per person, the ala-carte dinner buffet is good value for money. The only catch: It has to be communal dining, the minimum number of diners is 4 people.

The Marinated Sea Whelk has a nice, pliant texture with a slight chew. But the best thing about this dish is the marinade, a spicy, slightly sour, Thai inspired chili sauce, which is a burst of bright citrus flavour and some heat.

The signature Cathay Roasted Crispy Chicken was easily the best dish of the evening. The chicken meat is moist, succulent, fragrant, and tender, coming off the bone easily. But the best part is the crispy skin, with a good salty, savoury flavour that isn't overpowering. Dip it in the slightly spicy, sour dipping sauce for maximum enjoyment. So good we couldn't stop eating it! Definitely a must-try dish here!

Overall, The Cathay Restaurant maintains the same high standards they've always been known for. With efficient, polite service in an elegant setting, it's no surprise that The Cathay Restaurant has maintained such a long, and delicious, legacy. And with 2015 being the celebrations for SG50, The Cathay Restaurant is a perfect place to celebrate whilst embracing a slice of Singapore's history.

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