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The Cathay Restaurant

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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.

Sun & PH: 18:00 - 23:00

Mon - Sat: 11:30 - 15:00

Mon - Sat: 18:00 - 23:00

Sun & PH: 10:00 - 15:00

$35 based on 53 submissions
Dinner (23 votes), Lunch (23 votes), Children/Family (22 votes)
pickledpeas

Not bad

See the full review with pictures here: http://pickledpeas.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/dinner-at-the-cathay-a-la-carte/   They have 1 for 1 set deals for UOB, DBS, and I think HSBC cards, but those set meals are frequently something like $88++ or $98++ for two people, so if you don’t like the options in the set meal it makes sense to go for the a la carte options, which they do have.   The restaurant itself smells a little fishy, like it hasn’t really been cleaned properly. Not enough to put us off coming back though! I quite liked the food.   We started with the special sauce glazed spare ribs [$8] – they have two versions of this, one is just “special sauce” and the other one is the “chef’s special sauce” haha but the price differential is like $20 or something. We might come back to try the other one!   I am a huge fan of deep fried white bait [$10] and can nearly never resist ordering this when it’s on the menu. This was not bad, but I prefer the peach garden one.   The salted egg yolk prawns [$28] are also not bad, but the salted egg is worked into the batter and isn’t really a nice gloopy sauce. I prefer the Jumbo version of this, they are both served in a very pretty fried noodle bowl.   I really liked the home-made tofu with crabmeat sauce [$7 per person] – it had a really thick layer of spinach paste and was also served with spinach and wolfberries.   The XO fried rice [$20] was definitely not a two person portion, perhaps at least a 4 person portion. We tapaoed this so as to be able to fit in dessert.   Their yam ice cream with pumpkin puree [$4.80] is amazing! I love yam ice cream and this is pretty innovative compared to the typical orh nee. It’s drizzled with some coconut milk and slivered almonds.   All in all, a pretty good dining experience and I would certainly come back. The pickles (honey glazed sesame cashews) are $3 and the tea/water is $2.50 each. DBS cards give a 15% discount.

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12 Nov 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

Average only

Had lunch with family, they are not prompt in welcoming customers, had to wait awhile before going in when restaurant not even half full.
U HAVE to order drinks if not they will stand around like a salesman and ask repeated times until you are fustrated or they give you black face, then you have no choice but to order. We ordered porridge and was just slight warm, not hot. Dessert came first instead of mains, rest of dim sum was average, no wonder they had to have a 20% promotion during lunch time.
The place gets very noisy even when the place is not full, cannot have a good conversation, all in all BAD SERVICE!!
Expensive coconut dessert filled with cheap jelly.
28 Jun 2014 • 4 reviews • 0 follower

expensive cost with cheap fillings

Fried meat rolls with thick batter, steamed Prawn dumpling with thick flour skin and small prawns, fish maw soup with thick flour mix, coconut dessert filled with cheap jelly mix. Service Is curt Absolutely the worst value for money. Don't come.
yam ice cream in pumpkin puree
10 Jun 2014 • 148 reviews • 6 followers

Not bad

See the full review with pictures here: http://pickledpeas.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/dinner-at-the-cathay-a-la-carte/   They have 1 for 1 set deals for UOB, DBS, and I think HSBC cards, but those set meals are frequently something like $88++ or $98++ for two people, so if you don’t like the options in the set meal it makes sense to go for the a la carte options, which they do have.   The restaurant itself smells a little fishy, like it hasn’t really been cleaned properly. Not enough to put us off coming back though! I quite liked the food.   We started with the special sauce glazed spare ribs [$8] – they have two versions of this, one is just “special sauce” and the other one is the “chef’s special sauce” haha but the price differential is like $20 or something. We might come back to try the other one!   I am a huge fan of deep fried white bait [$10] and can nearly never resist ordering this when it’s on the menu. This was not bad, but I prefer the peach garden one.   The salted egg yolk prawns [$28] are also not bad, but the salted egg is worked into the batter and isn’t really a nice gloopy sauce. I prefer the Jumbo version of this, they are both served in a very pretty fried noodle bowl.   I really liked the home-made tofu with crabmeat sauce [$7 per person] – it had a really thick layer of spinach paste and was also served with spinach and wolfberries.   The XO fried rice [$20] was definitely not a two person portion, perhaps at least a 4 person portion. We tapaoed this so as to be able to fit in dessert.   Their yam ice cream with pumpkin puree [$4.80] is amazing! I love yam ice cream and this is pretty innovative compared to the typical orh nee. It’s drizzled with some coconut milk and slivered almonds.   All in all, a pretty good dining experience and I would certainly come back. The pickles (honey glazed sesame cashews) are $3 and the tea/water is $2.50 each. DBS cards give a 15% discount.
30 Mar 2014 • 4 reviews • 0 follower

service without a smile.

We stood outside for a duration longer than expected. Nobody told us to wait or even acknowledged our presence. When someone finally came, it was a "got reserve?" We did. Lady was talking to another server while taking our order. Food was served almost in a "dumped on the table" fashion which amused me for a bit since it has been a while since I've encountered something like that. I must however, compliment the excellent service of one of the service staff, Lim HB. So to be fair, there is some good service here still. Food arrived fairly quickly and was above average for most dishes. Our favorite was the steam rice roll with fried dough fritters! The steam yolk cream bun and scallop dumplings are a must-try.
10 Mar 2014 • 71 reviews • 7 followers

Once upon a time, the most popular Chinese restaurant in Singapore

http://sethlui.com/the-cathay-restaurant-singapore-food-review/ The cathay restaurant was the hottest place to be seen in the 1960s, and are now serving cantonese food with a concept fused with history and a modern look. They seem to have been forgotten by the new generation though. The Cathay has probably the best Har Gao I've tried in Singapore, and the rest of the dim sum is pretty decent too.  Read the full review with photos on my review blog above!