Don’t be thrown off by the name of this establishment, and the three washing machines that greet you at the entrance.
(Edited, 25/10/17: As of mid-Oct 2017, Phat Cat Laundry has moved out of their Jiak Chuan Road address.)
Helmed by mixologist Hilda Tan, Phat Cat Laundry is an edgy bar that takes inspiration from stereotypical Chinese-owned laundries in USA.
Drinks here have an Asian slant, with teahouse cocktails made through the infusion of gourmet teas in various base spirits, and creative concoctions with cheeky names. Lather up with a Foam Party ($26), Phat Cat Laundry’s version of a pina colada with freshly chopped lemongrass-infused Mauritius white rum, orange curacao, smoked pineapple, burnt lime, coconut cream, tiki bitters and crushed dried pineapple chips.
Or drown your sorrows with Forget-Love Water ($26), a cocktail inspired by and whose name is a literal translation of Andy Lau’s classic mandopop song, “Wang Qing Shui” (忘情水). The blue-hued tipple uses ugni blanc gin infused with dried butterfly pea flowers.
Pair your drinks with Asian-influenced bites like Sichuan burger ($25), with a part-beef and part-lamb patty marinated with a house Sichuan spice mix, or a comforting mushroom and bone marrow fried rice ($16).
4 Jiak Chuan Road. Tel: 6221 8262
Cover: Phat Cat Laundry’s exterior
This was first published in Wine & Dine’s January 2017 issue, ‘Aperitifs’