Opened last year by the owners of Fatcat Ice Cream Bar in Bedok, Stray By Fatcat is located in an open space on the fourth floor of Orchard Central and serves what is supposedly modern Chinese food but what I feel is more of an Asian-Western food fusion. The menu is limited but for someone as indecisive as me this is probably a good thing as they only have a few mains, side dishes and desserts to choose from.
According to our waiter, the Black Pepper Wagyu Bowl and Salted Egg Chicken Waffles are the most popular mains so my friend chose to get the Black Pepper Wagyu Bowl ($22) and as I was in the mood for something sweet, I got the Black & Gold dessert ($18) and a plain old Caffè Latte ($5) to wash it down with even though they have an extensive selection of different types of coffee and drinks available on their menu, some of which sound intriguing like the Ice Butter Coffee or Campfire Mocha.
The Black & Gold dessert is Fatcat’s signature charcoal waffle served with salted egg yolk soft serve ice cream. The charcoal waffle was light and fluffy and apart from being black in colour, it tasted like a normal waffle. The salted egg yolk soft serve was delicious and fairly creamy with bits of salted egg yolk scattered over it as well as chocolate sauce, fried curry leaves and gold dust for decoration. I thought that the chocolate sauce and fried curry leaves complimented the flavour of the salted egg yolk ice cream really well and overall it was a very different but tasty dessert, enough for a meal for one person or for a few people to share as a sweet treat after having a main.
The Black Pepper Wagyu Bowl was also very good, the Australian Wagyu beef in it was perfectly cooked, juicy and tender and was served with an onsen egg (egg cooked at a low temperature), Sichuan black pepper sauce and Japanese rice. It was all very tasty and perfectly seasoned together with crispy garlic and spring onions.
Service at Stray By Fatcat is excellent. The waiter that served us was extremely helpful, informative and friendly and our food was served very quickly. I like the layout of the restaurant a lot too as the tables are spaced comfortably apart and they also have booth tables for a little more privacy.
I will definitely be back again to try more of their food and amazing desserts as well as some of their more adventurous-sounding coffees. They also have a weekday lunch menu where the mains are the same as on their normal menu except slightly cheaper and comes with a tea or coffee.
Stray By Fatcat
Address: #04-23 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896
Tel: 6835 7317
Opening Hours: Daily 11am – 10pm (lunch served from 12pm to 2pm, dinner served from 6pm to 9pm, desserts and drinks served all day)
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