There’s a new name at Jiak Chuan Road, and it’s nothing like what you’d expect. So don’t be bringing your week’s worth of stinky clothes to Phat Cat Laundry, ’cause it’s a funky restaurant/bar with Asian-themed cocktails and fusion dishes, inspired by the stereotypical Chinese-owned laundromats in the US and the UK. But anyone who wants to air their dirty laundry is totally welcome to — there’s no judgment in this cheeky place that lets you ‘iron out differences’ and ‘bleach reputations clean’. Don’t worry, no spirits will be dampened here.
Step into the shophouse space and you’ll be greeted by a drawing of the ‘Chinese lucky cat’ on the entrance door. And before you ask, yes, there are washing machines on its premises and rows of detergent boxes and posters lining the walls.
On the menu are Asian-inspired fushion plates like truffled prawn egg rolls with lemongrass aioli ($14), slow-cooked Brontosaurus char siu beef rib ($25), and the Sichuan burger with a cheese-stuffed lamb and beef patty, sambal aioli and pickled cucumbers ($25).
As for the cocktails, expect unique ones like the Teh Botol ($26), a red tea rum and jasmine flower version of the classic Indonesian drink, and the Andy Lau ($26), a gin-based concoction in a deep purple that represents the woes the singer croons about.
Sounds like the kinda thing you’d be into? Make space on your calendar for Phat Cat Laundry’s Full Moon opening party next week, where the first 50 guests will get a free cocktail, and everything on the food menu goes for $10 each.