[SG EATS] CATO |Modern Asia Restaurant & Bar

It has been a while since my last Openrice tasting. This time round is at CATO , the modern Asian restaurant and bar located just opposite the Sri Mariamman Temple. CATO offers an extensive list of craft beers, spirits and quirky tapas or bar bites. The 4 months old (opened on July 2015) is well-known with its craft beers but we are here to try their food for this session instead.Cato SG Chinatown Cato SG Chinatown 2 Cato SG Chinatown 3CATO occupied the first and second level of the shop house. The first level is the restaurant concept theme while the second level is in bar concept. We had our session at second level where the interior designs are rustic style with rough brick walls and wooden flooring. And the lighing at the bar was very dim so for those who opt for food photography, I would suggest to just relax with the music in-house, foods and drinks. Set aside on the photography!Cato SG Chinatown 4

Appertizers/ Bar Bites

Prawn Bisque with Homemade Cod Fish ball & Coriander Leaf S$12.00Cato SG Chinatown 6The description of the dish pretty much explains the ingredients in the broth. The broth was prepared using the prawn stock and the cod fish ball added in to give a good start to chill as a bar snack. It comes in a size as an espresso cup.

Garlic Fries S$8.00Cato SG Chinatown 7The fries served with roasted garlic and Cajun seasoning. I find the garlic taste was overwhelming but some find it not. Thus, it depends on individual preferences.

Chicken Noodle Salad S$16.00Cato SG Chinatown 9Trust me! If you are not a spicy lover, you may want to skip this. I took the first bite and I can immediately feel the numb at my mouth and my throat is burning hot! So, be sure you inform the staff if you want the spiciness level to cut down.

Crispy Squid In Thai Style Glaza S$12.00Cato SG Chinatown 10Fresh whole baby squid coated in flour and spice batter and seasoned with fish sauce before deep frying it. I would prefer to enjoy it with less batter so that I am able to taste the meaty squid in it. Neverthless, it’s a good order to go with beers.

CATO Wings in Homemade Chili Glaze S$15.00Cato SG Chinatown 11Mild chili wings with slight sweetness taste at the outer layer of the skin.

Acai Cured Salmon S$18.00Cato SG Chinatown 8Salmon was served in big cube chunks together with marinated starfruit, ceyhice and acai jelly. Too many flavours in the plate and I cannot really find the focus taste of this dish.

Mains

Steam Baked Pork Cheek S$28.00Cato SG Chinatown 12Tender pork cheek wrapped with a fata cooking oil along with seasonal vegetables. There is an Aladdin lamp shape jar filled with mushroom and port wine mustard sauce at the side. The pork cheek was tender and juicy and the sauce enhanced the flavour of the meat.

Aunty Jasmine’s Fish Curry S$25.00Cato SG Chinatown 13This is highly recommended as it’s the secret recipe by the Chef’s family member. The fish that they used was New Zealand Ling fish along with the okra , eggplant, carrots, yellow squash, olive infused caviar, chunks of breads and garnished with fried onions. The curry was made from stretch was thick and solid savory.

Desserts

Papaya Nougat Glace S$14.00Cato SG Chinatown 14Beautifully plated on a nice round plate was served on the table. The nougat is homemade and topped with fresh fruits of papaya. raspberries, blueberries and caramelized almond. Fruity as a whole with sweet reduction taste.

Varlhona Warm Pistachio Chocolate Cake S$14.00Cato SG Chinatown 15Chocolate cake served with almond ice-cream and some fresh pomegranate in between the plating. Although the chocolate lava cake does not flow as we expected, the chocolate cake was moist and rich flavour. I enjoyed having it with the pomegranate at the side. Plus, you will never go wrong to pair it with a scoop of ice-cream.Cato SG Chinatown 1Cato SG Chinatown 5Overall there are some hits and misses on the dishes but if you are looking for a good place to chill out, CATO bar would be an ideal option as their specialty on craft beers were well-received. On top of these, they also have the S$1.00 special for fresh oysters starting 6:00pm on Wednesday Specials.

[This is an invited tasting session.]

CATO

237 South Bridge Road

Singapore 058786

Tel: +65 8299 6434

Operating Hours: Tuesday – Friday 5:00PM- 12:00AM | Saturday 5:00PM – 01:00AM (Closed on Sundays & Mondays)

Website: http://catosingapore.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/catosingapore