Old Cathay is located at the upper end of Albany Highway in Victoria Park, in the new block of building next to Canning Highway. Where?? you may ask…the easiest way I would describe the location of this place is ‘right underneath the Monadelphous company’. I came to know about this restaurant through an email from the manager, Ms Jerling Wong, inviting the PFEs to try their dishes. (The restaurant had only been opened 4 weeks when I received their email). Since we were looking for a place to dine out that night before going to a conference, we headed there and with ample parking space, it was a great choice on a busy Friday night. I’d been back many times with family and friends since that night and the food had been great each time!
Old Cathay is decorated tastefully, with modern Asian themed decor throughout, warm lightings and lush booth settings. It reminded me very much of the Canton-i chain of restaurants in Malaysia. I like! Great atmosphere!
Our table and the menu…
The menu consists of a variety of Chinese/Malaysian cuisine with all of their sauces and ingredients prepared by the Chefs daily from scratch. The Chefts originate from Penang and Malacca – two of the more famous states in Malaysia offering exquisite food! ++points!
The food we have ordered so far shown in the pictures below:
- Seafood and Bamboo Pith Soup ($8.80) – thick in consistency and full of ingredients however slightly salty.
- Braised Pork Belly & Taro ($16.80) – one of my fav, succulent and tender pork belly braised in a very flavoursome sauce, a must if you like pork belly.
- Sizzling Black Pepper Butter Lamb ($18.80) – an average dish, slightly hot due to the black pepper.
- Stir Fried Kai Lan with Sambal ($12.80) – good veggie dish.
- Old Cathay Crispy Tofu Squares ($16.80) – a deep fried beancurd dish with pork, fish paste and mushroom accompanied with a sweet chilli dipping sauce. Awesome, another favourite dish and a must order!
- Kung Po Squid ($17.80) – an unassuming dish but turned out marvellous, once again due to its flavoursome sauce.
- Steamed Whole Herbal Chicken ($34.80) – one of their specialty, the chicken is stuffed with chinese herbs and steamed for at least 3 hours. Very tender and appetising dish with rice! Another recommendation.
- Eggplant, Pork & Salted Fish Claypot ($15.80) – a Malaysian fav, very authentic, however a bit oily for me.
- Butter Pumpkin with Egg Net ($16.80) – deep fried pumpkin coated with butter and egg, love the crunchiness of the dish! This comes as a king prawn dish as well which is as lovely or maybe even better.
- Chinese Style Pork Ribs ($16.80) – least fav dish, the pork had a soggy texture and the sauce was too overpowering.
- Tangy Lemon Chicken ($16.80) – an ok dish, batter was a bit hard though on the chicken.
- Curry Fish Claypot with Lady Fingers ($24.80) – quite an authentic dish with large pieces of fish, and love the lady fingers!
- Spinach with Century Eggs, Salted Eggs ($16.80) – good dish but sauce was bland.
And for desserts…
- Red Bean Pancake served with Jackfruit Ice Cream ($8.80) – didn’t like this dessert, the pastry was too floury.
- Sago Gula Melaka served with Taro Ice Cream ($6.80) – this was nice, would order this again.
For any desserts served with ice cream, there is a choice between four flavours – jackfruit, coconut, taro or pandan. The ice cream actually comes from Sydney, as informed by the waitstaff (I wonder whether they came from passionflower in Sydney – if so, please get the durian flavour! ;p)
Overall, I was very impressed with this restaurant, it has a nice and warm ambience with reasonably priced and delicious dishes. The staff was also very friendly. My friends told me their lunch menu is quite good too..will have to make a trip there one of these day to give it a try. A restaurant to visit if you are in the area.
Rating: 4.25 out of 5 stars
Rating by: N.L.
Telephone: 08 9361 1881
Address: G7/59 Albany Highway, Victoria Park
Tuesday to Sunday: Lunch 11am – 230pm and Dinner 6pm till late