Over at The Cathay at Handy Road, moviegoers would sometimes complain about the lack of eateries at the Cineplex. The good news is that Astons has arrived.

Astons Specialties, Prime and Express have already left their mark at various locations (including NUS), earning rave reviews for its value-for-money steak and western cuisines.

Named after the founder Aston Soon, he started this business in a coffeeshop without much thought on how should i name it. So, he decided on putting his name on the signboard and hopes to be remembered with his cooking.

The Ambience
The restaurant was crowded during a weekday lunch – bad news for us. My course mates and I couldn’t find a seat at a more cosy and dimly-lit interior and had to settle for the outdoor area. I am sure it would be a romantic affair if it’s at night under the stars (minus the construction crane).

The Food
Our gang was kind of pleasantly surprised at the prices here. Grillworks Chicken are priced at $6.50, fishes are about $7.20, a Prime Sirloin is $11.50 and Prime Ribeye is $13.90, all inclusive of 2 side dishes. Be prepared to wait though.

I had a Grill Fish with Herbs ($7.20) with Coleslaw and Baked Potato. The fish was rather fresh, and lightly grilled. One plus point is there isn’t a strong fishy smell. The Black Pepper Chicken ($6.50) was standard ‘Western food’ fare, but the huge portion and sides of Onion Rings and Garden Veggie make it value for money. In fact, the total bill of 3 of us was only about $21.

When asked about how they keep prices so competitive, Aston said that over the years they have work very closely with their suppliers. They have shared Aston’s vision in providing quality food at value for money pricing. Other factors such as high volume of orders have enabled themselves and our suppliers to negotiate with the producers around the world for a better pricing.

Compared to substandard Western food at many foodcourt, I would definitely pay just that dollar or two more for the ambience and quality.

The Verdict
Doesn’t hurt your pocket – Aston Scores!

Astons Specialities, 2 Handy Road #04-03 The Cathay, Tel: +65 6887 5889
Opening Hours: Sun–Thu: 11.30am – 10pm; Fri–Sat & PH Eve: 11.30am – 11pm

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  1. Wow. I gym right next door, and I swear they’re always quite packed. That must mean something good is going on. Must try after one of my work outs.

  2. i heard aston open at cathay but nv check it out yet. seems like the price at cathay’s the same as the other branches, i was thinking it might be more expensive given the location at cathay

  3. This is my guess. I think that Cathay probably needs to attract more people, and thus cannot price their rent too high?

    In general, I think Cathay can move towards a place having more varieties of food, providing a suitable alternative to Plaza Sing.

  4. It has been there for quite some time. Prices are the same. Been there a good 5-6 times – food so far has been good, but service has been found wanting at times.

    Just did a 16pax makan session over there recently – their grade 9 wagyu is excellent!!!

  5. Oh i just ate this grilled fish at Sembawang shopping mal. The price is now higher than $6-7 now its around 10. But it is just as yummy as Hans which is the eatery i often go to

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