What: This four-month-old casual restaurant focuses on Thai street food. Dishes include E-sarn pork sausage ($8.90); pad thai with tiger prawns ($13.80); fish maw soup ($11.80); and grilled chicken with Hainan rice ($9.80), the Thai version of chicken rice. For something more premium, opt for the Khun Mae Sunee’s stewed pork noodles ($18.80) with shiitake mushrooms.
Complete the meal with desserts such as mango sticky rice ($7.80).
Where: 01-78/79 Bedok Mall, 311 New Upper Changi Road
Open: 11.30am to 9.30pm daily
Info: Call 6386-1592
Basil Thai Kitchen
What: Basil’s Thai dishes include less-known specialities from southern Thailand, such as Keang Khua Poo ($16.90), a southern Thai yellow curry with chunks of fresh crab and betel leaves, chopped long beans, cabbage and vermicelli; and Poa Pia Boran ($9.90), a traditional Thai-style spring roll filled with savoury minced chicken, glass noodles, bamboo shoots and black fungus. Familiar favourites such as Thai salads and curries will also be available.
Where: Paragon, 290 Orchard Road
Opens: On Friday
What: The two-month-old gastro-bar specialises in Thai tapas, with a focus on seafood.
Menu highlights include spanner crab miang kham ($16), with spanner crab wrapped in fresh betel nut leaves and garnished with a mix of peanuts, lime, chilli and dried shrimp; tamarind grilled prawn ($14); and fresh oysters with trio granita ($18), where the oysters are topped with kaffir limoncello, citrus grapefruit and yuzu vodka granita.
To start, order the Aroi Mak platter ($28), with crispy mee krob, rice crackers with prawn ragout, Thai fish cakes, golden prawn toast and grilled chicken brochette with roasted peanut sauce.
For mains, options include nam jim salmon belly ($20), oven-roasted stingray ($28) and stewed pork belly in northern Thai curry ($18).
Where: 01-05 Clarke Quay, Block 3E River Valley Road
Open: Noon to 11pm (Sundays to Thursdays), noon to 2am (Fridays and Saturdays)
Info: Call 6337-1838 or go to www.facebook.com/talaythaisg
What: While many mookata eateries require diners to buy set meals, buffet restaurant Talay Kata allows them to eat all they can.
Its spread features a wide selection of seafood along with meats and housemade dipping sauces and soups. There is also a small section to whip up your own som tam (green papaya salad) as well as dessert. More premium, seasonal items, such as bamboo clams, scallops and crab pincers, are available on weekends.
Here, diners also have a choice of soup base, from tom yum to bonito and even salted egg yolk – it is made with salted egg, bonito and seafood broth, cream and Thai herbs.
The buffet is priced from $18.80++ for lunch and from $28.80++ for dinner on weekdays.
Where: 08-04 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road
Open: 11.30am to 3pm (weekdays), 11.30am to 5pm (weekends, eves of public holidays and public holidays); 6 to 10pm (dinner daily)
Info: Call 6634-0551 or go to www.talaykata.com.sg
What: If you do not have the time to grill your own meat at a mookata restaurant, get the barbecued skewered meats for takeaway instead at this two-week-old kiosk at The Clementi Mall. This stall is by the Mookata chain, which has outlets in Katong, Yishun and Bugis.
Skewer options ($1.60 to $2 each) include pork belly, chicken thigh, beef , cheese balls and bacon enoki wrap. A bento set starts at $5.80.
Where: B1-K22 The Clementi Mall, 3155 Commonwealth Avenue West
Open: 10am to 10pm daily
A version of this article first appeared in The Straits Times.