Today we have another gathering for the purpose of celebrating my girlfriend’s sister graduation from UniSIM. We planned to have our dinner at Clarke Quay’s Hai Di Lao, but after calling and checking, we have to make reservations three weeks prior to the dinner ! Crazy ! We decided to give up our plan and booked for Red Hot Chilli Buddy Mookata instead.
Located along the busy street of Tanjong Katong, the restaurant hides in a near corner yet standing out with it bright signboard. it can be easier located, just nearby to the Caltex petrol station and there are ample public parking right behind the restaurant.
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Comparing with other Mookata restaurant, Red Hot Chilli Buddy have shown their attitude with their chic modern interior. Colourful graffiti painted over the walls and paired with catchy thai-themed music, it allows you to dine in a great atmosphere. I believe this reflects on their positive attitude towards this restaurant as well. (They even designed the floor as well !)
The waiter greeted us politely and guided us to our reserved seats. Their menu is very simple and straightforward. They have two main type of ordering food – one is set meal for 2 to 5 pax or Ala Carte Buffet. As most of us are big eater, we opted for the Ala Carte Buffet (S$26.80++). They have their house-made specialty drinks as well which I think it is highly recommended that everyone should have a go, especially the green tea with milk.
Here comes the Mookata pot ! Unlike conventional pot which we gets in other Mookata restaurants, they have a bigger pot for soup and grilling. I didn’t really care much and just poured in all the food served into the pot without waiting for the rest to arrive.
While waiting for the food to cook, the shop owner brought our his chilli sauce. As explained, they have spent efforts inventing their own chilli sauces. The red sauce is spicy with a tint of sweetness which is recommended for meats while the green sauce is mixed with parsley and sesame, tasted more of citrus with spiciness recommended for seafood. In fact, both are good combination with either meats or seafood. The meats are fine-tuned with light marination, which allows you to get a good taste of the meats with the sauces. They have also a good variety of meats and veggies which you can choose from. PS: You should really try grilling the smoked duck and eat with the sauce, simply heavenly delicious !
Another specialty is their invention Thai Style Fish Paste ($12.00++). The paste can either be grill or boil in the soup and both gives a unique taste. I preferred it the to be grilled as the taste is enhanced with the charred flavour from charcoal. It is also fun to squeeze the paste and create your own special design.
Good specialty drink, Good specialty chilli sauces and Good thai style fish paste, what else you can say for more in a Mookata ? I would highly recommend them for their services as well. We spent an average of $30+ per pax which I believe it is worthwhile. For those Mookata lovers, try to make an reservation before going down as though they are opened for only more than a month, they have been fully reserved for the past month !
Red Hot Chilli Buddy Mookata – Thai Charcoal BBQ
273 Tanjong Katong
Tel: +65 6447 0887