COCA

COCA’s steamboat buffet (11.15am-10.30pm, $31.80nett lunch, $51.60nett dinner) tempts you with a slew of appetisers like roast pork, Coca fresh cockle salad or the Thai-style ’hormok’ in crab shells. Start with handmade meatballs, house special fish glue, fresh oysters and squid, with their special dipping sauce made from a legendary in-house recipe. Add fluffy white rice, chicken eggs and a sprinkling of spring onions into your soup when you’re almost done to concoct the special COCA ’porridge’. Various outlets including #04-23 Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Road. Tel: 6734 7887

MOOKALICIOUS

Don’t scoff at this stall located in a coffee shop, which has been dishing up great mookata (Thai BBQ and steamboat) feasts since 2014. Previously only serving an a la carte menu, they now have a dinner buffet (5pm-12am; $22.25 nett Mon-Thu, $24.60nett Fri-Sun) that’s so popular, it’s best to book in advance. Regulars rave about the chicken and cabbage soup stock prepared without MSg, as well as the traditional tom yum soup (additional $5.90++) and chilli sauces. Must-try cuts include fresh dory fish slices, prawns and pork belly. The Chicken House, 17 Lorong Kilat. Tel: 9892 2550

 

MOOKATA TRADITIONAL THAI BBQ

Not new to the Mookata scene, this original branch at east Coast Road has got their Thai steamboat and BBQ buffet ($30.50nett, Mon-Thu 5pm-12am) down to a pat complete with the extendable ventilation hood which ensures that you don’t leave smelling like smoked meat. Have a go at their three special sauces from mild to extremely spicy with your grilled kurobuta pork, squid and a host of surimi choices as well. 103 East Coast Road. Tel: 6344 2985

OINKATA

To celebrate their one-year anniversary, Oinkata’s steamboat buffet (Mon-Sat 5pm-5am, Sun 5-11pm) is going at a promotional rate of $21.90 nett till 31 March (usual $26.90nett) with over 50 item choices. An even greater steal is the midnight supper option at $17 nett, daily 2-4.30am for night owls looking for a steaming supper place. Youths get an additional perk of free flow Thai ice milk tea when you present your relevant student or NS pass. #01-01 @ Prinsep Place, 50 Prinsep Street. Tel: 8499 0249

SUANTHAI

This ’Thai garden’ (it’s name translated to English) offers all-you-can-eat a la carte Thai dishes (11.30am-2.30pm, $23.40 nett Mon-Fri and $24.60 nett Sat-Sun; 6-10pm, $25.80 nett Mon-Thu and $27 nett Fri-Sun) in a location close to town. Started in 2005, the longtime favourite serves up to 20 options such as Thai style chicken satay, boneless stuffed chicken wings and the classic tom yum soup for a taste of the motherland. Top up $3.99++ for free flow ice lemon tea. Minimum two to dine. 101 Killiney Road. Tel: 6235 4126