Talay Kata is a Mookata restaurant under the umbrella of Jus Delish Group. The holding company and its creative team that founded Gin Khao and Som Tam.
Talay Kata opened in September 2016, at Level 8 of Orchard Central. The restaurant can comfortably seat 160 pax at one time. Talay Kata started with the concept of Mookata, and at the start of this year, they introduced the concept of Shabu-Shabu buffet to go with the Mookata buffet.
Check out the clip for Talay Kata buffet spread.
At the start, you will be provided with set ingredients. Lobster (1 for each person only), mussels, prawns, duck breast, meatballs and pork lard. For Shabu-Shabu, you will get a hot plate skillet, plus shabu-shabu pot in the middle. The best part of this is that you can still enjoy the best of both. I personally prefer this, as I prefer my soup broth to remain clean and not oily. For Mookata, it is inevitable that the broth will become greasy.
The lobster is prepared to half-cooked by the chef behind, so we can easily complete the cooking on the table either to bbq or shabu-shabu. The meat is fresh, as you will notice this if you suck the juice from the head. The same can be said about their prawns.
For the meat selections, you have the beef, pork belly, bacon, smoked duck and garlic chicken. The garlic chicken, smoked duck and bacon are good for bbq, while the pork belly and fatty beef are good for both. My suggestion is not to use the pork lard in shabu-shabu grill pan, as the coating is new and the fats from the meat are sufficient plus it won't stick.
Seafood selections offered mussels, clams, prawns, sliced fishes, and sishamo. The mussels and clams are good to go with their bonito broth soup base. For the sliced fish, we bbq it and it is decent enough. We tried the prawns both ways, the freshness of it really stood out.
Not to be missed is their balls. There are fishballs, otah balls, cuttlefish balls, mushroom balls, chicken balls and beef balls. My personal pick is their mushroom balls, cuttlefish balls and beef balls. Kind of reminds me of a regular steamboat. To go with the balls, I definitely can't miss the Mama instant noodles. Somehow it just clicks together.
While waiting for your ingredients to cook, you can enjoy some cooked food such as tom yum wings, fried otah and fishcakes, and also some curries. You can also do your own Somtam at the somtam station.
For desserts, there is DIY waffle if you are up to the challenge. The first time I see this in a buffet line up. They also have regular and soft serve ice cream to enjoy on its own or together with the waffle. Drinks are free flow as well, so basically you get everything with one payment.
The décor of the restaurant is bright and modern. On each table, they incorporate the Korean style exhaust pipe to suck up smoke that will not stink your clothes. The space between tables is very spacious, so you will have no problem walking around to get your ingredients.
Overall, I like the addition of shabu-shabu option in Talay Kata. It sure gives a non-Mookata lover like myself to enjoy the offerings here. Definitely a place for everyone. Cheers!!
Food & Drink: 7/10
Service: N/A (Media Invite)
Budget per Person: $11- $25, $26 - $50.