Located in Sydney’s Thai Town, Capital Thai is a comfortable restaurant for family meals and group events. Their kitchen dishes up traditional favourites like Massaman Curry and Pad Kee Mao, while also re-creating street food hailing from local Thai cities. The highlight for us however, was their buffet option.
Mookata is 2 in 1
For $38.80, we enjoyed a traditional style of Thai cooking called “Mookata”. Sometimes known as “Mu Kratha“, this involved cooking our own food on a table-top device resembling a grill and a hotpot. The meat is typically cooked on the dome-shaped grill (oiled up with a piece of pork fat). The vegetables are cooked in the surrouding moat of soup. Think of Korean BBQ and Chinese hotpot, 2 in 1!
Elegant Thai restaurant in Sydney Haymarket
The layout of Capital Thai is spacious and welcoming. It’s no wonder that since its opening in 2003, the restaurant has become a pre-show dining hotspot for visitors to the next-door Capitol Theatre. There is even a dedicated Theatre Menu.
The bar shakes up a variety of cocktails in addition to a long Drinks list, which adds to the warm ambience of a venue serving ‘Land of Smiles’ cuisine. On the Wednesday afternoon we visited on, we found Capital Thai buzzing with conversation in Thai and English.
We enjoyed Mookata all the more because of the variety of ingredients available to cook by ourselves. Everytime we wanted more, we simply revisited the self-service section to refill our plates with meat, seafood and vegetables. Cooked food is also available, along with Thai desserts like Coconut Milk with Glutinous Rice Balls.