When you think ‘buffet’, these probably come to mind: International hotel buffets, Korean BBQ buffets, dim sum buffets, hotpot buffets or high tea buffets. Well, those are great, but we obviously need more varieties of buffets to satisfy our huge appetites and love for food, right? (Right.)
If you believe that you will never ever feel sian about chicken rice, or wish that there was a fried chicken buffet somewhere, it’s time to put your love for these foods to the test and eat-till-you-drop at these unique buffets in Singapore.
- Xiao Long Bao Buffet
These mini soup dumplings are one of my favourite foods in the world. Jam-packed with flavour (especially when eaten with sliced ginger and vinegar), it’s impossible not to get addicted! Needless to say, discovering there was a xiao long bao buffet was like a dream come true.
At Crystal Jade’s branch at Holland Village (right next to Holland Village MRT station), you can have unlimited amount of xiao long bao for dinner. However, due to the popularity of the place, you are allocated a timeslot and they are extremely strict about keeping to the time. Also, it’s highly recommended that you make a phone call to reserve your seats before heading down. Besides xiao long bao, the buffet includes hotpot, so that means unlimited amount of beef, pork, fishballs, enoki mushrooms, and many more!
Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao (Holland Village)
241/241A Holland Avenue, Singapore 278976
$23.80++ per adult (5pm to 7:15pm, 7:30pm to 9:45pm)
$19.80++ per adult (10pm to 12am)
$25.80++ per adult (5pm to 7:15pm, 7:30pm to 9:45pm)
$21.80++ per adult (10pm to 12am)
- Local Food Buffet
Ah, local food. The food that we grew up with has to be the one we love most. And just when we thought there was no way we could indulge ourselves in these local delicacies without having to spend a bomb at hotel buffets, Good Old Days proves us wrong.
Good Old Days is the newest addition to Sentosa Island, and is situated at the Beach Station. It specializes in local cuisine and has some of our most-loved local food such as Singapore Laksa, Chicken Rice, Nasi Briyani, Chendol, Rojak and Beef Kway Teow on its menu. At only $20, you can get unlimited bowls of chicken rice and laksa – it’s definitely a steal!
Good Old Days
50 Beach View, Beach Plaza, Singapore 098604
Daily: $20 per adult, $15 per child (5pm to 10pm)
- Durian Buffet
This infamous and pungent fruit happens to be well liked here in Singapore, and if you are a durian-lover, the durian dessert buffet at Goodwood Park Hotel is your kind of heaven.
The feature of this year’s Durian Fiesta at the Goodwood Park Hotel is the Mini D24 Durian Ice Cream Bar, and it comes in 6 different flavours! There will also be the popular Durian Rainbow Ice Cream Cake, as well as the signature favourites including Durian Puff, Durian Crepe, D24 Durian Ice Cream and the D24 Durian Mousse Cake (my favourite!). This year’s durian buffet is from 4 March to 17 July, there’s still 3 months to go – don’t miss it!
Goodwood Park Hotel, Durian Fiesta
22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221
Lunch: 12pm to 2:30pm
Dinner: 6pm to 10:30pm
$35.80++ per person (for dessert buffet with durian pastries only)
$28.80++ per person (top-up of dessert buffet with durian pastries with any a la carte main course order)
- Chocolate Buffet
If you’re always craving for chocolate and feel that you can never get enough, the chocolate buffet at The Courtyard definitely sounds like the perfect buffet destination! Situated in the lobby of the Fullerton Hotel, The Courtyard is a brightly-lit and elegant space to enjoy your sinful bites. The buffet includes classic chocolate dishes such as cakes, tarts, pralines as well as more unique ones, like wasabi lime chocolate jelly. There’s also unlimited hot chocolate (where guests can choose their percentages of cocoa), coffee and tea.
1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178
Friday to Saturday, 8pm to 11pm
$38++ per adult, $19++ per child
- Prata Buffet
This is a real cause for celebration for all you prata lovers! At only $7.90, you can have unlimited flow of prata with 16 varieties to choose from. The buffet can be found at Prata Corner, a humble Indian Muslim Eating House located just a short walk away from Kembangan MRT station. Prata flavours include the usual egg prata, cheese & mushroom prata, and more unique options such as pineapple prata, ikan bilis prata and strawberry prata (which tasted pretty good, surprisingly). I gave the prata buffet a shot with my friends, and the maximum I could have was 6 before I learnt that there’s only so much prata one could take. The serving time is long because the prata comes all at once, so take it slow and don’t order too much at a go.
459 Changi Road, Singapore 419882
Daily: $7.90 per person (12pm to 12am)
- Barbeque Buffet
Meat-lovers, you need to know about this all-you-can-eat Brazilian Barbeque buffet at Carnivore. The buffet experience is quite an interesting one. You are given a stand, which is red on one side and green on the other. The green side says “Yes, Please!”, which indicates to the meat waiters that you want more meat. If you need a rest, just turn it over to the red side. The buffet spread includes over 15 hot and cold salads, soups, appetizers and tradition dishes, aside from the free-flow high quality meats. Moreover, there is a Sunday Brunch promotion ongoing now at the MBS and The Grandstand outlets, and the buffet is going for only $34++ per adult and $10 nett per child.
Carnivore – Brazilian Churrascaria
Marina Bay Sands (Bay Level, L1-80): 11am to 3pm
The Grandstand (#01-16): 12pm to 3pm
Promotion: $34++ per adult, $10 NETT per child
Usual price: $34++ per adult, $15++ per child (12pm to 3pm), $49++ per adult, $20++ per child (6pm to 11pm)
- Sashimi Buffet (and value-for-money Chirashi)
We know how expensive Japanese food can get, and there’s never enough sashimi to fill out bellies without having to empty our wallets. At Hanare Japanese Café, we get the best of both worlds. The atmosphere of the café is cozy, and the décor is simple, and it feels like you are dining in someone’s private home. Opened by Chef Yamashita Teppei, owner of the highly-popular Teppei Japanese Restaurant, you can be assured of the quality of the food at Hanare Japanese Café. The buffet includes sushi, sashimi and more than 20 side dishes such as tempura.
There’s also an option for 4 free flow side dishes when you order the bara chirashi set, for only $17.60 nett.
Hanare Japanese Café
99B Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088520
Monday to Saturday: 12pm to 2pm, 6:30pm to 10pm
$24.80 nett per adult, $12.40 nett per child
- Taiwanese Street Food Buffet
You don’t have to fly to Taiwan to satisfy the cravings for the meesua you had last holiday. Founded by Fiona Lee, Lee’s Taiwanese was established to introduce Singapore to the authentic taste of Taiwanese street fare. Hence, you can expect a variety of popular Taiwanese street food such as Braised Minced Meat Rice and Pig Intestines Vermicelli, using Taiwanese-imported ingredients to ensure the flavour tastes the same. The buffet includes minced pork rice, meesua, shredded chicken rice (Taiwanese-version), salt and pepper chicken, cuttlefish ball soup, and dessert of the day, and starts from $16.90 per pax.
Star Vista: $19.90 per person (3pm to 9:30pm)
JEM: $16.90 per person (11:30am to 5pm), $19.90 per person (5pm to 9:30pm)
JEM: $19.90 per person (All Day)
- Korean Fried Chicken Buffet
KFC has its 90-min all you can eat buffet in Japan, but in Singapore, we’ve got unlimited Korean fried chicken at Chicken Up. The first outlet at Tanjong Pagar was a success, and Chicken Up now has several outlets at Tampines, Parkway, Jurong East and Buangkok. The buffet, however, is available only at Parkway and Jurong East, starting from $19.90+ per adult.
For beer and soju lovers, there is another buffet option offered at Chicken Up more suited for you. For a limited period of time, enjoy unlimited beers, soju and chicken wings, available daily at Tanjong Pagar, Tampines, Parkway Parade and Buangkok outlets at a price of $35++ for girls and $45++ for guys (additional surcharge on Fridays).
Jurong East: 10 Jurong East Street 12, #01-01, Singapore 609690
Parkway Parade: 80 Marine Parade Road, Singapore 449269
Lunch, 11am to 5pm:
$19.90+ per adult, $12.90+ per child/senior citizen, $13.90+ per student
Dinner, 5pm to 10pm:
$26.90+ per adult, $19.90+ per child/senior citizen, $20.90+ per student
- Italian Buffet
Located at Grand Hyatt, Pete’s Place is a rustic restaurant with an authentic Italian setting. The lunch buffet at Pete’s Place includes an all-you-can-eat soup, salad, bread, cheese, main course and dessert, with a complimentary coffee or tea. Main course options include pasta with beef cheek ragout, roasted chicken with red wine sauce, aglio olio, and their popular wood-fired oven pizzas. At only $35 per adult and $17.50 per child, it’s indeed a value-for-money Italian buffet!
Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Road, Singapore 228211
Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 2:30pm
$35 per adult (inclusive of a round of coffee/tea), $17.50 per child
- Indonesian Cuisine Buffet
Dining at The Rice Table is a unique experience in itself. The dishes are served all at once in small portions, and laid out on table warmers to ensure that it is kept warm throughout the meal. Think of it as tzechar, but free-flow. There are a total of 15 dishes for the lunch buffet, and 20 dishes for the dinner buffet, including sumptuous dishes such as Beef Rendang Curry, Grilled Chicken Skewers, Tofu Omelette, and Sotong Asam (and of course, free-flow rice). I’ve been there personally, and I can vouch for the good service (they are very prompt in serving your dishes and refilling your rice) and delicious food! I had 4 servings of rice, and only stopped eating because my lunchtime was ending.
The Rice Table
360 Orchard Road, #02-09/10 International Building, Singapore 238869
Lunch: $17.90 nett (12 to 3pm)
Dinner: $28.50 nett (6 to 10pm)
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