It pays to be calorie conscious on most days but for those of us who absolutely revel in the prospect of eating ourselves silly with no holds barred, a quality buffet experience for us to stuff our faces in every now and then is a must. If you’re looking to feast and feast with tremendous passion, here is our carefully consolidated list of 10 top buffet spots for you to indulge in. Enjoy endless refills of your favourite dishes at some of Singapore’s most prolific intercontinental buffets. Bottomless dim sum, yakiniku and authentic Penang fare? Yeah, we’ve covered that too.
Housed within the ever swanky JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach, Beach Road Kitchen never ceases to put out an astounding ensemble of tantalising delights covering local Asian fare and spanning to various parts of the Mediterranean. The variety of food is impressive (their charcoal-grilled meats are sublime) and the service is top-notch but what sets it apart from other hotel buffets is a walk-in room that features a smorgasbord of fresh seafood on ice including an oyster shucking station where you get to enjoy fresh oysters shucked to order. The roving live stations are a nice touch as well — who doesn’t enjoy tableside service?
Opening Hours: 7AM - 10.30AM (Mon to Thu), 7AM - 10.30AM, 6PM - 10PM (Fri), 7AM - 10.30AM, 12PM - 2.30PM, 6PM - 10PM (Sat), 7AM - 10.30AM, 12PM - 3PM, 6PM - 10PM (Sun)
Considered to be one of Singapore’s best buffet restaurants, The Line over at Shangri-La Singapore is where guests can enjoy a wide array of cuisines spanning local Southeast Asian cuisine and familiar Nyonya favourites to Japanese and Middle Eastern. For seafood lovers, make a reservation for Thursdays where they showcase a much bigger seafood spread. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’ll be happy to know that their dessert section is one of the most elaborate around, featuring durian delights for the durian fans, French pastries, cakes, Nyonya kueh and more!
Opening Hours: 12.30PM - 9.30PM, 12.30PM - 2.30PM, 6PM - 9.30PM (Thu to Sun)
Without a doubt, one of the most popular halal buffets in Singapore, Carousel boasts a bountiful spread that tackles everything you could possibly crave. Their Japanese section is one of the best we’ve seen for it encompasses both a sushi and sashimi station as well as a teppanyaki counter. Their spread is extensive but be sure to snag a cut or two of juicy prime rib from one of their roving carving stations whenever it comes around. If seafood is your top priority, you’ll be thrilled to know that Carousel nails the seafood department down tee—their seafood section alone is formidable, featuring freshly shucked oysters and luxe crustaceans such as mammoth tiger prawns, lobsters, snow crabs, and more.
Opening Hours: 12PM - 2PM, 6.30PM - 9.30PM (Daily)
Despite only being available during the weekends, there’s a good reason why reservations have to be made way in advance week in and week out—the selection is stellar, the quality is unrivalled and the price per diner is surprisingly affordable for what it’s worth. Man Fu Yuan’s weekend dim sum buffet comprises an impressive selection of over forty dishes, all meticulously prepared with signatures including the crispy prawn bean curd roll with wasabi mayonnaise, wok-fried radish cake with X.O. chilli sauce, and honey-glazed pork belly.
Opening Hours: 12PM - 3PM, 6PM - 10PM (Mon to Fri). 11.30AM - 3PM. 6PM - 10PM (Sat & Sun)
If you’re a sucker for all things Japanese namely nigiri sushi, sashimi, elaborate maki rolls and more, you simply have to make a beeline for Kinki’s bottomless brunch. Available on weekends only, the spread features a fastidiously-curated list of the restaurant's best-sellers so expect thick-cut sashimi, torched sushi (aburi), tempura and enough tasty stuff to have you rolling out of place. The only downside is that every diner’s entitled to one main each but to be fair it's the side dishes that you’ll be wolfing down. We recommend going for several rounds of their Wagyu Foie Gras Donburi.
Opening Hours: 12PM – 3PM, 6PM – 10.30PM (Mon to Sat), 12PM - 3PM (Sundays)
When it comes to street food and local hawker fare, It’s an unspoken fact that the best of the best hails from Penang in Malaysia. If you can’t afford the time to make a trip down, don’t fret because over at Princess Terrace Authentic Penang Food on the ground floor of Copthorne Kings Hotel, you can expect an extensive selection of some of the best Penang-style delights on the island. Their cooking methods are traditional, hailing from decades of experience and the ingredients they use are fresh so naturally, the end result is a sublime amalgamation of authenticity and quality. Char Koay Teow, anyone?
Opening Hours: 12PM - 2.30PM, 6PM - 10PM (Tue to Sun), Closed on Mondays
If you’re in the mood for solid barbecue, Rocku Yakiniku is where it’s at to get your cravings sorted—and sorted well. A haven for meat lovers, this Japanese yakking restaurant serves a varied list of quality meat cuts flown in directly from the meat capitals of the world: Australia, Japan and the USA. Prices might be a tad steep but that’s why we recommend you focus solely on the good stuff—namely the Wagyu beef brisket and Australian short ribs.
Opening Hours: 11.30AM - 10.30PM (Daily)
Perhaps one of the best spots in the heart of the city that puts out a stunning display of some of Singapore’s most lauded delicacies, Ginger is THE place to visit to enjoy crabs prepared in numerous ways — their black pepper crab is phenomenal —, fresh seafood and more. Their live carving roast meat station is where we often pop by first, followed by their barbecue live station and of course, the seafood counter. The restaurant itself, helmed by esteemed chef Vincent Aw prides itself on putting out authentic Singaporean fare owing to the heritage of some of the country’s oldest enclaves where many reputable dishes were derived from such as Chili Crab, Rojak, Laksa, Satay and more.
Opening Hours: 8AM - 10PM (Daily)
Sitting pretty up on the 25th floor of Andaz Singapore, Alley on 25 is the hotel’s all-day dining venue, but they’re known for more than just spot-on intercontinental breakfasts. The concept of the restaurant focuses on recreating the fluid and spontaneous experience of Singapore's diverse food scene. If you have a penchant for Italian pies, don’t miss out on their Pizza & Pilsner promotion that happens every Tuesday between 6 to 8 PM. It includes free-flow pizzas and locally brewed Andaz Pilsners.
Opening Hours: 7.30AM - 10.30PM (Daily)
Nestled in a cosy space flanked by plenty of lush greenery, Peppermint is a Halal-certified restaurant that focuses on healthy, wholesome farm-to-table cuisine. The action takes place in an open kitchen, where a series of mega-tasty local and international dishes are created using plenty of locally-sourced, sustainable ingredients. Dishes you absolutely must try include the pot-roasted Angus beef oyster blade infused with fresh herbs from the urban farm located at Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay.
Opening Hours: 7AM - 11AM, 12PM - 2.30PM, 6.30PM - 10PM (Mon to Fri), 7AM - 11AM, 12PM - 3PM, 6.30PM - 10PM (Sat & Sun)
(Photos from: Alvin Tan)
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