Singaporeans love food and, if it's a buffet, we are absolutely salivating just thinking about the delicious goodies on offer. Here's a selection of buffets to check out, whether during Ramadan or at any other time of the year.
PENANG STREET BUFFET
The name of this restaurant tells you exactly what you'll get here. You'll feel like you're walking down the streets of Penang, except you'll be feasting in air-conditioned comfort. There's a huge variety of Penang hawker food here, with favourites like Penang Assam Laksa, Penang Rojak and Penang Hokkein Prawn Noodles. Its current Ramadan menu (till 14 July) features dishes such as Salted Egg Crab, Seafood Porridge, Seafood Ee Fu Noodles and Steam Prawns With Specialty Sauce.
1 Woodlands Square, #05-11/12 Causeway Point; lunch buffet $26.90++ (Mon-Fri), $32.90 (Sat, Sun & public holiday), dinner buffet $34.90++ (Mon-Thu), $38.90++ (Fri, Sat, Sun, eve of public holiday and public holiday). www.gdgroup.com.sg/penang-st-buffet
1 MARKET BY CHEF WAN
You'll lose count of the number of dishes you've had when you dine here, as the buffet is so extensive. And you won't even have to settle for just one type of cuisine as there's a mix of Malaysian, Chinese, Thai, Indonesian and Middle Eastern flavours here. Favourites include Chili Crab, Beef Rendang, Satay and Ayam Penchik.
68 Orchard Road, #04-45 to 49 Plaza Singapura; lunch buffet $31.80++ (Mon-Thu), $37.80 (Fri-Sun, eve of public holiday and public holiday, dinner buffet $43.80++ (Mon-Thu), $47.80++ (Fri-Sun, eve of public holiday and public holiday). www.1market.com.sg
KUBLAI KHAN MONGOLIAN BBQ RESTAURANT
Feel like royalty when you dine here, thanks to the majestic décor and even some ancient weapons on display. There are various flags symbolising different tribes and draped banners personifying the harness of a storm blowing across the desert. The international seafood buffet dinner (they only open from 6-10pm) features Mongolian BBQ, Japanese, Cbinese and Western cuisines, as well as a seafood buffet, of course. Try the flower crab, tiger prawns, baked oysters and teppanyaki, amongst others.
9 Penang Road, #04-01 Park Mall; dinner buffet $29++ (Mon-Thu), $30.80++ (Fri-Sun, eve of public holiday and public holiday). kublaikhanbbq.com
CAROUSEL BUFFET RESTAURANT
An award-winning restaurant that has been around for years and still pulls in the crowds, Carousel truly has an international feel, with Mediterranean, Asian, Japanese, French cuisines and a selection of seafood to choose from. Make sure you leave some space for dessert because you don't want to miss out on the various drool-worthy sweet treats on offer here.
Lobby level, Royal Plaza On Scotts, 25 Scotts Road; lunch buffet $56++ (Mon-Fri), $65++ (Sat, Sun & public holiday), dinner buffet $76++ (Mon-Fri), $86++ (Sat, Sun & public holiday). www.carouselbuffet.com.sg
21 ON RAJAH
The buffet here has a good mix of Mediterranean and local cuisines and the bright and spacious restaurant might even make you feel like you're dining in the Mediterranean (we always have plenty of sunshine after all). There are lunch buffets every weekday and and dinner buffets everyday but you can opt to order from the a la carte menu too.
Days Hotel Singapore At Zhongshan Park, 1 Jalan Rajah; lunch buffet $30++ (Mon-Fri & eve of public holiday), dinner buffet $40++ (Mon-Thu), $44++ (Fri-Sun, eve of public holiday and public holiday). www.dayshotelsingapore.com/dining/overview-dining
If hawker centres and food courts aren't your thing, this is where you should go for the best of local food. Served in a contemporary marketplace setting, this restaurant at the Grand Hyatt is a celebration of local cuisine, with its uniquely Singaporean mix of taste, sights and sounds. Dine on everlasting favourites such as Hainanese chicken rice, beef rendang, laksa and tandoori chicken. And don't forget to check out the amazing dessert line-up, which includes popular local favourite, homemade durian ice-cream.
Lobby level, Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Road; lunch buffet $52++ daily, dinner buffet $62++ daily. www.singapore.grand.hyattrestaurants.com/straitskitchen
With a good mix of Asian and Western cuisines offered in this buffet, this is a must-try for serious seafood lovers. And you won't have to jostle for space or portions either as there's always plenty to go round. Get your fix of premium crabs, oysters, mussels and prawns – just don't be shellfish about your food.
Level 4, Marina Mandarin Singapore, 6 Raffles Boulevard; lunch buffet $60++ daily, dinner buffet $70++ (Sun-Thu), $80++ (Fri, Sat & eve of public holiday). www.meritushotels.com/marina-mandarin-singapore/dining
ASIAN MARKET CAFE
Local and regional favourites are the order of the day here, as its name suggests. There is also a nice mix of pan-Asian dishes on offer. Plus, there are also live action stations where you'll be entertained while your food is being prepared. Just make sure you don't get too distracted that you miss out on your food.
Level 2, Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Road; lunch buffet $58++ daily, dinner buffet $68++ daily. www.fairmont.com/singapore/dining/asianmarketcafe
KINTAMANI INDONESIAN RESTAURANT
If you're a big fan of Indonesian food and never know what to order when you go to a restaurant, you'll get the best of everything here – and you can eat as much as you want too. It's been around since 1985 so you know you're getting quality food loved by many. Enjoy the mix of traditional Balinese cuisine as well as several fusion Indonesian dishes too.
405 Havelock Road, Furama Riverfront; lunch buffet $50++ (daily except eve of public holidays and public holidays), dinner buffet $55++ (daily except eve of public holidays and public holidays). www.furama.com/riverfront/Dining/Kintamani-Indonesian-Restaurant
If casual dining in a cosy setting is what you're looking for, this is the place to go. The lunch and dinner buffets serve an impressive spread of international cuisine with Western, Asian, Indian and Mediterranean influences. Celebrity Chef Amri Azim is in charge here, as he puts his culinary philosophy of 'Real Food For Real Heart' to the test.
390 Victoria Street, #05-01 Village Hotel Bugis; lunch buffet $20++ daily, dinner buffet $30++ daily. www.landmark.com.sg/dining
CROWNE PLAZA CHANGI AIRPORT
An extensive Buka Puasa buffet is just part of the heartwarming Ramadan atmosphere here, as a special function room is beautifully decked out in festive decorations. The menu is filled with Raya favourites such as beef rending, ayam merah masak, ikan assam pedas, sayor lodeh, and assorted nonya kueh. This Buka Puasa buffet is only available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Crowne Plaza Changi Airport, 75 Airport Boulevard; from $48 per person. www.crowneplazadining.com
WINDOW ON THE PARK
You won't leave the continent but you'll definitely be very well fed indeed. With a wide variety of hearty dishes from Singapore and the rest of Asia, you have every excuse to indulge in all the exotic flavours on offer. Fresh seafood is available too – oysters, flower crabs, salmon sashimi – and you certainly won't get enough of local favourites such as nasi lemak, oyster omelette and curry lembu. Then wash it all down with refreshing desserts like sago gula melaka and ais kacang.
Level 2, Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre, 11 Cavenagh Road; 1-for-1 Ramadan dinner buffet available until 10 July from $76.50++ for two persons. www.weeloy.com/restaurant/singapore/window-on-the-park
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