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Ten Best Buffets in Singapore where you can fill up your plate and indulge



One of the culinary highlights of Singapore is the fantastic buffet spreads laid on by the city’s five-star hotel restaurants for lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and Sunday brunch.

 

Afternoons teas are popular with both local businessmen and ‘ladies who lunch’. Not your average high tea, here you’ll often find sushi bars, curry stations and piles of seafood alongside the usual sandwiches, scones and cakes. The Rose Veranda at the Shangri-La Hotel with its enticing dessert buffet is a perennial favorite amongst locals, while the Tiffin Room at Raffles Hotel is popular with tour parties and tourists.

 

The Tiffin Room is most famous however for its curry buffets, which have been pulling in the crowds since the 1890s, and are often on tourists’ ‘must-do’ lists. The other crowd pleaser for a curry lunch buffet is Rang Mahal at the Pan Pacific hotel, often lauded as the best Indian restaurant in town.

 

Several other hotel restaurants wow diners with their impressive buffet selections – the Town at the Fullerton, the Greenhouse at the Ritz Calrton, and Mezza9 at the Grand Hyatt are all famed for their lunch and dinner spreads. Expect piles of fresh seafood, sushi, curry, roasted meat, barbecue, dessert and cheese selections.  For a more laid-back, breezy outdoor atmosphere, then try the Terrace at the Sentosa Resort.

 

For an altogether more extravagant affair, don your Sunday best and join the city’s well-heeled as they flock to these same hotel restaurants to partake in a Champagne Sunday brunch. Something of a Singapore institution, these indulgent occasions see tables of merry makers washing down the gastronomic extravaganza on offer with free-flow bubbly between 12noon and 3pm.

 


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The Line at the Shangri-la hotel is one of Singapore's most popular buffet restaurants. Over sixteen culinary stations feature a large selection of international favourites, from Italian to Japanese, Thai and Indian – and of course Singaporean. Especially popular with the crowds of people who pile into the modern, bright and airy restaurant every day is the seafood selection – prawns, crabs, slipper lobsters and freshly-shucked oysters are all on offer here, while the dessert counter should keep those with a sweet tooth happy. The restaurant is child-friendly, with kids under 6 eating for free... although this might make it slightly noisy for business lunches.




Rang Mahal is an upscale Indian restaurant located at the Pan Pacific hotel, and has long enjoyed the reputation as one of Singapore's most spectacular Indian restaurants. Its elegant ambience, attentive waiting staff, extensive wine list and menu of haute Indian cuisine all go to make this a perennial favourite with the well-heeled local community. This is certainly no standard curry house, with dishes such as hot-griddled Tava Scallops drizzled in a green chilli and coconut sauce; Samrkand Prawns, tandoor-roasted filled with crabmeat, young ginger and garlic; Truffle Oil Naan and Roquefort Kulcha all gracing the menu. A great-value buffet lunch features a lavish spread of regional Indian favourites, complete with live cooking stations, every day except Saturday.




Yum Cha is one of the best places in Singapore to experience dim sum in an authentic setting. Tucked away at the top of a hidden staircase in the middle of bustling Chinatown, this popular restaurant packs in local families and passing tourists, creating a buzzing and convivial atmosphere. The menu includes a wide choice of Chinese dishes, but the majority of people flock here at lunchtime to indulge in a dim sum feast. A high tea buffet at $21.80++ per adult is available every weekday from 3pm-6pm, when dim sum trolleys are pushed through the restaurant with a choice of more than 60 items, including perennial favorites such as Har Gao (prawn dumplings), Xiao Long Bao (steamed pork Shanghai dumplings) and Char Siu Bao (barbecue pork buns).


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The Rose Veranda at the Shangri-la is one of the Singapore's best venues for high tea and is a perennial favorite amongst locals who flock here to relax in the comfortable armchairs and partake in leisurely afternoon teas. Its impressive variety of dishes ensures that you won't leave hungry – choose from soups and sandwiches to curries and other local dishes, all served on Wedgewood bone china crockery. But it is the enticing dessert buffet that really wows – a decadent selection of cakes, pastries, chocolates and desserts guaranteed to leave you feeling very sinful. To top it all off, a very impressive choice of 164 premium tea blends are on offer to wash it all down with.




Mezza 9 is a buffet-style restaurant at Grand Hyatt Singapore, featuring Asian and Western cuisine. This trendy, contemporary restaurant was designed by internationally acclaimed designer, Super Potato, from Japan. As its name suggests, the mezza9 restaurant is located on the mezzanine level and showcases nine unique dining concepts. Savour the different dining experiences from western grill and rotisserie, to sushi, yakitori grill, steam basket, European deli, Thai deli, crustacean bar, patisserie, martini bar, and a gourmet patisserie boutique. The decadent weekly champagne Sunday brunch with free-flow bubbly is a favorite with the local expat crowd.




Melt – the World Café is an extremely popular buffet restaurant located at the Mandarin Oriental hotel. Thirty chefs in show kitchens present a multi-cultural cooking theatre, serving up fresh dishes from around the world – from Thailand to Italy, from sushi to salad. The highlight for many is the seafood ice bar, laden with prawns, crabs, oysters and lobsters, and also the impressive sushi and sashimi selections. For others, the dessert station, complete with chocolate fountain, is what keeps them returning to the buffet for just one more plateful.




The Straits Kitchen at the Grand Hyatt Hotel is a good option if you're looking for a buffet dinner of local delights. While every visitor to Singapore should really experience dinner in a hawker centre at least once, The Straits Kitchen provides an up-market, air-conditioned version for those who can't, or won't, experience the real thing. This contemporary take on Singapore's hawker centres, with halal-certified theatre kitchens serving up a smorgasbord of popular local hawker favorites, such as satay, beef rendang, Hainanese chicken rice, laksa, char kway teow and a selection of curries. A good option for entertaining out-of-town guests.




The Tiffin Room at the famous Raffles Hotel dishes up authentic Indian cuisine in a refined colonial atmosphere. The restaurant has been serving tiffin since the 1890s, when partaking of Sunday tiffin curry was an essential aspect of colonial life. As such, the stiff white tablecloths, white-jacketed waiters and gleaming silverware whisk you back to this forgotten era. The lunch and dinner curry buffets are hot favourites with tourists and should be on your essential list of 'to-dos' when visiting Singapore. Also popular is the daily High Tea, which includes an English High Tea stand and local buffet.




The Greenhouse at the Ritz Carlton, Millenia hotel showcases a wide range of international flavours and local favourites on its popular buffet, and also offers á la carte dining. The impressive seafood selection includes Singapore's iconic dish – chili or peppered crabs, along with a rotation of scallops, oysters, slipper lobsters and Japanese sushi and sashimi. The Sunday vintage champagne brunch every week from 12noon – 3pm is one of Singapore's best, offering an unlimited flow of Moët & Chandon, wines and selected cocktails accompanied by freshly shucked oysters, seafood, roasts, 50 French farmhouse cheeses and freshly baked soufflés in a convivial atmosphere.


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The Town Restaurant at the Fullerton Hotel is a popular choice amongst local businessmen, families and expats for its impressive buffet selection. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, diners can expect a wide selection of seafood and international favorites in a classy colonial setting. But never is the selection more comprehensive as it is on Sunday when the city's well-heeled flock here in groups to partake in a Champagne Brunch. The Town Restaurant's grand colonial setting, enormous seafood and sushi selections and wide range of drinks (free-flow champagne, cocktails, wine and port are all included in the price) make this the place to see and be seen between 12noon and 3pm.


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