CBD-dwellers, unwind on a budget after work at these cheap buffets in the Tanjong Pagar area.

Orchid Cafe

Pop by Orchid Cafe for a comforting lunch  after a hectic morning at work (daily 12nn-  2pm, $16.80++; 6-10pm, $18.80++). They  have over 10 Teochew porridge favourites  at any one time, including braised pig’s  trotters, salted vegetable, steamed fish  and chap chye. For those not too fond of  porridge, there is also a small selection of  Western fare such as soup, and a salad bar.  The menu changes daily. Level 3, Orchid  Hotel, 1 Tras Link. Tel: 6818 6818

Don’t Tell Mama liquid buffet

Unwind with more than a few drinks at this  alcohol buffet (6-9pm Sat-Thu, ladies $28,  guys $35, additional $10 for Fri), which  offers unlimited refills of beer and cocktails  like frozen Margaritas. The liquid buffet  also comes with complimentary bar bites,  although menu items like the kimchi fries  ($18) aren’t included. 52 Tanjong Pagar  Road. Tel: 6221 2007


Assuage that hangover with their value-for-money Sunday  Recovery Brunch (Sun, 11.30am-3pm, $19++) featuring a live  barbecue and egg station. Load up on steaks, sausages and  kebabs to go along with a selection of breads, salads and  desserts. Draught beer is also available, at $9.90++ per pint.  Level 3, Carlton City Hotel, 1 Gopeng Street. Tel: 6632 8922

Sikkek Korean Grill BBQ Buffet

Be prepared to queue for a table at this popular Korean BBQ  buffet (Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm, $14++; Sat-Sun, $24++; daily  5.30-10pm, $24++)The very reasonable price gets you  unlimited servings of meats like beef short rib, pork belly and  bulgogi. They also serve cooked food like gimbap (Korean rice  rolls). #01-01 Oriental Plaza, 291 New Bridge Rd. Tel: 6225 6964  

The Buffet  

The Seafood Steamboat Buffet Dinner here (Sun-Thu 6-11pm,  $42) offers a range of soup bases like chicken, herbal and laksa.  To dip in your hot pot are vegetables, meats and even yong tau  foo, although the main draw is the seafood–whole pomfrets,  crabs, scallops and clams all to sweeten your soup. Level 2,  M hotel, 81 Anson Road. Tel: 6224 1133

Featured image: Orchid Hotel