BiTES guide:

Price guide (nett)
$ wallet-friendly (below $50)
$$ just can’t resist a splurge ($50-100)
$$$ a special occasion ($100-150)
$$$$ indulgence galore (above $150)

Certified halal [Halal]
Does not serve pork or lard [NPNL]
Kid-friendly facilities [Kid]


Cafebiz [$]
Traders Hotel, Singapore, Lobby Level, 1A Cuscaden Road. Tel: 6831 4374

Get ready for the work week with Cafebiz’s Sunday Buffet Dinner (Sun 6.30-10pm, $33++ till end July). The international spread is a melting pot of flavours, spanning exotic Asian, international and local cuisines with seafood on ice. Located behind Tanglin Mall, it’s a little far from the main shopping belt, but those who’ve been speak fondly of their experience.


Coffee Lounge [$]
Goodwood Park Hotel, Lobby Level, 22 Scotts Road. Tel: 6730 1746

Think piping hot Taiwan porridge with over 29 dishes to choose from. Comfort food favourites like braised pork belly with dark soy sauce, chilled beancurd in Japanese soy sauce and pork floss and steamed sea bass with crispy bean paste feature in this à la carte buffet (daily 12pm-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm, $39++, minimum 2 to dine), with unlimited access to the dessert table. $49.80++ till 13 July with durian dessert buffet.


Crystal Café [$]
Orchard Grand Court, Level 1, 131 Killiney Road. Tel: 6830 2020

Here’s another venue to check out if you love Taiwan porridge. Nestled behind the SingTel building is Crystal Café, which has daily lunch and dinner buffets at wallet-friendly prices (from $13.80++). When you’re done with the savouries such as braised pig trotters and chicken feet, tuck into their hot dessert, assorted pastries and freshly-cut fruits.


Open House [$]
Grand Park Orchard, Level 4, 270 Orchard Road. Tel: 6603 8855

Think local delights with a fusion twist at Open House (from $28++). Come for its mainstays–pizzas (teriyaki, Margherita, Hawaiian), sandwiches, dim sum, claypot favourites and roast meat with noodles or rice; and be pleasantly surprised by its monthly Asian themes that see special menu items added to the spread. The open concept restaurant also boasts four live cooking stations with chefs churning out ã la minute orders.


Spices Café [$]
Concorde Hotel Singapore, Lobby Level 3, 100 Orchard Road. Tel: 6739 8370

Head to Spices Cafe for their weekday Singapore Flavours Buffet Lunch (Mon-Fri 12pm-2.30pm, $32++). Enjoy the moreish aromas of Peranakan cuisine, with favourites like bakwan kepiting (pork and crab meatballs in soup), ayam buah keluak (chicken cooked with an Indonesian black nut) and loh kai yik–a hard-to-find Hakka dish made with almost every part of the pig.


White Rose Café [$]
York Hotel Singapore, Lobby Level, 21 Mount Elizabeth. Tel: 6830 1156

At White Rose Cafe, there’s much to eat during Sunday tea (Sun 3-5pm, $28.80++). Slurp your fill from the noodle station, where chefs whip up Singapore laksa, pork ribs and prawn noodle soup and other favourites as your stomach rumbles. Then fill your plate with dim sum, baked macaroni with escargot, sushi and durian puffs. Don’t forget to ’take a dip’ in the chocolate fondue fountain.


10 at Claymore [$$]
Pan Pacific Orchard, Lobby Level, 10 Claymore Road. Tel: 6831 6686

Relish 10 at Claymore’s seasonal Plates of Pleasure (from $59++). The à la carte buffet means you can sample their premium meats–in ideal bite-sized portions. Believe us, it’s hard not to crave their signature Blackmore full blood Wagyu beef tenderloin and Famous Peddler’s Char Kway Teow.


Carousel [$$][Halal]
Royal Plaza on Scotts, Lobby Level, 25 Scotts Road. Tel: 6589 7799

This award-winning buffet restaurant serves everything from seafood, roasts and desserts, which are all prepared in its Halal-certified kitchens (from $49++). Tuck into slipper lobster, leg of lamb and choose from its three-counter dessert spread while you dine comfortably in one of its four tastefully designed sections: The Living Room, The State Rooms, The Verandah and The Terrace.


Checkers Brasserie [$$]
Hilton Singapore, Lobby Level, 581 Orchard Road. Tel: 6730 3390

What’s interesting here is its weekday themed lunch buffets (Mon-Fri 12pm-2.30pm, $49.50++): Monday’s spices and herbs (Indian and Malay cuisine), Tuesday bodes authentic Thai, go Japanese on Wednesdays, Thursdays mean Mediterranean, and of course there’s their ever-popular sumptuous Friday seafood buffet.


Jiang-Nan Chun [$$]
Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, Level 2, 190 Orchard Boulevard. Tel: 6831 7220

Kick off the weekend feasting with a variety of dim sum as well as signature items by Chinese executive chef Alan Chan, steamed or wok-fried upon order. Choose to add Veuve Clicquot Brut NV or Rosé, house red or white wine to your Oriental Weekend Brunch (Sat 11.30am-2.30pm; Sun 11am-1pm, 1.303pm, from $78++) which includes one serving of braised bird’s nest or sea treasure soup and free-flow juice. Then move to wholesome delicacies like double-boiled abalone soup with chicken and ginseng, and refreshing desserts like chilled herbal jelly.


L’Espresso [$$]
Goodwood Park Hotel, G/F, 22 Scotts Road. Tel: 6730 1743

We know English afternoon tea is usually served with what else–a spot of tea. L’Espresso (Mon-Thu 2- 5.30pm; Fri-Sun, PH 12-2.30pm, 3-5.30pm, $68++) turns the elegant enjoyment up a notch by offering a glass of Laurent-Perrier champagne along with tea time delights like dainty sandwiches, salads, savouries, pastries, desserts, chocolate fountain and of course, traditional English scones.


Marriott Cafe [$$]
Singapore Marriott Hotel, Lobby Level, 320 Orchard Road. Tel: 6831 4605

Enjoy international and local cuisine (lunch from $55++) with stations serving oysters, chilli crab and premium dishes like crispy pork saddle with pancetta prune and mixed herbs, and slow roasted prime ribs. Then indulge your sweet tooth with a helping (or two) of their signature sticky date pudding or take a breather at the extensive salad bar, set against a backdrop of live plants.


Orchard Café
Orchard Hotel Singapore, Lobby Level, 442 Orchard Road. Tel: 6739 6565

Lovers of Straits cuisine, rejoice at the Peranakan spread (from $48++). Expect steamed black cod otah, sambal stingray in banana leaves and kueh pie tee garnished with buah keluak here. Feast on signature Ah Huat Kong Bak Pao, as well as claypot dishes like slow-cooked beef cheek rendang, babi pongteh, and spicy ikan kuah lada. Leave room for dessert: chempedak crepes.


Pete’s Place [$$]
Grand Hyatt Singapore, Basement Level, Grand Wing, 10 Scotts Road. Tel: 6732 1234

At this Italian establishment, you’ll be spoilt for choice at Sunday brunch (11.30am-2.30pm, $82++). Picture the ocean: freshly shucked seasonal oysters with mignonette dressing, Canadian lobsters, scallops and crabs. Then dive into the antipasti, pizzas by the slice, mains, pasta and much more, while washing everything down with free-flowing prosecco–perfetto.

Pool Grill [$$]
Singapore Marriott Hotel, Level 5, 320 Orchard Road. Tel: 6831 4605

Laze by the water and imbibe to your heart’s content at Pool Grill. Food is  Ã£ la carte, but don’t let that stop you from ordering some starters with your drinks. Try the Boston lobster cocktail, crepes with Grand Marnier and vanilla bean ice cream, and garlic & rosemary roasted kipfler potatoes. The wine and beer buffet has a time limit of two hours ($45++), but that’ll keep you from being sloshed before dinner time.


StraitsKitchen [$$][Halal]
Grand Hyatt Singapore, Lobby Level, 10 Scotts Road. Tel: 6732 1234

With a smorgasbord of popular local hawker fare, StraitsKitchen is a great place to bring visiting friends (from $45++). The marketplace setting is a Singapore showcase of Hainanese chicken rice, beef rendang, crabs and even the pungent king of fruits– homemade durian ice cream. Its theatre kitchens also offer a visual treat, with much prata-flipping and satay grilling action.


Tea Lounge [$$]
Regent Singapore, Lobby Level, 1 Cuscaden Road. Tel: 6725 3245

With a relaxed library-like ambience, it’s a good place to unwind at the Weekend High Tea Buffet (Sat-Sun 12nn-2.30pm, 3pm-5.30pm, $52++) which offers a selection of premium teas, finger sandwiches, freshly baked pastries and scones. On their menu: Wagyu roast beef on thyme bread with English mustard, avruga caviar, Yorkshire pudding, laksa flan with baby shrimp and macchio tiramisu. We would opt for the first seating.


The Dining Room [$$]
Sheraton Towers Singapore, Level 1, 39 Scotts Road. Tel: 6839 5621

Although famed for its “Women Only Wednesday” dinner, we like The Dining Room’s inclusive family day Sundays (7-10pm, $58++). Bring the whole jingbang to dinner and relax with the sound of the cascading waterfalls in the background while you savour dishes like wok-fried blue crab with salted egg, slow-roasted ribeye, signature laksa, and seafood on ice.


The Rose Veranda [$$]
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, Mezzanine Level, Tower Wing, 22 Orange Grove Road. Tel: 6213 4486

At The Rose Veranda, the setting is lavish and elegant, the chairs are comfy, and each seating is at least three hours long (Mon-Fri 11.30am-6pm; Sat-Sun, PH 11.30am-2.30pm, 3-6pm, $45++). Choose from 164 premium tea blends and sip from silver teacups while savouring international and local offerings. Perfect for that languid afternoon catch up with your girlfriends.


Window on the Park [$$]
Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre, Level 2, 11 Cavenagh Road. Tel: 6733 8333

At 29 years old, Window on the Park might qualify as one of the most seasoned buffet restaurants in town. Cosy up with the weekday dinner selection (from $59++) of seafood, Asian and international specialities like chilli crab, Singapore laksa and crème brûlée as you contemplate your next shopping stop. The spruced up hotel was formerly known as Holiday Inn Parkview Singapore.


Basilico [$$$][Kid]
Regent Singapore, Level 2, 1 Cuscaden Road. Tel: 6725 3232

The 202-seater focuses on seasonal and authentic Italian cuisine. Highlights include a rotisserie, espresso bar, walk-in wine cellar and al fresco dining at the terrace overlooking the pool. At Basilico’s popular Sunday lunch (Sun 12pm-3pm, $92++), wander round the live cooking stations, nibble in the cheese room which has at least 15 varieties, and revel in the heady aroma of the foie gras bar. There’s also a kids room for your tots.


Brasserie Les Saveurs [$$$]
The St. Regis Singapore, Lobby Level, 29 Tanglin Road. Tel: 6506 6860

Spend a Saturday evening with three pleasures at The St. Regis Connoisseur Dinner Dance (Sat 7.30-10.30pm, $93++). First, the romantic ambience that will charm any date; second, the cuisine, which is contemporary French and encompasses delectable appetisers, main courses, desserts and gourmet cheeses. Third, learn from resident instructors and take over the dance floor.


The Line [$$$]
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, Lobby Level, Tower Wing, 22 Orange Grove Road. Tel: 6213 4275

Go big at The Line with its 16 theatre kitchens that feature a wide array of dishes. Seafood lovers, don’t miss out on their special Marine Harvest buffet (Tue and Thu 6-10.30pm, $92++) where lines form at the crustacean bar. Alaskan king crab, Boston lobsters and chilli crabs await; along with free flow house wine, Archipelago Xiang beer, soft drinks and chilled juices.


Triple Three [$$$]
Mandarin Orchard Singapore, Level 5, 333 Orchard Road. Tel: 6831 6288

There’s a different themed buffet every day at this Japanese-inspired international restaurant. Three all-you-can-eat dishes feature on its Kagoshima Wagyu Beef Night (Wed-Thu 6.30-10pm, $88++), for that midweek bovine craving. This is in addition to its selection of sashimi and sushi, seafood on ice, premium roast section and delectable desserts.


Mezza9 [$$$$]
Grand Hyatt Singapore, Mezzanine Level, 10 Scotts Road. Tel: 6732 1234

This 400-seater restaurant is massive. Sit anywhere you want and order from any of its nine dining experiences: grill for slow roasted black angus prime sirloin, steam basket, deli counter, wok, seafood, Thai, sushi, yakitori, patisserie counter for homemade gelato and martini bar which has a wide selection of tipples to choose from. mezza9’s Sunday Champagne Brunch (Sun 11.30am3pm, $138++) offers free flow Perrier Jouët Grand Brut champagne, premium red and white wines, beers, mojitos and Bloody Marys.