This nifty list will come in handy if you’re racking your brain on where to go for reunion dinner this CNY.

From hotpots, skewers to ala carte dishes, we bring you a list of flavourful Chinese buffets, with enough spice, punch and variety to satisfy even the pickiest of taste buds.

[A La Carte]


Ban Heng Restaurant

Ban Heng serves up a variety of appetisers, soups and seafood such as their fried prawn with cereal, crispy fried squid rings, as well as noodle and rice dishes. For lunch (daily 11.30am-3pm, 6-10.30pm; from $22.80++ adult, from $13.80++ child below 1.2m), you can also choose from a variety of dim sum such as the steamed siew mai and steamed BBQ pork buns. For dinner (from $26.80++ adult, from $15.80++ child below 1.2m), try the Teochew braised duck and venison with ginger and onion. Minimum four adults to dine. #11-01/02 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road. Tel: 6238 1516

Chow Fun

Eclectic-chic Chow Fun is known for their menu of noodle small plates, signature snacks, mains and desserts. A mid-week buffet runs every Wednesday, priced at $39.90 per adult, while kids under 10 eat for free (1 adult to 1 child). You’ll be spoilt for choice with dishes such as chilled ginger and scallion rice noodles to bone marrow, lemon and Parmesan with spaghetti. The Asian-inspired plates include chicken skin with salted egg yolk dip, fish roe fish ball, and Peranakan roasted honey pork. #01-08 The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road. Tel: 6464 6900

Crystal Café

A value-for-money and located in the heart of Orchard, Crystal Café’s Taiwan porridge buffet ($14.80++, Mon-Fri 12-2.30pm, Mon-Thu 6-10pm; $16.80++, Fri 6-10pm, Sat-Sun 12-10pm) serves up home-style dishes to accompany hot gruel. The spread includes their highly- raved-about braised pig trotters and chicken feet, and desserts like durian pengat. We can see why they have been around for over a decade. Level 1 Orchard Grand Court Singapore, 131 Killiney Road. Tel: 6830 2020

LEE’s Taiwanese

This a la carte buffet (lunch $19.80++, Mon-Fri 11.30am-5pm; and dinner $23.80++ Mon-Fri 5pm onwards) offers authentic Taiwanese grub. Load up on favourites like pig intestines, Taiwanese beehoon, signature Taiwanese beef noodle soup, sweet potato fries and crispy chicken chop. No MSG is used. #02-10/11 The Star Vista, 1 Vista Exchange Green. Tel: 6694 1588

Si Wei Yan

Si Wei Yan

Satisfy your spice cravings with the a la carte buffet at Si Wei Yan, by the same folks behind Si Wei Mao Cai. Lunch and dinner buffets are priced at $38.80++, featuring 70 options such as the signature cumin flavored crispy lamb ribs, boiled fish fillet in Sichuan style, chicken in chilli oil, and matsutake millet soup. The restaurant takes their authentic Sichuan cuisine seriously, bringing in not just dried but fresh Sichuan peppers. Try the beef belly slices in sour soup for another dimension to Sichuan cuisine. 1 Club Street. Tel: 9479 5736

TungLok Seafood

This a la carte buffet has both lunch (from $26.80++adult, from $16.80++ child aged below 12) and dinner (from $38.80++ adult, from $28.80++ child aged below 12) options. Pick from their wide menu which includes cold cuts, sautéed sliced beef with black bean sauce and sambal mussels. Also, enjoy their range of dim sum dishes during their lunch buffet. Minimum four persons to dine. #11-05 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road.Tel: 6834 4888


Lee’s Taiwanese Buffet Spread

[Steamboat and Skewers]

Bay Front Steamboat Buffet

Enjoy the sea breeze along Gardens by the Bay at the hawker centre during the weekend ($25 nett, Fri-Sun 6pm-2am) when specialty seafood such as giant crabs and flower crabs are made available. Laksa and tom yam soup bases are added to the weekday ($20 nett, Mon-Thu 6pm-2am) broth selection of chicken and herbal soup. Crowd favourites here include Korean marinated pork and barbecued beef, remember to place your last order by 11.40pm. 18 Marina Gardens drive. Tel: 9030 4275

Chuan Yi Pin

This bustling steamboat buffet ($24.80++, Mon-Fri 11.30am-2am; $26.80++, Sat-Sun 11.30am-2am) occupies two units in Bugis and begins to ll up even before dinner time. Along with Sichuan-style appetisers, customers can enjoy seafood such as cockles and mussels, pork and beef sliced to order by staff. With an optional BBQ element to the buffet, be prepared to walk away smelling of the grill! #01-01 Bugis Point, 530 North Bridge Road. Tel: 6884 4582

The House of Steamboat

This unique steamboat buffet ($20 nett, daily 12pm-12am) uses a crystal steamboat pot for all their eight kinds of broths, including traditional ginseng chicken soup, pork bone soup, and sour and spicy soup. Other than the free- flow fried food, free drinks and ice cream, a steamboat with BBQ buffet ($22 nett, daily 12pm-12am) is offered here. For the health-conscious, its soup bases are MSG-free. 7 Tan Quee Lan Street. Tel: 6336 2875

Xu Ting

The sister restaurant of Chinese hotpot restaurant, the nearby Guo Fu, is focused on northeast Chinese and Taiwanese cuisines. Xu Ting offers up an individual hot pot buffet concept (Lunch 11.30am”“3pm at $23.90++, dinner 3pm-10.30pm, Mon-Thu $25.90++, Fri-Sun $27.90) with over 60 options of meat, vegetables and seafood (the broth is charged separately). The new addition of char-grilled Chinese style skewers and small sharing plates (a la carte pricing) will please those who love variety. #01-01 Far East Square, 19 China Street. Tel: 6443 1255


Zao Lek Lok Lok

Lok lok has never been this unique with Zao Lek Lok Lok. Aimed at the heartland crowd, this family-friendly, al fresco place offers four different types of Lok Lok (fried, soup, BBQ and fruit) at $24 nett weekdays, $27 nett for weekends. They also offer eight types of dipping sauces and six types of soup bases, with the tom yum and herbal bak kut teh being two of the most popular. Paya Lebar Kovan CC, 207 Hougang Street 21. Tel: 6282 4005