Stroll by the Singapore River and pop in to our riverside recommendations.
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]
#01-12/13, 30 Robertson Quay. Tel: 6737 6863
Opened by young duo Masui and Tsuchiya, this restaurant is frequented by Japanese expats and locals alike. A relaxed place to dine at while chowing down on premium pork shabu shabu ($24++, Tue-Sun 5pm-1am) or wagyu loin beef and pork shabu buffet ($90++, Tue-Sun 5pm-1am), this gem is situated along the riverfront. The specially concocted Azmaya soup is a must-try (additional $3/pax).
Brizo—named after the Greek god of the sea—offers a sumptuous ensemble of seafood and local delights. The Ahoy! It’s Seafood Night buffet dinner ($65++; adult, $32++; child, Thu-Sun 6.30-10.30pm) comprises 20 types of seafood dishes and an all-new cooked to order dish, Lobster in a Pan (1 Oct-27 Dec). The new star dish contains a whole Maine lobster, tiger prawns, clams, black mussels and each pan comes with refillable steak fries. If lobster doesn’t tempt, truffle fries should!
Grand Copthorne Waterfront Singapore, 392 Havelock Road. Tel: 6233 1100
Grill lovers, this high tea barbecue buffet ($38++, adult; $19++, child; Sat 2-5pm) is just for you. Expect items like satay, chicken wing, fried dough fritter and sweet corn prepared on the open charcoal fired grill. Chow down other Asian and Western favourites such as fragrant nasi lemak, dim sum and California hand roll. End your hearty meal on a sweet note by indulging in Nyonya kueh and a slice of oreo cheesecake.
Ellenborough Market Cafe
Swissôtel Merchant Court, 20 Merchant Road. Tel: 6337 2288
Savour Straits Chinese flavours such as Penang char kway teow ($18), nasi goreng istimewa ($18), crispy beef noodles ($16) and Nyonya laksa ($16) along the banks of the Singapore River. Occasional themed food promotions jazz up the retro dining experience amid the colonial decor. Lunch $38++ adult, $19++ child, Mon-Fri 12-2.30pm; $48++ adult, $24++ child, Sat-Sun & PH; dinner $48++ adult, $24++ child, Mon-Thu 6.30-10pm.
En Grill & Bar
#01-60 UE Square, 207 River Valley Road. Tel: 6468 5710
Fill your plate with appetisers and refillable side dishes such as green salad, pork shabu salad, chicken karaage, garlic fried rice and wafu mentaiko pasta—at the a la carte skewers buffet ($39.80++, limited to first 30 persons per day). Come early at these times: Mon-Thu 6-11pm, Fri-Sun & PH 12-3pm, 6-11pm. This traditional Japanese yakimono has three dining areas, indoors overlooking the open kitchen, a modern lounge for relaxing and private al fresco bar.
Fern Tree Café
Lobby Level Hotel Miramar Singapore, 401 Havelock Road. Tel: 6631 3021
While not technically beside the river, this riverside area hotel offers great value. At the international buffet ($35++ adult, $25++ child, Mon-Thu; $38++ adult, $25++ child, Fri-Sun & PH), indulge in unlimited servings of fresh oysters, sashimi and free flow of beer (dinner only). The wide range of dishes available straddle both east and west cuisines. Of note, the crayfish in pepper or salted egg is sure to whet the appetite.
Irodori Japanese Restaurant
#03-01 Riverview Hotel, 382 Havelock Road. Tel: 6737 2002
This long-time legendary Japanese buffet never fails to impress. The lunch and dinner spreads ($36.80++ adult, $23++ child, daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm) offer a wide range of dishes that include green tea tofu for the health-conscious, decadent ebi mentai mayo, and beef shogayaki—delicately sliced beef served with a fiery ginger sauce.
Serving authentic Balinese cuisine (lunch $50++ adult, $16++ child, 12-2.30pm; dinner $55++ adult, $20++ child, 6-10.30pm) lovingly prepared by Chef I Gusti Nyoman Kaler and his team, this restaurant is especially noted for its grilled meats and special spices. Other delectable finds include sop ayam (clear chicken soup), nasi kuning (yellow rice), beef rendang and dessert lupis (steamed glutinous rice cake) drizzled with coconut and gula melaka.
Taking up prime position in the mall overlooking the Singapore River, this Japanese restaurant proudly offers an a la carte buffet menu with over 100 items ($36.90++, 11.30am-3pm, 6-9pm). Prices for lunch and dinner are the same as both meals feature identical selections of sashimi, yaki (grilled), age (deep fried) and teppanyaki dishes, with some unexpected favourites such as Japanese burger steak and takoyaki.
Peach Garden @ Hotel Miramar
Level 3 Hotel Miramar, 401 Havelock Road. Tel: 6736 3833
Back by popular demand, the daily a la carte buffet ($48++ Mon-Fri; $60++ Sat-Sun) serves up unlimited orders of more than 45 items such as abalone noodles, soon hock, live prawns, roast meats and the signature fried carrot cake with XO sauce. End off with desserts such as mango sago with pomelo, jelly royale with julienned coconut, and pulot hitam. Gather your friends for 50% off your bill with a minimum of four persons.
Princess Terrace Cafe
Copthorne King’s Hotel Singapore, 403 Havelock Road. Tel: 6733 0011
Well-known for serving their stalwart Penang seafood buffet (lunch $49.80++, Mon-Fri 12-2.30pm; $51.80++ Sat-Sun & PH; dinner $53.80++, Mon-Thu 6.30-10pm; $56.80++, Fri-Sun & PH) since the early 1970s, this restaurant’s delectable spread features classic Penang laksa, prawn noodle, popiah, satay, curry chicken, kueh pie tee, fried kway teow, duck thigh mee sua and not forgetting desserts like Nyonya kueh and soya beancurd. Children aged 10 and below: 50% off adult price.
Riverwalk Tandoor [NPNL]
#B1-38 The Riverwalk, 20 Upper Circular Road. Tel: 6536 0875
Offering fine North Indian cuisine since 1998, this restaurant’s buffet line-up (daily 11.30am-2.30pm, $16.90++; dinner $19.90++ Mon-Thu; $20.90++ Fri-Sun) includes Punjabi samosa and tandoori chicken for starters, followed by items like fish sambal, mutton masala and black pepper prawns that satisfy with the right amount of spices and gravies. With a revolving
daily menu, you never know what you’ll get—but it’s a steal at these prices anyway.
The Square’s extensive buffet spread (lunch $55++ adult, $16++ child aged 5-11; dinner $65++ adult, $20++ child aged 5-11) features both Asian and Western delights. Whether you’re craving roast meats, chilled seafood or a variety of hot or cold desserts, the numerous stations will satisfy. The spacious restaurant easily accommodates large groups,
and is popular for family celebrations.
Feast your eyes on Town Restaurant’s gorgeous view of the Singapore River, as you tuck into the local and international foodie delights at their buffet. Drop by for lunch ($55++; adult, $28++; child, Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm). From Wednesdays to Saturdays, there’s the option of a seafood and BBQ buffet dinner ($89++ per adult, $44++ per child aged 6-11).
Z’en Japanese Cuisine
#01-75 UE Square, 205 River Valley Road. Tel: 6732 3110
All-you-can-eat hotpot ($48++ adult, $18++ child, Mon-Thu; $56++ adult, $18++ child, Fri-Sun) comes with unlimited servings of premium A5/A4 Japanese wagyu beef, and other mouth-watering dishes including spicy seafood crunchy roll. Reach for lightly grilled wagyu sushi, sashimi salad with sesame dressing, pasta style mentaiko (cod roe) udon and not forgetting matcha ice cream to round off your meal.