Chope a seat at one of these all-you-can-eat places and pile your plate high with lots of favourite local flavours this SG50 holiday. Log on to www.bites.com.sg for these buffets and more!
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]
Café Lodge [$]
Y.W.C.A. Fort Canning Lodge, 6 Fort Canning Road. Tel: 6333 0487
Head to the serene Fort Canning for a meal at this all-day dining outlet. The dinner buffet ($32++, Fri-Sat 6-8.30pm; 7-10 Aug: 11.30am-2.30pm/3-5.30pm/6-8.30pm, National Day menu will include special dishes) features rotating themes of Peranakan, Teochew or Hakka—call ahead to enquire or reserve. Enjoy favourites babi pongteh, Nyonya chap chye, nasi ulam and durian pengat while you admire the greenery.
Food Haven the Restaurant [$]
Singapore Polytechnic Staff Centre (Gate 3), 500 Dover Road. Tel: 6778 3622
Bet you didn’t know about this hidden find—and yes, they’re open to the public. Savour a bowl of noodles from their DIY station (rotates between mee rebus/laksa/lor mee/mee siam), then fill up on ayam masak merah, ngo hiang and ice kachang (11am-2.30pm; Mon-Fri $12.80+, Sun $14.80+; closed on 9 & 10 Aug).
Grouper King Seafood Restaurant [$]
SAF Yacht Club Changi, 110 Tanah Merah Coast Road. Tel: 6294 2638
Think fresh seafood from this seaside establishment’s own kelong. There’s a barbecue corner, so get fired up with prawns, sotong and steaks; and choose from a variety of other seafood (we spied flower crabs and mussels), noodles, dried beancurd skin and veggies for our bubbling steamboat. There’s cooked food like fried mantou, har cheong gai and champagne pork ribs too. Don’t forget the tummy warming red/green bean soups and ice cream too ($32.80++, daily 6-10pm).
Based in an air-conditioned shophouse, King’s prides itself on its eponymous signature laksa soup base steamboat—served alongside more traditional mala, chicken and seafood broths—and its a la carte buffet ($18.80+, Thu-Tue 11am-2pm; $23.80+, Thu-Tue 2-11pm, Wed 4-11pm) which totals 60-70 food items, including cooked food. Visit for an efficient, no-frills experience.
Satisfy your brunch cravings at the well-priced Weekend Singapore Brunch buffet ($38++, Sat-Sun 12.30-3pm; $45++ during National Day weekend, additional items to be announced) before taking a stroll around the malls. Chow down on international faves and local delights like siu mai or roast pork and duck, or create your own bowl of greens at the salad station.
Saltwater Café [$]
Lobby Level Changi Village Hotel, 1 Netheravon Road. Tel: 6379 7018
Tuck into their daily Kampong Buffet Lunch ($38++; Mon-Fri 12-2.30pm, Sat-Sun & PH 12-4pm) which features delectable Asian delicacies such as lor mee, pig’s tail soup with lotus roots and peanuts, biryani and a selection of desserts. Highlights are the outdoor teh tarik station where you can watch tea being ‘pulled’, and feast on freshly grilled satay. It’s a great reason to visit this idyllic enclave that’s close to the shoreline and a boat ride away from Pulau Ubin.
Si Chuan Dou Hua (Kitchener) [$]
PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road, 181 Kitchener Road. Tel: 6428 3170
Reminisce the old times with this nostalgic dim sum buffet (till 31 Aug; $38++ per person, min. 4 to dine; Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm, Sat-Sun 11.30am-1pm/1.30-3pm). Tuck into bygone treats such as the traditional Hakka dumpling with white turnip, and steamed rice with salted fish and chicken. There are also staples like noodles, desserts and signature roast meats.
For an affordable all-you-can-eat meal, the Singapore Flavours Buffet Lunch ($33++, Mon-Fri 12-2.30pm) always satisfies. Another reason to go there is to feast on the hearty Peranakan dishes (bakwan kepiting, ayam buah keluak and loh kai yik) alongside heartwarming local favourites such as the herbal black chicken soup and crabs.
Straits Chinese Nonya Restaurant [$]
#01-08 Chinatown Plaza, 34 Craig Road. Tel: 6534 7328
Managed by the oldest Nyonya restaurant group in Singapore with an impressive history from 1953, this restaurant boasts authentic fare ($32 nett, daily 11.30am-2.30pm). The fermented beans in their babi pongteh is a nostalgic taste of Peranakan cuisine together with other traditional dishes like ayam buah keluak, assam fish, cendol and bubur cha cha.
White Rose Café [$]
York Hotel Singapore, 21 Mount Elizabeth. Tel: 6830 1156
Street food done well is this hotel restaurant’s forte. Usually known for their Penang hawkers fest, this month savour Treasured Flavours of Singapore in an a la carte lunch buffet ($25++, Mon-Fri 12-2.30pm, min. 2 to dine). Their 20 homestyle items include black ink sotong, chicken masala, chap chye, achar and chin chow with palm seeds. On 9 Aug, relive the 1960s at their Singapore Street Food extravaganza with live food stalls ($35++, 12-2.30pm; $29++, 3-5pm).
Ah Meng Restaurant [$$][Kid-friendly]
Ah Meng Restaurant (Terrace), Singapore Zoo, 80 Mandai Road. Tel: 6269 3411
Have Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife starring our zoo’s iconic orangutans (adults $33 nett, kids $23 nett; daily 9-10.30am) who’ll amble in from 9.30-10am. Interact with the cheeky primates, playful tamarins and docile snakes while enjoying the spread which includes a baker’s basket, French toast, dim sum (har kau, cuttlefish siew mai), beef bacon, a cheese board with grapes and relish, and freshly scrambled eggs. Singapore Zoo admission charges apply ($32 nett without tram ride).
Dine On 3 – Silver Shell Café [$$][Kid-friendly]
Level 3 Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, Singapore, 101 Siloso Road, Sentosa. Tel: 6371 1966
In the mood to relish the Good Ol’ Days? Chow down on local fare like char kway teow, laksa and satay at this dinner offering ($48++, Tue 6-10pm). It’s an excellent venue to bring the whole family—there’s a scaled-to-height children’s buffet section brimming with mains, salads, sandwiches and fruits alongside cupcakes and gummy bears; while the BabyZone provides complimentary nosh for tots at different stages of infancy and comes equipped with bottle sterilisers, hot water, a microwave, and other necessities.
Treat yourself to a spread of local food at Makan Makan, a tribute to the delicious food heritage of Singapore ($48++, Sat 12-2.30pm; 6-8 & 10 Aug: $50++ for Jubilee Lunch). Besides familiar dishes such as babi pongteh, ngo hiang and traditional Peranakan chicken curry, are live stations such as homemade laksa, Penang prawn noodle soup and the freshly toasted kaya bread with soft-boiled eggs counter. Don’t miss the creative dessert island with signature durian puffs, mousse cakes and pengat, alongside ice kachang, soy bean milk pudding and yam paste with ginkgo nuts.
Can’t miss out this renowned Singapore-themed buffet. With a smorgasbord of popular local hawker fare, StraitsKitchen is a great place to head to this August (from $45++; Mon-Fri 12-2.30pm, Sat-Sun & PH 12.30-3pm). 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 halal-certified theatre kitchens also offer a visual treat, with much prata-flipping and satay grilling action.
At this British colonial-style restaurant that’s been in operation since 1899, the all-curry Northern Indian buffet ($60++, daily 12pm-2pm; $75++, daily 7-10pm) includes a good portion of curries alongside a salad section with varied condiments like coconut chutney. Try the fresh cheese naan that goes with the vegetable curries. For dessert, the gulab jamun, fried milk dumpling with saffron sugar syrup, will be a treat.