This month, the streets around Chinatown are alive with 26 buffets of all sorts. 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 $150)
Certified halal [Halal]
Does not serve pork or lard [NPNL]
Kid-friendly facilities [Kid]
MOO…BAR AND GRILL [$]
21 McCallum Street. Tel: 6634 2662
Grab your mates and head on down to Moo…Bar and Grill for a relaxed evening and their free flow Tiger beer buffet ($25++, Mon-Wed 5-8pm). Drink up in the comfort of this modern watering hole, adjacent to the cultural Telok Ayer Street and Amoy Street area.
123 Telok Ayer Street. Tel: 6534 9741
Free flow of draught beer while slurping down pho and munching on rice paper rolls? Yes please! This beer buffet ($25++, Mon-Sat 5-8pm) at PhoPho offers Carlsberg and Kronenbourg 1664 to quench your thirst. The quaint restaurant is hidden away in Telok Ayer.
THE MAD POET GASTROBAR [$]
#01-23/24 China Court, 20 Cross Street. Tel: 6557 0312
Beer and fried chicken—the Koreans got it right, but The Mad Poet is hot on their heels with their Beer & Bites a la carte buffet ($33++, Wed 6-8.30pm). Slake your thirst with free flow lagers from Paulaner, including the dark lager as well as the classic. Freshly cooked karaage chicken and fries round up this delectable combo.
WINE MANSION [$]
20 Keong Saik Road. Tel: 6532 4338
Boasting one of the longest wine buffets ($35++, daily 5-9pm except Wed, Fri and PH eve) at this central hangout, this great deal includes red, white and sparkling wine, as well as beer and a complimentary mini Wine Mansion platter. On Wednesdays, only ladies enjoy the same perks for just $25++.
FARM TO TABLE CAFÃ‰ [$]
The Duxton Hotel Singapore, 83 Duxton Road. Tel: 6227 7678
Hit up this café run by coffee nerds who also serve plates of a la carte comfort fare. Opt for their breakfast semi-buffet ($23.77 nett, daily 7.30-10.30am) which includes your choice of eggs, pastries and croissants, yogurt, cereals, fresh fruits, brewed coffee and tea. Mostly for hotel guests, but walk-ins also welcome.
NIJI JAPANESE RESTAURANT [$][NPNL]
Level 1 The Seacare Hotel, 52 Chin Swee Road. Tel: 6818 2688
A Japanese restaurant in the afternoon and dinner, it’s also used as the hotel’s breakfast venue in the morning ($15++, daily 7-10am). Pop by for an international spread which includes chicken sausages, hash browns, miso soup, and a rotation of scrambled eggs, fried beehoon and mee goreng. There are juices, coffee and tea too. Walk-ins without reservations welcome.
ORCHID CAFÃ‰ [$][Kid]
Level 3 Orchid Hotel, 1 Tras Link. Tel: 6818 6818
Nothing beats having a simple but satisfying dinner of warm Teochew porridge ($18.80++, daily 6-10pm). You’ll find about 14 main dishes and a choice of condiments at this humble but filling buffet: pig’s trotters, salted egg, mixed vegetables, stir-fried meats, kungpao chicken and
even European fare like soup and pasta salad. Children will love the homely antiquated cafe as there’s lots of room for them to move about while baby high chairs and kids’ cutlery are available upon request.
RE!FILL RESTAURANT [$]
Hotel Re!, 175A Chin Swee Road. Tel: 6827 8228
Waking up to an international spread for breakfast is just the thing to start off your mornings. At Re!Fill restaurant’s breakfast buffet ($21++, daily 7-10.30am), indulge in a selection of waffles, sausages, hashbrowns and cereals, with eggs done up multiple ways for your preference. Dim sum, congee and a hot soup of the day are also available for those with a more oriental inkling.
Gear up for a treat at Lime’s Peranakan kitchen (lunch from $45++, Mon-Sat 12pm-2.30pm; dinner from $58++, Mon-Sun 6.30-10.30pm). The Nyonya specials are further heightened by authentic herbs picked right from the hotel’s sustainable garden. Tuck into the heritage flavours of babi pong teh, ayam buah keluak and kueh pie tee, crafted by the restaurant’s in-house Nyonya chef, as well as Southeast Asian delicacies and modern international cuisine.
#01-04 Central Square, 20 Havelock Road. Tel: 6339 9993
A pay-what-you-want vegetarian buffet (daily 11am-3pm; Tue-Sun, eve of and PH 6-10pm) experience where the proceeds go to the Temple of Fine Arts is the unique selling point of Annalakshmi. (See also Top 10 Vegetarian-lovers Buffets)
BAR B Q TONIGHT [$]
11-12 Stanley Street. Tel: 6327 9280
Traditional Pakistani food is the focus of this restaurant. BAR B Q TONIGHT’s buffet ($13++, daily 12-3pm; $25++, daily 6-10pm) homes in on richness and flavour, with the cuisine largely similar to Indian cuisine—expect naans and barbecued meats like chicken tikka on the menu. For the more adventurous, the brain masala recommended by the chef would be a first to many.
BBQ WORLD [$]
76 Amoy Street. Tel: 6423 1040
Nestled cosily almost out of sight in Amoy Street, this Korean grill BBQ buffet ($24.90++, daily 5.30-10.30pm; $24.90++, weekends 11.30am-2pm) restaurant is bare and basic, but the ribs are marinated to perfection with huge rolls of pork taking centrestage on the grill.
101 Cantonment Road. Tel: 6410 9084
This international buffet ($29.50nett, daily 11.30am-230pm; $30.60nett, daily 5.30-9pm) serves up fresh catch (seafood), Japanese, Western, even dim sum/pastries delights, including nyonya kueh. Crabs, prawns and clams are the definite crowd pleasers in the fresh catch station, while interesting Asian takes on sushi (sushi nasi lemak/sushi hei bee hiam) might just tickle your tastebuds in the right way.
CHONG QING LIU YI SHOU STEAMBOAT [$]
76-78 Smith Street. Tel: 6835 7626
Yin yang style pots filled with mala, herbal chicken or fish head stock are offered in this late night steamboat buffet ($21.80++, daily 11am-3am). Chong Qing Liu Yi Shou offers fresh seafood such as prawns and crabs to go with its cold appetisers and cooked food, including dim sum, chicken wings and fries. Save room for ice cream and fresh fruits after the meal to cool yourself down!
CHUAN JIANG HAO ZI [$]
12 Smith Street. Tel: 6225 1518
You can literally smell the spice lingering in the air as you sit down for the steamboat buffet ($24.80++, daily 11am-11pm). Unique soup bases are the forte here as the range boasts soups such as spicy crab, spicy prawn and duck. Remember to ask for lower spice levels as the Sichuan spices give the soup base such a kick that even some locals find it hard to stomach.
GUO FU STEAMBOAT [$]
#01-31/33 China Court, China Square Central, 20 Cross Street. Tel: 6557 0906
The smell of herbal and tonic soups fill the air at this steamboat buffet ($21.90++, Mon-Thu 11.30am-3pm; $23.90++, Mon-Thu 3-10.30pm; $23.90++, Fri-Sun 11.30am-3pm; $25.90++, Fri-Sun 3-10.30pm), offering up cordyceps chicken soup as one of its steamboat bases. Cooked food featuring xiao long baos and shallot pancakes together with desserts are also included in the price, with seafood ingredients being prepared in-house for extra freshness.
HAN GEUN DOO GEUN KOREAN RESTAURANT [$]
#02-35 Chinatown Point, 133 New Bridge Road. Tel: 6538 2775
At this modern K-BBQ restaurant, start your a la carte buffet ($26.90++, 11.30am-3pm; $36.90++, 5.30-10pm) with their oijangajji (pickled cucumber), its piquant flavours a foil to heavy eating after. Aside from galbi, bulgogi and moksal to BBQ over charcoal, fill up with over 40 items such as crispy kimchi jeon (kimchi pancake) and fried Korean dumplings. Each table comes with its own exhaust vent to tone down the smoke.
MANBOK CHINATOWN KOREAN BBQ & STEAMBOAT BUFFET RESTAURANT [$]
279 New Bridge Road. Tel: 6557 0939
Marinated meats grilling on top of the barbeque with a bubbling steamboat right next to it Korean style, just the way Singaporeans like it. Manbok Chinatown’s no frills buffet ($15nett, Mon-Fri 11.30am-3pm; $18nett, weekends 11.30am-3pm; $31.90nett, daily 5-11pm) has a selection of 10 marinated meats, steamboat items to create the perfect Army Stew, cooked food, and even drinks and ice cream. Turn up in a group of four or more for dinner and enjoy free flow beer.
MAPLE LOFT [$]
#01-02 Tanjong Pagar Community Club, 101 Cantonment Road. Tel: 6225 6684
Who can resist the temptation of ice cream on a hot day—now just imagine an ice cream buffet ($8.80++, Tue-Fri 12-10pm; $8.80++, weekends 9am-10pm). Spoonful after spoonful of frosty creamy goodness in a never ending loop, served in a cosy retro-style café, surrounded by shelves of sweets and other goodies. A sweet-tooth’s wonderland and a kid’s paradise.
SICHUAN STEAMBOAT RESTAURANT [$]
12 Mosque Street. Tel: 6535 7848
Taking up both sides of the road in Mosque Street, Sichuan Steamboat Restaurant offers an extensive a la carte spread ($23.88++, Mon-Thu 11am-11pm; $26.88++, Fri-Sun 11am-11pm). With special meats such as duck tongue, pig brain and pig’s throat on the menu, you can be sure that this experience will be an interesting one.
SPRING JUCHUNYUAN [$]
#01-01 Far East Square, 130 Amoy Street. Tel: 6536 2655
This Singapore outpost of the famed Fuzhou restaurant whips up a well-priced dim sum buffet ($22.80+, Mon-Fri 11.30am-3pm). From 5 Jan-1 Feb, Ju Chun Yuan will host a Fuzhou style dim sum a la carte buffet, while during the CNY period, 5 Jan-5 Mar, explore stalls in the courtyard of the restaurant selling authentic Fuzhou street food and snacks. The restaurant absorbs service charge.
#01-01 Oriental Plaza, 291 New Bridge Road. Tel: 6225 6964
The smell of fresh roasted meats is unmistakeable at this Korean barbeque buffet ($24++, daily 12-2.30pm; 5.30-10pm) restaurant which serves up a huge range of marinated meats and side dishes. Try the samgyupsal, thick, tender fatty slices of pork belly roasted to perfection as the fats melt in your mouth.
STRAITS CHINESE NONYA RESTAURANT [$]
#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 an authentic Nyonya buffet ($32++, daily 11am-2.30pm; $32++, daily 6-9.30pm). The fermented beans in their ayam pong tay is a nostalgic taste of Peranakan cuisine together with traditional desserts using gula melaka.
TIFFANY CAFÃ‰ & RESTAURANT [$]
Level 2 Furama City Centre Singapore, 60 Eu Tong Sen Street. Tel: 6531 5366
From its Malay kitchens come an array of international offerings for the New Year. The buffet ($49.80++, daily 12-2.30pm; $59.80++, daily 6-10.30pm) ranging from sashimi to desserts will tantalise the senses, especially the durian pengat. Iced peach and lemon teas are free-flow as well.
XIN MAN YUAN VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT [$]
#03-32 People’s Park Centre, 101 Upper Cross Street. Tel: 6438 0048
A vegetarian buffet ($18.80++, Mon-Fri 11am-2.30pm; $23.80++, Sat-Sun & PH 11am-2.30pm) of dim sum, Chinese dishes and desserts are to be enjoyed at Xin Man Yuan Vegetarian Restaurant. (See also Top 10 Vegetarian-lovers Buffets)
Having set up two more outlets in Changi and Serangoon to appease its ever-increasing fan base, Yum Cha Restaurant has become a hotspot for dim sum enthusiasts since opening its doors in Chinatown. With a selection of almost 60 different types to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice at this dim sum buffet ($23.80++ (adult), weekdays 3-5.30pm), as you bite into skillfully prepared spinach prawn dumplings while reaching for sweet crystal custard dumplings.