This August, we pick out choice hotel buffets offering Asian delights and National Day specials.

Photo: Open House

 

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]

 

ASIAN

Bayview Café [$]
Bayview Hotel Singapore
Level 1, 30 Bencoolen Street. Tel: 6550 9516
Tuck into Asian homecooked specialities such as saucy har lok shrimp, steamed fish with salted vegetables, Hainanese lamb stew and sayor lodeh before moving onto the DIY noodle station. There you’ll find familiar favourites such as mee siam, mee rebus, laksa and prawn noodles. End your buffet (from $16.80++) with desserts, ice cream, fruits and free-flow coffee or tea.

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

Think local delights with a fusion twist at Open House’s all-you-can-eat high tea ($28++, daily 3.30-5.30pm). Come for perennial favourites: assorted satay, spicy chicken wings, muar chee, dim sum, popiah and more. The open concept restaurant also boasts four live cooking stations with chefs churning out a la minute orders. Come during their all-you-can-eat Singapore Food Fiesta (from $32++, 4-10 Aug) for chilli or sambal crayfish, Singapore laksa, wood-fired chicken satay pizza.

STREET 50 Restaurant & Bar [$]
Bay Hotel Singapore
Level 1, 50 Telok Blangah Road. Tel: 6818 6681

Let executive chef Ricky Lim take you on a regional culinary expedition with his Roulette of Flavours Buffet ($32++, Sat-Sun 12pm-4pm). Dishes from the compact line-up rotate around Vietnamese, Thai, Malaysian, Indonesian and Singaporean flavours such as sate lilit, ayam lemak with chilli padi and duck in red curry. Plus: kids under six dine for free with every paying adult.

Asian Market Café [$$][HALAL]
Fairmont Singapore
Level 2, 80 Bras Basah Road. Tel: 6431 6156

Pan-Asian delights here encompass local Malay favourites and regional dishes from the hotel’s Halal-certified central kitchen (from $45++). Tuck into food from live stations and salad, appetiser and dessert stalls where you’ll find everything from spicy chicken with coconut salad to mutton rendang.

 

PERANAKAN/PENANG/ LOCAL

Feast@East Buffet Restaurant [$]
Grand Mercure Roxy Hotel
Level 3, 50 East Coast Road. Tel: 6340 5665

Lap up Katong’s rich heritage at this buffet which offers a selection of international, local and Peranakan favourites. Signatures are the Singapore laksa and durian paste, available every day. Other specialities are the ayam buah keluak, yong tau foo and other regional fare (Thai salad, beef rendang, shepard’s pie, Penang laksa). For an added dose of nostalgia, help yourself to haw flakes and preserved ginger.

Flavours at Zhongshan Park [$]
Ramada Singapore
Level 1, 16 Ah Hood Road. Tel: 6808 6846

Start with Friday evening’s Straits Signatures ($40++)– have multiple servings of signature beer marinated roasted pork belly before you challenge the sotong lemak chilli padi. For dinner on Saturday, it’s a spread of seafood with Bibik’s Catch ($48++) and Afternoon with Bibik ($32++ Sat-Sun, PH 1-5pm), a Peranakan and dim sum high tea buffet with free-flow teh tarik, bandung and soy milk in retro serving containers. From 9 Aug, look out for the DIY Ah Hood Burger Stall section.

Saltwater Café [$]
Changi Village Hotel
Lobby Level, 1 Netheravon Road. Tel: 6379 7018

Tuck into their daily Kampong Buffet Lunch (12pm2.30pm, $38++) 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.

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

Go local with the weekday Singapore Flavours Buffet Lunch ($32++, Mon-Fri 12pm-2.30pm). 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.

Town Restaurant [$]
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
Lobby Level, 1 Fullerton Square. Tel: 6877 8128

At Town Restaurant’s Singapore High Tea Delights ($34++, Sat 12pm-3.30pm; $49++ on National Day), popular local dishes vie for your attention: freshly-made prata, kueh pie tee, DIY rojak and spicy Town laksa, mutton soup and satay. When it’s time for dessert, busy yourself with their pandan chiffon cake, chendol and tau suan. Order to go their signature Hainanese chicken rice ($25++)–the fragrant rice is scented with pandan leaves and lemongrass.

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

At White Rose Café, there’s much to eat during Sunday tea ($28.80++, Sun 3-5pm). Slurp your fill from the noodle station, where chefs whip up Singapore laksa, pork ribs and prawn noodle soup. Then fill your plate with dim sum, baked macaroni with escargot, sushi and durian puffs. Look out also for their thrice yearly Penang hawker buffet–next one’s on 5 Sep.

Zaffron [$]
Oasia Hotel Singapore
Level 1, 8 Sinaran Drive. Tel: 6664 0348

Tuck into a high tea spread ($29++, Sat-Sun, PH 3-5pm) at this saffron-inspired restaurant which features delectable Asian delicacies such as fried carrot cake, dim sum, a laksa station, lor mee, freshly squeezed fruit juices, waffles, a live crêpe with ice cream station and a whole array of desserts.

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. Enjoy a $4.90 National Day buffet (every third diner, 1-17 Aug. Usual price from $48++) for the restaurant’s top 10 local favourites–live action style, roti prata in 49 flavours and fresh durian.

Princess Terrace Café [$$]
Copthorne King’s Hotel Singapore
Lobby Level, 403 Havelock Road. Tel: 6318 3168

Regulars swear by the food and the soups here. Experience Penang with chef Lim Por Tit and his culinary team. Uncover cucumber and lady’s finger, grilled hardtail stuffed with chilli, wok-fried slipper lobster, sambal prawns, curry noodles, fried tang hoon and more from the chafers of aromatic dishes on display. Buffet is available daily, for lunch and dinner (from $43.80++).

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

With a smorgasbord of popular local hawker fare, Straits Kitchen 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.

 

INDONESIAN

Kintamani Indonesian Restaurant [$$][HALAL]  
Furama RiverFront Singapore
Level 3, 405 Havelock Road. Tel: 6739 6463

This longstanding halal Indonesian buffet restaurant has been around since 1985. You’ll find a mix of comfort traditional fare (gado-gado, soto ayam soup, spicy ayam mesak merah, sayur lodeh, beef or mutton rendang) and fusion offerings like butter prawns accented by curry leaves (from $45++).

 

TEOCHEW/TAIWAN PORRIDGE

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

Think piping hot Taiwan porridge with about 30 dishes to choose from. Three new dishes are now available: home-style tofu, stir-fried kai lan with flat fish and shredded bamboo shoots in chilli oil. Comfort food favourites like braised pork belly with dark soy sauce and chilled beancurd in Japanese soya sauce and pork floss feature in this à la carte buffet ($39++, daily 12pm2.30pm, 6-10.30pm, minimum 2 to dine), with unlimited access to the dessert table.

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.

Orchid Café [$][KID]
Orchid Hotel
Level 3, 1 Tras Link. Tel: 6818 6818

Nothing beats having a simple but satisfying supper of warm Teochew porridge ($19.90++). 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 and baby high chairs and kids’ cutlery are available upon request.

Quality Café [$][NPNL]
Quality Hotel Marlow
G/F, 201 Balestier Road. Tel: 6233 6363

Tuck into a gastronomical Asian buffet spread (from $12.80++ for supper) at this restaurant, known for its smooth congee and signature laksa station. Its kitchen uses Halal-certified food suppliers, and avoids pork and lard. Flavour your comforting bowl of sweet potato porridge with Szechuan beancurd, braised duck, Taiwan-style kung pow chicken, preserved eggs and other savoury goodies.

 

VEGETARIAN

Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant [$][NPNL]
Quality Hotel Marlow
Level 2, 201 Balestier Road. Tel: 6254 0091

Even meat lovers will consider a return visit. Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant has the honour of being the first of its kind in a hotel here. Enjoy the Taiwanese restaurant’s steamboat buffet (from $18.80++, Mon-Thu) with home-style brewed soup bases in spicy Szechuan and Chinese herbal and over 70 items to choose from including dim sum; or their Asian buffet ($18.80++, Fri-Sun, PH) with over 100 attractive and unique dishes, also with dim sum. Eggless whole cakes ($35 for 1kg) can also be ordered five days in advance for celebratory occasions.

 

ASIAN FOCUSED

Spice Brasserie [$]
PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road, Singapore
Lobby Level, 181 Kitchener Road. Tel: 6428 3160

For lunch, tuck into Spice Brasserie’s claypot delights which span local Singaporean and Asian. You’ll find Teochew porridge and specialties such as char kuay teow and carrot cake which are prepared a la minute (from $38++, daily 12noon-2.30pm).

Straits Cafe [$]
Rendezvous Hotel Singapore
Level 1, 9 Bras Basah Road. Tel: 6335 1771

Set up a date here for casual elegance as you zoom in on as laksa, durian pengat and DIY popiah, broaden your scope with a slew of international dishes, savour seafood at their oyster counter and catch the action at the live prata station. We recommend Sunday for a leisurely brunch ($48++) for that much-needed catch-up with your mates or girlfriends.

Sun’s Café [$]
Hotel Grand Pacific Singapore
Level 1, 101 Victoria Street. Tel: 6431 1824

There’s a buffet for almost any time of the day at Sun’s Café (from $29.90++). They have daily breakfast, lunch (Mon-Fri), tunch (Sat-Sun, PH) and dinner (Fri-Sat). Sample western, Asian and Singapore delights with a different theme every month. With their signature crayfish laksa, hokkien noodles and Hainanese chicken rice on the menu, we can’t stop ourselves from chope-ing seats.

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.

Ellenborough Market Café [$$]
Swissà´tel Merchant Court, Singapore
Level 1, 20 Merchant Road. Tel: 6239 1848

You’ll find a good mix of Peranakan, local delicacies and international cuisine at this restaurant; coupled with views of the Singapore River should you dine al fresco along its banks. For dinner from 8-24 Aug, Straits Chinese flavours are paired with ocean offerings ($65++) for a heightened dining experience. Tuck into babi pongteh, black pepper slipper lobster, buah keluak, Nyonya satay ayam, oatmeal crab, Hong Kong kailian with abalone sauce and durian pengat.

LIME [$$]
PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore
Level 1, 3 Upper Pickering Street. Tel: 6809 8899

Resident Nonya chef Nancy Teo brings to the buffet table over 30 years of experience (from $45++, till 31 Aug) which shows in her handling of the Peranakan live kitchen. She also cooks with herbs grown by the hotel. Brimming with flavours are her traditional and aromatic ayam buah keluak, babi pong teh, udang masak nanas and pong tau hu, which you can pair with LIME’s international and regional signatures: lamb shank at their carving station, a cheese counter and sashimi.

Plate [$$]
Carlton City Hotel Singapore
Level 3, 1 Gopeng Street. Tel: 6632 8922

To end a hectic work week, head to the Seafood and Wok Friday Buffet Dinner ($62++, Fri 6.30-10pm, till 26 Sep) where you can feast on the best of the land and the ocean. Tuck into creamy or chilli Boston lobster (one lobster for every two adult diners), seafood on ice, hawker comfort food, meat from the carving station and treats from the dessert counter. Tag on $22++ for free-flow beer and house pour wines if you’re still feeling the heat.

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 crà¨me brà»lée as you contemplate your next shopping stop. The spruced up hotel was formerly known as Holiday Inn Parkview Singapore.