This month, we chomp through 22 buffets along Orchard Road. Log on to www.bites.com.sg for these buffets and more!

BiTES guide:


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]

1 Market by Chef Wan [$][Halal]
#04-45/49 Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road. Tel: 6341 9159

This 450-seater restaurant is one of Singapore’s most popular halal buffets (lunch from $37.45 nett for adult, $22.15 nett child aged 6-12; dinner from $51.55 nett for adult, $26.85 nett for child aged 6-12). It offers a wide selection of food which includes signature beef rendang, a noodle station, seafood on ice, sashimi and desserts. From 4 May to 30 June, 1 Market will also delight diners with a seafood fiesta. Look out for specials such as their chilli crab wrapped in lotus leaf with mantou and gulai lemak udang kara—juicy prawns in a velvety and rich curry. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10pm.

 

Ban Heng Restaurant [$]
#11-01/02 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road. Tel: 6238 1516

Dine at Ban Heng for their a la carte buffet featuring appetisers, soups, seafood dishes—such as their fried prawn with cereal and crispy fried squid ring—and noodle and rice dishes. For lunch (from $22.80++ adult, from $13.80++ child below 1.2m), you can also choose from a variety of dim sum dishes such as the steamed siew mai and steamed BBQ pork buns while dinner (from $26.80++ adult, from $15.80++ child below 1.2m), pick some hearty meat dishes like the braised duck in Teochew style and venison with ginger and onion. Minimum four adults to dine. Daily 11.30am-3pm, 6-10.30pm.

 

Coca Restaurant [$]
#04-23 Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Road. Tel: 6734 7887

Famous for its Thai-style ‘suki’ steamboat, the 58-year-old establishment is usually packed with buffet-loving families (lunch $27++ adult, $20++ child aged 4-10; dinner $43.80++ adult, $25++ child aged 4-10). Select from seafood, meats, house specials—including their fish glue, shrimp balls and dumplings—and vegetables. Daily 11.15am-3.45pm (lunch), 4-9.45pm (dinner).

 

Crystal Café [$]
Orchard Grand Court, 131 Killiney Road. Tel: 6830 2020

For a healthier choice, tuck into a comforting Taiwanese porridge buffet (from $13.80++ adult, $11.80++ child aged 5-11) option during lunch (12-2.30pm) or dinner (6-10pm) at Crystal Café. Pick from over 20 types of dishes to go with your porridge. The buffet includes desserts, assorted pastries, fruits and coffee or tea.

 

Crystal Jade Kitchen [$]
#02-32 Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road. Tel: 6336 2833

Another all-you-can-eat steamboat buffet available both lunch and dinner (Mon-Thu $21.90++ adult, $17.90++ child aged 12 and below; Fri-Sun, eve of PH and PH $27.90++ adult, $23.90++ child aged 12 and below) can be found at one of our favourite Chinese restaurants. Feast at this 90-minute buffet with your choice of two soup bases, condiments to create dipping sauces with, ingredients—such as fresh chicken, pork and beef slices, mussels, mushrooms and vegetables—and free flow drinks and desserts to sweeten the deal. Mon-Fri 11am to 3pm, 5.30-10pm. Sat-Sun & PH 11am to 10pm.

 

K Box [$][NPNL]
#08-01 Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, 8 Grange Road. Tel: 6756 3113

If you’re headed for a singing session at one of the island’s most popular karaoke spots, why not eat your fill at their international buffet as you carry out your vocal sessions at the K Lunch (Sat-Sun 11am-3pm; $20.10) and K Dinner (daily 6-10pm; from $39 onwards) buffets? Look out for their spread of salads, local delights and also their live “teppanyaki” station.

 

K.Cook Korean BBQ Buffet [$]
#07-01 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road. Tel: 6884 7282

The affordable buffet includes a section of cooked food, while choices for the barbecue include a variety of seafood and marinated meats. Head over during weekday lunch (11.30am-3pm; $14.90++ adult, $8.90++ child aged 4-12) when prices are much cheaper. Top up an additional $10++ for lunch on weekends (11.30am-5pm). For dinner on weekdays (5.30-10pm), prices are $24.90++ for adult and $18.90++ for child aged 4-12. For dinner on weekends, adults will have to top up an additional $2++ for dinner on weekends (5-10pm).

 

Kiseki Japanese Buffet Restaurant [$]
#08-01/03 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road. Tel: 6736 1216

Boasting a mega Japanese buffet at mini prices is Kiseki. Their dedicated buffet spread (lunch from $19.80++ adult, from $12.80++ child aged 4-12; dinner from $31.80++ adult, from $15.80++ child aged 4-12) includes items like sushi, sashimi, teppanyaki, Japanese grill items, yakitori skewers, hot pot items and Japanese Western fusion items like pasta and pizza. Daily 11.30am-3pm, 6-10.30pm.

 

Lao Beijing [$]
#03-01 Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road. Tel: 6738 7207

For a leisurely high tea (Sat-Sun 3-5pm; $16.80++ adult, $11.80++ child aged 3-12) on weekends, drop by Lao Beijing for their buffet which has over 30 items ranging from dim sum, noodle dishes and steamed dumplings to desserts. Reservations are recommended. Mon-Fri 11am-3pm, 5.30-10pm. Sat-Sun and PH 11am-3pm, 3-5pm (high-tea), 6-10pm.

 

Sakura International Buffet Restaurant [$][Halal]
#01-02 Dhoby Ghaut Green, 10 Penang Road. Tel: 6334 8197

Tuck into Sakura’s international buffet spread (lunch: from $23++ adult, from $13.90++ child below 12 years old and 1.4m; dinner: from $31.90++ adult, $14.90++ child below 12 years old and 1.4m) which offers up to 100 varieties of Japanese, Western, local and oriental food. Lunch: Mon-Fri 12-3pm, Sat-Sun 11.30-3.30pm. Dinner: Mon-Thu 6-10pm, Fri-Sun and PH: 5.30-10pm.

 

Santa’s Igloo [$]
#03-01 *SCAPE, 2 Orchard Link

If movie screenings along with ice cream sounds like your thing, head to Santa’s Igloo for an ice cream buffet, where you pay for the time you spend there. Enjoy up to 14 premium flavours and premium toppings at the café. Pay $10 for the first hour and $2.50 for additional 15 minutes. Daily 12-11pm.

 

Senki Japanese Restaurant [$]
109 Killiney Road. Tel: 6734 5565

For a Japanese buffet (lunch from $32++ adult, from $21++ child aged 5-10; dinner from $39++ adult, from $24++ child aged 5-10), head to this restaurant along Killiney Road. They offer sashimi, nigiri sushi, grilled dishes, pan-fried dishes and deep fried dishes like the tori katsu. Order their signature hand rolls while you’re there. We recommend the spider karashi hand roll—a soft shell crab option with spicy sauce—and the mango California hand roll. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm.

 

Seoul Garden [$][Halal]
#05-10 Ngee Ann City, 391A Orchard Road. Tel: 6836 1339

Popular as an after-school hangout, this ubiquitous chain restaurant offers a Korean-style BBQ and steamboat buffet (lunch from $21.99++ adult, $8.99++ child; dinner from $25.99++ adult, $8.99++ child). The student lunch price is a hit at just $14.99++ on weekdays. Just flash your student identification card. Daily 11.30am-10.30pm.

 

Suanthai Restaurant [$]
101 Killiney Road. Tel: 6235 4126

For a hearty Thai meal, head down to Suanthai for their a la carte buffet (lunch $19.90++ onwards for adult, $13++ onwards for child aged 4-10; dinner $21.90++ onwards for adult, $15++ onwards for child aged 4-10). Requiring a minimum of two to dine, expect dishes like Thai papaya salad, tom yum soup with chicken and stirfried fish with Thai chilli paste. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10pm.

 

Swensen’s [$]
#B1-31 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn. Tel: 6884 5967

Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy the ice cream and dessert buffet ($19.90++ adult, $14.90++ child). Indulge in more than 30 flavours, plus their assortment of cakes, waffles, pastries and chocolate fondue fountains. To spruce things up a little, head to their Chop Shop, where you can pick your desired toppings and ice cream flavour to be ‘chopped’ together for your very own sundae. Enjoy free-flow soft drinks, coffee and tea to go with the sugary treats. Daily 10.30am-10.30pm.

 

The Magic of Chongqing Hot Pot [$]
#04-06/07 Tanglin Shopping Centre, 19 Tanglin Road. Tel: 6734 8135

Their all-you-can-eat buffet selections run during lunch (from $21.90++ adult, $15.90++ child aged 4-11) and dinner (from $34.90++ adult, $23.90++ child aged 4-11). Choose from soups like the mala in varying spice levels, and chicken broth. Other buffet options also include their Beijing spring lamb hot pot (lunch from $28.90++ adult, $23.90++ child aged 4-11; dinner from $41.90++ adult, $32.90++ child aged 4-11) and a vegetarian choice (from $21.90++ adult, $16.90++ child aged 4-11). Sun-Fri 12-3pm (last order 2.30pm), 6-10.30pm (last order 10pm); Sat 12-3pm (last order 2.30pm), 5.30-10.30pm (last order 10pm).

 

The Ricetable Indonesian Restaurant [$][NPNL]
#02-09/10 International Building, 360 Orchard Road. Tel: 6835 3783

Serving authentic Dutch Rijsttafel—which literally means ‘rice table’ referring to a table of side dishes to be accompanied with rice, their buffet (lunch $17.88 nett adult, $12.10 nett child aged 4-9; dinner $28.49 adult, $16.70 child aged 4-9) includes dishes like tahu telor, ayam panggang, sambal udang and otak. Come during dinner and pick from a more extensive menu which includes gado gado and soto asam. Daily 12-3pm, 6-9.15pm.

 

The Song of India [$]
33 Scotts Road. Tel: 6836 0055

For a gourmet Indian lunch ($29.90++ adult, $19++ child aged 4-10) away from the heart of Orchard on weekdays, make a trip to Scotts Road for a fine option in stunning surroundings. Pick from 20 dishes which include soups, starters, curries, main dishes, salads, desserts and fresh fruits. Or pop by on Sundays for their brunch ($39.90++ adult, $29++ child aged 4-10), which includes more dishes and live stations as well. With two paying adults, a maximum of two children (aged 4-10) can dine for free on Sundays. Daily 12-3pm, 6-11pm.

 

TungLok Seafood [$]
#11-05 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road. Tel: 6834 4888

Requiring a minimum of four persons to dine, 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 menu which includes Japanese cold cuts, delicacies such as the sauteed sliced beef with black bean sauce and sambal mussels. Also, enjoy their range of dim sum dishes during their lunch buffet. One of the best-kept secrets on this stretch, in our
books.

 

Yantra [$]
#01-28/33 163 Tanglin Road, Tanglin Mall. Tel: 6836 3088

For Indian food at a chic fine dining restaurant, head to Yantra for their lunch buffet from 12-3pm. On Mondays to Thursdays, feast on 25 dishes for $25++, while on Fridays and Saturdays, their lunch buffet ($30++) is slightly more extensive and includes drinks. Child dines at the buffet at half the price. Or head for their Sunday Brunch ($49++ adult, $30++ child), featuring a spread of Yantra’s dishes. Menu changes daily. Mon-Fri 12-3pm, 6.30-10pm; Sat-Sun & PH 12-3pm, 6.30-10.30pm.

 

Hana Restaurant [$$]
#01-17 Forum The Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Road. Tel: 6737 5525

Take up the challenge and eat your fill at this shabu shabu buffet dinner on Fridays (6-9.30pm, $98++ for 2 pax). Enjoy unlimited servings of beef, pork belly, fresh seafood, vegetables and ramen here in the 120-minute time limit. Each person will also receive a serving of Hana Signature Maki. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-9.30pm.

 

House of Indocafe [$$]
35 Scotts Road. Tel: 6733 2656

For contemporary Peranakan cuisine in a modern-chic setting that is furnished with charming hardwood furniture, seek out House of Indocafe. Their a la carte buffet (lunch $48.80++ adult, $28.80++ child aged 6-12; dinner $58.80++ adult, $38.80++ child aged 6-12) features appetisers like their signature Otak Klasik—rempah steamed egg custard with barramundi fillet—and main dishes like the beef rendang, sambal sotong and assam laksa. End off the meal with sweets like kumquat macaroons or a traditional bubur cha cha. Daily 12-3pm, 6-10.30pm.

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