Feast up on free-flowing meat at a Brazilian churrascaria, Japanese and Taiwanese cuisine, all-you-can-eat steamboat, and Nyonya delights in the West side of Singapore.

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Once you locate the NUS Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, you know you’re at the right place. The restaurant is within the building. Fill up on delectable Peranakan fare at their buffet ($19.75 nett Mon-Fri 11.15am-3pm and Fri 6-9.30pm; $23.30 nett Sat-Sun 11.15am-2.30pm and 6-9.30pm; buffet Hi-Tea $12.70 nett Sat-Sun 3-5.15pm). Go for the café’s signature ayam buah keluak, pulot hitam, and Nyonya mee siam before helping yourself to the colourful kueh kuehs. #06-21 (Ground Level), 29 Heng Mui Keng Terrace. Tel: 6872 2982


Fill up on your Thai Mookata buffet (Mon-Fri lunch $15.95, Mon-Thu dinner $20.95. Sat-Sun lunch $20.95, Fri-Sun dinner $23.95. Students get a special rate) craving with street food like braised pork rice, Thai boat noodles and Thai tom yum noodles (only at the Clementi outlet). A decent selection of meats, seafood, vegetables and cooked food are available, with additional top-up for premium items such as Wagyu beef ($19.95), Kurobuta pork ($9.95), oysters ($6.95) and scallops ($7.95) for a more fulfilling oomph to your meal. Don’t miss out on their Thai ice cream ($1.95) too! #02-08 Clementi Central, 321 Clementi Avenue 3. Tel: 6250 9298


The halal certified international spread ($25.80 Mon-Fri 12-3pm; $39.80 Sat-Sun 11.30am-3.30pm, Mon-Thu 6-10pm; $42.80 Fri-Sun 5.30-10pm) which includes an interactive D.I.Y. station, serves over 150 items. Musttry signatures include Boston lobster and Argentine prawn Hokkien mee, and Portuguese bird nest egg tart. Throughout the month of May, receive 48g of salmon sashimi when you dine-in during lunch on weekdays, and 100g of king crab during brunch and dinner with every paying adult. #2B-01 SAFRA Jurong Club, 333 Boon Lay Way. Tel: 6760 8197


We found such a steal all the way in the far west! The a la carte buffet ($28.80++ Mon-Thu 5pm onwards, Sat- Sun 11am-3pm; minimum 3 to dine) includes one choice of popular salted egg sauce, the classic chilli crab or ’secret’ recipe black pepper crab, poached live prawns, and braised shark’s fin with crab meat (limited to 1 order per table). Also available on the buffet menu are dishes like Nyonya style sliced fish, sambal kang kong, cai poh omelette and other meat, tofu, soup, and rice and noodle dishes. #03-26 FairPrice Hub, 1 Joo Koon Circle. Tel: 6333 6969

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Keeping it fresh and exciting, the salad buffet bar ($15.90++, daily 10.30am-10.30pm) is styled thematically and changes seasonally. Get your required daily dose of nutrients with their delightful mix of crisp mixed greens like romaine lettuce, chickpeas and button mushrooms among many others. Dress them up with a range of garnishes and the exclusive Earle’s salad dressing. (All mains come with the salad buffet too.) #03-11 JEM, 50 Jurong Gateway Road. Tel: 6734 7712


Opened in 2012, this Korean BBQ joint from the mainland Ulsan, South Korea, serves an extensive buffet (11am-3pm Mon-Thu $20 nett and Fri-Sun $30 nett; 5-10pm Mon-Thu $25 nett and Fri-Sun $30 nett) range of meats like pork collar, prawns, sausages and cooked food items like ddeokbokki and jap chae. No need to travel all the way to the mini-Korean town at Tanjong Pagar now. #02-05 Cityvibe, Commonwealth Avenue West. Tel: 6774 5712


Kotoshi Ryori might not be the most easily accessible via public transport, but it’s still worth the visit, especially for the affordable dinner a la carte buffet ($38.80 nett inclusive of free flow beer, Tue-Sun 11.30am-3pm, 6-10pm). Popular items include aburi salmon and salmon teriyaki among their wide range of items from sashimi and tempura to udon and donburis. #01-01 The Splendor, 31 Bukit Batok Crescent. Tel: 6339 7271


Even in the west, keep an ear out for the “dong dong dong Kuishin Bo”  chime for limited special items. Expect an impressive buffet (11.30am-3pm Mon-Fri $32.90++, Sat-Sun $34.90++; 5.30-10pm Mon-Thu $48.90++, Fri- Sun $52.90++) of snow crabs, sashimi, a dessert area with three-tier chocolate fountain and a scaled-to-height children buffet spread. #B1-47/51 Jurong West Central 2. Tel: 6792 9286

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This a la carte buffet offers 25 items (Mon-Fri: $16.90++ 11.30am-5pm, $19.90++ 5pm onwards) for an authentic taste of Taiwanese food. Load up on favourites like pig intestines and meatball mee sua, century egg tofu, crispy chicken chop, and the shredded chicken rice, which is new to the menu. #03-05/06 JEM, 50 Jurong Gateway Road. Tel: 6694 1588


Using no pork or lard in their dishes, Penang Place retains the delectable flavours of Penang cuisine while expanding their reach to include our Muslim friends. Favourites ($23.90-29.90++; Mon-Sat 11.30am- 2.30pm, 6-9.30pm) to go for are the Penang char kway teow, Penang laksa, and steamed otak otak. Wish you had a reliable buffet resource available to guide you to the best all-you-can-eat spots? #B1-20/24 Connexis, 1 Fusionopolis Way. Tel: 6467 7003/6467 7008


This old school style diner recounts the good old days with their dishes served in claypots. Slurp up their enticing Penang noodle buffet ($9.99+, daily 2.30-5pm) with three flavourful selections of Penang prawn mee, laksa and lor mee. Additionally, as part of the buffet, choose two party packs of small bites, from chicken wings, chicken popcorn, Taiwan sausage and sotong balls, all with potato wedges, and wash it down with free-flow drinks. #01-101 IMM Building, 2 Jurong East Street 21. Tel: 6899 6636


With more than 70 items, this is one of the most extensive salad bar buffet ($17.90++ daily 11am-2.30pm, $20.90++ 2.30-9pm) spreads in Singapore. Fill up on fresh greens like sweet peas and asparagus, ready-mix salads like black fungus salad and chicken mango salad, daily soups, fruits and staples. Additionally, when you order a main, you get to enjoy the selection at the salad bar too. #02-16/16A IMM Building, 2 Jurong East Street 21. Tel: 6896 1061 Buffet Group image_rsz


This Okinawa-focused Japanese dining experience will tantalise your palate with the new queen crab and seafood hotpot as part of their a la carte buffet (all-time favourite; $48++ Mon-Thu 6-10.30pm and $58++ Fri- Sun 12-3pm and 6-11pm. Top up $43++ for two hours of alcoholic drinks too. Minimum two to dine). They’ve got a whole range of items from appetisers, salads and the usual sushi, maki and temaki to yakitori and grilled items, so you can eat to your hearts’ content. #01-01 Alocassia Apartment, 383 Bukit Timah Road. Tel: 6235 0080


Probably one of the most accessible Korean buffets around with 10 outlets islandwide. The one at Clementi Mall features an a la carte buffet ($21.99++: Mon-Thu 11.30am-4.59pm, Fri 11.30am-3.59pm; $25.99++: Sat- Sun 11.30am-3.59pm, Mon-Thu 5-10.30pm; $28.99++: Fri-Sun 4-10.30pm) instead of their usual buffet spread style. Make your orders through the screen or with a waitstaff. Indulge in a selection of marinated meats like lamb bulgogi for the grill, fresh ingredients for your hotpot and cooked food while you wait for your meal to get started. #05-18/19/20 The Clementi Mall, 3155 Commonwealth Avenue West. Tel: 6659 2339


Using BBQ stoves imported from Japan, Shiu Yakiniku’s BBQ buffet (regular $24.90++ Mon-Thu 11.30am-3pm, $28.90++ Fri-Sun 11.30am-4pm and daily 5.30-10.30pm) gives a smoke free grilling experience with 28 cooked dishes, hot pot and raw meat items like pork belly, smoked duck and beef ribeye. Get 50% off on a la carte Wagyu beef with the buffet. #01-03/04 The Village, 241 Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim. Tel: 6265 1004/6266 6366/9113 9105


TungLok Seafood’s a la carte dim sum lunch buffet ($26.80++ Sat 11.30am-3pm, Sun 10am-3pm) is a firm favourite, so make your reservations in advance. A broad selection of cold cuts and appetisers like salmon sashimi and crispy fish skin with salted egg yolk, delicacies like the roast meat platter, and soups like the hot and sour bisque beside 20 dim sum items will hit the spot everytime. Minimum four to dine. The Arena Country Club, 511 Upper Jurong Road. Tel: 6262 6996


We’ve seen mookata and Korean BBQ dotting our little island, but not common is One More Steamboat and Teppanyaki’s Taiwan style buffet version (12-3pm Mon-Fri $23.80+,Sat-Sun $25.80+; 5.30-10pm Mon- Thu $28.80+, Fri-Sun $30.80+). They’re managed by Pariss International buffet group and showcase over 160 steamboat ingredients, cooked dishes, desserts and free-flow drinks. They offer six specialty soup bases; herbal, Korean kimchi, German sauerkraut, Italian tomato, Indian curry and vegetarian herbal soup bases–all without MSG as well! #01-14/15 HillV2, 4 Hillview Rise. Tel: 6710 7478

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Brazil Churrasco, the first churrascaria in Singapore, serves an authentic Brazilian BBQ buffet (daily 6-11pm; full meal with salad bar $49++ and light meal with only salad bar $29++; Sun brunch 11.30am-3pm $45++). Steak out over 14 cuts of beef, lamb, pork, chicken and caramelised pineapples, all served to your table and onto your plate by their passadors. The meats are marinated in a 40-year-old recipe then slow roasted, goes well with a wide range of veggies and carbs from the salad bar. 16 Sixth Avenue. Tel: 6463 1923


The engaging churrascaria buffet dining experience ($49++, Tue-Thu 5-10pm and Fri-Sun 6-11pm; $34++ Sat-Sun 11am-3pm) will see meat lovers rejoice with unlimited cuts like beef rump, boneless leg of lamb, chicken heart and honey ham and ribs, where the last two are only available for dinner. Don’t miss the 15 hot and cold salads, appetisers and soups as well. #01-16 The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road. Tel: 6466 9418


When its cold outside, huddle in with a hotpot buffet ($26.90++ daily 12-10pm) instead. Choose two steaming broths from a choice of Sichuan spicy soup, tonkotsu soup, bak kut teh soup, duck soup and the Thai-style tom yum soup. Flavour the broth with a variety of ingredients like lamb fillet, fresh prawns, abalone mushrooms and more. While waiting for it to boil, snack on side dishes like the secret recipe drunken chicken. #B1-09 JEM, 50 Jurong Gateway Road. Tel: 6339 4366