ï»¿Looking for a buffet with a view? We’ve got you covered with a range of hotels and restaurants with at all prices. Dine by the waterfront or bask in the city lights at these alfresco all-you-can-eat places.
Work up an appetite under the sun or stars at the al fresco buffets we’ve sussed out, with a rewarding view that includes greenery, beaches and pools.
G/F Fullerton Hotel Singapore, 1 Fullerton Square. Tel: 6877 8128
Enjoy a scenic view of the Singapore River and historic Cavenagh Bridge, and watch the city light up as you dine on a veritable feast in a colonial atmosphere. From Wednesdays to Saturdays, the buffet includes a gourmet barbecue selection and free-flow of Tiger Beer and Singapore Sling (6.30-10.30pm $89++, without barbecue and alcohol $69++). The buffet itself includes Singaporean favourites like kueh pie tee and satay, while the more international offerings include coq au vin, sushi and the ubiquitous fresh seafood station.
Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island. Tel: 6377 8888
This Mediterranean-inspired restaurant is set atop a tiny hill overlooking the Singapore coastline. Sip on bubbly while you pick through a buffet brunch (Sun 12.30-3pm 128++, $178++ with free flow of Champagne, cocktails, and wines) selection that focuses more on quality than range. Items like scallop on the half shell with shaved truffles and a French version of Peking duck made with crepes make an appearance. The hors d’oeuvre section also offers more than your run-of-the-mill buffet dishes, with caviar and an impressive charcuterie board.
Ah Meng Restaurant [Kid Friendly] [Halal]
Singapore Zoo, 80 Mandai Lake Rd. Tel: 6269 3411
Kick start your trip to the Singapore Zoo by having the most important meal of the day with the animals! Graze on an international spread (daily 9 -10.30am; adults $35 nett, child 6-12 years old $25 nett) consisting of Western and local-style breakfast items like pastries, dim sum, fried bee hoon and an egg station. Get your photos taken with orangutans, lemurs, and if you dare, while holding a snake. The buffet is held within the ticketed areas of the zoo. Admission charges apply.
Level 4 Mandarin Oriental, 5 Raffles Avenue. Tel: 6885 3500
In addition to its international buffet (dinner 6.30-9.30pm Thu-Sun $88++, brunch 12nn-3pm Sun $98++, $158++ for free-flow alcohol including champagne) selection featuring cold seafood, roasts and a much-loved Indian cuisine station, Melt Cafe also has a barbecue that runs during dinner from Thursday to Saturday, as well as during Sunday brunch. Enjoy freshly-grilled lamb, steak and seafood as you chill outdoors in the evening. Don’t forget to save space for dessert at their award-winning pastry theatre showcasing a live crepe station and delectable cakes.
Level 2, Park Hotel Clarke Quay, 1 Unity Street. Tel: 6593 8855
With its classy white tents, wooden boardwalk and laid-back poolside atmosphere, one could be forgiven if they thought they were vacationing in the Balearics. Cocobolo’s Love Your Char Grill buffet (6.30-10.30pm Fri-Sat $58++ with complimentary half pint of draft beer) serves up a modest selection of meats, seafood and vegetables–which are all of excellent quality and grilled skilfully. The buffet also offers sides like baked potatoes, coleslaw and a toss-your-own salad bar.
#K2-01 13 International Business Park. Tel: 9233 7533
Cut loose with unlimited libations at their liquid buffet (Mon-Sat 5-11pm, guys $30 ladies $25) while munching on bar snacks like spicy chicken wings ($12/4pc) or fish and chips ($16, food not included in liquid buffet price, last order 9pm). The view from the al fresco area differs from the usual waterfront or greenery as it overlooks the AYE and Jurong Circular Bridge, the latter of which is dotted with guiding lights–giving the space a Blade Runner-esque atmosphere.
Level 5 Terrace Wing, Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Road. Tel: 6738 1234
Unwind at their BBQ buffet dinner (daily 6.30-9pm $98++ with free-flow drinks) and lounge by the poolside as your selected array of raw ingredients are prepared on a charcoal grill. While waiting for your food to be sent to the table, start off with cold seafood and a range of salads, which includes fresh oysters and refreshing Asian-inspired coleslaw. There is also a plancha where you can order vegetables, rice or noodles fried a la minute.
Ellenborough Market Cafe [Kid Friendly]
G/F Swissotel Merchant Court, 20 Merchant Road. Tel: 6239 1848
Newly revamped with three distinctly designed dining zones, go for perennial favourites like their famous mouth watering durian pengat, ayam buah keluak and stir fried slipper lobster. The buffet also boasts a larger international selection now, featuring roast beef and leg of lamb, as well as a braised pork belly with hand-pulled la mian (Lunch Mon-Sun 12nn-2.30pm $52++, dinner 6.30-10pm Mon-Thu $62++, Fri-Sun $68++).
#01-04 ORTO, 81 Lorong Chencharu. Tel: 6257 5198
Drink in the verdant scenery at ORTO as you grill up tasty meats and seafood mookata style at their a la carte buffet (120 mins: Mon-Thu 5pm-12mn $25.90++, Fri-Sun 5pm-12mn $28.90++). Indulge in unlimited servings of their juicy pork collar, chicken thigh and pork belly. The restaurant happens to be located right beside the pond at ORTO, where a cool breeze provides relief from the hot mookata grills.
G/F Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort and Spa, 2 Bukit Manis Road. Tel: 6708 8310
The al fresco area is set amidst lush foliage, where you can enjoy the breeze and a view of the South China Sea. Come here during their Magnifique Sunday Champagne brunch (12.30-3.30pm $138++, $168++ for free flow Taittinger champagne, wine and non-alcoholic drinks) to get your dose of vitamin D while feasting on a wide selection of dim sum, local food and cold seafood. There is also a noodle and live seafood station set outside, where you can watch the chefs prepare your food.
G/F W Hotel, 21 Ocean Way Sentosa, Tel: 6808 7288
The quirky restaurant’s Food From the Heart (Mon-Thu 6-10pm $68++) buffet features six live cooking station, each offering a different cuisine. Get your carb fix at their pasta station, featuring a medley of choices for you to personalise your bowl. On weekends, their Seafood From The Heart buffet (Fri-Sun 6-10pm $88++) lets you savour oceanic delights concocted by guest chef Peter Kuruvita, like chilli crab fondue. The al fresco area here is breezy, with a view overlooking the boat docks.
Level 3 Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa, 101 Siloso Road Sentosa. Tel: 6371 1966
Variety takes centre stage with a rotating themed buffet almost every evening (6-10pm Sun-Thu $58++, Fri $88++, Sat $68++). Saturdays are especially apt for enjoying dinner outdoors with their Barbecue and Roasts buffet, where you can find crispy roast pork belly, suckling pig as well as grilled seafood and meats. There is fun for the whole family; the restaurant features a kid’s buffet with scaled-down countertops and live music every night except Tuesdays.
G/F M Hotel Singapore, 81 Anson Road. Tel: 6500 6112
Their breakfast buffet (daily 6.30-10.30am $28++) features an international selection with Western favourites like an egg station, cured meats, cereal bar and yogurt while local dishes include naan, curry, dim sum and congee with all the trimmings. Park yourself at their al fresco area on weekdays to people-watch CBD dwellers rush to work as you gloatingly enjoy a leisurely breakfast.
K.COOK KOREAN BBQ BUFFET
#07-01 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Central Road. Tel: 6884 7282
Enjoy the view of Orchard Road as you grill up meats Korean-style (lunch Mon-Fri 11.30am-3pm $14.90++, Sat-Sun 11.30am-5pm $24.90; dinner Mon-Thu 5.30-8pm $24.90++, Fri-Sun 5-10pm $26.90++). The outdoor seating area is fitted with high-volume low-speed fans (the huge ceiling ones) that effectively ventilate the area. Cooked food features Korean favourites like teokbokki and fried chicken wings, while raw food includes marinated beef short rib and thickly sliced pork collar.
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