Let’s face it: Buffets are calorie guzzlers, but you can still make healthier choices at these restaurants.
Chicken Legend (Coconut Steamboat)
Nestled inside a coffee shop on Upper East Coast Road, Chicken Legend is not your typical hotpot restaurant. Choose the novel coconut broth made of fresh coconut water, coconut flesh, pieces of water chestnut, and a sprinkle of wolfberries as a healthier soup base. Add their sweet kampong chicken to simmer and watch the stock evolve into a rich, savoury soup – all without salt and MSG. For two hours (timed), feast on shabu shabu pork and beef slices, and choose from more than 30 ingredients, including fresh prawns, Wagyu beef slices and ebiko fish dumplings (only available for premium buffet). Don’t miss their homemade dipping sauces, which complement the coconut hotpot. (Basic buffet (20+ ingredients): Tue-Thur $19.90; Fri-Sun $22.90. Premium buffet: Tue-Thur $24.90 Fri-Sun $27.90 nett) 15 Upper East Coast Road. Tel: 9295 0650
Edge is no newbie to the local buffet scene. The restaurant houses seven different kitchens serving Indian, Thai, Japanese, Australian, and American cuisines – that’s how you know you’ll get your money’s worth and your cravings satisfied (from $52++). Diners can request for brown rice for all rice-based dishes at no additional charge. So while you tuck into smokey yakitori skewers and Japanese sushi, charcoal-grilled satay, beef steak and even tom yum soup, take advantage of this option. 3/F Pan Pacific Singapore, Marina Square, 7 Raffles Boulevard. Tel: 6826 8240.
Fancy a change from meat-centric buffets? LingZhi Vegetarian restaurant offers dim sum and steamboat in their Vegetarian Chinese buffet, which is available for lunch, tea and dinner. With more than 50 items in the à la carte buffet lineup, diners can savour favourites like vegetarian siew mai and barbecued pork buns, and Chinese desserts like beancurd and black sesame cream. (Mon to Thur Lunch: 11am-3pm, $22.80++ adult, $14.80++ child; Dinner: 6pm-10pm adult: $24.80++ adult, $16.80++ child. Weekends and PH Lunch: 11am-3pm $24.80++ adult, $16.80++ child; Hi-Tea: 3pm-5pm $14.80++ adult $9.80++ child; Dinner: 6pm-10pm $26.80++ adult $18.80++ child) #03-09/10, Velocity@Novena Square, 238 Thomson Road. Tel: 6538 2992
Seasonal Salad Bar
At Seasonal Salad Bar, diners can enjoy an all-you-can-eat salad with every order of main course from the à la carte menu. You can choose steak, seafood, fish or chicken as your main course (from $19). If not, opt for the salad bar only (Mon-Sun Lunch 11am-4pm $17; Dinner 5pm-9pm $22). The salad bar features a DIY rojak counter of more than 90 buffet items, including tom yum soup, healthy carbohydrates like purple sweet potato and pasta, as well as fresh fruits for dessert. Too lazy to assemble your own salad? Simply pick from their pre-tossed selections like the Tuk Tuk Cucumber Salad, “Mala” Chinese Chicken salad, and Crab & Celery salad. #02-16, 2 Jurong East Street 21. Tel: 6896 1061
Porridge buffets are a good option for hungry diners watching their waistlines. Orchid Cafe’s Teo Chew Porridge buffet line serves unlimited sweet potato porridge and over 20 delightful local dishes (6am-10.30pm daily. Lunch: $13.80++ child, $18.80++ adult. Dinner: S$15.80++ child, S$20.80++ adult). Expect the likes of pig trotters, and braised soya sauce chicken to go with your congee, but look out for their salad bar; the salad selections change every day. This is great for budget family dinners or social gatherings with colleagues. Orchid Hotel, 1 Tras Link. Tel: 6818 6831
Create your own super-sized grain bowls at Bistro 1855, at their DIY counter. Pile on colourful veggies, baked spuds and legumes as your choice of grains ($11.90 nett) or opt for soba as the healthy carbohydrate base. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the range of protein dishes like citrus baked fish, tofu, and sausage. These eat-all-you-can grain bowls are available for lunch every Monday to Friday from 11am to 2.30pm, with free-flow coffee and tea for a mid-day caffeine fix. 3 Temasek Boulevard #01-643, Suntec City Mall East Wing. Tel: 6836 5994
This buffet roundup wouldn’t be complete without Sky 22, the new talk of the town that serves healthy, wholesome fare. They offer tasty and affordable spreads for lunch and dinner; their lunchtime Build-Your-Own-Bowl is a steal at only S$16. You get to create your own grain bowl with an assortment of grains, salads and cold cuts. Opt for the house dressing like their homemade spicy lemongrass dressing. End off with some bubur cha cha and tiramisu for a sweet finish and enjoy the stunning aerial view of the city while you’re at it. Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena, 99 Irrawaddy Road. Tel: 6378 2040