Love curry, poppadum and biryani? Celebrate the spicy wonders of Indian cuisine and stuff yourself silly at these buffets.
#01-04 Central Square, 20 Havelock Road. Tel: 6339 9993
Set up by the Temple of Fine Arts and staffed by volunteers from all walks of life, this vegetarian restaurant (daily 11.30am- 2.30pm; 6.30-9.30pm) goes by the concept of “Eat what you want and give as you feel”–diners pay any amount that they wish to. On the menu are dishes such as fragrant potato curry, paneers and vegetarian biryanis. They also do one of the best rasams around.
#02-01 Singapore Flyer, 30 Raffles Avenue. Tel: 6333 5191
Enjoy a view of Gardens by the Bay and a North Indian buffet spread (daily 12nn-2.30pm, $16++; 6.30-10pm, $22++) with favourites like butter chicken, Manchurian (Indian-Chinese fusion dishes) and naan. The selection is modest, although the items for the buffet rotate regularly.
Two outlets including 195C Serangoon Road. Tel: 6297 1148
This long-standing restaurant has been operating in the heart of Little India for over two decades. The value-for-money a la carte buffet (Mon-Fri 11.30am-4pm, $15++) features a wide array of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes like masala fish, chicken tikka, paneer and different naans.
#B1-38 The Riverwalk, 20 Upper Circular Road. Tel: 6536 0875
Riverwalk Tandoor started out as a catering business and has since been drawing crowds with its authentic North Indian buffet (daily 11.30am-2.30pm, $17.90++; 6.30-10.30pm: Mon-Thu, $21.90++; Fri-Sun, $22.90++). It has excellent rogan josh and aloo gobi (spiced cauliflower and potatoes), which pair well with the butter naan.
#03-21B Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Road. Tel: 6235 8840
Come here for their Sunday Chaat and Tandoori Buffet Lunch (Sun 12nn-2.39pm, $36++), where you can feast like a maharaja at this regally-decorated restaurant. The buffet includes kebabs, breads and meats fresh from the tandoor, and a chaat station, where you can build your own Indian street snacks like bhel puri (puffed rice with a tamarind sauce).
291 Serangoon Road. Tel: 6291 3211
This iconic restaurant along Serangoon Road (daily 11.30am-2.45pm, $17+; 7-10pm, $21+) offers over 17 items in its buffet including naan, roti and freshly-made chapati. To go with the carbs is a range of gravies and curries including moong dhal (yellow mung bean curry) and palak paneer (cottage cheese in a spinach gravy).
THE MANGO TREE INDIAN COASTAL RESTAURANT
#03-11 I12 Katong, 112 East Coast Road. Tel: 6604 9661
This restaurant specialises in cuisine from coastal cities such as Goa, Kerala and Mumbai in addition to serving dishes from North India. The lunch buffet (11am-2.30pm: Mon-Fri, $19++; Sat-Sun, $24++) includes different briyanis, freshly made naan and, of course, a range of seafood, meat and vegetarian curries.
#01-28/33 Tanglin Mall, 63 Tanglin Road. Tel: 6836 3088
Head here for a fine dining buffet lunch (Mon-Fri 12nn- 3pm, $29.50++; Sat-Sun 11:30am-3pm, $49++) made with hand-picked, fresh spices flown in from India. Expect dishes like fish koliwala (spiced battered fish), paneer tikka and naan made a la minute. They also offer a small range of desserts including fruits, ice cream and Indian sweets like suji halwa (semolina pudding).
Level 4 Mandarin Oriental, 5 Raffles Avenue. Tel: 6885 3500 Tel: 6377 0070
The mainstay is the Indian spread in this international buffet (Mon-Sat: 12nn-2.30pm, $62++; 6.30-9.30pm: Sun-Wed, $78++; Thu-Sat, $88++). Expect both North and South Indian dishes from tandoori to bhel puri, to a mind-boggling range of curries. Carbs include naans fresh from the tandoor and fluffy basmati rice.
Level 3 Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard. Tel: 6333 1788
Buffet lunches (Sun-Fri 12nn-2.30pm, $58++) at the oldest Indian fine dining restaurant in Singapore do not disappoint. Stylishly decorated with wood and marble accents, the restaurant offers a spin on classic Indian dishes–think broccoli tandoori, blueberry raita and paneer kofta saag (fried cottage cheese in a spinach sauce).
G/F Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Road. Tel: 6732 1234
The buffet (daily 12nn-2.30pm, $52++; 6.30-10.30pm, $62++) feature mainly local dishes, which of course includes Indian food, where you can have roti prata alongside naan and butter chicken. Dinner offers a wider spread, including tandoori prawns and keema matter (minced mutton and peas).
B1 Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre , 11 Cavenagh Road. Tel: 6733 8333
Named for the circular clay oven, this ornately decorated restaurant offers a Sunday brunch buffet (12nn-2.30pm, $48++) with items like tandoori chicken, kebabs and saffron rice. It also has live stations where you can have chaat and dosai prepared a la minute.
Raffles Hotel, 1 Beach Road. Tel: 6412 1816
Open since 1892 but renamed in 1976, Tiffin Room is iconic for its colonial-style decor and top-notch service. At the buffet (daily 12nn-2.00pm, $60++; 7-10pm, $75++), you get what you pay for; the North Indian food here is a touch more refined than your typical Indian buffets, with a large variety of chutneys and salads to choose from. Mains include sea bass in coconut gravy and tandoor-roasted baby eggplant alongside more options served to the table.
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