Best value around for curries, naans and tandoori, with these buffet picks from $10 nett to under $25.


Since 1986, this hospitable vegetarian buffet offers something no other establishment does: a pay what you want policy. Set up by the Temple of Fine Arts and staffed by volunteers from all walks of life, they dole out a wide selection of home-cooked dishes such as fragrant potato curry, mock mutton and paneer (daily 11.30am-3pm, 6.15-9.30pm). If not knowing what to pay stresses you out, budget about $15 for moderate diners. #01-04 Central Square, 20 Havelock Road. Tel: 6339 9993


Bayview Tandoor

Get a view of Singapore skyline with your buffet for $38++, as diners here can opt to bundle in a Singapore Flyer ride after. Should you choose to just dine, the buffet ($16++, daily 11.30am-3pm; $22++, daily 6.3010.30pm) offers chicken tikka, channa masala, and fragrant basmati rice cooked with saffron and other spices. #02-01 Singapore Flyer, 30 Raffles Avenue. Tel: 6333 5191


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Bokhara Biryani & Kebab [Halal]

Specialising in authentic dum biryani and tandoori kebabs, the dinner buffet ($18.90++, daily 7-10pm) also serves up other aromatic dishes such as mutton keema, Goan fish gravy and yellow daal. The dishes are prepared with the chefs’ own spice mixes, as they shy away from using ready-made spices, MSG and preservatives. #01-02 Fortuna Hotel Building, 2 Owen Road. Tel: 8399 7795


Daawat Tandoori

This long-time neighbourhood fave is well worth the trek for non-residents. Take a break from the usual tandoori and samosas at the buffet ($16+, daily 11am-11pm), and nosh on popular bhindi masala (ladies fingers and spices), butter chicken and menthi fish (fish with fenugreek). Finish up your meal with a cup of warm and aromatic masala tea to cut through the richness of the dishes. 207 Upper Thomson Road, Yew Lian Park. Tel: 6822 3716


Kailash Parbat

With outlets in India and Singapore and having over 60 years of experience, the restaurant is famed for serving up authentic Sindhi cuisine. Offering signature items such as bhugal bhee aloo (potato and lotus stem in a tomato based masala), koki (Sindhi flat bread) and an à la minute chaat station, their lunch buffet ($12.90+, daily 11am-4pm) is a value find indeed. Located in a hotel, the ambience is a bit more upscale for entertaining. #01-03 Hotel Grand Chancellor, 3 Belilios Road. Tel: 6836 5545


Khansama Tandoori Castle

Tucked away in the bio-medical research hub is a place for weary scientists to fuel up with great buffet lunch ($11.90++, Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm). Dishes such as chicken sixty five, daal gosht (lamb with lentils) and fish amritsari (fried spiced fish) fill their chaffers, offering diners a satisfying mid-day break. #01-20/21/22 Immunos Building, 8a Biomedical Grove. Tel: 6299 0300


Kohinoor Palace

Their lunch buffet ($10 nett, Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm) is one of the cheapest out there and serves up both vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian options. It’s homey, comforting dining over staples such as chicken tikka masala and tandoori chicken which accompany naans and basmanti rice. For a sweet finish, classic gulab jamun is a dumpling made of milk solids drizzled with sugary syrup. 3/F, 2 Tessensohn Road. Tel: 6396 3951


Riverwalk Tandoor

Starting out as a catering business, Riverwalk Tandoor has been churning out Indian delicacies since 1998. Located conveniently in central Singapore, their mouthwatering buffet ($15.90++, daily 11.30am-2.30-pm; $18.90++, Mon-Thu 6.3010.30pm; $19.90, Fri-Sun 6.30-10.30pm) draws a wide range of youngsters as well as families for traditional delights such as mutton rogan josh, aloo gobi (spiced potatoes and cauliflower) and navratan korma (mixed curry vegetables). Freshly baked naans land on your table when you arrive. #B1-38 The Riverwalk, 20 Upper Circular Rd. Tel: 6536 0875


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Sitara Restaurant [Halal]

Started in 1997, Sitara in Hindi refers to the morning star. At this iconic corner restaurant, pick from over 17 dishes at the value buffet ($17 nett, daily 11.45am3pm; $21 nett, daily 6.45-10pm), including freshly baked naans, rotis and a live chapati station. Those who love Indian breads will have their fill here, and to go with the carbs, a variety of vegetarian and nonvegetarian curries. 291 Serangoon Rd. Tel: 6291 3211


The Mango Tree Indian Coastal Restaurant

Inspired by his trip to India, CK Chin morphed from construction manager to restaurateur to set up the original Mango Tree by the sea in 2001. In 2012, the restaurant moved to a mall but hasn’t lost its charm. The buffet ($19++, Mon-Thu 11.30am-10.30pm; $24++, Fri 11.30am-11pm, Sat-Sun, 11.30am-10.30pm) gives a taste of coastal Indian cuisine from Goa, Kerala and Bombay, along with spicy lentil soup, made-to-order naans and a variety of fish, mutton and chicken curries. #03-11 I12 Katong, 112 East Coast Road. Tel: 6604 9661