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These restaurants are serving up some of the most lavish buffet spreads around the island

This article was published on November 9, 2021, and updated on April 20, 2022. 


Can't decide what to eat? Why not have them all—from fresh seafood on ice and meat stations, to Japanese specialities and international favourites, there is always something to satisfy at a buffet. So, if you are looking for a place to enjoy a hearty feast, here are 11 establishments to consider. 

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1. Colony

When you visit Colony for its Sunday vintage champagne brunch, we recommend going with an empty stomach and taking advantage of its extensive offerings spanning Western and Asian cuisines. Get the party started with unlimited pours of Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2013, which will pair extremely well with your complimentary serving of Oscietra caviar. These whet the appetite for more delicious eats to come—at the ice bar, you have oysters, prawns and mussels that taste like they've just been pulled from the ocean. Save space for the fresh sushi and sashimi, as well as the assortment of salads at the salad bar. Our favourite is the quinoa salad tossed with marinated shrimp and brightened by the citrus dressing.

When you’re ready for mains, don’t forget to order the Colony laksa steeped in a rich broth and elevated with homemade lobster balls, and the a la plancha Boston lobster enriched with truffle Hollandaise sauce. Finish off with a la minute desserts, in particular, the crepes Suzette served with fresh fruits. Book here.

Colony

Marina District
$ $ $ $
4
'rating'

2. Beach Road Kitchen

This beloved buffet restaurant reopened its doors on November 20 and continues to serve up a plethora of delectable dishes. Highlights from the menu remain the seafood on ice, which includes a fresh selection of poached prawns, Alaskan king crab and Boston lobster, as well as Fine de Claire and Canadian oysters. Make a pit stop at the charcoal grill for an order of lobster thermidor as well as the grilled catch of the day, simply seasoned with Maldon sea salt and lemon to let fish’s sweet and satisfying flavours shine through. While Western favourites such as pastas and pizzas are always reliable, be sure to order a bowl of the flavourful laksa noodles with lobster dumpling. Round off your meal with the selection of Western cakes and Nonya kueh at the dessert station, where the pumpkin ice cream deserves special mention. Book here

3. StraitsKitchen

Craving local fare? This halal-certified buffet restaurant features a variety of Chinese, Indian, Malay and Peranakan cuisines, whipped up by a team of talented chefs in the live-theatre kitchens. It’s hard not to be tempted by the seafood offerings such as Laksa Singapura, sambal tiger prawns and wok-fried seafood rice. In line with Grand Hyatt Singapore’s roadmap to sustainability, these are only prepared with ASC- and MSC-certified sustainable produce, meaning they were responsibly farmed according to the organisations’ strict standards. Nostalgic hawker fares dominate the menu too; you can get your fill of the crowd-favourite Hainanese chicken rice that’s steamed to juicy perfection. It’s best eaten with the piquant chilli sauce and ginger puree. Book here.

4. Basilico

Head to Basilico this weekend for a buffet brunch featuring hearty Italian fare, curated by chef Valerio Pierantonelli and his team. Authentic and contemporary, Basilico’s selection of homemade pastas, wood-fired pizzas and other Italian fare is testament to the experience of its well-loved buffet lunches and brunches. The menu consists of straightforward and intense flavours, including the Wagyu beef bombette stuffed with smoky scamorza and served with an enjoyable tomato and rocket salad; hearty oven-baked focaccia filled with layers of black summer truffle and three-milk robiola; and Tiramigui, a modern reinterpretation of the traditional dessert which is served in a wine glass. While tasty in their own right, these dishes seem to shine more as stars on a buffet spread as compared to being full à la carte dishes. Attentive service and a sleek dining room make for a pleasant dining experience.Book here.

5. Carousel

Despite Covid-19 restrictions forcing many establishments to change the way they operate, Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts Singapore remains the go-to buffet restaurant for its expansive offerings. While buffet spreads are back on display, staff are at hand to serve the dishes to ensure the safety of guests. Enjoy crowd pleasers such as fresh slices of salmon and tuna, and Maine lobsters and scallops that taste as though they’ve just been pulled from the ocean. Another favourite is the pasta station, where the chef skilfully prepares the likes of squid ink spaghetti and cheese tortellini with your choice of freshly made pesto, bolognese or marina sauce. Save some space for desserts; the friendly staff serve sugary sweets on rotation from the Carousel candy cart. Book here.

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6. The Dining Room

The Dining Room is an ideal spot for business lunches, family gatherings and celebrations when you are trying to please a range of ages and tastes. The huge menu includes vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options and focuses on proven Southeast Asian favourites, created by an experienced hand. Standouts include the signature murgh mahkani (chicken curry in a creamy tomato sauce), and the crowd favourite seafood mee siam. The version here is a fluffy dry-style mee siam with plenty of wok hei and served with scallops, prawns, grilled fish and extra homemade sambal. There’s also a wide menu of beers and spirits, plus mocktails and a huge range of Chinese teas. Service is good and non-intrusive. Book here

7. The Line

The Line continues to offer an expansive buffet for guests. From the seafood harvest to the Japanese, Western and Lebanese selections, dishes here are cooked with high-quality produce and ingredients, which make for memorable meals. In the Japanese section alone, you have the well-crafted snow crab maki, crab maki ebi and flamed salmon aburi. The latter is worth ordering—what you get is an assembly of sushi rice, crispy cucumber and delicately charred salmon to give each bite a smoky touch. Local dishes also shine on the menu, particularly the black pepper crab in a spicy black sauce and served with deep-fried mantou. Book here.

8. Melt Cafe

A trip to Melt Café is a great way to ‘travel the world’ without leaving Singapore, thanks to its extensive spread of international dishes. The buffet restaurant is popular for its Indian and continental stations, with a few notable highlights. The tandoori chicken from the Indian station is perfectly charred and tender, and enhanced with mint chutney. The continental fare highlights the perfectly seasoned roasted lamb with red wine sauce. There’s an array of desserts to close the meal on a sweet note, but the must-have is the signature chocolate cake with a crunchy cookie base topped with velvety mousse. The staff are friendly and helpful, especially when it comes to choosing the best wines that will enhance the food. Book here.

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9. The Orchard Café

From Western cuisine to local fare, there’s something for everyone at The Orchard Café. Buffet lunches and dinners feature Asian and international fare listed on diner-friendly menus. Seafood platter starter includes mussels, cherry clams with their sweet yet briny taste, dainty scallops, snow crab leg and chilled prawns. The Singapore laksa is a signature dish that is spicy, sweet and sour all at once. Chargrilled surf and turf platter is recommended for the lean, tender, oven-roasted Australian Angus ribeye; free range chicken with natural jus; succulent barramundi with romesco sauce; and deep-fried soft-shell baby crab with tangy Thai sauce. Creamy durian pengat of the D24 variety, served in petite glass cups, is packed with sweet and bitter tastes of the king of fruit. Wine by the glass (one white, one red) is available, plus the hotel’s general wine list upon request. Book here

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10. Lime Restaurant

This is the place to be for an extensive spread that spans local, Southeast Asian and international dishes, prepared at the three open kitchens. Bring an appetite for the Sunday Super Lunch and feast on an array of dishes, including the roasted beef with rosemary, oven-baked pork ribs, and seafood platted loaded with fresh lobsters, live prawns and oysters. The restaurant also offers an à la carte menu of delicious options to pick from for a two-course set meal. Also worth noting is a wholesome set starring plant-based alternatives such as Beyond Burger and OmniPork meatballs. Book here.

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11. Edge

Sunday brunch is a drawn-out affair here—as it should be—thanks to its extensive offerings and free-flow Veuve Clicquot champagne. The seafood selection here includes freshly shucked oysters, Alaskan king crab legs, king prawns and black mussels. Roasts are another Sunday staple, and the Edge’s shaved chuck roast with potato churros and garlic aioli has good flavour, enough to satiate any meat lover. Book here.

Edge

City Hall/ Bras Basah
$ $ $ $
3.5
'rating'
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