If gourmands in Singapore want to indulge in a variety of cuisines in one go, they would often go to buffet restaurants that offer a bit of everything. But with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic drastically changing the F&B scene, traditional buffets with self-service concepts and communal amenities now seem like a relic in the past as more establishments have opted for digital experiences and contactless dining.
This point was reiterated when the country entered phase two on June 19. Restaurants were allowed to re-open for dine-in, given that they strictly follow the government’s Covid-19 guidelines to ensure a healthy and safe experience for everyone. That can’t be said for self-service buffets, which remain suspended during this period.
While popular places like Melt Café and Edge (located at Pan Pacific Singapore, currently used as a government facility) chose to keep their doors shut until further notice, other places have resumed services following major changes to their daily operations. Tiffin Room, for one, stopped serving its North Indian delicacies in the all-you-can-eat format. Instead, the breakfast and lunch buffet menus are now available as à la carte options and are priced individually.
“There is a strict adherence policy in place to HACCP principles for food preparation and hygiene,” explains Christian Westbeld, general manager of Raffles Hotel Singapore, adding that guests can further ease their discomfort by requesting for disposable utensils or booking private dining within their suites.