5 Favourite Buffets in Town to Enjoy During This Festive Season
It is not surprising that most people enjoy a good buffet during the Festive season. There is something about looking at a generous spread of dishes that makes one feel like celebrating life. Buffet places are also a great choice to eat with large groups as there you are sure that the menu will have enough options to please even the pickiest eaters.
There are a lot of great options in Singapore and having personally visited many of these places over the years, let me tell you about some of my favourite buffets in Singapore to enjoy with your family and friends.
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Great Buffets in Singapore to Pig Out During Christmas
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Having been there several times with my mother, Basilico usually has a lively atmosphere and a small dining area that gives a sense of privacy but allows for a casual feel that makes you feel welcome.
I have visited Basilico several times over the past year and the food is still great and my experience with their service has been nothing but pleasant.
Featuring an impressive spread of cheese, bread, and cold cuts where you can literally spend your entire meal at, to a roast meat station crewed by a chef, Basilico offers Italian food lovers a wide array of choices to indulge. Oh, and if you have a sweet tooth, their dessert section is fantastic. Bread puddings, tiramisu, and a chocolate fountain ensure that you end your meal on a high.
What sets Basilico apart from the other buffets is their constant and regular events where they change their menu and offerings. Their head chef comes up with seasonal dishes or changes the buffet selection based on seasonal produce from Italy and their Christmas feast for 2018 is already available. Pay them a visit to indulge in some special Parma Ham-wrapped Turkey Roulade and 12-hr Slow Cooked Traditional Pork Cotechino with Castelluccio Lentil Stew and Polenta Crouton; while enjoying traditional Italian Christmas bread such as Panettone and Pandoro with Christmas Mascarpone Cream.
A great option for people who don’t eat much is the “semi-buffet” menu which includes their excellent appetizer section and a choice of one main course.
- Address: 1 Cuscaden Road, The Regent Singapore
- Price: Weekday Lunch $55, Weekday Dinner $88, Weekend Brunch $98
- Dress Code: Casual
2. The Line (Shangri-La)
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The Line was the very first high-end buffet I visited in my life and has a special place in my memories. Despite being one of the oldest buffets in Singapore, its popularity has not waned despite stiff competition from other hotel buffets and that alone is indicative of just how good it is.
The very first thing you see when you descend the stairs into the main dining area is the massive seafood counter offering an array of oysters from various regions across the globe. If you love oysters, then read no further and head to The Line. They are seriously good and you can gorge yourself on them to your heart’s content. But what if you don’t like oysters or want something else?
There are 16 themed kitchens and offers over 100 dishes from Japan, India, Italy, China, and many other countries. Similar to Basilico, they offer a varied menu with Tuesdays and Thursdays dedicated especially to seafood.
Their dessert station tucked away in a corner has a lot to offer. Local delights such as kueh to Western desserts such as crepes, cakes, pastries, tarts and more. My impression of The Line may be through the lenses of rose-tinted glasses but, if you love seafood and oysters, in particular, this is the buffet for you.
- Address: 22 Orange Grove Road, Shangri La Hotel
Breakfast – $43++ (adult), $22++ (child, 6-11 years old)
– Monday to Friday – $65++ (adult), $32++ (child, 6-11 years old)
– Saturday – $75++ (adult), $37++ (child, 6-11 years old)
– Adult – $178++, free flow Veuve Clicquot, house pour, wines, draft beer, soft drinks, chilled juices, coffee and tea, $118++ free flow soft drinks, chilled juices, coffee and tea.
– Child – $59++, free flow soft drinks, chilled juices
– Monday, Wednesday and Sunday – $80++ (adult), $40++ (child, 6-11 years old)
– Tuesday and Thursday (Marine Harvest) – $98++ (adult). $49++ (child, 6-11 years old)
– Friday and Saturday – $95++ (adult), $47++ (child, 6-11 years old)
3. Melt – The World Cafe, Mandarin Oriental
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Melt – The World Cafe is another personal favourite of mine. There are stations crewed by chefs where you can watch them at work as they prepare some dishes on the spot for you. A respectable seafood table which you can spot in the picture above (its the white marble block).
The Asian Kitchen section has live chefs preparing local signature favourites such as laksa, prawn noodles, chicken rice and more. The North Indian section has a wide variety of curries, naan and other favourites that are actually really good.
A personal favourite of mine that I always look out for is their duck breast. I also really enjoy the sashimi from their sushi station and usually start my meal off with the lobster, salmon sashimi and a selection of shellfish.
- Address: 5 Raffles Avenue, Mandarin Oriental Singapore
Lunch – S$68++ (Lunch, Mon-Sat),
Sunday Brunch – S$108++
Dinner Sunday – Wednesday – S$82++
Dinner – Thursday – Saturday – S$88++
4. Yan Ting Restaurant – Weekend Dim Sum Buffet, St Regis Singapore
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Available only on weekends and public holidays, the dim sum buffet at Yan Ting is a phenomenal dim sum experience with close to 100 expertly prepared dim sum dishes. EVERYTHING on the menu is all you can eat, and each guest is allowed to select either a double boiled abalone soup or a wok baked Boston lobster in stock.
Offering all the traditional dishes you’d expect from a dim sum restaurant, Yan Ting also offers their own twist on some dishes such as a steamed pork and shrimp dumpling with black truffles (also known as Siew mai with truffle), prawn rolls with avocado, wasabi crispy king prawns, sashimi and more.
And while you’d expect the traditional pushcarts with the baskets filled with goodies, there is none of that here. Because every dish is made to order and brought to you only when it is ready. Great dim sum but at a really high price and there is a time limit depending on which seating you go for.
First Seating: 10:30 am – 12:30pm (last order at 12:15)
Second Seating: 1pm – 3pm (last order at 2:45)
– Dim Sum and Chinese tea: $108++
– Dim Sum with house pours, Tiger Beer, Soft Drinks, Juices, and Chinese Tea: $148++
– Dim Sum with Perrier Jouet Grand Brut with all the above: $168++
5. W Hotel – Seafood from the heart buffet at The Kitchen Table
Image Credit: The Kitchen Table, W Hotel Singapore
The Kitchen Table offers a buffet spread each day but it is well worth your time to head for their weekend (Fri – Sun) only seafood buffet. Priced reasonably in comparison to other buffets, strictly offering only sustainable seafood, impeccable service and an impressive number of chef crewed stations, it is a buffet that you’d be hard pressed not to enjoy.
While they don’t offer as vast a selection in comparison to other buffets, they make up for it in spades with sheer quality. Huge king crab legs, langoustines, prawns, charcoal grilled crabs, tandoori lobsters and more. They also have a live Indian section crewed by chefs who make fresh naan on the spot, grill seafood to order in a tandoori oven.
Drinks where you are served glowing ice cubes with cotton candy domes that melt away into a drink, beautiful miniature cakes, and amazing seafood.
Address: 21 Ocean Way, W Hotel
These are my tried and tested options for scrumptious buffet spreads in Singapore to try this festive season. Do you have any other buffet recommendations? Let us know in the comments.
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