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The best buffets in Singapore

Luxurious spreads that’ll have you bursting at the seams

Written by
Kylie Wong
,
Dawson Tan
,
Pailin Boonlong
&
Adira Chow
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Quality and quantity don’t typically go hand in hand, especially when it comes to buffets. But we found the places in Singapore that come close to perfecting the formula. From free-flow boozy brunch buffets, to classic international spreads and premium dinner curations, we’ve got just the spot for you that is guaranteed to impress your friends and family.

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The best buffets in Singapore

  • Restaurants
  • Buffet
  • Orchard

You are the master of your own Estate experience as there isn't a prix fixe menu. Boasting an all-day dining experience – coincidentally signalling the revival of buffet-style dining, Estate's airy spatial format allows guests to interact with its residential-style open kitchens. Known for the Black Truffle Roasted Duck, it would be wise to head straight for that first and then work your way down to the rest of the raw seafood and grilled meats. But definitely save some space for the Cantonese-style Wagyu beef noodles – a warm, comforting bowl of herbaceous goodness to round off the sumptuous meal. 

Dinner buffet starts from $88 per adult, available daily from 6.30pm-10pm.

  • Restaurants
  • Pan-Asian
  • Chinatown
  • price 2 of 4

Lime Restaurant at Parkroyal Collection Pickering is bringing all-day dining back to the buffet scene. Available on Sundays, the Super Sunday Buffet Marathon gives you the flexibility of choosing any three-hour time slot throughout the day to feast at a fixed price. An exciting menu awaits you, featuring a seafood assortment that includes Boston lobsters and oysters, Peranakan, Asian and Western delights, a live carving station serving roast angus beef, and a dazzling array of sweet treats.

Other highlights include the signature Pickering lobster laksa, truffle cream pasta served in a cheese wheel, and the restaurant's ever-popular lobster bisque. Pro tip: make sure you dine between 3pm and 5.30pm to enjoy free-flow house pours, beers and cocktails. Find out more and make your booking here

From $98 per adult, available on Sundays from 11.30am-9pm.

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  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Tanglin

Artistically decorated, cleanly presented international bites and stunningly plated mini desserts are just a few things this 400-seater restaurant boasts. Consistently serving up sumptuous buffet spreads, expect mouth-watering seafood on ice including snow crabs, sea pawns, mussels and more, as well as a sashimi selection with scallops, ama ebi, and your regular cuts of tuna and salmon. Then, work your way down to warm gourmet delights such as the Australian Angus beef prime rib with red wine jus, and the slow oven-roasted lamb leg with mustard. Other standout dishes include the roasted dang gui duck, roasted pork belly, the barbeque honey char siew, made-to-order naans, customisable Chinese noodle dishes, and a glorious chocolate fondue on the buffet line. There’s even a gluten-free selection available.

Dinner buffet starts from $98 per adult, available daily from 6pm-9.30pm.

  • Restaurants
  • Kallang

Buffet restaurant Ginger serves up an elevated Peranakan spread at approachable prices – all while providing a feast for the eyes. The first order of business is to make a beeline for the premium zichar dishes like chilli or black pepper crab, as well as cereal or white pepper jumbo prawns. Then, tackle other flavourful favourites such as the oven slow-roasted beef rendang ribs or the boneless leg of lamb, before indulging in a bowl of warm, comforting laksa and snacking on the deep fried assortment of ngoh hiang. There are also unique dim sum offerings like the chicken laksa pau and otah siew mai or har gow. 

Dinner buffet starts from $75 per adult, available daily from 6pm-10pm.

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  • Restaurants
  • Global
  • City Hall
  • price 2 of 4

The dinner buffet spread at The Ritz-Carlton isn’t an everyday affair, but it’s easy to get your money’s worth here. The ice bar would be everyone’s first stop, where a sprawl of fresh seafood awaits: freshly shucked oysters, snow crab, mussels, clams, sliced sashimi and more. But the grill and rotisserie station also has plenty of delectable offerings, such as the cumin-spiced baby lamb rib with chimichurri and mint jelly, and exclusively in the seafood dinner buffet: the grilled Boston lobster and octopus leg. The carving station features charcoal-grilled beef ribeye, while the extensive Asian section features local dishes that are spruced up with luxurious ingredients, such as the XO crabmeat or abalone fried rice, and deep-fried soft shell crabs with chilli crab sauce. 

Dinner buffet starts from $92 per adult, available daily from 6.30pm-10.30pm.

Edge
  • Restaurants
  • City Hall

Edge has made it onto numerous 'best buffet' lists, and for good reason. The snazzy restaurant has a wider buffet selection than most, with briny-fresh seafood on ice and an extensive international selection that spans Thai, Japanese, Tex Mex, Malaysian, Indian and local cuisine. Its grilled and western stations are also well stocked. From the lot, we spy angus beef steak, slow braised beef cheeks, sticky barbeque pork ribs, and pan seared salmon with miso butter sauce. The dessert selection presents another continent to conquer, with gluten-free options, countless pastries, Nyonya kueh, cakes and ice cream. The buffet comes with unlimited servings of non-alcoholic beverages, but pro-tip: get the teh tarik, it's absolutely delish. 

Dinner buffet starts from $92 per adult, available daily from 6pm-10pm.

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Manhattan Bar
  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Orchard

‘Craft cocktails’ and ‘free-flow’ are usually contradictory concepts, but not at Manhattan. After all, there's a reason the swanky bar bagged the 21st spot on the list of Asia's 50 Best Bars 2023. The joint's adults-only Sunday cocktail brunch brings you as many craft cocktails, boozy shakes, wines and beers that you can drink, which come round in a roving trolley. Opt for a Tequila Sunrise from the 90s Disco Tipples section, or a classic espresso martini from their Manhattan Classics. Expect to see a buffet spread that reflects the bar's American identity, down to the deli counter with freshly made bagels, cream cheese schmears and American cheeses. Other highlights include freshly shucked seasonal oysters, poached Boston lobsters, Alaskan King crab, and OP ribeyes from the carving station. 

From $208 per adult, available on Sundays from noon-3pm.

Basilico
  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Orchard

Basilico is famous for its extensive Italian cuisine. While it offers a weekday lunch buffet, the real star of the show is its weekend brunch buffet. Everything’s been thoughtfully sourced to showcase diversity, which explains its table-bending selection of cold cuts and cheeses from all over Italy. The seafood bar features poached Boston lobster, scallops, prawns and more, and as for mains, you'll find it hard to stop at one when it comes to the focaccia pizza with molten mascarpone. But there’s still the dessert section and more importantly, the cheese room to conquer. Our favourites are the gorgonzola, which comes in wood-smoked, beer-infused or chocolate and chilli-infused variations. Don’t sleep on the burrata as well – options include truffle burrata, wine-soaked burrata, and burrata with caviar. 

From $128 per adult, available on weekends from noon-3pm.

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Carousel
  • Restaurants
  • Orchard

Bountiful. That's the word we'd use to describe the international spread at halal-certified Carousel. The seafood section alone is staggering, with oysters, tiger prawns, lobsters, snow crabs, scallops, a whole assortment of clams and more. The Japanese section is also impressive, encompassing both a sushi-and-sashimi counter and a live-action teppanyaki counter. While it's possible to be completely stuffed with just these two sections, there's plenty more to tackle. The Mediterranean counter is heaving with the likes of seabass en papillote, roasted lamb leg, chicken florentine and duck confit. There’s also a substantive Asian section which includes chilli crab, as well as a customisable pasta counter with a range of pasta shapes and sauces. 

Dinner buffet starts from $94 per adult, available daily from 6.30pm-9.30pm.

Man Fu Yuan
  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Rochor

While some Chinese restaurants tend to charge a premium for dim sum buffets by including pricier goodies like prawns, lobsters and the likes, Man Fu Yuan keeps its prices reasonable. Its weekend dim sum buffet draws in the crowds with more than 40 dishes, including the requisite baked egg tarts, barbecue pork buns and siew mai, as well as mains you’ll normally only find on its daily menu like wok-fried flat rice noodles with beef in black bean sauce. Service staff are attentive and polite, and despite the crowds, the dishes arrive in a timely manner. If you're looking to bring your parents or in-laws out for the weekend, this is the place to go. 

From $78 for two adults, available on weekends from 11.30am-3pm.

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Rise
  • Restaurants
  • Marina Bay

Rise claims a prime spot at the lobby of Marina Bay Sands, and is known for its lavish international spread and themed buffet dinners. Every night presents a different gastronomic journey, with European classics, Southeast Asian flavours and even a backyard barbecue-inspired selection. If you're not a fan of the particular theme of the night, don't fret – the staple spread of Chinese, Indian, Japanese, western and local cuisine remains largely unchanged, and its dessert selection is wide, with an array of cakes, pies, traditional local kuehs, and even a live station serving Vietnamese banana soup chè chuối. The restaurant also values sustainability, making sure that its produce is grown from ethical farming methods. 

Dinner buffet starts from $112 per adult, available daily from 5pm-10.15pm.

Seoul Restaurant
  • Restaurants
  • Korean
  • Orchard

The barbecue's charcoal-fired, and you get a good selection of beef, pork, chicken and seafood. In true Korean barbecue fashion, it’ll be wise to start off with thin slices of the beef brisket to nicely line the grill and your belly, before proceeding with heavier cuts like the pork belly, pork jowl, boneless beef short rib, or Iberico pork collar, before rounding off with marinated cuts of beef short rib or prime rib. The restaurant also offers BBQ seafood options of mackerel and prawns. A sizable range of cooked dishes and stews are also available — think soybean paste stew and seafood pancake. Pro-tip: order the cold buckwheat noodles for the quintessential Korean barbecue pairing where you chomp down a mouthful of noodles with a slice of pork belly.

From $59 per adult, available daily for lunch and dinner.

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Coffee Lounge
  • Hotels
  • Orchard

Goodwood Park has been serving up its Taiwan porridge buffet since 1984, and it's become part of the hotel's mainstays. Included in the à la carte buffet is a choice of over 30 dishes such as braised pork belly, chilled tofu in soy sauce, deep-fried pomfret, stir-fried kang kong with sambal and more. Desserts like kueh, pulut hitam, and western-style cakes and tarts are also available. The comforting and familiar spread doesn't break the bank, and it's worth it for the chance to while away the afternoon or evening in the setting of the grand hotel. 

From $46 per adult (minimum of two persons), available daily for lunch and dinner.

Kinki Restaurant and Bar
  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Raffles Place

Kinki's bottomless brunch is a curated list of its greatest hits, and there's a lot to love. The sashimi is generously cut and the nigiri sushi (also available aburi-style) is more seafood than rice, just the way it should be. Our favourite appetisers include century egg tofu with snow crab, the springy chikuwa tempura, or the deep fried squid tentacles. Mains are limited to one per person, which is a bit of a bummer, but at least the dishes are gratifying. Opt for the wagyu foie gras donburi, wagyu udon, or the Ginzayaki Kaisen – mixed seafood with homemade crab sauce – to get more bang for your buck. Free-flow beverages are available at a one-time top-up charge, including alcoholic options like the Echigotsurukame Shofukujin Junmai sake ($38) and Prosecco DOC ($38).

From $68 per adult, available on Saturdays and public holidays from 12-3pm.

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