The best family-friendly buffet restaurants in Singapore

When dining out with the family, variety is key. Where else are you going to get plenty of choices than at the buffet table
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By Delfina Utomo |
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It's hard to please everyone especially when dining out in a big group or with the family, especially when the kids are involved. Make everyone happy with these family-friendly, and most importantly, kid-friendly buffet spots in Singapore. From Italian to Indonesian, desserts to modern European, we've got all the bases covered. Now, time to bring the gang out. 

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Restaurants, Buffet

Melt Café

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It's never too late to introduce the young 'uns to international cuisine and cultures. The recently refreshed buffet restaurant now boasts contemporary interiors, with a cheese and dessert bar taking centre stage once you walk into the restaurant. With so much on display, make a beeline to the restaurant's signature Indian selection, which has an array of spicy curries you'll be licking clean from your fingers. Guests can also dine al fresco during dinner, enjoying a delicious spread of meats and seafood fresh from the barbecue.

Restaurants, American

The Line

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There's nothing like a buffet at The Line to wind down the week. The modern seafoam and white colour schemes dreamt up by designer Adam Tihany sure has a calming effect, which might be useful if you're bringing the kids out. With 16 culinary stations that serve fresh seafood, sashimi, handmade pasta, wood-fired pizza, made-to-order roti pratas, customisable Chinese noodles and glorious chocolate fondue, everyone's going to be happy. And while the adults can sip on champagne, kids can have some play time at the nearby Buds by Shangri-La. 

 

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Restaurants, Fusion

Oscar’s

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How to make you kids like vegetables? Let them create their own veggie masterpiece at the DIY Caesar salad station in Oscar's. On top of that, they can dabble with meats at the live carving station, make their own carby bowl at the noodle bar and to seal the deal for good behaviour all-day long? Try their signature homemade waffles with ice cream. Children also dine at half price. 

Restaurants, Indonesian

Kintamani

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Established in 1985, it might feel like a step back in time when you enter the restaurant with its traditional Balinese decor but stay for the food – there's a reason why the Indonesian buffet remains a popular favourite with many. The spread of Indonesian and Balinese classics like the satay, beef rendang, gado-gado (fried crackers and steamed rice cakes covered in a rich, spicy-sweet peanut sauce), and the mee bakso (vermicelli noodles with beefball soup) are enough to keep you coming back. On top of that, prices are pretty reasonable as well. Adults dine from $65 and children below the age of four dine for free.

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Restaurants, Italian

Al Forno

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Nothing brings people together like hearty Italian food. Bring the family out for an authentic Italian buffet spread that boasts a delightful range of antipasti, a quality range of cheeses, a wide selection of pasta, and oven-cooked pizzas. The menu may change every week but your appetite for Italian food and all things carbs won't. Best to book ahead!

Mitzo - soft shell crab with curry floss
Photo: Mitzo
Restaurants, Cantonese

Mitzo

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If free flow yum cha sounds good to you then you should kickstart your weekend at Mitzo. Pick and mix with over 40 selections of dim sum, wok dishes and fresh seafood. Bring the kids out for some dim sum too because kids under six dine for free while those from six to 12 enjoy 50% off. And when they get restless, in they go to the spacious kids’ play room next door so you can keep one eye on your bao and one on your little peeps.

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Restaurants, Italian

Pete's Place

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Nothing at Pete’s Place looks like it’s changed in decades – not the familiar red-and-black-checkered tablecloths and napkins, not the brickwork and, in some cases, we suspect, not the waiters either. If the famously well-stocked salad bar doesn’t tempt you, the fettuccine bolognese might; it’s meaty and sweet with carrots, while the thick loops of pappardelle are stirred with mushroom and heady thyme notes. And we haven't even started on the wood-fired pizzas yet. Sample it all with the family and if you've got kids below three, they dine for free. 

 

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