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The Best 1-for-1 Hotel Buffet Dining Promotions in Singapore (Mar 2020)

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Nothing gets Singaporeans going like a hotel buffet, but the problem is that most of them are pretty expensive at full price. Luckily, with the current spate of excellent credit card promotions in Singapore, you can get half-price hotel buffets with practically any card.

In compiling this list, I focused only on the biggest discounts, i.e. 1-for-1 buffet and 50% off food bill. There are plenty of smaller discounts but we ignored those because obviously everyone wants the most bang for your buck. The deals are sorted by expiry date, then by price.

Always check the terms and conditions for credit card buffet promotions first. Typically you have to call to reserve, quote your bank name to secure the discount (because it may be limited to X number of patrons a day) and pay using that card. Usually both credit or debit cards are accepted as long as it’s from the partner bank.

 

Contents

  1. DBS/POSB dining promotions 2020
  2. Citibank dining promotions 2020
  3. UOB dining promotions 2020
  4. OCBC dining promotions 2020
  5. HSBC dining promotions 2020
  6. Standard Chartered dining promotions 2020
  7. American Express dining promotions 2020
  8. Maybank dining promotions 2020
  9. Other ways to score 1-for-1 buffet deals

Disclaimer: We referred to published prices and called the restaurants to compile this list, stating all the caveats (e.g. valid only on certain days, timings, etc) we could find. However, we are human.

We recommend you give the hotel/restaurant a call to confirm the prices and validity before heading down — just in case we missed anything, or if any terms and conditions were amended since the time of writing.

 

DBS/POSB 1-for-1 buffet dining promotions 2020

Restaurant Promotion Buffet price (before discount) Expiry
The Line at Shangri-La Hotel  1-for-1 lunch buffet on Mondays $65++  30 Mar 2020
The Line at Shangri-La Hotel  1-for-1 dinner buffet on Mondays $80++  30 Mar 2020
Marriott Cafe at Singapore Marriott Tang

Plaza Hotel 

50% off dinner buffet  $78++ (Sun to Thu), $98++ (Fri and Sat) 31 Mar 2020
The Square at Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay  1-for-1 lunch buffet  $45++ (Mon to Sat) 31 Mar 2020
The Square at Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay  1-for-1 lunch buffet  $68++ (Sun to Thu), $78++ (Fri and Sat)  31 Mar 2020
Town Restaurant at The Fullerton Hotel  1-for-1 lunch buffet on Mondays and Thursdays $59++ 30 Apr 2020
Town Restaurant at The Fullerton Hotel  1-for-1 dinner buffet on Mondays and Thursdays $59++ 30 Apr 2020
Asian Market Cafe at Fairmont Singapore  1-for-1 lunch buffet from Sunday to Thursday $68++  30 April 2020
Asian Market Cafe at Fairmont Singapore  1-for-1 dinner buffet from Sunday to Thursday $78++  30 April 2020
CLOVE at Swissotel The Stamford 1-for-1 lunch buffet from Sunday to Thursday $60++ (Mon to Thu), $70++ (Sun)  30 April 2020
CLOVE at Swissotel The Stamford 1-for-1 dinner buffet from Sunday to Thursday $68++ (Mon to Thu), $55++ (Sun)  30 April 2020
Seasonal Tastes at The Westin Singapore  1-for-1 dinner buffet  $88++ (Sun to Thu), $98++ (Fri and Sat)  31 July 2020 
J65 at Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore  1-for-1 high tea buffet on Saturdays $68++  7 Aug 2020 
Cafe Mosaic at Carlton Hotel Singapore  50% off lunch buffet   $58++ 30 Dec 2020
Cafe Mosaic at Carlton Hotel Singapore  50% off dinner buffet  $78++ (Mon to Thu), $98++ (Fri to Sun) 30 Dec 2020
Coleman’s Cafe at Peninsula Excelsior Hotel  1-for-1 lunch buffet  $64++  30 Dec 2020
Coleman’s Cafe at Peninsula Excelsior Hotel  1-for-1 dinner buffet  $76++  30 Dec 2020
Sun’s Cafe at Hotel Grand Pacific Singapore 1-for-1 Peranakan lunch buffet  $38++ (Mon to Thu), $40++ (Fri to Sun)  30 Dec 2020 
Sun’s Cafe at Hotel Grand Pacific Singapore 1-for-1 Peranakan dinner buffet  $45++ (Mon to Thu), $47++ (Fri to Sun)  30 Dec 2020 
Triple Three at Mandarin Orchard Singapore  1-for-lunch buffet  $78++ (Mon to Sat), $118++ (Sun)  30 Dec 2020
Element Restaurant at Amara Singapore  1-for-1 lunch buffet  $55++  31 Dec 2020 
Element Restaurant at Amara Singapore  50% off dinner buffet  $75++  31 Dec 2020 
Atrium Restaurant at Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium  1-for-1 lunch buffet  From $64++  30 Dec 2020
Atrium Restaurant at Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium  1-for-1 dinner buffet  From $80++  30 Dec 2020

Practically every person in Singapore has a DBS/POSB credit card, so it shouldn’t be a problem for most of us to enjoy these 1-for-1 buffet promotions. Make sure to book in advance, though.

As you can see, DBS/POSB has the most generous selection of deals. And most of them only expire at the end of the year, so you have a good 12 months to squeeze value out of these deals.

The most noteworthy one is definitely The Line at Shangri-La Hotel: it’s a DBS/POSB exclusive, and is only valid until 30 March 2020, and on Mondays only. Other premium hotel buffets include the ones at Triple Three (Mandarin Orchard) and Seasonal Tastes (The Westin).

There’s also a 1-for-1 promotion with The Clifford Pier at The Fullerton Bay Hotel, but when I called up for prices, the staff said that it’s fully redeemed for the entire promotion period. I find that a bit hard to believe because the DBS promo page says “limited to the first 100 adults per meal time”, but who knows.

Don’t have a DBS/POSB credit card? Find one here.

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Cashback on Online, Visa Contactless
Up to 10%
Cash Back Cap per month
S$80
Min. Spend per month
S$1000
Online Promo: Get double cashback with DBS Live Fresh Card Valid till 30 Jun 2020.
  • Enjoy up to S$180 cashback.

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Citibank 1-for-1 buffet dining promotions 2020

Citibank has a dedicated microsite for credit card promotions, featuring their extensive list of dining deals. Cardholders will be glad to know that there are a LOT of dining deals, some of which are really quite impressive. However, only a handful of are 1-for-1 buffets.

Restaurant Promotion Buffet price (before discount) Expiry
Plate at Carlton City Hotel Singapore  1-for-1 Sunday brunch buffet  $52++  29 Mar 2020
CLOVE at Swissotel The Stamford 1-for-1 lunch buffet  $60++ (Mon to Fri), $70++ (Sat and Sun)  30 April 2020
CLOVE at Swissotel The Stamford 1-for-1 dinner buffet  $68++ (Mon to Thu), $95++ (Fri and Sat), $55++ (Sun)  30 April 2020
Plate at Carlton City Hotel Singapore  1-for-1 lunch buffet on
Monday to Friday 
$52++  30 Dec 2020

Sadly, most of the 1-for-1 hotel dining promotions from this year were for seasonal, Chinese New Year menus. Those expired in February. Of what remains, only one promotion — the 1-for-1 weekday lunch buffet offer at Plate, Carlton City Hotel — lasts till the end of the year.

You can sign up for a Citibank credit card here.

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MoneySmart Exclusive
Cash Back on Dining, Groceries & Petrol
8%
Cash Back Cap per category, per month
S$25
Min. Spend per month
S$888
MoneySmart Exclusive: Get up to S$300 Cash or Grab Credits! Applies to new to bank customers. Valid till 31 Mar 2020.

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UOB 1-for-1 buffet dining promotions 2020

UOB has moved their dining promotions to the UOB Dining Advisor website, and you can easily view all the 1-for-1 buffet promotions there.

Restaurant Promotion Buffet price (before discount) Expiry
Escape at One Farrer Hotel  1-for-1 lunch buffet $50++ 31 May 2020
Escape at One Farrer Hotel  1-for-1 dinner buffet $70++ (Mon to Thu), $78++ (Fri to Sun) 31 May 2020
Triple Three at Mandarin Orchard Singapore  1-for-1 lunch buffet  $78++ (Mon to Sat), $118++ (Sun)  30 Apr 2020

This (very short) list looks woefully pathetic, but to be fair, UOB does have quite a few dining deals for cardholders.

It’s just that most of them are in the 15% to 25% off range, and not quite as lucrative as 50% off or 1-for-1.

Don’t have a UOB credit card yet? Find one here.

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Cash Back on Grab
Up to 10%
Cash Back Cap per quarter
S$300
Min. Spend per month
S$2000

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OCBC 1-for-1 buffet dining promotions 2020

OCBC is a little slow to catch up with their dining promotions, and since a ton of the promos expired last year, there are only a few left:

Restaurant Promotion Buffet price Expiry
Holiday Inn Orchard (Window on the Park) 1-for-1 buffet lunch $65++ 31 Mar 2020
Holiday Inn Orchard (Window on the Park) 1-for-1 buffet dinner $70++ 31 Mar 2020
Park Hotel Clarke Quay (Cocobolo) 1-for-1 buffet dinner $72++ (Fri & Sat) 31 Mar 2020

OCBC cards used to offer 1-for-1 deals at the swanky Fairmont and Swissotel the Stamford hotels in 2019, which was not too shabby. It’s a bummer these weren’t renewed for the new year.

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Cashback on Everyday Dining (Including Local, Overseas and Online Food Delivery)
6%
Cashback Cap per month
S$80
Min. Spend per month
S$800

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HSBC 1-for-1 buffet dining promotions 2020

Here are the 1-for-1 buffet promotions I found on HSBC’s website. There is a “Hotel Dining” filter for you narrow down your options, but most of these 1-for-1 deals are listed under “Entertainer with HSBC” instead.

Restaurant Promotion Buffet price Expiry
Holiday Inn Orchard (Window on the Park) 1-for-1 buffet lunch $65++ 28 Feb 2021
Holiday Inn Orchard (Window on the Park) 1-for-1 buffet dinner $70++ 28 Feb 2021
Four Points Eatery at Sheraton Singapore, Riverview * 1-for-1 dinner buffet $70++ (only available on weekends) 30 Dec 2020 

Note: While all cardholders are entitled to the standard HSBC Entertainer deals, only HSBC Premier Mastercard and Visa Infinite cardholders can “unlock” the HSBC Entertainer Premium deals (marked with an *).

There seems to only be three 1-for-1 hotel dining promotions at the moment. However, when I checked in February, there were quite a few that supposedly extended till the end of the year. These are no longer listed on the site, but if you want, you can try your luck anyway:

Restaurant Promotion Buffet price Expiry
Katong Kitchen at Village Hotel Katong * 1-for-1 lunch buffet  $40++ (Mon to Fri), $50++ (Sat and Sun)  30 Dec 2020 
Katong Kitchen at Village Hotel Katong  1-for-1 dinner buffet  $50++ (Mon to Fri), $60++ (Sat and Sun)  30 Dec 2020 
Saltwater at Village Hotel Changi * 1-for-1 lunch buffet  $42++ ($43++ from 13 Jan to 8 Feb)  30 Dec 2020 
Saltwater at Village Hotel Changi    1-for-1 dinner buffet  $46++ ($48++ to $60++ from 13 Jan to 8 Feb)  30 Dec 2020 
Straits Cafe at Rendezvous Hotel Singapore * 1-for-1 lunch buffet  $42++ (Mon to Fri), $52++ (Sat and Sun), $48++ to $54++ from 13 Jan to 8 Feb  30 Dec 2020 
Straits Cafe at Rendezvous Hotel Singapore  1-for-1 dinner buffet  $54++ (Mon to Thu), $62++ (Fri to Sun), $54++ to $64++ from 13 Jan to 8 Feb  30 Dec 2020 

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on Online, Dining and Entertainment
S$1= 5X Points
on All Other Spend
S$1= 1X Point
Rewards to Miles Conversion for Selected Airline Partners
1 Point = 0.4 Miles
Online Promo: Get a Samsonite T5 Spinner (worth S$560) OR S$150 Cash Back with min. spend of $800 in first month of card approval + S$20 worth of Grab rides! Valid till 31 Mar 2020.

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Standard Chartered “1-for-1” buffet dining promotions — discounts at Fullerton Hotel and Le Amis restaurants

Good news for all Standard Chartered cardholders — the bank has a tie-up with Fullerton Hotel and the Fullerton Bay Hotels restaurants, which offers up to 50% off buffets from Town Restaurant and The Courtyard.

Restaurant Promotion Buffet price Expiry
Town Restaurant at Fullerton Hotel Singapore 1-for-1 buffet lunch (weekdays) $59++ 30 Dec 2020
Town Restaurant at Fullerton Hotel Singapore 1-for-1 buffet dinner $59++ (Sun to Thu), $87++ (Fri and Sat) 30 Dec 2020
The Courtyard at Fullerton Hotel Singapore 1-for-1 afternoon tea buffet (weekdays) $50++ (Mon to Fri), $55++ (Sat, Sun and PH) 30 Dec 2020

The structure is a little like AMEX’s Love Dining programme (see below), whereby you can get the highest 50% discount when you + 1 guest dine together. If you bring more guests, the discount is reduced (15% to 33% off).

Although not quite as attractive as 1-for-1 buffets, another one that may appeal to the “atas” gourmet types is Standard Chartered’s collaboration with Les Amis group of restaurants, which includes loads of fancy places like Bistro Du Vin, LINO, and (obviously) Les Amis.

Depending on which restaurant you pick, you can get $5 to $20 off (minimum spend applies). You can check out the rest of the Standard Chartered dining promotions here.

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Cash Back on eligible spend
Up to 1.5%
Min. Spend per month
$0
Cash Back Cap
Unlimited
MoneySmart Exclusive: Get up to S$250 worth of cash and vouchers! Valid till 31 Mar 2020.

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American Express “1-for-1” buffet dining promotions 2020 — Love Dining programme

Unlike its competitors, American Express doesn’t offer 1-for-1 buffets to anyone with a credit card. Instead, you need to sign up for the Amex Platinum Card in order to get decent buffet discounts.

The Platinum card lets you take part in Amex’s dining programme, Love Dining, which gives you up to 50% off at atas restaurants and hotel buffets in Singapore. To get the maximum 50% discount, you need to dine with one friend/date. Otherwise, your discount ranges from only 15% to 35%.

Bear in mind that there’s a hefty annual fee of $321 attached to the card, and you can only get it waived if you’re a really big spender. Still, if you’re a real foodie, you would probably get quite a bit of utility from this card.

Restaurant Promotion Buffet price
Ellenborough Market Cafe at Swissotel Merchant Court 50% off high tea buffet (Sat & Sun) $42++
Marriott Cafe at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel 50% off high tea buffet $45++ (Mon to Fri), $48++ (Sat & Sun)
Escape at One Farrer Hotel  50% off buffet lunch $50++
Ellenborough Market Cafe at Swissotel Merchant Court 50% off buffet lunch $54++
Element at Amara Singapore  50% off buffet lunch & high tea $55++ (Mon to Fri lunch), $42++ (Sat & Sun high tea)
CLOVE at Swissotel The Stamford 50% off buffet lunch $60++ (Mon to Fri), $70++ (Sat and Sun)
Atrium at Holiday Inn Singapore 50% off buffet lunch From $64++
Marriott Cafe at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel 50% off buffet lunch $59++ (Mon to Fri), $78++ to $98++ (Sat and Sun)
Escape at One Farrer Hotel  50% off buffet dinner $70++ (Mon to Thu), $78++ (Fri to Sun)
CLOVE at Swissotel The Stamford 50% off buffet dinner $68++ (Mon to Thu), $95++ (Fri and Sat), $55++ (Sun)
Asian Market Cafe at Fairmont  50% off buffet lunch $68++
Ellenborough Market Cafe at Swissotel Merchant Court 50% off buffet dinner $72++
Element at Amara Singapore  50% off buffet dinner $75++
Asian Market Cafe at Fairmont  50% off buffet dinner $78++ (Sun to Thu), $80 to $85++ (Fri and Sat)
Atrium at Holiday Inn Singapore 50% off buffet dinner From $80++
The Kitchen Table at W Hotel Singapore 50% off “Fun to Table” buffet $78++ to $88++
Marriott Cafe at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel 50% off buffet dinner $78++ (Sun to Thu) / $98++ (Fri and Sat)
The Kitchen Table at W Hotel Singapore 50% off “Seafood from The Heart” buffet $98++
The Kitchen Table at W Hotel Singapore 50% off “Sunday Remix Brunch” buffet $138++ to $178++

Want the Amex Platinum Credit Card? You can apply here.

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at participating Platinum EXTRA Partners
S$1.60 = 10 Points
on All Other Spend
S$1.60 = 2X Points
Rewards to Miles Conversion
1 Point = 0.55 Miles

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Maybank “1-for-1” buffet dining promotions 2020 — none for now

Last year, Maybank had quite a few dining campaigns and offered 1-for-1 buffets at Holiday Inn, Park Hotel Clarke Quay and more. However, these were not renewed for 2020 and there are currently no 1-for-1 hotel buffet deals.

I wouldn’t hold my breath, but if you’re hopeful, you can check the Maybank card privilege site for updates.

Don’t have a Maybank credit card? Get one here.

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Cash Back on Groceries, Dining, Transport and Petrol in Singapore & Malaysia
Up to 8%
Cash Rebate on Shopping and Data communication & online TV streaming
Up to 8%
Cash Rebate Cap per month
S$80

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Is your favourite 1-for-1 buffet restaurant fully booked? Try The Entertainer, Eatigo, Chope & Fave

Aside from the promotional validity dates, many of these promotions are limited to a certain number of diners per day or promotional period. If for whatever reason you’re not able to get a seat, don’t panic – there are other dining apps to help you save on that buffet feast.

The Entertainer

The Entertainer is a paid subscription that focuses on 1-for-1 deals, which is our absolute favourite kind of discount. Currently, you can get 1-for-buffet deals at Shin Minori, Katong Kitchen, Straits Cafe and more. As an added bonus, the partner merchants aren’t restricted to restaurants and cafes, too – so you can expect beauty, fashion and fitness deals as well.

At $95, the subscription fee for Entertainer 2020 is kind of steep, but it also includes Cheers, its sister app for bars and pubs, and The Entertainer JB and Bali for 1-for-1 deals at hip restaurants and cafes overseas.

Eatigo

Eatigo is an online restaurant reservation service that offers discounts based on what time you dine. Check out the full list of hotel buffet deals at their website.

Chope

Like Eatigo, Chope reservation service that happens to also offer exclusive discounts for their users. Chope is currently having a year end sale, offering over 200 dining deals, a hundred 1-for-1s, and flash deals as low as $1.

The full selection of restaurants and partners are available here: Chope Deals promotion page.

Fave

Fave is the new Groupon, and while they’ve expanded their services to include a lot of new things like FavePay, they still sell discounted dining vouchers.

They may not have a dedicated 1-for-1 buffet section (they go on a discount basis), but some restaurants offer up to 60% and up, which is an even better deal. Check out the current promotions here.

 

Did we miss out your favourite credit card buffet promotion 2020? Tell us about it in the comments! 

 

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