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The Best 1-for-1 Hotel Buffet Dining Promotions in Singapore (Jan 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 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. UOB dining promotions 2020
  3. OCBC dining promotions 2020
  4. Citibank dining promotions 2020
  5. HSBC dining promotions 2020
  6. American Express dining promotions 2020
  7. Maybank dining promotions 2020
  8. Standard Chartered 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

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.

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
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 
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 

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).

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

DBS Live Fresh Card

DBS Live Fresh Card


Card Benefits

    • Online shopping and payment via contactless methods get 5% cashback
    • Contactless Payments: Visa payWave, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Android Pay
    • Additional 5% cashback for the first 6 months with S$600/month min. spend when signing up within 8 Jan - 31 Mar 2018, Cashback cap at S$60/month
    • Hareloom Bistro Modern offers: S$10 voucher with min. S$80 spend on weekday lunch, 12% off total bill with min. S$100 spend on daily dinner, 1-1 draught from 4pm to 8pm every Mon - Sat

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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
    Triple Three at Mandarin Orchard Singapore  1-for-lunch buffet  $78++ (Mon to Sat), $118++ (Sun)  30 Apr 2020
    The Kitchen Table at W Singapore, Sentosa Cove 1-for-1 lunch buffet on Monday to Saturday  $78++  31 Jan 2020 
    The Kitchen Table at W Singapore, Sentosa Cove 1-for-1 dinner buffet on Monday to Thursday  $88++  31 Jan 2020 

    This (very short) list seems unimpressive, 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.

    UOB One Card

    UOB One Card


    Card Benefits

      • Up to 5% cash rebate on all spend each quarter (min. spend $2,000/month for all 3 months)
      • Up to 3.33% cash rebate on all spend each quarter (min. spend $500/month or $1,000/month for all 3 months)
      • Enjoy up to 50% off with UOB dining privileges (e.g. 1-for-1 buffet at Marriott Café Buffet, Orchard Café and Café Mosaic)

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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, which was not too shabby. It’s a bummer these weren’t renewed for the new year.

      Don’t have an OCBC credit card? Find one through MoneySmart.

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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, and quite a handful of are 1-for-1 buffets:

      Restaurant Promotion Buffet price (before discount) Expiry
      Escape Restaurant & Lounge at One Farrer Hotel  1-for-1 CNY lunch buffet from Monday to Thursday  $62++  2 Feb 2020 
      Escape Restaurant & Lounge at One Farrer Hotel  1-for-1 CNY dinner buffet from Monday to Thursday  $88++  2 Feb 2020 
      Plate at Carlton City Hotel   1-for-1 CNY lunch buffet from Monday to Friday  $68++ ($78++ on 24 and 25 Jan)  7 Feb 2020
      Asian Market Cafe at Fairmont Singapore  1-for-1 CNY lunch buffet from Sunday to Thursday $70++  8 Feb 2020
      Asian Market Cafe at Fairmont Singapore  1-for-1 CNY dinner buffet from Sunday to Thursday $80++  8 Feb 2020
      CLOVE at Swissotel The Stamford 1-for-1 CNY lunch buffet from Sunday to Thursday $68++ ($78++ on 24 and 31 Jan) 8 Feb 2020
      CLOVE at Swissotel The Stamford 1-for-1 CNY dinner buffet from Sunday to Thursday $78++ ($108++ on 24 and 31 Jan)  8 Feb 2020
      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

      After DBS/POSB, Citibank has the best selection of buffet deals. You’ll notice quite a few festive promotions for seasonal spreads — those expire in Feb 2020, so be sure to take advantage of them soon.

      Sadly, 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.

      Citi Cash Back Card

      Citi Cash Back Card


      Card Benefits

        • 8% cash back on your dining spends globally
        • 8% cash back also applicable for food delivery (including Deliveroo and foodpanda)
        • Exclusive dining deals with Citi Gourmet Pleasures at top restaurants such as Kuro Restaurant & Bar, Skyve Wine Bistro and more
        • Total min. retail spend of S$888/month, 8% cash back capped at S$25 per category
        • For retail spend less than S$888 and/or other retail spend categories, 0.25% cash back is awarded, no cap on 0.25% cash back earned

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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 2020
        Holiday Inn Orchard (Window on the Park) 1-for-1 buffet dinner $70++ 28 Feb 2020
        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 
        Four Points Eatery at Sheraton Singapore, Riverview * 1-for-1 dinner buffet 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 

        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 *).

        Want an HSBC credit card? Apply for one here.

        HSBC Revolution Credit Card

        HSBC Revolution Credit Card


        Card Benefits

          • 5X Rewards points (or 2 air miles) per $1 spent on Local Dining and Entertainment transactions
          • Includes restaurants, cafes, and fast food outlets
          • Excludes dining merchants within hotels
          • Access over 1,000 1-for-1 deals through ENTERTAINER with HSBC and up to 15% off at over 50 dining outlets

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          American Express “1-for-1” buffet dining promotions 2020

          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.

          American Express Platinum Credit Card

          American Express Platinum Credit Card


          Card Benefits

            • Love Dining @ Restaurants: 50%, 35%, 15% savings when dining with 1 friend, 2 friends, and alone respectively
            • Enjoy savings at artfully curated restaurants and Singapore's finest hotels with Love Dining
            • Love Dining @ Hotels: Discounts applicable for groups up to 19 pax at Raffles Hotel Singapore, Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, The St. Regis and more
            • With Love Dining @ Hotels, receive a complimentary The Far Card Classic Membership
            • Eligible for use with Apple Pay

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            Maybank 1-for-1 buffet dining promotions 2020

            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 buffet deals.

            Boo.

            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.

            Maybank Family & Friends Card

            Maybank Family & Friends Card


            Card Benefits

              • Up to 8% cash rebate at selected merchants
              • Merchants include delivery services from foodpanda, KFC, McDonald's, and Pizza Hut
              • Get 0.3% cash rebate on all other spend with no cap on cash rebates

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              Standard Chartered “1-for-1” buffet dining promotions 2020

              Standard Chartered has a tie-up with Fullerton Hotel and the Fullerton Bay Hotels restaurants. But while they used to offer up to 50% off your food bill, those deals (at Town Restaurant and The Courtyard) expired in Dec 2019. You can still score discounts there, but the current deals are 50% off for a la carte dining only.

              Although not quite as attractive as 1-for-1 buffets, another one that may appeal to the “atas” gourmet types is a 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.

              Want a Standard Chartered credit card? Sign up here.

              Standard Chartered Unlimited Cashback Credit Card

              Standard Chartered Unlimited Cashback Credit Card


              Card Benefits

              • Get SS200 Cash + Cashback - Standard Chartered Bank Unlimited Cashback Card
              • Submit your (i)Contact Details and (ii)11-13 digit Reference Number on the Thank You Page upon completion at MoneySmart Claim Form by 28 Feb 2019 for your S$150 Cash Gift. Refer to T&Cs here
              • 1.5% cashback on eligible spend
              • No cashback cap and no minimum spend
              • Get up to 50% discount at selected dining establishments such as The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore, Bedrock Bar & Grill, Fat Cow and many more
              • Enjoy discount privileges at over 3,000 outlets in Asia from dining to shopping among others with The Good Life®, only with Standard Chartered Cards

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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 buffet deal? Tell us about it in the comments!

               

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