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The Best 1-for-1 Buffet Dining Promotions in Singapore 2018

The Best 1-for-1 Buffet Dining Promotions in Singapore 2018

Clara Lim

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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 2018
  2. UOB dining promotions 2018
  3. OCBC dining promotions 2018
  4. HSBC dining promotions 2018
  5. Maybank dining promotions 2018
  6. Standard Chartered dining promotions 2018
  7. American Express dining promotions 2018
  8. Other ways to score 1-for-1 buffet deals

 

DBS/POSB dining promotions 2018

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, because a lot of these are restricted to a certain number of diners daily.

Restaurant Promotion Buffet price (after discount) Expiry
Hotel Grand Pacific (Sun Cafe) 1-for-1 buffet lunch $19++ (Mon to Fri) / $20++ (Sat to Sun) 31 Dec 2018
Hotel Grand Pacific (Sun Cafe) 1-for-1 buffet dinner $22.50++ (Mon to Fri) / $23.50++ (Sat to Sun) 31 Dec 2018
Furama RiverFront (Kintamani) 1-for-1 buffet lunch & dinner $32.50++ 30 Dec 2018
Amara Singapore (Element) 1-for-1 buffet dinner $36++ 30 Dec 2018
Furama RiverFront (The Square) 1-for-1 buffet lunch & dinner $39++ 30 Dec 2018
Mandarin Orchard (Triple Three) 1-for-1 buffet lunch $39++ (Mon to Sat) / $59++ (Sun) 31 Dec 2018
Carlton Hotel (Cafe Mosaic) 1-for-1 buffet dinner $44++ 31 Dec 2018

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

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UOB dining promotions 2018

UOB has the most 1-for-1 buffet deals and dining promotions right now, including some fancy places like Marriott Hotel and Mandarin Orchard.

Restaurant Promotion Buffet price (after discount) Expiry
Marriott Tang Plaza (Marriott Cafe) 1-for-1 buffet lunch  $29.50++ (Mon to Sat) / $39++ (Sun) 30 Nov 2018
Mercure Singapore Bugis (Royale) 1-for-1 buffet dinner $34++ 9 Dec 2018
Hotel Grand Pacific (Sun Cafe) 1-for-1 buffet lunch $19++ (Mon to Fri) / $20++ (Sat to Sun) 31 Dec 2018
Hotel Grand Pacific (Sun Cafe) 1-for-1 buffet dinner $22.50++ (Mon to Fri) / $23.50++ (Sat to Sun) 31 Dec 2018
Furama City Centre (Tiffany Restaurant) 1-for-1 buffet lunch $26.90++ 31 Dec 2018
Furama RiverFront (Kintamani) 1-for-1 buffet lunch $32.50++ 31 Dec 2018
Furama City Centre (Tiffany Restaurant) 1-for-1 buffet dinner $32.90++ 31 Dec 2018
Park Hotel Clarke Quay (Cocobolo) 1-for-1 buffet dinner (Fri to Sat) $34++ 31 Dec 2018
Furama RiverFront (The Square) 1-for-1 buffet lunch & dinner $39++ 31 Dec 2018
Carlton Hotel (Cafe Mosaic) 1-for-1 buffet dinner $44++ 31 Dec 2018
Mandarin Orchard (Triple Three) 1-for-1 buffet lunch $39++ (Mon to Sat) / $59++ (Sun) 9 Apr 2019

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

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OCBC dining promotions 2018

OCBC has brought back some excellent hotel buffet promotions. My favourites are the 50% off promotions at Fairmont and Swissotel, because you get a straight 50% off the food bill – no need to go with an even number of guests!

Restaurant Promotion Buffet price (after discount) Expiry
Park Hotel Clarke Quay (Cocobolo) 1-for-1 buffet dinner (Fri to Sat) $34++ 30 Nov 2018
Amara Singapore (Element) 1-for-1 buffet lunch (Mon to Fri) $26++ 31 Dec 2018
Swissotel (Cafe Swiss) 50% off buffet lunch & brunch $26.50++ (Mon to Thu) / $29++ (Fri to Sat) / $44++ (Sun brunch) 30 Dec 2018
Furama City Centre (Tiffany Restaurant) 1-for-1 buffet lunch $26.90++ 30 Dec 2018
Furama City Centre (Tiffany Restaurant) 1-for-1 buffet dinner $32.90++ 30 Dec 2018
Fairmont (Asian Market Cafe) 50% off buffet lunch $33++ 30 Dec 2018
Fairmont (Asian Market Cafe) 50% off buffet dinner $36 (Fri to Sat 8pm) / $38 (Sun to Thu) / $39 (Fri to Sat 6pm) 30 Dec 2018
Swissotel (Cafe Swiss) 50% off buffet dinner (Thu to Sat) $39++ 30 Dec 2018
Carlton Hotel (Cafe Mosaic) 1-for-1 buffet dinner $44++ 30 Dec 2018
Holiday Inn Orchard (Window on the Park) 1-for-1 buffet lunch $32.50++ (Mon to Fri) / $35++ (Sat to Sun) 28 Feb 2019
Holiday Inn Orchard (Window on the Park) 1-for-1 buffet dinner $40++ (Mon to Fri) / $48++ (Sat to Sun) 28 Feb 2019

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

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HSBC dining promotions 2018

On to the foreign banks – HSBC has a couple of credit card 1-for-1 promotions, but to be honest, they’re not much to shout about:

Restaurant Promotion Buffet price (after discount) Expiry
Hotel Jen Tanglin (J65) 1-for-1 buffet dinner (Mon to Thu) $44++ (Mon, Tue, Thu) / $64.50++ (Wed) 21 Nov 2018
Furama RiverFront (Kintamani) 1-for-1 buffet lunch & dinner $32.50++ 31 Jan 2019
Furama RiverFront (The Square) 1-for-1 buffet lunch & dinner $39++ 31 Jan 2019

However, HSBC has a tie-up with discount publisher The Entertainer so you can get 1-for-1 deals for its members. There is a $5 enrolment fee to unlock the curated Entertainer with HSBC promotions. Here are the deals that apply to buffets. With the exception of Shin Minori, they’re all halal.

Restaurant Promotion Buffet price (after discount) Expiry
Village Hotel Katong (Katong Kitchen) 1-for-1 buffet lunch $19++ (Mon to Fri) /
$24++ (Sat & Sun)
30 Dec 2018
Village Hotel Changi (Saltwater) 1-for-1 buffet lunch $19++ 30 Dec 2018
Village Hotel Katong (Katong Kitchen) 1-for-1 buffet dinner $24++ (Mon to Thu) / $29++ (Fri to Sun, PH and eve of PH ) 30 Dec 2018
Village Hotel Changi (Saltwater) 1-for-1 buffet dinner $21++ (Mon to Thu) / $26++ (Fri to Sun, PH and eve of PH) 30 Dec 2018
Rendezvous Hotel Singapore (Straits Cafe) 1-for-1 buffet lunch $21++ (Mon to Fri) / $24++ (Sat to Sun) 30 Dec 2018
Shin Minori 1-for-1 buffet lunch $21.95++ 31 Dec 2018
Rendezvous Hotel Singapore (Straits Cafe) 1-for-1 buffet dinner $25++ (Mon to Thu) / $29++ (Fri to Sun, PH and eve of PH) 30 Dec 2018

Want an HSBC credit card? Apply for one here.

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Maybank dining promotions 2018

Maybank is pretty new to the dining promotions game and has quite an impressive number of hotel partners and buffets, but only a few are 1-for-1. The rest typically require 2 to 4 paying adults to “earn” the discount. Have a look at the most bang-for-buck 1-for-1 buffet deals below: 

Restaurant Promotion Buffet price (after discount) Expiry
Park Hotel Clarke Quay (Cocobolo) 1-for-1 buffet dinner (Fri to Sat) $34++ 31 Dec 2018
Furama RiverFront (Kintamani) 1-for-1 buffet lunch & dinner $32.50++ 28 Feb 2019
Furama RiverFront (The Square) 1-for-1 buffet lunch & dinner $39++ 28 Feb 2019
Song of India 1-for-1 buffet lunch $30++ 31 Dec 2019

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

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Standard Chartered dining promotions 2018

StanChart has a new promotion with Fullerton Hotel and Fullerton Bay Hotels restaurants, where you can get up to 50% off your food bill.

The mechanics are very similar to that of American Express’ (below). You get the maximum discount of 50% off if you come in a group of 2 pax. For larger groups, your discount is reduced to 33% (3 pax), 25% (4 pax), 15% (5 to 8 pax). For more details, see the Standard Chartered Fullerton promotions page.

The discount is valid for a la carte meals mainly, but there are a few all-you-can-eat buffets in here:

Restaurant Promotion Buffet price (after discount) Expiry
Fullerton Hotel (The Courtyard) 1-for-1 Indian curry buffet lunch (Mon to Fri) $21.50++ 31 Mar 2019
Fullerton Hotel (The Courtyard) 1-for-1 chocolate buffet (Fri and Sat) $22.50++ 31 Mar 2019
Fullerton Hotel (The Courtyard) 1-for-1 high tea buffet $23++ (Mon to Fri) / $24.50++ (Sat to Sun) 31 Mar 2019
Fullerton Hotel (Town Restaurant) 1-for-1 buffet lunch (Mon to Fri) $28.50++ 31 Mar 2019
Fullerton Hotel (Town Restaurant) 1-for-1 buffet dinner $29.50++ (Sun to Wed) / $39.50++ (Thu to Sat) 31 Mar 2019

Want a Standard Chartered credit card? Sign up here.

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American Express dining promotions 2018

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, and comes with a complimentary Far Card membership, so you get 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 (after discount)
Swissotel Merchant Court (Ellenborough Market Cafe) 50% off high tea buffet (Sat to Sun) $21++
Marriott Tang Plaza (Marriott Cafe) 50% off high tea buffet $22.50++ (Mon to Fri) / $24++ (Sat to Sun)
One Farrer Hotel (Escape) 50% off buffet lunch $25++
Swissotel Merchant Court (Ellenborough Market Cafe) 50% off buffet lunch $26++
Amara Singapore (Element) 50% off buffet lunch & high tea $26++ (Mon to Fri lunch) / $21++ (Sat to Sun high tea)
Swissotel The Stamford (Cafe Swiss) 50% off buffet lunch & brunch $26.50++ (Mon to Thu) / $29++ (Fri to Sat) / $44++ (Sun brunch)
Holiday Inn (Atrium) 50% off buffet lunch & high tea $29++ (Mon to Fri lunch) / $32++ (Sat to Sun high tea)
Conrad Centennial (Oscar’s) 50% off lunch buffet $29.50++ (Mon to Sat)
Marriott Tang Plaza (Marriott Cafe) 50% off lunch buffet $29.50++ (Mon to Sat) / $39++ to $49++ (Sun)
One Farrer Hotel (Escape) 50% off buffet dinner $32.50++ (Sun to Thu) / $35 (Fri to Sat)
Fairmont (Asian Market Cafe) 50% off buffet lunch $33++
Swissotel Merchant Court (Ellenborough Market Cafe) 50% off buffet dinner $34++
W Sentosa (The Kitchen Table) 50% off buffet lunch & brunch $34++ (Mon to Fri) / $64++ (Sun brunch)
W Sentosa (The Kitchen Table) 50% off buffet dinner $34++ (Mon to Thu) / $44++ (Fri to Sun)
Conrad Centennial (Oscar’s) 50% off dinner buffet $34.50++ (Sun to Thu) / $41.50++ (Fri to Sat)
Amara Singapore (Element) 50% off buffet dinner $36++
Fairmont (Asian Market Cafe) 50% off buffet dinner $36++ (Fri to Sat 8pm) / $38++ (Sun to Thu) / $39++ (Fri to Sat 6pm)
Swissotel The Stamford (Cafe Swiss) 50% off buffet dinner (Thu to Sat) $39++
Marriott Tang Plaza (Marriott Cafe) 50% off dinner buffet $39++ (Sun to Wed) / $44++ (Fri to Sat) / $54++ (Thu)
Holiday Inn (Atrium) 50% off buffet dinner $45++ (Sun to Thu) / $5-0++ (Fri to Sat)

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

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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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    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 focuses on 1-for-1 deals, which is our absolute favourite kind of discount. Subscription costs $75 and 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.

    $75 is kind of steep, but you can get 10% off subscription with promo code MONEYSMART2018, making it $67.50. If you drink like a fish, the 10% off also extends to Cheers, which is the sister app for bars and pubs.

    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.

    The off-peak hours typically offer the most discounts, but that’s not always the case: Currently, you can dine for half-price at J65 at Hotel Jen Tanglin and Ellenborough Market Cafe at Swissotel Merchant Court from 6.30pm onwards. Others like Azur at Crown Plaza Changi Airport require you to wait until 8.30pm for the 50% off.

    Chope

    Like Eatigo, Chope reservation service that happens to also offer exclusive discounts for their users. Chope is currently having a tie-up with Visa, offering many value-for-money buffet deals. The catch is that you’ll need to pre-purchase discounted dining vouchers to enjoy the discounts.

    Some participating restaurants include Gyuu+ and Shabu Tan Japanese hotpot, both of which are famous for their wagyu beef buffets.

    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. Checkout the current promotions here.

    Did we miss out your favourite buffet deal? Tell us about it in the comments!

     

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    Clara Lim

    I used to be MoneyDumb. I hung out at H&M every day and thought that a $50 lunch set was a good deal. These days, I spend my time researching the crap out of life and trying to maximise utility on micro-decisions. I'm not sure if that's an improvement.