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The Best 1-for-1 Hotel Buffet Dining Promotions in Singapore (Mar 2019)

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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 2019
  2. UOB dining promotions 2019
  3. OCBC dining promotions 2019
  4. HSBC dining promotions 2019
  5. Maybank dining promotions 2019
  6. Standard Chartered dining promotions 2019
  7. American Express dining promotions 2019
  8. Other ways to score 1-for-1 buffet deals

 

DBS/POSB dining promotions 2019

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 (after discount) Expiry
Marriott Tang Plaza (Marriott Cafe) 1-for-1 high tea buffet $22.50++ (Mon to Fri) / $24++ (Sat to Sun) 31 Mar 2019
Marriott Tang Plaza (Marriott Cafe) 1-for-1 buffet lunch $29.50++ (Mon to Sat) / $39++ to $49++ (Sun) 31 Mar 2019
Marriott Tang Plaza (Lobby Lounge) 1-for-1 buffet dinner $39++ (Sun to Wed) / $54++ (Thu) / $44++ (Fri to Sat) 31 Mar 2019
The Westin Singapore (Seasonal Tastes) 1-for-1 buffet dinner $49++ 31 Mar 2019
Mercure Bugis (Royale Restaurant) 1-for-1 buffet lunch $17.50++ 30 Dec 2019
Hotel Grand Pacific (Sun’s Cafe) 1-for-1 buffet lunch $19++ (Mon to Fri) / $20++ (Sat to Sun) 31 Dec 2019
Hotel Grand Pacific (Sun’s Cafe) 1-for-1 buffet dinner $22.50++ (Mon to Thu) / $23.50++ (Fri to Sat) 31 Dec 2019
Grand Mercure Roxy ([email protected]) 1-for-1 buffet lunch (Tuesdays) $23++ 31 Dec 2019
Mercure Bugis (Royale Restaurant) 1-for-1 high tea buffet (weekends) $24++ 30 Dec 2019
Grand Mercure Roxy ([email protected]) 1-for-1 buffet dinner (Tuesdays) $26++ 31 Dec 2019
Mercure Bugis (Royale Restaurant) 1-for-1 buffet dinner $34++ 30 Dec 2019
Amara Singapore (Element) 1-for-1 buffet dinner $36++ 31 Dec 2019
Mandarin Orchard (Triple Three) 1-for-1 buffet lunch $39++ (Mon to Sat) / $59++ (Sun) 30 Dec 2019

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

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UOB dining promotions 2019

UOB used to have the most 1-for-1 buffet deals and dining promotions, but they expired at the end of 2018. Right now, there’s just the one promo at Mandarin Orchard. Watch this space for new promotions coming soon.

Restaurant Promotion Buffet price (after discount) Expiry
Mandarin Orchard (Triple Three) 1-for-1 buffet lunch $39++ (Mon to Sat) / $59++ (Sun) 9 Apr 2019

Another 1-for-1 promotion to highlight – even though it’s not a buffet – is the 1-for-1 weekday lunch main course at Overeasy.

If you’re still feeling the CNY vibes, you might also want to consider checking out the rest of UOB’s dining promotions too. There’s a very respectable selection of Chinese restaurants in there, including everyone’s favourite steamboat place Hai Di Lao, and a whole bunch of atas restaurants like TungLok and Hai Tien Lo.

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

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OCBC dining promotions 2019

Like UOB, OCBC used to have some excellent hotel buffet promotions, but they all expired in 2018. Booo.

OCBC, too, has some other dining promotions to check out, though in my opinion not quite as good as UOB’s. Of note are the 15% off at halal buffet Carousel and up to 15% off at various restaurants in swanky Shangri-La Hotel (a.k.a. Shang).

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

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HSBC dining promotions 2019

On to the foreign banks – HSBC is my current favourite bank for dining promotions, because they’ve recently made is free for all cardmembers to access HSBC x The Entertainer deals around town (previously, you had to pay $5). You just need to download the HSBC x Entertainer app and unlock it with a code.

Here are the 1-for-1 buffet promotions I found on HSBC’s website as well as on the app:

Restaurant Promotion Buffet price (after discount) Expiry
Swissotel Merchant Court (Ellenborough Market) 1-for-1 buffet lunch (weekdays) $26++ 30 Apr 2019
Swissotel Merchant Court (Ellenborough Market) 1-for-1 buffet dinner (weekdays) $34++ 30 Apr 2019
Village Hotel Katong (Katong Kitchen) 1-for-1 buffet lunch $20++ (Mon to Fri) / $25++ (Sat to Sun) 30 Dec 2019
Village Hotel Changi (Saltwater) 1-for-1 buffet lunch $21++ 30 Dec 2019
Shin Minori 1-for-1 buffet lunch $21.95++ 30 Dec 2019
Village Hotel Changi (Saltwater) 1-for-1 buffet dinner $23++ (Mon to Thu) / $29 (Fri to Sun) 30 Dec 2019
Village Hotel Katong (Katong Kitchen) 1-for-1 buffet dinner $25++ (Mon to Fri) / $30++ (Sat to Sun) 30 Dec 2019
Holiday Inn (Atrium) 1-for-1 buffet lunch $29++ (Mon to Fri) 31 Dec 2019
Holiday Inn (Atrium) 1-for-1 buffet dinner $45++ (Sun to Thu) / $50++ (Fri to Sat) 31 Dec 2019
Rendezvous Hotel (Straits Cafe) (app only) 1-for-1 buffet dinner $27++ (Mon to Thu) / $31 (Fri to Sun)

I totally encourage HSBC cardmembers to download the app because it has lots of excellent dining deals, like 1-for-1 main course at Tandoor restaurant, and 25% off buffets at Crowne Plaza Changi (Azur), Swissotel (Cafe Swiss) and Fairmont (Asian Market Cafe).

Want an HSBC credit card? Apply for one here.

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Maybank dining promotions 2019

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
Hotel Jen Tanglin (J65) 1-for-1 high tea buffet (Sat) $19.50++ 31 Mar 2019
Park Hotel Clarke Quay (Cocobolo) 1-for-1 buffet dinner (Fri to Sat) $34++ 31 Mar 2019
Furama RiverFront (Kintamani) 1-for-1 buffet lunch & dinner $32.50++ 31 Mar 2019
Furama RiverFront (The Square) 1-for-1 buffet lunch & dinner $39++ 31 Mar 2019
Holiday Inn (Atrium) 1-for-1 buffet lunch  $29++ (Mon to Fri) 31 Dec 2019
Song of India 1-for-1 buffet lunch (Mon to Fri) $30++ 31 Dec 2019
Holiday Inn (Atrium) 1-for-1 buffet dinner $45++ (Sun to Thu) / $50++ (Fri to Sat) 31 Dec 2019

While not technically a 1-for-1 buffet, Maybank also a very good deal at Capri Changi City’s Caprilicious restaurant: Every second diner pays just $1 for a buffet lunch/dinner on weekends, until 31 Mar 2019.

You might also want to check out their other dining promotions just to see if your favourite buffet restaurant is in there. Maybank has a number of halal buffet deals in there, such as a $50 nett weekday lunch buffet at Aquamarine and 15% off at Carousel.

Other noteworthy mentions are 1-for-1 mookata set at Charcoal Thai and 50% off second diner at Novotel on Stevens’ Food Exchange buffet.

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

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Standard Chartered dining promotions 2019

StanChart has a 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) 50% off Indian curry buffet lunch (Mon to Fri) $21.50++ 31 Mar 2019
Fullerton Hotel (The Courtyard) 50% off chocolate buffet (Fri and Sat) $22.50++ 31 Mar 2019
Fullerton Hotel (The Courtyard) 50% off high tea buffet $23++ (Mon to Fri) / $24.50++ (Sat to Sun) 31 Mar 2019
Fullerton Hotel (Town Restaurant) 50% off buffet lunch (Mon to Fri) $28.50++ 31 Mar 2019
Fullerton Hotel (Town Restaurant) 50% off buffet dinner $29.50++ (Sun to Wed) / $39.50++ (Thu to Sat) 31 Mar 2019
Marriott Tang Plaza (Marriott Cafe) 50% off buffet dinner $39++ (Sun to Wed) / $44++ (Fri to Sat) / $54++ (Thu) 31 Mar 2019

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American Express dining promotions 2019

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 buffet lunch $29.50++ (Mon to Sat)
Marriott Tang Plaza (Marriott Cafe) 50% off buffet lunch $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 buffet dinner $39++ (Sun to Wed) / $44++ (Fri to Sat) / $54++ (Thu)
Holiday Inn (Atrium) 50% off buffet dinner $45++ (Sun to Thu) / $50++ (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 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 $85, the subscription fee for Entertainer 2019 is kind of steep, but it also includes Cheers, its sister app for bars and pubs, and The Entertainer JB for 1-for-1 deals at hip restaurants and cafes in Johor Bahru.

    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. 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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    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.