In Singapore, we’re born into this world with one very special skill – being kiasu. It allows us to see things no normal man can see, and do things no normal man can do… when it comes to finding a bargain that can save us a few bucks.
In fact, when it comes to anything (or anyone) getting in between a Singaporean and a good deal, the Singaporean is, to quote all-wise Charlie Sheen, like an “F-18, bro, ready to destroy you in the air and deploy ordinance to the ground!”
But hey, it’s Christmas time! There’s no need to fight over every good deal, because there are plenty of them out there – especially when it comes to buffet bargains in Singapore.
Here are 5 value-for-money buffets that provide delicious cuisine for just about any preference:
Chances are you’ve passed this award-winning (SPH AsiaOne People’s Choice Award 2009 & 2010 and Best Buffet Restaurant by the Straits Times) buffet restaurant on your way to Far East Plaza on more than a few occasions. But if you don’t have too tight of a budget and you want to get the most for your money, you might want to give this place a try.
True, it’s not the cheapest buffet on the list, but if you’re looking for a centrally located restaurant with great food, service, atmosphere, and room that can accommodate large family (or company?) celebrations, you can’t do much better than Carousel.
Carousel is also Halal Certified.
Location: Royal Plaza on Scotts, 25 Scotts Road, First Level
Hours: Daily 630am-10am/12pm-2pm/330pm-530pm/630pm-1030pm
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Asian, Western, Japanese, and Seafood
Damage $$$: Weekdays – $28+ Breakfast/$46+ Lunch/$38+ High Tea/$62+ Dinner
Weekends– $28+ Breakfast/$50+Lunch/$43+ High Tea/$75+ Dinner
PROMOTION: Until 31 January 2013, if you have a UOB, DBS/POSB, Citibank, AMEX, or OCBC credit card, you can get 10% off your purchase. Carousel also offers an in-house promotion for Christmas & New Year’s Day that you can see here.
2. Chicken Up
In recent years, Korean fried chicken (well, Korean anything really) has become popular in Singapore. Places such as Kko Kko Nara and of course, Chicken Up paved the way for 4 Fingers Crispy Chicken and NeNe Chicken to populate our malls.
What’s different about Chicken Up isn’t just that its considered to be the BEST Korean fried chicken place in Singapore by many online foodie sites – it offers a fried chicken AND beer buffet, something you won’t see on any other place on this list!
Of course, you’ll need to actually use your kiasu skills in this place because it’s not as roomy as Carousel or Sakura International Buffet Restaurant, but it’s perfect for small gatherings with friends & family.
Location: 48 Tanjong Pagar Road, #01-01
Hours: Monday-Sunday 530pm-2am
Cuisine: Korean-Style Fried Chicken
Damage $$$: Daily Chicken Buffet-$25+/Fridays & Eve of Holidays $30+
Daily Beer Buffet $32+/Fridays & Eve of Holidays $37+
Daily Chicken & Beer Buffet $45+/Fridays & Eve of Holidays $55+
PROMOTION: Like and promote their Facebook page to take advantage of monthly in-house promos (ex. 50% off all alcohol on Monday, Wing Tuesday, etc.).
3. Daawat Tandoori – North Indian Cuisine
When it comes to buffets, few do them better than Indian restaurants for the simple reason that they offer the most economical prices while serving cuisine that’s guaranteed to leave you in a buffet-induced coma for a day.
Of course, that depends on the quality of food offered by the restaurant, which can sometimes be hit or miss. Fortunately, Daawat Tandoori is a high-quality restaurant that continues to be a favorite amongst Singaporeans for its great food, service, and value.
Location: 207 Upper Thomson Road, Yew Lian Park
Hours: Daily 11am-11pm
Cuisine: North Indian
Damage $$$: 16+ for Buffet Menu
4. The Feast @ East Buffet Restaurant
Many buffets in Singapore that try to do the whole “international” thing only to end up with cuisine that’s either completely mediocre, or great with one type of offering but lousy with the rest.
The Feast doesn’t suffer from that problem because it focuses primarily on creating delicious buffet items that are proven favorites with Singaporeans – local cuisine, Peranakan food, and popular international dishes such as roast beef, lamb, and sashimi.
So if you’ve got picky relatives who prefer to dine on delicious local cuisine, consider taking them out to The Feast.
Location: 50 East Coast Road, the Grand Mercure Roxy Hotel, Level 3
Hours: Daily Breakfast 6am-1030am/Monday-Sunday Lunch 12pm-230pm/Daily Dinner 6pm-930pm
Cuisine: Local Favorites & Peranakan
Damage $$$: Monday-Sunday Lunch $38+/Monday-Thursday Dinner $42+/Friday-Sunday & Public Holiday Dinner $44+
PROMOTION: There’s currently a promotion for AMEX credit card holders where 1 of your friends/family dines for FREE with every 3 paying adults. This promotion ends on 31 December 2013 and is limited to 8 diners per card, per table, per bill.
5. Sakura International Buffet Restaurant
You can’t mention buffet restaurants in Singapore without mentioning Sakura. I know, I know, some of you may feel like tossing rotten tomatoes at me for placing it on the list. While it’s true that some branches are worst than others, the Admiralty Road location consistently gets great reviews from diners who’ve eaten there.
And when it comes to variety, space, and value – Sakura is the buffet choice for many Singaporean families wanting good food at a good price. So if you’re hosting a large group of friends, family, or co-workers for a buffet dinner on a tight (but not strangulating) budget – Sakura is worth considering.
Sakura International Buffet Restaurant is also Halal Certified.
Location: 31 Riverside Road, Admiralty Park
Hours: Daily Lunch 12pm-230pm/Daily Dinner 6pm-930pm
Cuisine: Japanese, Asian, Western, Seafood
Damage $$$: Monday-Friday Lunch $23+/Weekends & Eve of Public Holiday $28+
Monday-Thursday Dinner $32+/Friday & Weekends & Eve of Public Holiday $35+
Final Note: Some of the buffets above offer some decent credit card discounts. But before you book a reservation, it’s a good idea to ask the restaurant if they offer any credit card promotions.
And if you don’t have a credit card that offers good rewards or dining promotions, check out Smartcredit.sg to find one!
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