Any true blue Singaporean loves durian and will jump at the chance to feast at a durian buffet, much to the consternation of disgusted tourists who liken the smell of the spiky fruit to rotting meat. To that we say, at least there’ll be more for us.
And now that durian season is upon us once again, it’s time to stuff our faces with stinky goodness.
Better yet, hit up an all-you-can-eat buffet so you can truly gorge yourself on the king of fruits. Here are some of the best durian buffets in Singapore.
Top 7 durian buffets in Singapore
|Plaza Singapura||$4.50 (Minimum spend of $45)|
|Fruits Fiesta at Community Centres||$5 to $15|
|Majestic Durian in Bedok||$38|
|Goodwood Park Hotel||$39.80++|
|Marriott Hotel Durian High Tea Buffet||$45++ (Mon to Fri), $48++ (weekends)|
|Gain City Durian Buffet||$78|
|RWS Good Ol’ Days Durian Buffet||$88 (RWS Invites member), $98 (non-member)|
Plaza Singapura $4.50 durian buffet
For one weekend only (21 to 23 June 2019), Plaza Singapura is offering an all-you-can-eat durian buffet at the Outdoor Plaza. It costs $4.50 per ticket, under the condition that you spend a minimum of $45 in a single receipt at Plaza Singapura.
Note that you can only buy a maximum of 2 tickets a day. Children aged 1 and above will need a ticket to enter. The ticket entitles you to eat your fill for 45 minutes – plenty, if you ask me.
If you don’t want to stuff your faces at the buffet, you can also get a whole durian for just $4.50.
The buffet will be held at the mall’s Outdoor Front Plaza on Level 1.
Address: 68 Orchard Road, Level 1 Outdoor Front Plaza, Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238839
Price: $4.50 (with a minimum spend of $45 in a single receipt)
Fruits Fiesta at Community Centres
Some community centres in Singapore organise an annual Fruits Fiesta, where you’ll get to sample a range of tropical fruits including mangosteens, longans and of course, durians. All you have to do is reserve a seat at the event, and you’ll be seated at a table with other participants.
While the cost and dates vary from community centre to community centre, the price of a seat tends to be in the $5 to $15 range.
Not sure if your local community centre is organising a Fruits Fiesta? It’s well worth the trouble to show up and ask, as the heavily subsidised prices mean you’ll get to eat durian at a big discount.
Price: $5 to $15
Durian Buffet at Majestic Durian in Bedok
Forget about durian pastries or ice cream. If you want the real fruit in the flesh, you’ll be able to dive right into those glorious spiky shells at Majestic Durian in Bedok.
This durian shop runs a buffet where you can eat as many D24 durians as you can handle within 90 minutes. You have to make reservations at least two days before in order to secure a spot.
As an added bonus, any kids under 12 and seniors over 55 in your group can dine for free if they show valid ID.
Address: Block 84 Bedok North Street 4 #01-29 Singapore 460084
Tel: 6830 7351
Goodwood Park Durian Buffet
On until 14 July 2019, Goodwood Park Hotel’s Dessert Buffet with D24 durian pastries is a must-go for anyone who loves durian flavoured desserts.
They’ve whipped up nine premium confections which include D24 Mousse Cake, D24 Pandan Lapis Coconut Cake and D24 Oreo Cake.
If you wish, you can also enjoy a Taiwan porridge à la care buffet together with the dessert buffet and durian pastries, or a 3- or 4-course degustation menu which comes with durian pastries.
Address: 22 Scotts Road Singapore 228221
Tel: 6730 1746
Price: $39.80++ for dessert buffet with durian pastries only
Marriott Hotel Durian High Tea Buffet
From 3 June to 31 July 2019, you can enjoy all sorts of durian desserts and drinks at Marriott Cafe’s Durian High Tea Buffet.
This is probably one of the most diverse durian buffets out there, as you get to enjoy not only a range of durian dishes but also other food such as oysters, sushi, smoked salmon, nasi lemak, Indian briyani, chicken rice, Hokkien mee and dim sum.
On the durian front, you get hot and cold desserts including durian cream puffs, durian ice kachang, durian mousse cake and durian strudel. There are also some savoury durian treats including durian pizza, durian roti john and durian rojak, if you can imagine how they must taste.
Address: 320 Orchard Road Singapore 238865
Tel: 6831 4605
Price: $45++ (Mon to Fri), $48++ (weekends)
Gain City Durian Buffet
No, your eyes are not deceiving you. Gain City is indeed an electronics store, but they are also behind an annual Gain City Durian Feast, typically held over two days each year. The 2019 edition will be held on 21 and 22 June.
Diners can tuck into a durian spread under the stars on the roof of the Gain City Megastore at Sungei Kadut.
In addition to durian, you get to enjoy a selection of seasonal tropical fruits including mangosteens and lychee, as well as some local dishes. There’ll also be some on-site entertainment and games to take your mind off the heatiness.
On the website, it says that purchase of tickets close 16 June 2019, but you can still call in to try your luck.
Address: 71 Sungei Kadut Drive, Singapore 729577
Tel: 6899 1212
RWS Mao Shan Wang Buffet at Hard Rock Hotel
The most expensive durian buffet on the list is held at RWS, at Hard Rock Hotel. What comes with the price tag is a 1960s ambience. There is also a getai performance.
Aside from premium grade durian varieties like Mao Shan Wang, Red Prawn and Black Prawn, there will also be a smattering of fruits such as mangosteen, rambutan, longan, buah langsat and jackfruit. Chilled coconut water and Three Legs Cooling Water are served to combat the heatiness.
The durian buffet is one-evening only, held on 12 July 2019 from 6pm to 7.30pm.
RWS Invites members pay $88 while non-members pay $98 per pax.
Address: The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel Singapore, RWS
Ticket booking: RWS Good Ol’ Days Website
Price: $88 (RWS Invites members), $98 (non-members)
Do you know of any other durian buffets? Share them in the comments!