Calling all seafood lovers! Plan your next buffet indulgence to Colony for an ocean-fresh buffet spread that would have you staggering home. From king crab legs to half shell scallops and poached prawns, the extravagant seafood selection just begs that you dig in without abandon. The rest of the spread too is equally worthy of its hefty price tag ($188 per person, inclusive of unlimited Moët & Chandon champagne, selected cocktails, housepours, draft beers and soft drinks). Expect refined dishes that are full on flavour — think laksa with a lobster ball, foie gras, herb-crusted roasted pork belly, Peking duck, burrata and lobster rolls. There are several live stations to check out and plenty to eat, and the sun-filled environs gift a cheery, relaxed vibe to the whole affair. Bring your sweetheart or your best friend, whoever can make their money worth best.
Avg Price: $190 per person
Photo by Burpple Tastemaker Jason Wong
This Italian restaurant on the second floor of Regent Hotel ought to be the next place to bring your date — the space is cosy enough to keep a conversation going, service is impeccable and the buffet spread is as extensive as it gets. For $88, guests can choose a main course of their choice (you won't go wrong with their pastas) and then run wild through the massive spread of Italian cheeses, cold cuts and desserts. The buffet Basilissimo, otherwise known as the Best of Basilico ($88, $92 for festive spread), is head chef Luca Beccalli's way of bringing Italian dishes closer to us, with the offerings rotating once every quarter. All throughout the year, Basilissimo has been showcasing signature dishes with influence from the different mountains and seas of Italy, giving you good reason to visit and re-visit. Be sure to leave some space for the divine house-made gelatos — the sweetest ending to your very satisfying meal!
Avg price: $100 per person
Photo by Burppler Samantha Mark
Here's a spot to bring mum on your next girly weekend together. Relax in the Tea Lounge's library-like ambience (check out the bookshelves packed with literary tomes) and indulge in a languid afternoon chatting over tea and truly delicious high tea fare. The Weekend High Tea Buffet ($61) offers not only afternoon tea classics like scones, finger sandwiches and dainty desserts, but also a stunning selection of savouries including Asian dishes like chili crab with mantou, chicken rice, satay and king prawn congee with dry scallop and goji berry — perfect for mamas with Asian palates! Finish off on a sweet note with an Earl Grey creme brûlée and their delightful scones. The tea selection is pretty extensive too, so clear out your entire afternoon for this buffet.
Avg Price: $65 per person
Photo by Burpple Tastemaker Xing Wei Chua
This high-ceilinged area on the first floor of PARKROYAL on Pickering is bustling come meal times and we're not surprised! The buffet spread (lunch from $48, dinner from $65) includes a dizzying array of sugary treats that greets you at the entrance — who can resist a chocolate fountain? But before you go crazy on the sweets, first stack your plate with freshly shucked oysters, crab legs and lobsters before moving on to the Peranakan section. You can fix up your own rojak and kueh pie tee, cut through the tender babi pongteh and get your ayam buah keluak craving satisfied. Lime pre-scoops the precious buah keluak paste out of its shell and serves it on the side, allowing you to spend more time eating than scooping! End your meal on a (very) sweet note with their famous white chocolate green tea fountain (may change during festive occasions), local delights like durian pengat and yummy cake!
Avg Price: $80 per person
Photo by Burpple Candice Fox
Aside from offering high quality seafood like chilled lobsters, oysters and the juicy Alaskan king crab that our community loves, Melt Cafes's buffet (lunch $62, dinner from $78) stands out from the rest with their stellar Indian section. If you have friends or family members who love Indian food, don't hesitate to treat them to an impressive spread here! Load up on freshly made cheese or garlic naan, palak paneer, butter chicken, and other tandooris and mindblowing chutneys. Venture outdoors for their barbecue section (only available for the $88 dinner option) and help yourself to as many slices of suckling pig as you can stomach. If you still have space, order their signature Maine lobster laksa that comes with half a Maine lobster, or the luxurious Japanese wagyu beef shabu shabu (!). Finish with a freshly made waffle or crepe and go crazy on the unlimited toppings!
Avg Price: $100 per person
Photo by Burpple Tastemaker Veronica Phua
One of the most well-known buffet places in Singapore, The Line at Shangri-La Hotel is the place to impress your date, and their family! The extremely extensive spread of high quality dishes (there are 30 types of cheeses alone!) is enough to justify the price tag ($62 for lunch, $79 for dinner). You might just get full from trying a little of everything, so be strategic and narrow it down to the ones you love, perhaps some freshly shucked oysters, lightly torched aburi salmon sushi and well-marinated satay? Save space for desserts like the divine molten chocolate cake made with eight varieties of chocolate and unlimited servings of frozen yoghurt! Pro tip: Crustacean lovers should head to The Line on Tuesdays and Thursdays to enjoy the Marine Harvest spread (from $98), where an extended selection of fresh seafood is served alongside free flow red and white wines and beers.
Avg Price: $90 per person
Photo by Burppler Darrick Leow
If you think the international spreads at buffets are overdone, Rise may restore your faith in all-you-can-eat meals again with their themed dinners. Rise themes its buffet dinner ($72 per person) from Tuesdays to Saturdays — visit on Tuesdays for seafood, Wednesdays for an American Feast, Thursdays for a smoky barbecue, Friday for Mediterranean and Saturday for good old Singaporean fare. Burppler Keropok Man visited on a Thursday and enjoyed watching his meats and veggies cooked over charcoal just outside the restaurant, and he also praised the mahi-mahi, skirt steak T-bone lamb.
Avg Price: $75 per person
Photo by Burppler Catherine Ling
Plan your next foodie outing to the Edge's Theatrical Sunday Champagne Brunch ($118, additional $60 or $80 respectively for unlimited Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label or Rosé champagne). Bring your appetite and a partner who can eat, for the four-hour affair promises to have you rolling out of your seats. The extravagant international selection is spread out across stunning displays and live stations, including three cocktail bars. They've pulled out all the stops with dishes like hay smoked whole baby lamb, hazelnut-crusted foie gras, jumbo burger, grilled Ohmi wagyu beef, Peking duck, wheels of cheese and fresh seafood on ice (don't miss out on the fresh sashimi too). The dessert selection is also something to behold — sweet-toothed fiends will feel like kids in a giant candy store. For something more affordable, you could head down for lunch ($48) or dinner ($78), but trust us, the brunch is something to save for.
Avg Price: $120 per person
Photo by Burppler Clara Bean
For a universally pleasing buffet spread, the sort where everybody in a large group gathering would find something palatable, head to this lobby-level restaurant at Pan Pacific Orchard. When we visited on a Monday afternoon, the place was packed with office goers celebrating the year-end festivities, so you might want to save this for a celebratory meal with the colleagues. For its price ($42 lunch/$68 dinner per person), the spread is extensive enough, with a good mix of Asian and Western fare — think bak kut teh, braised lamb shank, Penang fried kway teow and a great selection of cheeses. What really impressed us though were the live stations — super fresh sashimi sliced by hand, fresh pasta cooked to order and the most delightful delicate crepes. On top of that, the service is prompt and dirty plates were whisked away very efficiently and unobtrusively. The sliced cakes were dry and a bit disappointing, but that just means more space for the chocolate fondue and crepes!
Avg Price: $45 per person
Photo by Burppler Leigh Khoo
When the weather calls for a piping hot pot of soup, head to M Hotel's The Buffet. They are currently running a special promo price (Sun-Thu $42 instead of $58, Fri & Sat $52 instead of $68) so there's no better time than now! The spacious restaurant makes for a great spot for family gatherings. Begin by choosing two soup bases, just be sure to go for the crowd favourite — laksa! Sweeten your broth with white promfret, crabs, scallops, and while you wait for it to boil, have some herbal prawns from the live station — these are prepared upon order so they're super fresh! Then at the end of your meal, follow Burpple Tastemaker Felicia Sim's lead and throw in lots of taupok from the yong tau foo section to soak up the flavourful broth. No matter what you do, just save space for the lusciously rich durian pengat from the dessert section — we guarantee you won't stop at just one.
Avg Price: $70 per person
Photo by Burpple Tastemaker Felicia Sim