10 Best Hotel Buffets & Sunday Brunches In Singapore
Buffets, buffets. A list of some 10 of the Best Hotel Buffets and Sunday Brunches in Singapore.
“Best” is highly debatable, especially for buffet restaurants. Some go for the sheer amount of fresh seafood, some on how wide the variety can be, while others on its value-for-money.
Other than taste and choices available, the vibes, ambience, layout of restaurant, service standards, price point, and unique selling point places a part in the final selection. Yes, I ate all 10 of them, and many more. (A weight loss regime is in the works.)
10 Best Hotel Buffets & Sunday Brunches In Singapore
Colony at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore where Greenhouse was, opened with gorgeous British-colonial setting, eight different conservatory kitchens incorporating live cooking, offering Singapore heritage cuisine and more.
There is that elegant British-colonial charm with its vintage furniture, plus a touch of nostalgic with a mix of ethnic music styles. The space feels liberating with its tail ceiling and natural sunlight coming in during the daytime.
My favourite section is The Wok, featuring local wok-fried delicacies with highlights of Singapore chilli crab and seafood fried rice with XO Sauce. Of all the stations, this is my absolute favourite. Surprised? This is what I call simple (maybe not so simple) zhi-char dishes, absolute comfort food full of wok-hei.
Other than the Cereal Prawn, Kungpao Chicken and Stir-Fried Kailan, I ate clean my plate full of Pork Trotter’s Bee Hoon added with sambal chili, which happens to remind of my childhood favourite.
Breakfast: $45 per adult, $22.50 per child (6 – 12 years of age)
Lunch: $58 per adult, $29 per child (Mon-Sat)
Dinner: $78 per adult, $39 per child (Sun-Thurs), $88 per adult, $44 per child (Fri-Sat)
Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard Singapore 039595
Tel: +65 6336 8111
Opening Hours: 6am – 10:30am (Breakfast), 12pm – 2:30pm (Mon – Sat Lunch), 12pm – 4pm (Sunday Champagne Brunch), 6:30pm – 10:30pm (Dinner)
The element that Edge impressed me most was its vibes – seven live food theatres (where food gets served to you), interactive dining experience, mood lighting, space to manoeuver and energetic ambience. They all play a part for a more positive buffet dining experience.
There is an extensive selection of almost 120 dishes and 35 desserts, including Japanese Scallops, Canadian Oysters, Alaskan King Crab. Roasted Pork Rib, Pan-Seared Salmon and Duck Confit.
Other highlights include Sushi and Sashimi, Dim Sum, and an international selection of cheese such as Kikorangi Blue (New Zealand), Cranberry Wesleydale (England) and Cahill’s Porter Cheddar (Ireland). I did think that the desserts section could be stronger though.
Lunch: $48 per adult, $24 per child 6-12 years old (Mon-Fri)
Makan Makan Heritage Lunch: $48 per adult, $24 per child (Sat)
Dinner: $68 (Sun, Mon), $78 (Tues), $88 (Wed, Thurs), $78 (Fri, Sat)
Sunday Brunch: $178 or $198 per adult with unlimited champagne
Shangri-La Hotel, 22 Orange Grove Road Singapore 258350
Tel: +65 6213 4275
Opening Hours: Breakfast 6am-10:30am (Mon-Fri), 6:00am-11:00am (Sat), Lunch 12-2:30pm (Mon-Fri) 12pm-3pm (Sat-Sun)
Dinner 6:30-10:30pm Daily
The Line at Shangri-La Hotel is a shoo-in one of Singapore’s Top Buffet restaurants for many.
It is the vibes, the dynamism. Walking in, you will be presented with this white stylish clean restaurant, accented with orange lighted panels. There is ‘buffet energy’ in the air that makes you want to take a plate immediately to navigate a few rounds.
16 theatre kitchens prepare your food à la minute. Some may say “this looks like a food court, upmarket”, but there are a few hundred items presented.
If overwhelmed, go for the freshly shucked oysters at the seafood station, thick cut sashimi at Japanese station, laksa at the noodle station. Save the best for last with all the cakes at the dessert station – a colourful array of puddings, cakes, cookies, pies, nonya kueh of every popular kind.
Lunch: $58++ adult, $29++ child (Mon-Sat)
Dinner: $76++ adult, $38++ child (Mon, Wed, Sun – International),
$98++ adult, $44++ child (Tues & Thurs Marine Harvest),
$82++ adult, $36++ child (Fri, Sat)
Sunday Champagne Bunch: $158++ adult, $108++ adult w/o champagne, $54++ child
As the name suggests, Melt the World Café allows you to dine around the world in its multi-cultural culinary feast.
A successful buffet restaurant is also about how the space is organized. After the entrance, you would be presented with this huge dessert space almost immediately. A smart tactic I tell you. The other sections further in are neatly organized. Even though the restaurant is almost always crowded, you would not feel the ‘buffet rush’ at Melt as diners seem to take it easy.
Recommended must-tries include Melt’s Royal Tandoori selection with sumptuous marsala prawns, tandoori oven-baked chicken, mutton curry, served with freshly baked chutney and naan. Other international menu highlights include the Carpaccio of Beef Tenderloin Fillet, Thai Green Curry, Hainanese Chicken Rice, and homemade waffles and ice cream.
An alfresco barbecue terrace is available dinner from Thursday to Saturday. The juicy wagyu beef burgers, lamb racks and tenderloins are calling out to you.
Breakfast: $46++ (Mon-Sun)
Lunch: $68++ (Mon-Sat)
Dinner: $82++ (Sun-Wed) , $88++ (Thu-Sat)
Sun Brunch: $108++
Carousel Buffet Restaurant
Lobby Level, Royal Plaza on Scotts 25 Scotts Road Singapore 228220 (Orchard MRT)
Tel: +65 6589 7799
Opening Hours: 12:00pm-2:00pm (Lunch), 3:30pm-5:30pm (High tea), 6:30pm-10:30pm (Dinner)
Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts has always been the company function, bring foreign friends, corporate gathering, birthday kind of buffet restaurants. Very popular amongst locals and foreigners, especially since the food is halal.
Sometimes it is too popular that the restaurant gets congested and food finished fast. To note.
Special mention must be made of the personable service, as most of the staff always are friendly and personable. If you have a friend celebrating a birthday, alert the staff and be prepared to enjoy their birthday song and cheers (Did I give the surprise away?).
The buffet serves a huge variety of sweet treats with not one but three dessert counters. If you can have only one dessert, then the bread & butter pudding please. Carousel’s Japanese food items are quite popular, such as the Hot Pot section with Shabu Shabu, Kimchi Tofu hot pot, or Oden Hot pot and Teppanyaki where the chef will fry Tiger Prawns, Garlic Fried Rice, or Bean Sprout with Spring Onion personalised to your taste. (Read: Carousel Royal Plaza on Scotts)
Lunch: $52++ adult, $32++ child (Mon-Fri
Lunch: $60++ adult, $38++ child (Sat-Sun)
High Tea: $42++ adult, $27++ child (Mon-Fri)
High Tea: $48++ adult, $32++ child (Sat-Sun)
Dinner: $70++ adult, $42++ child (Mon-Fri)
Dinner: $83++ adult, $49++ child (Sat-Sun)
Level 2, The Regent Singapore, 1 Cuscaden Road Singapore 249715
Tel: +65 6725 3232
Breakfast: 6:30am – 10:30am (Mon – Sat); 7:00am – 10:30am (Sun)
Lunch: 12 noon – 2:30pm (Mon – Sat); 12 noon – 3pm (Sun)
Dinner: 6:30pm – 10:00pm
While some other buffet restaurants may be buzzling with energy and people, or adopt a classy approach to impress with champagne and seafood, Basilico Restaurant kind of combines the bests of both world.
Its buffet selection may not be the hugest, and certainly not the kind where it is overwhelming with lobsters and prawns, but its dessert counter is one the best in Singapore.
The lunch buffet offers a mix of Italian cuisine – to the likes of carpaccio, smoked salmon, smoked duck breast, beef medallion – pizzas, pasta, and a section with safe-predictable Asian delights, mainly to cater to the diverse customer range and hotel guests.
Basilico’s dinner is presented semi-buffet style where you have a choice of a main course, with all-you-can-eat Italian antipasti and dessert. Price is on the high side though.
Lunch: l$55++ weekday, $65++ Sat, $98++ Sun
Dinner: $88++, $118++ with 2 glass pairing
The Kitchen Table
W Hotel, 21 Ocean Way Singapore 098374
Tel: +65 6808 7268
Opening Hours: 6:00am – 11:00pm (Mon-Fri), 6:00am – 12:00am (Sat-Sun)
The Kitchen Table W Hotel’s buffet restaurant serves up “Food from the Heart”, with 6 live cooking stations of international selection, using fresh seasonal ingredients to prepare the menu for the day.
Surprisingly, there was a huge proportion of Asian and local cuisines such as Laksa, Hokkien Mee, Tandoori dishes and an assortment of Dim Sum when I visited. My favourite section was the Italian pasta where there are bowls and bowls of pasta of various sorts, seafood and ingredients, 4 types of sauces where you would customise the Italian dish.
There are daily specials which include Singapore Chilli Crab (Sun), Jumbo Prawn Laksa (Mon), Tandoori Lobster Tail (Tues), Hamachi Sashimi with Mint Sauce (Wed), Slow- Cooked Lamb Leg (Thurs). Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s Bubbly Remix… all of the above. While this buffet does not give the impression of wide, massive and huge, it suits those wishing to have a lazy afternoon taking bite sized portions of everything.
Access of the W hotel swimming pool is given if you opt for the Sunday’s Bubbly Remix with champagne. $168++ swimming session, anyone? (Read: The Kitchen Table W Hotel)
Lunch: $65++ (Mon-Sat)
Food From The Heart Dinner: $65++ (Mon-Thurs)
Seafood From The Heart Dinner: $85++ (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Sunday Remix Brunch: $118++ w/o champagne, $138++ with free flow of house red / white wine and cocktails, $168++ with free flow of champagne, house red /white and cocktails with pool access.
Lime PARKROYAL on Pickering
3 Upper Pickering St Singapore 058289 (Chinatown MRT)
Tel: +65 6809 8899
Opening Hours: 6.30am – 12.00am (Sun – Thurs), 6.30am – 2.00am (Fri, Sat, Eve of PH)
Sunday Brunch: 12:00pm – 3:00pm
The energy at Lime is positive and infectious, ceilings are high which makes the restaurant look open and spacious. Service staff was friendly and personable, while they would move from table to table with freshly prepared pizzas (for Sunday brunch).
Surprisingly, I liked the Asian section most. While the Chef’s Wok Creation, a plate of seafood and vegetables fried in sambal chilli on the spot was more sweet than spicy, the other dishes such as Stir-fried Chicken with Curry Leaves, Black Pepper Beef Fillet and Braised Pork Belly were all consistently brilliant choices.
If you are up for some Western food, Lime’s carving station offers a selection of roasted meats including US Prime Rib, Guinea Fowl and Rack of Lamb. Otherwise, the chefs can cook poached eggs, pastas, risottos and pan-seared Foie Gras on the spot.
Lunch: $48++ (Mon – Fri), $24++ Children 6-12 years old
Lunch (Sat): $52++, $25++ Children
Dinner: $62 (Mon- Thurs), $31++ Children
Dinner: $68 (Fri – Sun), $34 Children
Sunday Brunch: $98++, $139 inclusive of Champagne and house wines, $49++ Children
7500A Beach Road, PARKROYAL on Beach Road Singapore 199591 (Bugis MRT)
Tel: +65 6505 5710
Opening Hours: 6am – 12am Daily
While PARKROYAL on Beach Road is no 5 star hotel like the rest (and is quite old in hotel age and not often in the radar), its buffet restaurant Plaza Brasserie impresses with its value-for-money and quality food.
$39++ for hotel buffet lunch is a hard-to-find in Singapore. Led by Executive Chef Jackson Goh and team, some of the must-have are the Soft-Shell Crab (get the mayonnaise sauce), Laksa, Tempura, Roti Prata (take the durian or chocolate) and Cantonese Roast Meats.
Food wise, there are some hits and misses, but the Chinese/Asian selection and those prepared in the live stations are generally of reasonable quality. They have seasonal buffet themes such as the Seafood or Crab Buffet which proves to be a bit hit with Singapore diners. (Read: Plaza Brasserie PARKROYAL on Beach Road)
Lunch: $39++ adult, $24++ child (Mon-Fri)
Lunch cum High Tea: $40++ adult, $25++ child (Sat-Sun)
Dinner: $58++ adult, $35++ child (Mon-Thurs)
Dinner $60++ adult, $36++ child (Fri-Sun)
Note: Different prices for seasonal specials. (
10 at Claymore
Pan Pacific Orchard, 10 Claymore Road Singapore 229540
Tel: +65 6737 0811
Opening Hours: 6:30am-10:30pm
Special mention. 10 at Claymore at Pan Pacific Orchard (don’t get confused with the Somerset or Marina hotels) may not be the biggest in size, variety and selection, but it offers a one-of-a-kind ‘Plates of Pleasure’ à la carte buffet concept. You can literally eat the buffet without leaving your seat.
Order their specialties presented in smaller petite portions and they will be served to you. New Zealand All-Natural Beef Tenderloin in Burgundy Reduction, Penang Style Rich Aromatic Assam Laksa, and the award-winning Char Kway Teow with Pacific Blue Crab Meat prepared by Chef Andy Oh. (Read: 10 at Claymore Pan Pacific Orchard)
Lunch: $42++ adult (Mon-Fri), $48++ (Sat)
Dinner: $72++ adult (Mon-Thurs), $78++ (Fri-Sun)
Sunday Brunch: $88++, $98++ with free flow wines and beers
Note: All prices are correct at the time of publishing. Please check with the restaurants for updated price lists. The author is also not responsible for weight gain.
September 19, 2018
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