With many hotel buffet and Sunday brunches in Singapore, the NEW Food Exchange at Novotel Singapore on Stevens certainly looks impressive, and I reckon this is that restaurant to look out for.

The international buffet restaurant is located on the 2nd storey of the new hotel located in the prestigious Stevens Road neighbourhood. (If your cab driver does not exactly know where the hotel, it sits on where The Pinetree Club used to be.)

(Also look out for the HSBC Credit Card dining deal in which the 2nd diner at Food Exchange will get 50% OFF. More details at the end of the post.)

First impression: The moment I walked in, I thought Food Exchange already scored in the design aspect.

A stylish contemporary space, located next to the infinity pool, with natural daylight shining in.

Attention was also put into details, from the entrance to the back of the restaurant.

You would notice a bird cage like-design at the door, followed by golden birds hanging from the ceiling, flanked by leafy backdrop – like dining in a sanctuary.

My friend noted that the chairs were Philippe Starck with Emilio Pucci upholstery.

Design on point.

The idea of a “Food Exchange” represents the idea of both global and local culinary exchange – of food markets from around the world, and local corner restaurants where people in-the-know would dine.

“Exchange” is not only limited to the food, but interactions directly between guests, chefs and the staff.

Executive Chef Janne Ollikainen is known for his imaginative menu creation, and selection of fresh and quality ingredients. (I stayed at Bangkok’s Novotel before, and remember fondly of the Food Exchange there which he helmed.)

Ready for some fresh sashimi and seafood, hot cooking stations serving up Eggs Benedict, Risotto, Foie Gras, and BBQ and Grill? I was there for the Sunday Brunch, and here are 10 food stations you can look forward to at Food Exchange:

Seafood On Ice
The seafood here was VERY FRESH. You get a selection of snow crabs, clams, mussels, prawns. Look out for the most popular item of Jumbo Prawns.

I enjoyed the smaller versions though because they were sweet, fleshy and more manageable. There was also a selection of accompanying sauces in jars, from cocktails sauce, wasabi mayonnaise, and salsa sauce.

Sushi and Sashimi
Colour plays an important factor when I look out for sashimi. Check out these fresh, thick slices of salmon, tuna and octopus sashimi.

There was also a selection of vibrantly-coloured California rolls, salmon sushi and shrimp ebi sushi, served with pickled ginger, wasabi and soy sauce.

Eggs Live Station
Get eggs done your favourite way, from scrambled, sunny side egg, omelette style to eggs benedict – poached egg complete with smoked salmon on English muffin with Hollandaise sauce.

Foie-Gras Live Station
Decadently rich pan fried foie-gras “live”, added with fruit compote and balsamic reduction to balance with sweetness and tanginess. They were melt-in-your-mouth.

While pasta live stations are getting more commonly seen at hotel buffets, the same cannot be said for risotto.

Over here, you get a choice of Truffle & Parmesan; Pumpkin & rocket; or Mushroom & mascarpone risotto cooked with quality Italian Arborio rice for that creamy and chewy texture.

Indian Tandoori Selection
Rotational Indian favourites from Tandoori Chicken, Chicken Mala Tikka, Tandoori Prawns, Hariyali Prawn, Lasooni Fish Tikka, Tillka macchi tikka, Mutton Seekh Kebab, Semi Boti Kebab, Hara Bhara Kebab, Roti, Masala kulcha and Aloo paratha.

Local Speciality
There is a selection of local favourites at the back of the restaurant, so you may just miss it.

Some of the specialty items offered were Beef Rendang, Nasi Goreng, Hokkien Sotong Mee, and Wok-fried Seasonal Vegetable in oyster sauce.

Both my friend and I thought that the Hokkien Sotong Mee was deserving of mention, fried with wok-hei, with tasty sambal chilli to match.

Also don’t miss out on the live noodle section with rotational choices.

Western and Roasts
Over at the cooked Western food section, there were casserole dishes of Grilled Atlantic salmon, 18h cooked Beef Cheeks, Ratatouille, and Gratin Dauphinois.

You must, must leave some room for the roast meats, which I thought was a cut (pardon the pun) above the rest. The Roasted Pork Neck with Mushroom Sauce was superbly tender, and other pieces of Roasted Chicken, Roast Beef, and Lamb were succulent and flavourful.

European Cold Cuts
Choice cuts of Charcuterie, Parma Ham, Chorizo, Salami, and Cold Smoked Salmon.

Typically, I don’t always go to this section, but my friend (who finished her entire plate) prompted me to. The Parma and Charcuterie were top-notch – of the ‘right’ colour, smooth, with buttery and mild flavour.

European Cheeses
A small but sufficient section of Brie, Camembert, Gorgonzola, Parmesan, Tomme de Savoie, and Marinated Feta Cheese in olive oil.

Salad Corner
One thing I noticed about Food Exchange’s salads were they were not only one or two ‘token’ green, but a variety of international flavours.

I mean, there were both Octopus and Jellyfish Salads, catering to the Japanese cuisine lovers. Also found Chicken Waldorf, Caprese Salad, Marinated Feta Cob Salad, and Spicy Chicken Avocado Salad.

Always end the meal with some sweet treats of Éclair, vanilla & strawberry & salted caramel, Classic Opera Cake, Home-made Waffles, Banana in Coconut Milk, Momolato Premium Ice Cream selection, Nonya Kueh Kueh and Chocolate Fountain.

Buffet pricing:
Sunday Family Brunch: Sunday, 12:00pm – 3:00pm, $78++ / $128++ (Free flow Moet Champaign, Rose wine, Red wine, White wine and Draft Beer)

Weekday Breakfast: Monday to Friday, 6:30am – 10:30am, $32++
Weekend Breakfast: Saturday to Sunday & Public Holidays, 6:30am – 11:00am, $32++
Weekday Lunch: Monday to Friday, 12:00pm – 2:30pm, $42++
Saturday Lunch: Saturday, 12:00pm – 2:30pm, $52++

Weekday Dinner: Monday to Friday, 6:00pm – 10:00pm, $58++
Weekend Dinner: Saturday to Sunday, 6:00pm – 10:00pm, $68++

Food Exchange
Novotel Singapore On Stevens, Orchard District, 28 Stevens Road, #01-01, Singapore 257878
Tel: +65 6491 6100
Email: mailto:h9543@accor.com
Website: http://www.novotel-singapore-stevens.com/restaurants-bars/food-exchange
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HSBC Card Promotion
From 1st December 2017 till 28th February 2018, enjoy 50% OFF the 2nd diner. To enjoy this offer, simply quote “HSBC Dining Privileges” when making your reservations.

L’Apéritif Tapas Bar at Novotel Singapore on Stevens
Also NEW at Novotel Singapore on Stevens is the equally stylish L’Apéritif Tapas Bar, for those who prefer a lighter option of European and Asian small dishes.

Located at the lobby level, the kitchen team has created appetising sharing platters, including French, Spanish and Asian-style tapas, antipasti and premium cold cuts.

This can be paired with a glass of classy Paris-inspired signature cocktails, craft beer, cider, tea and coffee using locally roasted specialty coffee beans by A Stimulant by Sarnies.

Special mention of the tea – a unique blend of Le Charme created by ETTE Tea, consisting of silvertips white tea, black tea, pink rose buds, marigold and bergamot.

The place for a relaxing high-tea or after-work drinks.

L’Apéritif Tapas Bar
Novotel Singapore On Stevens, Orchard District, 28 Stevens Road, #01-01, Singapore 257878

HSBC Card Promotion
From 1st December 2017 till 28th February 2018, quote “HSBC Dining Privileges” before ordering to enjoy the following promotional deals at L’Apéritif Tapas Bar:
– 50% OFF 2nd drink daily for Signature Cocktails, Ciders and Draught Beer
– 50% OFF for 2nd diner for high tea

Terms & Conditions for Food Exchange and L’Apéritif Tapas Bar:
– The Offers are valid from 1 December 2017 to 28 February 2018.
– The Offers are not valid in conjunction with other promotions, privileges and vouchers.
– To enjoy the promotion(s), full payment must be made with a credit and debit card issued by HSBC Bank (Singapore) Limited.
– Please quote “HSBC Dining Privileges” prior to ordering.

* For more details on the latest HSBC dining promotions, visit www.hsbc.com.sg/dining. This entry is brought to you in partnership with HSBC Credit Cards.


  1. Review on Novotel Food Exchange Lunch Buffet.

    First visit to Food Exchange Lunch Buffet.Basically the food presentation is not appealing and the food is not nice at all. Selection is very limited. Dessert station serve all of the same kind which is 3 types of chocolate flavour cake. rojak sauce is so salty and laksa gravy is so oily. The sweet and sour pork chop really omg is really so hard.

    However the only compliment for the hotel is the friendliness of their frontline staffs. Food wise is really disappointing.


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