Food for the unusually hungry
Living in the foodie capital of Asia, most of us would’ve had a punt at the classic buffet experience. After all, the prospect of stuffing our faces on a fixed budget would entice any Singaporean. But wait till you get a load of the oddest buffets in Singapore and the way you see buffets will change forever.
From Korean Fried Chicken to Nasi Lemak, these 10 niche buffet stops focus only on such specialties. So prepare to have your cravings satisfied as we bring to you SG’s most eccentric buffets serving 503904 variations of your favourite foods.
1. Korean Fried Chicken Buffet
The Korean Fried Chicken trend hit Singapore hard in a while ago now, the fad seems to be a bit of a stayer by now. You can get your full fill at Chicken Up for the pocket-friendly price of just $19.90 ($13.90 for students) every weekday from 11am-5pm.
Have every fried chicken whim and fancy satisfied with their expansive menu, which also allow you to choose the spice level of your dish. If you’re a spice geek, the Yangnyum is a good blend of sweet and spicy while their Soya Chicken Wings is for those with a mean savoury tooth.
Move aside KFC, it’s time you’ve met your match.
Note: A la Carte Buffets are only available at Jurong East and Parkway Parade Outlets
Address: 10 Jurong East Street 12, #01-01 Jurong MRT Station, Singapore 609690
Opening Hours: Daily; 11am – 11pm
Telephone: 6563 0337
Address: 80 Marine Parade Road, #01-10 Parkway Parade, Singapore 449269
Opening Hours: Mon-Thu: 11am – 10pm | Fri-Sun: 11am – 11pm | Last order at 9:30pm
Telephone: 6348 0460
2. Yakiniku and Beer Buffet
Transport yourself to the back alleys of Shibuya in Tokyo, with a visit to Rocku. The ambience is great – the graffitied brick walls of the place lend a hip, artsy vibe to your whole buffet experience. If you fancy being a Gordon Ramsay for the night, the DIY Yakiniku grilling is right up your street.
For just $39.80 (on Sun-Thurs, 6pm-10pm), eat and drink to your heart’s content with free flow meats and Asahi beer. And yes, this also includes additional items from their buffet island. Here’s a tip: go straight for the Garlic Fried Rice to accompany your meal as this usually runs out the fastest. Don’t say we never warn.
Address: 201 Victoria St, 04 – 06 Bugis Junction, 188067
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm | Fri: 12pm – 3pm, 5.30pm – 11pm | Sat: 12pm – 11pm | Sun: 12pm – 10pm
Telephone: 6634 3313
3. Ribs Buffet
For all you die-hard carnivores out there, pay a visit to Morganfield’s for a rib extravaganza. At $40, prepare for a free flow of meat, meat and more meat as you spend your weekends and public holidays fixed in a food coma. Choose from their 4 star sauces: Hickory BBQ, Garlic BBQ, Smoked Peppercorn and Spicy Asian.
Don’t fret, free flow sides such as their iconic corn bread and red skin mashed potato are available alongside your fall-off-the-bone ribs. Remember to go on an empty stomach because their meat cuts are very generous and you might just OD on ribs for the rest of your life.
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, #01-645, Suntec City Mall, Singapore 038983
Opening Hours: Sun – Thu: 11am – 11pm | Fri – Sat: 11am – 12am
Telephone: 6736 1136
4. Beer Buffet
It’s been a tiring day at work, your boss has been hounding you to meet your deadline and life couldn’t get any sh*tter. In that case – have a break, have a pint of beer. At Wolfpack Bar and Bistro, their beer gates will flood open for you with the Monday & Tuesday beer buffet.
Whether, you’re a guy ($38) or gal ($28), this deal applies to all of those with heavy Monday blues. Serving beers from various continents, such as Asia (Sapporo, Tiger) and Europe (Peroni, Hoegaarden), taste the rainbow with these diverse brews.
Wolfgang Bar and Bistro
Address: 220 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574352
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 4pm – 1am | Fri – Sat: 4pm – 2am | Sun: 4am – 1am
Telephone: 6451 0656
5. Taiwanese Food Buffet
If you’re reminiscing about the shiok street food in Taiwan, the wait is over. At Lee’s Taiwanese, your prayers have been answered with a small fee of $16.90 for a weekday lunch buffet. Eat your way to your secret Taiwanese drama fantasies with the quintessential Braised Pork Rice and Salt & Pepper Chicken.
Buffets run throughout the week (only at JEM) so you are more than guaranteed some comforting street food in your belly at all times. All you need now is your bae – Ko Ching-Teng 2.0 – to accompany you and you’re all set.
Address: JEM, 50 Jurong Gateway Road, #03-05/06 Singapore 608549
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 11.30am – 9.45pm | Fri: 11.30am – 10pm | Sun and Eves of Public Holidays: 11.30am – 10pm | Public Holidays: 11am – 9.45pm
Telephone: 6694 1588
6. Prata Buffet
From just $6, have complete access to glorious prata heaven at Prata Corner. Choose from a range of quirky prata combinations such as chocolate, cheese and sugar! Or simply order a plain kosong – whatever works for you.
Gather your prata squad together and even receive a reduction in your bill ($6/pax for a party of 8, $6.50/pax for 4-7 pax and $6.90/pax for under 4 pax) So as the saying goes, the more the merrier. If just like me, you love some spice with your nosh, then you’ll be delighted to hear about the free flow curry available on site. That’s it, I’m sold.
For more info on this haven, check out Eatbook’s lowdown here.
Address: 459 Changi Rd, Singapore 419882
Opening Hours: Daily; 24 hours
Telephone: 8369 5664
7. Ice Cream Buffet
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. At LICKS, their Friday Ice Cream buffets are certainly something worth screaming about. At only $15 ($13.50 for students), sample an array of up to 40 ice cream flavours and various toppings.
If you’re craving some local vibes try their Kaya Toast or if you’re feeling adventurous, have a go at their Popping Candy Yogurt. Only 2 buffet sessions are available every Friday (2pm-4pm & 6pm-8pm) so TGIF by treating yoself after a hectic work week.
Address: 258 Tanjong Katong Rd, Singapore 437046
Opening Hours: Sun – Thu: 1pm – 11pm | Fri – Sat: 1pm – 12am
Telephone: 6440 8526
8. Teochew Porridge Buffet
Picture this: it’s a rainy day on this little red dot and you’re in need of a steaming bowl of grandma’s porridge. Well you’re in luck because at Gim Tim Restaurant, you can indulge in a Teochew Porridge buffet spread for only $13.80 (Weekday lunch, 11.30am-2pm).
The porridge gods have answered your prayers with an assortment of 20 different side dishes for your picking. Enjoy unlimited amounts of childhood favourites such as pork belly with tau kwa and braised chicken feet, along with bowls of porridge on the side.
Leave the restaurant with a happy belly and a smile to match. You’re welcome.
Gim Tim Restaurant
Address: Blk 157 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4, #01-546, Singapore 5601576
Opening Hours: Daily; 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30
Telephone: 6459 776
9. Nasi Lemak Rice Buffet
If you love fragrant, fluffy coconut rice, head down to Nasi Lemak Kukus where rice is free flow! It’s common knowledge that the quality of rice and sambal chilli are major keys to a good NL. Here, both are in unlimited supply alongside a la carte side dishes such as Mutton Rendang ($3.50) and Fried Chicken Wing Set ($4) which are chargeable separately.
The fun part of the whole experience is probably scooping your own rice straight from the rice cookers. But the best part is possibly going back for second or third helpings… When you’re done, pencil your name on their walls to show that you have conquered your Nasi Lemak demons.
Curious to know more? Check out Eatbook’s undercover review here.
Nasi Lemak Kukus
Address: 229 Selegie Road, Singapore 188344
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 12pm – 11pm
Telephone: 8222 9517
10. Lok Lok Buffet
For those of you as clueless as me about the existence of lok lok before this article, let me enlighten you. Lok lok is essentially the Malaysian version of steamboat, but on a stick. At Malaysia Local Delights, their buffet menu offers up to 70 different dishes and 22 sauces!
For just $24.90 per pax on weekday dinners, choose from an array of soup bases and as many dish sticks of your likings. If you’re looking for something unique, add an extra $6 for their signature peanut-y satay sauce.
The price also gets you an unlimited supply of ice cream and drinks. Seriously, what’s not to love about that? We went ahead and made our own coke float, mainly because we were feeling creative and wanted to get our money’s worth.
Malaysia Local Delights
Address: 224 Tanjong Katong Rd, Singapore 437014
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 4pm – 2am | Sat: 12pm – 2am | Sun: 12pm – 12am
Telephone: 6440 8378
The quirkiest eat-all-you-cans in SG
There you have it, the greatest and weirdest buffets this region has to offer. Go forth my child and venture into the lands of uncharted eating territory. No more of those overrated and overwhelming buffet spreads that leave your belly confused rather than contented.
You know the saying: it’s always best if a buffet is a master of one than a jack of all traits.