Buffet brunches, invariably of the champagne variety, not be confused with regular, breakfast-y brunch. Most are Sunday only, however check listing for further details and alternative days, as some are evenings or weekdays too.
Conrad Centennial Singapore
2 Temasek Boulevard
T: (+65) 6432 7481
Our new favourite place for Sunday brunch buffets but this particular variety is only available on the last Sunday of the month. Not only incredible value, but the food is faultless. Admittedly there is not as much choice as you’d expect when eating your body weight at the usual buffet spreads laid on by the big hotels (Fullerton, Shang, St Regis etc) but here at the Conrad, for the good value sum of $98 ++ if you are not drinking and, here’s the scoop, a mere $108++ if you are, they have all the essentials. By that we mean fresh Boston lobsters, pan fried foie gras cooked to order, sushi and sashimi, 5 different types of oysters, Iberico ham, a very good cheeseboard and perfectly delicious puddings. There are also pasta options and all the usual ‘fillers’ but we don’t tend to focus too hard on them (good for children though, who eat for free if they are under 4).
They are rather keen on hiding their lobsters away so you have to identify the lobster chap early on, smile and ask for more when and if the bowl they are displayed in does not seem to be replenished. He has plenty in the under counter fridge and can produce them (begrudgingly) on demand.
The pricing for the alcoholic version on the buffet depends on what alcohol you are going for. The $108 includes free flow Chandon which is admittedly fizz rather than champagne BUT it is produced by Moet & Chandon and is damn good. In fact, we’d take it over some of the cheaper brands of champagne any day and have grown out of our rather childish ‘real champagne only’ snobbery. If only champagne proper will do (they serve Verve or Moet) then it will cost $158++. BTW: Pay by UOB and you get to feed 4 for the price of 3 (applies to the non-alcoholic brunch only) . Or alternatively, HSBC & Citi Bank cards give you 15% off regardless of what you variety of brunch you plump for (literally). Children under 4 eat for free.
Opening Times: This buffet only happens on the last Sunday of every month from 12pm-3pm
Brasserie Les Saveurs
29 Tanglin Road
T: (+65) 65066888
We’re: Bling, over the top and fabulous
Wear: Dolce & Gabbana, but remember to ditch the sky high heels to ensure you don’t topple after your free-flow tipple
Bring: Friends or family when they are staying
Snatches the coveted ‘best grown-up champagne brunch buffet’ award, hands down. Instead of just groaning tables covered with food that you have to go and retrieve, much like a game of hide and seek, here some of the delicious creations are also wafted past your table for you to choose or not, as the mood takes you, as well as being a la carte. There is also, of course, the ubiquitous buffet spread but it’s not sprawling and the real gems have no chance of escaping you as they are waiter-served. Prices for champagne freeflow start at $170++ (for Perrier-Jouët brut) and scale $325++ for vintage (Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque).
Opening Times: 12pm-3pm Sunday
The Grand Hyatt
10 Scotts Road
T: (+65) 6738 1234
We’re: Hawker food for the annually retentive
Wear: Twin set and pearls or jeans and heels
Bring: Relatives when they’re in town
Award-winning Mezza9 has a good, no, great Sunday champagne brunch buffet (Mumm champagne) at $118++, built around the concept of 9 ‘stalls’ all offering different choices of Asian and international food. Our only gripe is that you feel like it’s the middle of the night as there are absolutely no windows…which is annoying when it’s lunch time.
Opening Times: 12.30pm-3pm Weekends
Goodwood Park Hotel
22 Scotts Road
T: (+65) 6730 1743
We’re: Teatime at lunchtime
Wear: Loafers for hotel lounging
Bring: The family
English high tea buffet, but loved because at weekends it’s actually served at lunchtime. Heaven for tea lovers who can never quite justify a slap up buffet between lunch and dinner; but be warned, this is not nearly as sophisticated an affair as the Tiffin at Raffles. Children under 6 eat for free provided you order them at least 1 drink from the à la carte menu. Prices are $33++ for adults and children over 11 years old. Children aged 6-11 eat for $16.50. BTW: You may slightly feel as if you are eating in the hotel lobby – probably because you are…or almost are.
Opening Times: 2pm-5pm Mon-Thu; 11.30am-2pm Fri-Sun with a 2nd sitting at 2.30pm-5pm
Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort
T: (+65) 6371 2930
We’re: Seaside for all day family fun & food
Wear: not much, but remember to bring coverups for lunch
Bring: Swimming togs
The waterside restaurant at the Rasa Sentosa Hotel does a pretty good brunch. They will tell anyone that will listen that they are the Shangri-La Sentosa but this is misleading if you think that you will get the same style Sunday brunch available at the Shangri-La in town. However, if it is a day off the island that you require, particularly with children, then this is the place for you. Adult brunch is $68++ and for the price of lunch you get access to all the hotels facilities – including pool, spa and more. Have breakfast at home, pitch up around 10am to get a decent spot by the pool and enjoy a coffee and swim to work up an appetite. At 12pm head to the restaurant to pile your plates high and enjoy the ubiquitous free flowing champagne. Finish the day off by heading back to the pool for a bit of afternoon sun. Book ahead as it gets busy – and check that the pool is open as there are rumours of closures.
Opening Times: 12.30pm-3pm Sun
1 Beach Road
T: (+65) 6337 1886
We’re: Tea for tourists
Where: The Raffles Hotel…where else?
Wear: Twin set and pearls or jeans and heels
Sip your souchong and soak up the splendor. At last you used to be able to. Now showcases a very disappointingly small selection of…gasp…bagged teas. If you like Earl Grey, you will have to have it stewed and out of the communal (albeit silver) pot. Go for Darjeeling instead and you will at least get your own teapot. The atmosphere and colonial elegance is effortless and fabulous though, and the classic and refillable ‘three tier tea’ features all the usual (but delicious) suspects from cream cheese and cucumber sandwiches just like Jeeves used to make, to proper madeleines, scones and jam and more. Beautifully presented, it sits at your table before you do, waiting patiently to be devoured. This may look pretty and welcoming but the downside is your sandwiches will most probably have curled at the edges…not slick (make sure you get the plate taken away before you tuck in and go and help yourself to another selection from the buffet). The buffet also offers local high tea equivalents: make like they do in Tanamera and opt for a curry puff or chicken pie. Skip lunch to get your money’s worth (it costs a punchy $58++ per person; children under 6 eat for free and kids 6-12 years old cost $25 ++).
Opening Times: There are 2 sittings daily. 3.30pm-4.30pm and 4.30pm-5.30pm. You can sit from 3.30pm-5.30pm, but they need advance warning so they can block the table out.
Same but different: The Capella, Sentosa (T: (+65) 6591 5046) has an all-day fine dining restaurant, The Knolls, which serves up a fabulous ‘Colonial Tea’ (they may be a little low on real colonial splendor but have a good sea view). It is not a buffet, but the selection is huge and at $28++ per person, big enough to share between 2.
22 Orange Grove Road
T: (+65) 6737 3644
We’re: Shang Sunday staple
In our opinion, one of the best champagne Sunday brunches in Singapore, as well as a great mid-week dinner buffet (unusual). Where the whole family can come (non-parents, don’t panic as there is proper children’s entertainment, which keeps them quite well contained), this is by far the most modern and well thought out hotel brunch that gives The Fullerton a run for its money on the ‘pile it high’ stakes. Even the St. Regis could take a tip or two at the dessert counter (though wins hands down on cheese and seafood). One of the few places that manages to marry adult decadence with child friendly dining, this is certainly a place for all the family to enjoy, though perhaps not on too regular a basis – whilst you can undoubtedly get your money’s worth, this place definitely makes it into our Splurge category. The mid-week buffet dinner here has daily specials including lobsters (Thursdays) and oysters (Tuesdays) – call ahead to check. Prices start from $68++. BTW: There is actually a proper spot for kids here (Sundays only) by way of an indoor bouncy castle, balloon artist and an entire low level children’s buffet.
Opening Times: 12pm-2.30pm (3pm on Weekends); 6.30pm-10.30pm (from 6pm on Weekends) daily
Tanglin Mall (#01-28/33)
163 Tanglin Road
T: (+65) 6836 3088
We’re: Posh Indian nosh
Where: Tanglin Mall
Wear: Statement kurtas and nehru collars
Bring: Pashmina – it’s cold in here. Don’t panic if you forget…they have ones they can loan you (wouldn’t it be easier to just turn the air con down?)
A true ruby (murray) in the dust…a gem of a place in yet another shopping mall.
Seriously smart northern Indian cuisine served in chic surroundings. Most of the staff have come from various Oberois around India and really know their stuff. Buffets (Friday, Saturday and Sunday lunchtimes only) are great value at $25++ for the Friday and Saturday buffet lunch; $45 on Sunday. On Sundays only there is also a free-flow champagne option for an extra $15 a head (so $60++ pp in total). The Sunday buffet out-ranks the Friday & Saturday offering (which is by no means pedestrian), so you are paying extra for a reason.
Opening Times: 12.30pm-3pm Fri-Sun
King’s Arcade (#01-03)
559 Bukit Timah Road
T: (+65) 6465 5525
We’re: Casual, local Japanese find
Where: Bukit Timah
Good à la carte Japanese buffet which is great value at $27.50++ (lunch) or $32++ (dinner), whether you are hungry or not. No groaning tables here – simply order as much of whatever you like from the menu for the set price. Full of locals in the know. There are an additional 2 branches, each with the same deal (City Hall on North Bridge Road and Katong Mall, East Coast Road – see their website for more details).
Opening Times: 11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-10pm daily
Same but different: SENKI (109 Killiney Road, T: (+65) 6734 5565) also does a great all-you-can-eat buffet, (again à la carte) with prices starting at $30++ for lunch and $33++ for dinner. Slightly smarter restaurant that Hanabi and a good location for pre or post-dinner drinks – KPO being an obvious choice. There is a food wastage charge ($5 per 100g), so make sure you more or less finish what you order.
Goodwood Park Hotel
22 Scotts Road
T: (+65) 6734 6281
We’re: Smart Japanese
Where: Goodwood Hotel
Wear: Comme des Garcons or Hanae Mori
Bring: Mother or mistress
Great Japanese restaurant in its own right but they also do a good value, authentic Japanese BBQ and teppanyaki BBQ (make sure you know which you want before you book as they are in different sections of the restaurant). BTW: Try their clothes-on dry shower after eating to rid you of that lingering, post BBQ pong.
Opening Times: 12pm-2pm daily
Great World City (#02-41/42)
1 Kim Seng Promenade
T: (+65) 6836 5877
We’re: Japanese pile it high
Where: River Valley
Bring: Anyone. Even the kids
Good value Japanese buffet with every single imaginable delight from sushi and sashimi to tempura, teppanyaki, yakitori and even whole lobster mentai. From $28.90++ for lunch and $39.90++ for dinner. There are also branches in Suntec City (Tower 1, #03-002; T: (+65)6238 7088) and Jurong Point Shopping Centre (#B1-47/51; Tel: (+65) 6792 9286).
Opening Times: 11.30am-3pm; 5.30pm-10pm daily
SI CHUAN DOU HUA RESTAURANT
80 Raffles Place
T: (+65) 6535 6006
We’re: A seriously clever find
Where: Boat Quay
Wear: Smart scoffing gear; stretchy trousers useful if opting for the buffet
Bring: China Club wannabes, guests, granny, anyone
Like the China Club in terms of quality of food and vista, but not actually a club – i.e. anyone can go – and if we’re honest, not really quite as smart; but we love it here because it offers seriously good dim sum and Chinese food at seriously good prices…and with a panoramic view to boot. Great for visitors. There is even a ‘tea uncle’ who tops up your tipple with his metre long glass pouring spout (but not on a Sunday…it’s his day off). On weekends and public holidays they do an amazing value buffet for under $50 per person, with a choice of over 80 dishes. However, you need to know about it in order to ask specifically for it – otherwise, they are quite likely to steer you down the set menu route, which is excellent in its own right, but nothing in terms of the value their buffet offers.
Opening Times: 11.30am-2.30pm; 6.30pm-10.30pm daily
THE MAGIC OF CHONGQING HOT POT
Tanglin Shopping Centre (#04-06/07)
19 Tanglin Road
T: (+65) 6734 8135
Where: Fabulous Asian Mall that is Tanglin Shopping Centre
Wear: Low key attire – elastic-waisted trousers practically a pre-requisite
Bring: Plenty of hungry friends
We love this place! A real hidden gem that is great for a party. Oodles of food to choose from that you cook at your table in the central stock pots (just in case you didn’t know). There are 2 choices of stock – very hot and not hot – be warned and don’t get muddled up. If there are veggies lurking in your midst, then you can organise a vegetarian broth for them to cook their food in. They do a fantastically good value buffet lunch and dinner. Buffet lunch is $17.90++ weekdays, or $19.90++ at weekends. The buffet dinner costs $29.90++ weekdays, or $30.90++ weekends.
Opening Times: 12pm-3pm; 6pm-10pm daily