Everyone loves a good all-you-can-eat but, if you’re a savvy diner, you’ll know a good buffet is more than just deep fried spring rolls and free flow laksa. Here are 5 great buffets the Go Away team approves of, and 1 we are looking forward to!
I will never forget (and forgive) that horrible brunch I had at Supertree, Indochine’s restaurant at Gardens by the Bay. It happened a couple of years ago so things may have changed or improved by now. It was our first time at Gardens by the Bay and we were looking for a place to eat. The husband had just completed a marathon and was hoping for a good meal to reward himself. We saw that an all-you-can-eat brunch was happening at Supertree and decided to check it out. Big mistake. To say the spread was pathetic would be a gross understatement.
Raw salmon pieces were left floating in a pool of melted ice water. In great abundance were cheap deep fried stuff like spring rolls, wantons, breaded shrimps, etc. The only hot foods available were trays of stir-fried ginger beef (erm … we can get that from our tze char stall at the kopitiam?), fried rice, and stir-fried vegetables. When these were emptied, the staff did not seem to be in a hurry to refill the trays. Despite its hefty price tag, there was no roasts, no grill station, no fresh seafood (sorry, but raw salmon and boiled prawns drowned in tepid water hardly qualify as ‘fresh seafood’) to be seen. Even the desserts were predictable cakes and tarts any restaurant could have gotten from a supplier. The bill came up to almost $200 – and this was for the non-alcoholic option. Disappointed, we lost all mood to check out the garden after and headed straight home.
When it comes to buffets, not all of us are after the predictable stuff like sushi, sashimi, chocolate fountain, dim sum, and such. For the Go Away team, we want good cuts of meat, fresh seafood, and quality cheeses and interesting starters. Below, our favourite picks:
Mediterranean Seafood Barbecue
WHERE: LaBrezza at The St. Regis Singapore (Tel: 6506 6884)
WHEN: Friday, 7pm to 10pm
PRICE: $88++ per person
A simple spread, compared to many buffets out there, but it is awesome because of this very simplicity. For starters, you can help yourself to the magnificent selection of cheeses and cold cuts. Then, there are some antipasti and rustic breads you can tuck into too. While waiting for your seafood and meat to be grilled, help yourself to the cold seafood spread comprising of very fresh prawns, lobsters, squid, and oysters. Although named a seafood barbecue, meat-lovers won’t find themselves left out cold because you can also choose from beef, lamb, chicken, pork, and sausages from the grill selection too. Best of all, every few minutes, freshly baked pizzas find their way to your table.
Champagne Brunch Experience
WHERE: Brasserie Les Saveurs at The St. Regis Singapore (Tel: 6506 6860)
WHEN: Sunday, 12noon to 3pm
PRICE: $195++ per person with Champagne, wines, beers, and soft drinks
The Champagne Brunch Experience at The St. Regis Singapore is a decadent splurge that’s worth every cent. Arrive at around 11.30am to enjoy an aperitif in the form of a Chilli Padi Mary at Astor Bar (just the thing to whet your appetite)! At around 12pm, you’ll be led to Brasserie Las Saveurs for a three-hour feast!! Enjoy a selection of fresh seafood – including lobster – charcuterie, and a spread of desserts. From time to time, waiters will also bring out some of the chef’s specialties, straight from the kitchen! But what truly sets this Champagne brunch apart from the others is that there is a foie gras station where the liver is pan fried a la minute, and the fact that they serve quality Ruinart Champagne. Because of the wide selection of food available, do your best to pace yourself so you can sample it all.
WHERE: Park Hotel Alexandra (Tel: 6828 8880)
WHEN: Daily, 12noon – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm
PRICE: $38++ (lunch), $52++ (dinner, Sun – Thu), $62++ (dinner, Fri & Sat)
If you are the type who goes to a buffet expecting “seafood”, well, you will find them here but that just means you are missing the point. The best thing about The Carvery is that it is a buffet dedicated to the Sunday Roast (definition here); only now you can have it every day of the week. You’ll find different cuts and types of meat here, grilled and roasted to juicy perfection. To accompany your roast, you can select from a myriad of sides like mashed potato, corn on the cob, Yorkshire pudding, stews, and more. We like that it has a focus here and, would be most upset if The Carvery cave in and change its offerings to resemble another hotel buffet spread. PLEASE DON’T EVER DO THAT.
Carne & Caipirinha
WHERE: Blk 106 Sunset Way, Clementi St 12, #01-50 (Tel: 6464 0478)
WHEN: Daily, 5.30pm to 11pm (Sunday & Public Holidays, 5pm to 11pm)
PRICE: $49.90++ per person
For the meat-lover, Brazilian churrascaria is the all-you-can-eat arrangement to go for. You are treated to a parade of grilled meats from fish to sausages, from chicken to beef. Carne & Caipirinha is a lovely outfit in Clementi manned by an a true blue Brazilian cowboy (gaucho). The restaurant used only charcoal fire to grill its meat and offers prime cuts of Brazilian beef – the beef hump and beef rump – in its lineup. There is a “salad bar” of sorts for those who need a little fibre to move things along but we strongly suggest you go easy on those and focus your energies on the meat.
Singapore Heritage Afternoon Tea by Shermay Lee
WHERE: The Clifford Pier, The Fullerton Bay Hotel (Tel: 6597 5266)
WHEN: Daily, 3.30pm to 5.30pm
PRICE: $43++ per person
To be honest, we are not high tea people. The Go Away team has robust appetites and so we demand that our buffets come with hearty food. But this high tea took us by surprise, in a good way. The high tea comes with 8 sweet treats and 8 savoury treats, and you get to choose a drink of your choice. The food here, created by Chef Shermay Lee, pays tribute to Lee’s late grandmother. While we tolerated the sweet stuff, it was the savoury eats like Kurobuta Pork Kong Ba Bao, Chili Crab Bun, Nonya Chicken Curry and Roti Jala Wrap, and Kueh Pie Tee that won our hearts. The best part of this high tea? The food is replenishable so if you want more of those juicy kong ba bao, just request for more!
We can’t wait for ..
Eats, Beats & Treats
WHERE: MEATliquor (Tel: 6221 5343)
WHEN: See below for dates. 1pm to 5pm
PRICE: $90++ per person
5 words: FREE FLOW FOOD AND BOOZE. This awesome all-you-can-eat is only happening on 3 DATES: October 24, November 14, and December 12. Featuring a free flow of MEATliquor’s legendary burgers, limited editions sides and desserts like Neh Neh Pops from Bjorn Shen, as well as beer, rosé and iconic new cocktails, diners can look forward to a brunch with a difference. For “Beats”, DJ Oliver Osborne will be taking requests at the DJ booth, where guests can write down their musical choices on the chalkboard. Warning: those with bad taste may be expected to do a forfeit. As for “Treats”, guests will be given a “Baddy Bag” containing awesome MEATliquor transfer tattoos, photo booth tokens, raffle tickets and limited edition visors. Tables must be booked in advance so be sure to reserve your spots now! The Go Away Team has already done ours.