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Value for Money Halal Buffets in Singapore (2018)

MoneySmart logo MoneySmart 24/5/2018 Eugenia Liew
a bowl of food on a table: indonesian-buffet-header © Catapult Ventures Pte Ltd indonesian-buffet-header It's the month of Ramadan, which means that Muslims are fasting every day from dawn to sunset. Lucky for Singaporeans, there are many halal buffets for hungry Muslims looking for an Iftar feast. There's halal Mookata, prata buffets and even sumptuous seafood all-you-can-eat deals! I don't know about you, but I think 10 hours without food and water is surely no easy feat! To celebrate this sacred month, here are 19 halal buffets in Singapore for Iftar.  

Halal Buffets in Singapore (2018) arranged by price

Halal-certified Restaurant Buffet price per person
Al Jasra Restaurant Prata Buffet $7.90 for unlimited prata
Chickata (halal Mookata) $18.80 (Tue - Thu only)
Flame Cafe Pagoda Buffet Deluxe $21.90+ (weekday) / $23.90+ (weekend) Premium $29.90+ (weekday) / $32.90+ (weekend) Supreme $38.90+ (weekday) / $40.90+ (weekend)
Marina Bay BBQ Steamboat $25 (Mon- Thu) / $29 (Fri - Sun, PH and PH eve)
Seoul Garden $28.99++ (weekday) / $31.99++ (weekend)
Kublai Khan Mongolian BBQ Buffet $29++ (Mon - Thu)/$30.80++ (Fri - Sun, PH and PH eve)
The Landmark Restaurant at Village Hotel Bugis $35++ (Mon- Thu) / $40++ (Fri - Sun)
Royal Palm at Orchid Country Club $35++ (Mon - Thu) / $40++ (Fri - Sun)
Rumah Rasa at Bay Hotel Singapore $35++ (Sun - Thu, with live station) / $42++ (Fri, Sat and eve of PH, with live BBQ)
Sakura International Buffet $35.90++
Katong Kitchen $48++ (Mon - Thu) / $58++ (Fri - Sun, PH and eve of PH)
Saltwater Cafe at Changi Village Hotel $48++ (Mon - Thu) / $58++ (Fri - Sun, PH and PH eve)
Straits Cafe Buffet at Hotel Rendezvous $52++ (Mon - Thu) / $60++ (Fri - Sun)
21 on Rajah at Days Hotel Singapore $54.14 (weekday) / $69.44 (weekend)
Kintamani Indonesian Restaurant at Furama Riverfront $60++
AquaMarine at Marina Mandarin $72++ (Sun - Thu) / $82++ (Fri - Sat, PH and PH eve)
Asian Market Cafe at Fairmont Hotel $73++ (Sun - Thu) / $68 - $75++ (Fri - Sat)
Carousel Buffet at Royal Plaza on Scott $78++ (weekday) / $83 (weekend)
Straits Kitchen at Grand Hyatt $80++
 

Al Jasra Restaurant Prata Buffet

Now, if you are super hungry yet on a super tight budget, this one's for you: For just $7.90, you can have your fill of prata! That's right - UNLIMITED prata. There are 16 prata flavours to choose from, including classics like kosong and egg, as well as trendy ones like cheese, honey, sugar, and even strawberry prata. Do note that the cheap price does not include drinks, which are charged separately. I think it's still super worth it. Plus, Al Jasra Restaurant is open 24/7... let the feasting begin. Address: 459 Changi Road (off Jalan Masjid) Dinner buffet hours: Daily, 24 hours Contact: amaanfatheen01@gmail.com Note: Despite having a halal symbol on their signboard, Al Jasra is not on MUIS' list of eating establishments.  

Chickata - Halal Mookata Buffet

Let's kick things off with one of my favourite foods - Mookata! The traditional Thai barbecue/steamboat often involves pork meat and oiling the hot plate with lard, so it is definitely not halal. However, due to its popularity in Singapore, Muslim-friendly Mookata stores have popped up. Chickata gets its name by replacing "moo" (which is "pork" in Thai) with "chick" for chicken! At just $18.80, Chickata's weekday buffet (Tue - Tue only) offers a generous spread of chicken, beef, lamb and even duck. Children 7 - 9 years old dine at $9, while those under age 7 dine free. The soup base is chicken, but you can top up extra for tom yum. Some diners who want to save on the tom yum soup order the tom yum-marinated meats instead. While the buffet includes free-flow drinks, it doesn't include the more premium meats like Angus beef, tiger prawns and scallops. Address: 326 Jurong East St 31 #01-118 Singapore 600 326 Opening hours: Tue - Fri, 5pm - 11pm and Sat - Sun, 1pm - 11pm. Buffet only available on Tue - Tue. Contact: 8440 4938  

Flame Cafe Pagoda Buffet

Flame Cafe offers a pagoda steamboat buffet, which is basically a steamboat tower. There are three buffet options: Deluxe is the most basic option at $21.90+ (weekday)/$23.90+ (weekend), offering just meat, vegetables and typical steamboat ingredients like sausages and crab stick. Premium ($29.90+ for weekdays / $32.90+ for weekends) is the same, but with added seafood options like crayfish, clams and prawns. There are also DIY pizzas, quail eggs and shrimp dumplings. The all-in option is Supreme ($38.90+ for weekdays / $40.90+ for weekends), which has all of that, plus king prawns, flower crabs, oysters and 1 serving of either lobster or live crab. From now until 14 June, Flame Cafe is having a Ramadan special for all their Muslim fans: Cooked dishes will be added free of charge to all buffet orders. Address: The Flame Cafe, Level 1, 73 Upper Paya Lebar Rd, Singapore 534818 Dinner buffet hours: Daily, 7pm and 9pm seatings Contact: 6282 0251 or 6288 6346  

Marina Bay BBQ Steamboat Buffet

Nestled in the marina south area, Marina Bay BBQ Steamboat is an outdoor barbecue dining concept at Satay by the Bay. It offers the usual buffet spread of fresh seafood, meats, vegetables, desserts and soft drinks and is priced affordably at $25 (Mon- Thu) / $29 (Fri - Sun, PH and PH eve). They don't have an online menu, but from the photos and reviews, they seem to have lots of seafood like crabs, prawns, clams, bamboo clams, mussels and squid. Not bad for under $30 - plus, the prices are nett! Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Satay By The Bay, #12/13/14 Marina Bay Singapore 018953  Opening hours: Daily, 5pm – 12pm (last order at 11pm). Contact: 8180 8112  

Seoul Garden Casual Korean Buffet

For casual Korean steamboat and grill, there's the Seoul Garden chain. This is perhaps the biggest halal buffet chain, with 7 outlets at various shopping malls. Seoul Garden offer 7 soup bases - kimchi jjigae, tom yum, saengseon tang, vegetarian mushroom, herbal chicken and ginseng chicken. The meat spread is decent, with plain and marinated beef, chicken and lamb. At the Tampines Mall and Jurong Point outlets, you can also add $5++ for premium meat, which includes prawns, salmon and oysters. The dinner all-you-can-eat buffet costs $28.99 (weekday) / $31.99++ (weekend). Dinner is from 5.30pm - 10.30pm. Students get 10% off! Address: 7 outlets at Bugis Junction, Harbourfront Center, Jurong Point, Marina Square, NEX, Northpoint, Tampines Mall Dinner buffet hours: Daily, 11.30am - 10.30pm (last order 9.45pm).  

Kublai Khan Mongolian BBQ Buffet

Contrary to what its name suggests, the Kublai Khan BBQ buffet is not just Mongolian cuisine. Other than the specialty seasoned Mongolian BBQ meat, there's actually Japanese, western and Chinese fare too. Also, everyone's favourite - seafood! Check out the full menu here. It's relatively affordable, at $29++ (Mon - Thu)/$30.80++ (Fri - Sun, PH and PH eve). The establishment has been halal since 2011, and provides prayers rooms for Muslim guests. Address:  6 Eu Tong Sen Street #02-01 Yellow Zone, Clarke Quay Central, Singapore 059817 Dinner buffet hours: Daily, 6pm - 10pm Contact: 63344888  

The Landmark Restaurant Buffet at Village Hotel Bugis

Located right smacked in the CBD, The Landmark Restaurant offers one of the most value for money halal buffets in Singapore. Expect western, mediterranean, north Indian and local cuisine, with pasta, pizza and satay (weekends only) live stations. The seafood spread is also to die for, with fresh crabs, prawns, mussels and clams. You can see the full dinner menu here. With the generous spread, you may be expecting a hefty price tag, but this buffet deal is actually surprisingly affordable at just $35++ (Mon- Thu) / $40++ (Fri - Sun). Dinner is 6.30pm - 10pm. Prayer rooms available. Address: Village Hotel Bugis 390 Victoria Street, #05-01 Singapore 188061 Dinner buffet hours: Daily, 6.30pm - 10pm Contact: 6299 7786  

Royal Palm Buffet at Orchid Country Club

Here's one for the north-siders: Royal Palm at Orchid Country Club offers a daily halal buffet at $35++ (Mon - Thu) / $40++ (Fri - Sun). The cuisine is an international mix of western, Indian and Mediterranean, plus seafood on ice. There's also assorted sushi. For those who like soupy comfort food - although I'm not sure why you'd go to a buffet for that - there's a soup station with tom yum, laksa, soto ayam and hot & sour soups. Local foodies can go for the rojak, biryanis and even the fish head curry. I love that the dessert selection is also extensive (hello, sago gula melaka!). See the full menu here. Address: Orchid Country Club, 1 Orchid Club Road, #01-21/22, Social Clubhouse, Singapore 769162 Opening hours: Daily, 6.30pm – 10pm. Contact: 6555 2165  

Rumah Rasa at Bay Hotel Singapore

Rumah Rasa is a cosy Indonesian restaurant within Bay Hotel Singapore, priding itself as the first Indonesian restaurant to use herbs grown in their very own yard. For an idea of what kinds of dishes are served, check out the ala carte menu. For this Ramadan month, the halal dinner buffet is available daily at $35++ (Sun - Thu, with live station) / $42++ (Fri, Sat and eve of PH, with live BBQ). Children under 6 dine free. Address: Bay Hotel Singapore 50 Telok Blangah Rd, Singapore 098828 Dinner buffet hours: Daily, 6.30pm - 9.30pm Contact: 6818 6666  

Sakura International Buffet

Another super popular halal buffet is the Sakura International Buffet. At $35.90++, the price is relatively affordable and comparable to mid-range hotel buffets. However, the buffet spread is also quite impressive, offering premium dishes like sashimi, seafood and more. There are even DIY stations for you to customise your laksa and other noodles. Sakura is currently having a nonya theme from now until 30 June 2018, so you can expect Peranakan dishes like Chicken Pongteh, Kueh Pie Tee and more. Address: 5 outlets at Admiralty Park, SAFRA Jurong Club, SAFRA Tampines, Yio Chu Kang Stadium and Downtown East. Dinner buffet hours: Mon - Thu, 6pm - 10pm and Fri - Sun, 5.30pm - 10pm. Buffet available daily.  

Katong Kitchen Buffet

Katong Kitchen is at Village Hotel Katong, formerly known as Paramount Hotel. The buffet spread focuses on Peranakan, Macanese, Asian and local Chinese fare, with a mid-range price of $48++ (Mon - Thu) / $58++ (Fri - Sun, PH and eve of PH). Check out the menu here. Although not super cheap, it's a good deal for the spread: The seafood selection features the usual prawns and clams, but with snow crabs, boston lobsters and oysters. Most of the menu focuses on nyonya cuisine, so this is a great place for those who prefer a more home-cooked kind of vibe. Look out for the durian pengyat dessert - it has raving reviews online! Address: Level 4 Village Hotel Katong, 25 Marine Parade, 449536 Dinner buffet hours: Daily, 6.30pm to 10pm Contact: 6551 2141  

Saltwater Cafe Buffet at Changi Village Hotel

East-siders can visit the Saltwater Cafe at Changi Village Hotel for an affordable all-you-can-eat buffet. The spread features a variety of l0cal dishes like lor mee, nyonya laksa and durian pengat, as well as international favourites like chilled seafood and a barbecue station. This Ramadan, Saltwater Cafe is having a special Ramadan Mubarak Dinner, offering dishes like chilli crab, tauhu goreng, kambing soup, mee rubus, oxtail rendang, mutton masak merah and many others. There are even prayer rooms in the restaurant for Muslim guests. Buffer dinners are priced at $48++ (Mon - Thu) / $58++ (Fri - Sun, PH and PH eve). Address: 1 Netheravon Rd, Changi Village Hotel Level 1, 508502 Dinner buffet hours: Daily, 6:30-10pm Contact: 63797018  

Straits Cafe Buffet at Hotel Rendezvous

As you can tell by its name, Straits Cafe offers cuisine inspired by our neighbours - specifically food from Penang, Malacca, Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur. Only recently halal-certified (11 May 2018), Straits Cafe is having their very first Ramadan special dinner buffet this year (now till 15 June 2018). It's $52++ (Mon - Thu) / $60++ (Fri - Sun). Prayer rooms are available, and you can score an additional 15% with any MasterCard debit or credit card. You can check out the full menu here. Address: 9 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189559 Dinner buffet hours: 6.30pm to 10pm Contact: 6708 7745  

21 on Rajah Buffet at Days Hotel Singapore

21 on Rajah is halal buffet restaurant at Days Hotel Singapore, located in Balestier. Unlike the other hotels listed here, 21 on Rajah exudes a slightly hipster vibe with its bright blue and white decor. The spread is Mediterranean and Southeast Asian, and the menu changes slightly from time to time. Typical mains include ikan panggang and ayam masak merah, while the carving stations may have beef rib-eye and salmon steaks. See the sample menu here. The dessert section is quite extensive, with churros, waffles and fondue live stations. The dinner buffet is $54.14 (weekday) / $69.44 (weekend). Address: 1 Jalan Rajah, Days Hotel, Singapore 329133 Opening hours: Daily, 6pm - 10pm. Contact: 6808 6847  

AquaMarine Buffet at Marina Mandarin

At $72++ (Sun - Thu) / $82++ (Fri - Sat, PH and PH eve) per adult, AquaMarine is definitely a premium dining spot. However, this halal buffet spread is well worth the price - you can eat your fill of expensive seafood like snow crabs and fresh oysters. There is also a sashimi counter. For those who prefer local cuisine, feast your way through servings of chilli crab and assam fish head curry! If you're bringing the kids (6 - 12 years old, $30++), they'll love the open kitchen concept which features a clear glass windows for diners to watch the expert chefs at work. Address: Level 4, Marina Mandarin Singapore, 6 Raffles Boulevard Marina Square, Singapore 039594 Dinner buffet hours: Daily, 6.30pm - 10pm. Contact: 6845 1000  

Asian Market Cafe Buffet at Fairmont Hotel

Asian Market Cafe's dinner buffet is a steep $73++ (Sun - Thu) / $68 - $75++ (Fri - Sat). It's the most worth it to go on Fridays and Saturdays, during the second seating (8.30pm - 10.30pm) when the price is sightly cheaper at $68. At that price, you'd expect expensive seafood like crabs and lobsters, but they don't seem to have it. Instead, the chilled seafood selection consists of just prawns, scallops, mussels and oysters. They do, however, seem to have quite an impressive cold counter of salads and vegetarian options, as well as sashimi and sushi. If you've a sweet tooth, you may appreciate the dessert corner too: It's got Malay kuehs and classic local favourites like burbur cha cha. See the full menu here. Address: 80 Bras Basah Road Singapore 189560 Dinner buffet hours: Sun - Thu, 6pm - 10pm, Fri - Sat 6pm - 10.30pm (1st seating 6pm - 8.15pm, 2nd seating 8.30pm - 10.30pm). Contact: 6339 7777  

Carousel Buffet at Royal Plaza on Scott

Yet another atas option, Royal Plaza on Scott's Carousel buffet is a whopping $78++ (weekday) / $83 (weekend)! That's almost a hundred after taxes. The buffet selection is quite extensive - as it should be! - featuring a Japanese menu of sashimi, cold noodles and assorted sushi, a seafood station of crabs, prawns, mussels, clams and lobsters, plus various Mediterranean, Indian, Asian and western dishes. For the desserts, not only are there cakes and tarts, but hot puddings and premium ice cream too. Check out the regular dinner buffet menu here. As if that isn't enough, for Ramadan, Carousel has added even more items to its buffet, namely traditional Turkish and Malay dishes. See the Ramadan menu here. The best part? The price remains the same! Address: Royal Plaza on Scotts, Lobby Level 25 Scotts Road, Singapore 228220 Dinner buffet hours: Daily, 6.30pm - 9.30pm Contact: 6589 7799  

Straits Kitchen Buffet at Grand Hyatt

At a regular dinner buffet price of $66++ per pax, Straits Kitchen at Grand Hyatt is already on the expensive side. However, for the Ramadan period (now till 13 June), the buffet prices are at $80++ because of the seasonal specials. This includes a date bazaar with a variety of dates, nuts and dried fruits from Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Egypt, as well as an Arabic Mixed Grill, slow cooked Arabic spiced lamb shanks with oriental nut rice, homemade mezzeh and bread, and Chinese, Indian, Malay and Peranakan fare. See the full menu here. Address: Lobby Level, Grand Hyatt Singapore 10 Scotts Road, Singapore 228 211 Dinner buffet hours: Daily, 6.00 pm to 10.30 pm Contact: 6738 1234  

Kintamani Indonesian Restaurant Buffet at Furama Riverfront Singapore

Not much of a fan of international buffets? Get your Indonesian food fix at Kintamani Indonesian Restaurant. As with Straits Kitchen, it seems that the daily buffet menu has been upsized for Ramadan, thus explaining the price hike. Menu highlights include grilled leg of lamb, chicken shawarma, chilli crab, salted egg prawns and beef tendon in creamy lemak gravy. The usual dinner buffet price is $60++, but from now till 14 June it is $65++ per adult. The saving grace is that it does come with a complimentary parking coupon, and if you have a HSBC, CIMB or Maybank card, the 1-for-1 dining promotion is still valid. Address: Furama RiverFront, 405 Havelock Road Singapore 169633 Dinner buffet hours: Daily, 6pm - 10.30pm Contact: 6333 8898 Got more halal buffets to recommend? Tell us in the comments below!

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