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5 buffets for under $30 that you should try

From fried chicken to ice cream buffets, here are some all-you-can-eat affairs that won’t put a dent in your wallet

Satisfy your korean chicken cravings at Chicken Up. Credit: Chicken Up

Going for buffets is often said to be a national past time here in Singapore. But with buffet prices soaring year after year, it can be quite a test to find an all-you-can-eat affair that will not put a dent on your wallet. Here are some cheap and good choices to whet your tastebuds.

Chicken up Korean fried chicken buffet

Nothing is quite as addictive as some double-fried, greasy fried chicken drenched in Korean soy sauce. Better yet, you can now eat your fill at Chicken Up, said to be the best Korean fried chicken in Singapore according to a blind test by The Straits Times. The $25 buffet includes unlimited fried chicken and fries. We recommend the Swicy sauce, a sweet and spicy combi. For a big night out, add $7 to include a beer buffet.

Address: 48 Tanjong Pagar Rd, 088469 

Price: (weekdays) $25 / (weekends) $30


For an affordable and yummy steamboat option, seek out Crystal Jade’s Steamboat and Xiao Long Bao buffet. Credit: HungryGoWhere

Crystal Jade Steamboat and Xiaolongbao buffet

The brands under the Crystal Jade Group are generally known for their quality take on various Chinese-style cuisines, but our favourite one is the Crystal Jade Steamboat and Xiaolongbao. The restaurant offers a very affordable buffet with prices starting at $19.80, where you can indulge in free-flow xiao long bao alongside your steamboat buffet. While the soup bases were average at best, the fresh ingredients and wide range of sauces made up for it.

Address: 241 Holland Avenue, 278976

Price: (Monday – Friday) 5:00pm – 7:15pm, 7:30pm – 9:45pm: $23.80++ for adults, $17.80++ for kids
10:00pm – 12:00am: $19.80++ for adults, $13.80++ for kids

(Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays)
5:00pm – 7:15pm, 7:30pm – 9:45pm: $25.80++ for adults, $19.80++ for kids
10:00pm – 12:00am: $21.80++ for adults, $15.80++ for kids



Indulge your sweet tooth with Swensen’s ice cream and dessert buffet. Credit: Swensens

Swensens Ice Cream Buffet

This one’s a dream come true for adults and children alike. At Swensens’ ice cream and dessert buffet, give in to your sweet tooth’s calling with over 50 ice cream flavours and more than 40 toppings, pastries and cakes. Available seven days a week and at $18.90 per person, our buffet favourites include the Sticky Chewy Chocolate and Salted Gula Melaka. There’s also the quintessential chocolate fondue fountain for a decadent finish to your desserts. For $22.90, enjoy your dessert feast with free-flow soft drinks, coffee or tea.

Address: Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, #B1-31 

Price: $18.90 



Sushi galore at Kiseki. Credit: Kiseki

Kiseki buffet

A hot favourite among buffet-lovers is Kiseki — a Japanese-style buffet that entitles you to more than 200 buffet items from hot pots to yakitori grills. Living up to its tagline of ‘Mega buffet at mini prices’, prices start from just $19.90. Save your appetite for the live cooking stations where you can stuff yourself silly with flavorful tepanyaki and freshly cooked pasta. Also note-worthy is the wide selection of yakitori.

Address: Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, #08-01/02/03, 238896

Price: (Weekday Lunch) $19.90++ for adult, $12.80++ for children
(Weekend Lunch) $27.80++ for adult, $17.80++ for children
(Weekday Dinner) $31.80++ for adult, $15.80++ for children
(Weekend Dinner) $34.80++ for adult, $18.80 for children


Get grilling with Happy Mookata. Credit: Happy Mookata

Happy Mookata buffet

Golden Mile Tower is home to many mookata restaurants, considered by many to be rather authentic as they tend to be run by Thai owners. For a no-frills, basic mookata buffet that will satisfy your carnivore cravings, look for Happy Mookata. At just $23.90, you can enjoy grilling succulent slices of chicken, pork and beef slices alongside more than 30 varieties of items. Order the refreshing Thai iced milk tea to complete your meal.

Address: 6001 Beach Rd, #01-55D, Golden Mile Tower, 199589

Price: $24 (not including drinks)

By Samantha Francis