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Bursting waistlines with Buffets.
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The experience at Alley on 25 for a buffet dinner on a Friday night was a little confusing because of the different islands of food counters located at various parts of the dining area, but the food was decently affordable given the price point of S$49.00 per person.

If you were like me, who would typically skip the salad bar (featuring some superfoods there), go straight to the fresh seafood and grab some Fine de Claire Oysters with lemon wedges and be awed by their freshness.

Among all the food options here, the next most impressionable section would be their desserts, with a self-service soft serve machine with lots of chocolate decorations available, and I also somehow liked how they did their bread pudding.

Not forgetting the far end of the restaurant where the grilled meats were found. I enjoyed having their sausages and the slow-cooked Sticky Pork Ribs, but thought that their Australian Angus Beef Short Ribs were sliced too thinly for my liking, as they also tasted a little dry.

Additional fees would apply (from S$40 onwards) if you would like some alcoholic beverages to go with the dinner, and if coffee or tea were something that you tend to order during a hotel buffet dinner, they do not serve them as complimentary.

Located at the third storey of the hotel, Royale had another run of the Rasa Sayang BBQ Seafood Buffet, which would last till 9 December 2018.

Apart from their usual range of local foods such as Laksa, Bak Kut Teh, Rojak and Prawn Paste Chicken, the highlight of the buffet would definitely be the BBQ station which was located at the small balcony area by the corner. The grilled squid and Japanese scallops with minced garlic would be the crowd favourites, among other seafood selections which were prawns and mini crawfish. To maximise the use of the BBQ counter, the flame-grilled 12-Wonder Beef they served was really juicy and succulent. Unfortunately, inclement weather set in and they brought the cooking in their kitchen, which comparatively lost smokiness from the open flames.

Nonetheless, seafood lovers could also indulge in chilled seafoods like prawns, clams and mussels. On top of that, there was also a deep fried sea bass with fruits which was quite delicious too. And for those who were already thinking about the desserts, the Durian Pengat and Yam Paste should not be missed.

On the whole, the buffet offered a variety of local flavours, but I somewhat felt that they could have invested more variety in the seafood to make the seafood BBQ buffet look more attractive (maybe with grilled oysters too?). For S$68.00 per pax, the overall spread might seem a bit lacklustre, but saving the stomach capacity for more seafood, beef and the two dessert highlights, as mentioned above, should make up for the damage.

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During the festive season, Edge came up with the Chinese New Year Lunch and Dinner buffets, which serves a variety of festive specials.

Say for example, they replaced their Rojak counter for diners to make their own Yu Sheng (just remember to get your fresh seafood from the seafood or Japanese food counters). There was even a pizza with Chinese sausage and Bak Kwa, roast suckling pig and Nian Gao (rice cake) dessert available at the buffet. At the same time, the favourites of the restaurant, such as Laksa, Chilli Crab, grill bar, Satay and Durian Pengat are still served.

My buffet dinner on a Monday night is priced at S$92.00 per pax, but honestly given the quality and variety of the buffet line-up, I strongly feel that the dinner was worth the splurge.

When Golden Mile Complex houses so many Mookata shops, this one is probably the most appealing to me. At a nett price of S$29.90 per pax, the charges cover everything at unlimited portions, including their mozzarella and nacho cheese dip, meats, seafood, frozen foods, vegetables, rice, noodles, drinks and ice cream. It is just so comprehensive and basically one is not allowed to say that they leave this place feeling less than bloated.

I felt that some of the marinated meats are really tasty, and the bland foods are just meant to be dipped into the cheese or satay sauce dips. However the satay sauce was really not fantastic, so I did not pay much attention to it.

If there is really a downside to dining here, I can only say that this downside applies to all Mookata restaurants over here: be prepared to feel grimy and smell oily.

One of the highly sought after high tea buffet places in Singapore is The Rose Veranda, where weekday (Monday to Thursday) high tea happens from 11.30am to 5.00pm. That is more than 5 hours of eating, drinking and catching up with friends if you stay through the whole high tea service.

Other than a wide selection of premium teas (each patron is entitled to two types of beverages, additional charges may apply), I was spoiled by the range of food, including soups, sandwiches, rice, laksa, sashimi, dim sum, cheese, desserts and fruits. Though some food may taste pretty average, the variety was enough to keep my plates piled and my stomach bloated, not to mention that some food are just heavenly (points to desserts).

For stepping in early, I was in no hurry to try everything. Basically, it is a more-than-ideal place to have a date or small-group gathering, with a scenic view of the greenery outside. If you would ask me, I say that spending S$54.00 for a long high tea is a steal.

Just do note that reservation in advance is strongly encouraged, and that they offer a 3-hour complimentary parking for dine-in guests.

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Be amazed by how so many people choose to go for a buffet to have their last meal of the year!

Shin Minori Japanese Restaurant offers 163 buffet items to choose from their ala carte buffet menu. Other than the standard sashimi platters that most people will opt for, I like the fact that they also have a grill counter in their open kitchen, where the chef skilfully grills the skewered stuff to a complete crisp without adding in the char. It was super shiok to eat an all-crispy chicken skin skewer with that crackling sound.

And if there is one item I say is a must-order during the buffet, it has to be the Gyuniku Shogayaki, because the “wok hei” of the beef simply reminded me of a mouth-watering beef hor fun.

But really, I was also hoping for them to consider just throwing in some drinking water as part of the buffet. The prices that you see on their ala-carte buffet cover price does not factor in any beverage.

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Sukiyaki is just another type of authentic Japanese fare, and Shabu Shabu Gyu Jin also offers the Sukiyaki option. With different types of meats such as beef (prices are tiered according to the type of beef), pork belly, chicken thigh and pork loin to choose from, one can have a quick all-you-can-eat buffet with complimentary vegetables bar, Japanese curry rice and ice cream. Personally I think their sliced American beef and pork loin tasted pretty good with the Sukiyaki. Plain water (free) is the perfect beverage to wash down the rich flavours of the sukiyaki sauce.

I could not make it for their 60-minute lunch buffet (from S$24.90, available 11.00am - 3.00pm), but their 70-minute Standard Course (S$31.90) was also a pretty good deal. Go ahead and order more trays of your favourite meat to make your money's worth.

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Tteokbokki is basically Korean-style hot and spicy stir-fried rice cakes. And Dookki offers all-you-can-eat buffet for only S$18.80 (before service charge and GST). Apart from the rice cakes, there are other ingredients such as eggs, sausages, vegetables, fried food and skewered food to enjoy with the different varieties of rice cakes. Dookki, which means "two meals" in Korean, just means that after eating the Tteokbokki, you can carry on to use the leftover sauce to make Kimchi fried rice. And for those who still want more, instant noodles are also available at self service, as if you haven't eaten for days. Drinks are also available, free-flow.

But if I would have a second chance, I will not be getting the Double Cheese Ring (S$9.80). My experience with it is that the pan does not conduct heat that well for the cheese to stay melted throughout the meal. Chances are that it will either cool off eventually and harden, or will get burnt and the whole cheese thingy will be "wasted" after half an hour or so. I suppose if you can mix the sauce well like Koreans do, there is no need to add the cheese flavour to your meal.

90 minutes? Sure. But if you are a slow eater with a big appetite, you will be likely to feel a rush to get a satisfying meal out of this.

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When you want a hearty buffet lunch on a weekday but you only have an hour to spare, this is the answer.

The weekday buffet lunch at Kuishin Bo introduced an express lunch option that costs S$24.90 (usual price for extended lunch at S$36.90). In 60 minutes, you can pick up a spread of Japanese dishes, including soups, sushi, tempura, Japanese curry and the popular paper steamboat. If you have craving for desserts, they also offer a decent spread of Japanese sweets and cut fruits.

Don't be upset if your lunch partner is too focused on eating. He's probably maximising his lunchtime to fill his stomach. Just remember to mind your time.

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Definitely one of the most pricey DIY grill buffets that I have had in my entire life so far (S$108.00 per adult during Fri - Sun, eve and actual Public Holiday), but the quality of the meats is worth the damage.

I personally recommend the garlic chicken, sliced wagyu beef, salmon and sweet potato as a must-have during this buffet. In fact, inform the staff of your preferences on the marbelling of your beef so you can have either those with loads of fats (perfect for grilling) or lean meat (still nice anyway). Rice, miso soup, drinks and ice cream are also complimentary upon request.

However, bear in mind that you got to cook your own food. Be prepared to smell like barbecue at the end of dinner, and be prepared to handle the cooking by yourself (unless of course if you go with someone who will cook for you, so you can focus on eating).

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If I were to choose a place for a wholesome buffet dinner with a group of friends, Edge is perhaps the cutting edge over the other hotel buffet restaurants that I would know of.

With a complete spread of international cuisines and a number of live cooking stations, be prepared to gain a few kilos as you grab food from the various counters. I personally enjoy having their Alaska Crab legs as they have been cut open for easier extraction of crab meat. Not forgetting to have some Rojak and grilled meats, and also their Satays and Sashimi. Oh, their Laksa is also something I must get when I am here!

From the desserts corner, the Durian Pengat, though served in a small shotglass quantity, remains as their hot favourite among the durian lovers. And if you are lucky, keep a lookout for their delicious plum ice cream.

If you intend to visit them regularly, please do yourself a favour by asking to join their dining privileges programme. You will not regret doing so.

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