Buffet delights for Secretaries' Week

By Javan Ng
20 April 2012 8:50 AM Updated 20 Apr 2012

Buffet delights for Secretaries' Week

A well-fed personal assistant (PA) is the key to a happy, hassle-free working life.

They’re the gatekeepers of your schedule, the people who can route you direct (or indirectly) on a redeye flight to New York, and often don’t ask for anything more than a simple thank you.

This coming Secretaries’ Week, otherwise known as Administrative Professionals’ Week (23-27 April), show him/her your heartfelt appreciation and take him/her out to for a boozy buffet, and while you’re at it, why not give him/her the rest of the day off?

Here are eight of our best buffet recommendations.

Marriott Café

Trust us, your PA is the drinking sort, and who can blame them? Bribe him/her to reveals more office secrets with endless flutes of Bollinger bubbly and a plate piled high with honey pork spare rib, chunks of slow roasted Australian striploin, fresh seafood and piping hot morsels of dim sum.

The bonus: He/she will stand a chance to win a designer handbag, or a 5-day 4-night stay in Australia or Shanghai in a lucky draw.

Price: $46++ per person or $106++ per person with unlimited Bollinger Champagne for two hours.

When: 23 – 27 April, Noon to 2:30pm

Where:Marriott Café, 320 Orchard Road, Marriott Hotel; Tel: 6831 4605


Town Restaurant

Your PA’s fluorescent-light suntan is reaching blinding levels, solve the problem with a lavish alfresco buffet lunch by the Singapore River at Town Restaurant. The buffet features an extensive spread of Asian and Western dishes, the sinful but delicious Town laksa, succulent Asian roasts, chicken rice, bak kut teh, freshly-shucked oysters, and made-to-order pastas.

The bonus: He/she will receive an exclusive Molton Brown amenities gift set and a chance to win accommodation and dining vouchers.

Price: $52++ per person

When: 23 – 27 April, Noon to 2:30pm

Where:Town Restaurant, 1 Fullerton Square, The Fullerton Hotel; Tel: 6877 8128


Equinox Restaurant

You may have an unbeatable view of Marina Bay but what about your PA? Take him/her out to Equinox Restaurant, where the panoramic city views will give your PA extra bragging rights. Feast on a semi-buffet with main courses such as confit of duck leg with white bean and smoked pancetta, al dente  tagliatelle pasta with wild mushrooms, roasted breast of chicken with sweet corn fritters, amongst other sumptuous dishes such as lobster, king crab, oysters, a chocolate fondue fountain and an extensive cheese spread.

The bonus: Booze solves many problems, and your administrative professional will receive a voucher, which entitles him/her to a complimentary beverage at New Asia bar.

Price: $59++ per person

When: 23 – 27 April, Noon to 2:30pm

Where:Equinox Restaurant, Level 70, Equinox Complex, Swissôtel The Stamford; Tel: 6837 3322


The Dining Room

Gorge on fresh sashimi and sushi, roasted prime rib of beef, pan-fried red snapper fillets, roasted five spices duck and a curry station. End your meal on a sweet note, grazing through an array of desserts such as the chocolate and espresso panna cotta, ivory yoghurt, berry kissel, pear william cake and more.

The bonus: He/she will receive a limited edition Evian Courreges, and other gifts in their lucky draw.

Price: $52++ per person

When: 23 -27 April, Noon to 2:30pm

Where:The Dining Room, 39 Scotts Road, Sheraton Towers Singapore; Tel: 6839 5621



Reward your assistant for their hard work with a palatable lunch spread at Muis certified Halal buffet at Carousel. The buffet features Mediterranean, Asian, and Japanese dishes, a lavish seafood spread, French Rotisserie, and not one, but three dessert stations.

The bonus: He/she will walk away with a set of indulgent L’occitane bathroom amenities and a chance to win the grand prize: a Louis Vuitton Verona GM luxury bag worth over $2,000 or a Nespresso Pixie coffee machine worth $398.

Price: $70++ per person

When: 23 – 27 April, Noon to 2:00pm

Where:Carousel, 25 Scotts Road, Royal Plaza on Scotts; Tel: 6589 7799 or 6589 7745


Olive Tree

Show your appreciation to your able assistant with a deserving meal at the Olive Tree. Feast on an array of delights such as beef cheek terrine with green tomato chutney, John Dory fillet in citrus beurre blanc sauce, seafood thermidor, and since you’re going to give him/her the rest of the day off (you are, aren’t you?) you can both indulge in some durian mousse cake.

The bonus: The chance to win a one-night stay at InterContinental Singapore inclusive of afternoon high tea for two vouchers worth $500++.

Price: $45++ per person

When: 23 – 27 April, Noon to 2:30pm

Where:Olive Tree, 80 Middle Road, InterContinental Singapore; Tel: 6825 1061


Café Mosaic

A lavish lunch will buy you some favours, so imagine the amount of goodwill you’ll earn if he/she walks away with a weekend stay (see below). Seafood is Café Mosaic’s focus: freshly-shucked oysters, blue mussels, poached prawns, flower clams, gong gong and grilled stingray make up their spread. Save a space though for dessert.

The bonus: Lucky draw prizes include a weekend night stay for two worth $620++, Lifespa Prestige Spa Treatment for two worth $300++ or an English high tea set at Gravity Bar for four worth $140++ in a lucky draw.

Price: $42++ per person

When: 23 – 27 April, Noon to 2:30pm

Where:Café Mosaic, Level 1, Carlton Hotel, 76 Bras Basah Road; Tel: 6311 8195


Open House

Open House’s buffet of tempting delights will make him/her forgive you for that monster excel sheet you asked for at the last minute. Fresh oyster, crayfish, live prawns, spanner crabs, assorted dim sum, BBQ pork ribs, and a duet mousse sphere with macarons should do the trick, and if not, start worrying.

The bonus: Lucky draw prizes including accommodation and dining vouchers.

Price: $38++ per person

When: 23 – 27 April, Noon to 2:30pm

Where:Open House, 270 Orchard Road, Grand Park Orchard; Tel: 6603 8855

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