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From 'free flow' dim sum to 'stack em up' oysters - we scour the city's best buffets to bring you the best, all 52 of them.(52 photos)
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BRASSERIE LES SAVEURS | A TAI TAI STYLE HIGH TEA BUFFET | Spoil yourself at The Grand Astor Afternoon Tea, a legacy of St Regis’ founding matriarch, Caroline Astor. Bask in a rarefied atmosphere at Brasserie Les Saveurs, heightened by the tinkling of ivories while you indulge in an array of sweet and savoury scones complemented with divine fruit jams. And of course, there are your classic cucumber sandwiches and pastries served on the quintessential three-tiered stand. The latest additions to this afternoon tea experience are the live stations serving up fluffy pancakes, waffles and crepes done a la minute. Go on, indulge. Drop by for the high tea on a Saturday and partake in a tea dance to a live band. Left feet? Not to worry, they have instructors on hand. (Prices: Sun-Fri $53.82, Sat $65.52 | Buffet hours: Mon-Sat 3-5pm, Sun 4-6pm)
FOR GOOD FRENCH TOAST AND SWEET TREATS | Some love Antoinette’s light, cracker-like baguette. We prefer the pain perdu (French toast served with Chantilly crème, $11.50) and all day breakfasts ($12-$22) – both possess more body and character than the hollow baguette. The pain perdu is made with brioche bread (eggs and butter overload!), giving it a more decadent character, while all-day breakfasts range from eggs with smoked duck breast to Serrano ham. The Lavender outlet (Opening hours: Mon-Thu 11am-10pm; Fri 11am-11pm; Sat 10am-11pm; Sun 10am-10pm) is our preferred – a little out of the way but not really, tucked into a shophouse with a quaint, pastel-schemed frontage reminiscent of Parisian macaron bakeries. The indoor ceiling is low, but at least you’re not stuck in the bowels of a mall.
BAK CHOR MEE | Ah Poh Minced Meat Noodles, $2.50 | Minced meat noodles for $2.50? Count this in! This small(er - the regular sized bowl is $3) but flavourful bowl at Fengshan Market and Food Centre's Ah Poh Minced Meat Noodles has three pork balls, sweet cloudy broth with fluffy minced meat, lardons and medium-thick noodles that are best slurped up by the soup-spoonfuls. The busy stall holders are very friendly too.
FOR A BRIGHTLY-SAUCED EGGS BENEDICT | Arbite’s (Opening hours: Tue-Fri 11.30am-3pm, 6-10.30pm; Sat & Sun: 11am-10.30pm) Eggs Benedict ($11.90) are good – citrus hollandaise over poached eggs on honey-baked ham, and brioche, served with a side of greens. When you are done licking the plate clean, finish with a slice of dense goodness: the My Wife’s Chocolate Cake ($8); if you’re going to sit in this top-of-the-Ikea-range 36-seater to watch the neighbourhood go by, you might as well indulge all around.
CAFE L’ESPRESSO | ENGLISH AFTERNOON TEA BUFFET IN A POOLSIDE SETTING | Go 'Downtown Abbey' with L'Espresso at the Goodwood Park's afternoon tea buffet English afternoon tea buffet. Indulge in all the finest and delicate pastries as you sip on a cup of tea. Choose from a curated selection of TWG Tea blends or classics like the english breakfast or earl grey. Tea is served in exquisite Royal Doulton crockery, complete with silver strainers. The eats may be dainty, but they are plentiful: choose from a buffet spread of sandwiches like the brie and grape on maple crostini and the tuna mayonnaise with celery. There is also a cold delicatessen spread with duck (or pork) rillette with candied orange and a vine-ripened tomato salad with bocconcini. We are not done – there are scones, croissants, a chocolate fountain, ice-cream with toppings, pastries, puddings and fresh fruit. (Prices: $52.65 per person | Buffet hours: Mon-Thu 2-5.30pm, Fri-Sun noon-2.30pm, 3-5.30pm)