River Garden Coffee House and Terrace's dessert spread
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River Garden Coffee House and Terrace (Address: 382 Havelock Road, Riverview Hotel | Tel: 6349 4871 | Opening hours: Daily noon-3pm | Price: $38.80 per person, $59.80 per person with free-flow house beer, $25.80 per child) isn’t your ordinary brunch of bite-sized delicacies most hotels offer: for three hours, this 24-hour restaurant offers free-flow of beer, which alone gives you your money’s worth.
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A barbeque buffet like River Garden Coffee House and Terrace's isn’t complete without meat sizzled on the grill, lobster laksa and bowls of local favourites like hor fun.
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Barossa (Address: 22 Lorong Mambong and 8 Raffles Avenue, #01-11 Esplanade Mall | Tel: 6468 4688 and 6534 5188 | Opening hours: Mon-Thu noon-3pm, 6pm-1am; Fri noon-3pm, 6pm-2am; Sat noon-2am; Sun noon-1am | Price: $43.90 per person) Free flow of prime cuts? You bet your Angus! This Wednesday- and Sunday-only beef buffet at both Barossa’s outlets offer all cuts from Wagyu D rump and T-bone steak, to prime rib and Barossa Shiraz-braised Angus beef cheeks.
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At Basilico (Address: 1 Cuscaden Road, Level 2 The Regent | Tel: 6725 3232 | Opening hours: Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, 6.30pm-10pm; Sun noon-3pm, 6.30pm-10pm | Prices: Mon-Fri $44 per person; Sat $48-$58 per person; Sun $108 per person (with free-flow Prosecco and wine) don’t pass on the roasted chicken at the cutting station, or the beef lasagne with truffle salt.
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The dry-cured Parma ham is the first to go at Basilico (private dining room pictured above), followed by the cheeses. Note: the price of the buffet jumps considerably on Sundays, though you do get Prosecco with premium.
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Giant skewers heavy with various types of meat are brought to your table by passadors (‘meat-wielding waiters’) at Carnivore Brazilian Churascaria (Address: Three locations including 30 Victoria Street, #01-29A Chijmes | Tel: 6376 9939 | Opening hours: Sun-Thu 6-10pm; Fri, Sat & public holidays 6pm–10.30pm | Prices: Mon-Fri lunch $31 per adult, dinner: $34 per adult, $15 per child; Sat & Sun lunch: $45 per adult, dinner: $47 per adult, $20 per child) who carve what you want onto your plate. A green-and-red coaster placed green side up signals you want more, with red meaning ‘stop!’
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The skewered selection at Carnivore Brazilian Churascaria.
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The ambience at En Japanese Dining Bar (Address: 557 Bukit Timah Road | Tel: 6735 2212 | Opening hours: Sun-Thu 6pm-midnight, Fri & Sat 6pm-3am | Prices: Mon-Thu $48 per adult; Fri-Sun $52 per adult, $18 per child; plus $35 for free-flow drinks) is light, though the buffet is anything but: a surcharge of $35 grants two hours of free-flow booze and soft drinks. Who can say no to that challenge?
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Greenhouse (Address: 7 Raffles Avenue, The Ritz-Carlton | Tel: 6337 8888 | Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12.30pm-2.30pm, 6.30pm-10.30pm; Sat noon-2.30pm, Sun noon-3pm | Prices: Fri & Sat $82 per person; Sun $168 per person (with Champagne))- not your usual international seafood selectio
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The stars of Greenhouse's international brunch buffet are undoubtedly the fresh, top quality seafood. Freshly-shucked Canadian oysters and tiger prawns glisten, while the sea bass with warm watermelon syrup, pine nuts and fennel salad are must-tries.
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Don’t forget to test out Greenhouse's chilli crab with steamed man tou (Chinese soft wheat bun), poached lobster in tarragon cream, sashimi and barbequed eel.
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MELT - The World Café (Address: 5 Raffles Avenue, 4th floor Mandarin Oriental | Tel: 6885 3082 | Opening hours: Daily noon-2.30pm, 6.30pm–10pm; Sun noon-3pm | Prices: lunch $56 per person, dinner $68–$158 per person; Sunday brunch $98-$488) wins us over with the most kid-friendly buffet
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Not just for the kids: good-quality Thai, Chinese, Indian and Western dishes are up for grabs at MELT - The World Cafe, along with pasta handmade daily, such as angel-hair swirled up in a light, not-so-tart fresh tomato and basil sauce, and tandoor-cooked meats that are irresistible.
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Be bowled over by The Line's (Address: 22 Orange Grove Road, Basement, Shangri-La Hotel | Tel: 6213 4275 | Opening hours: Daily noon-3pm, 5am-1am | Prices: $72++ per adult, $36++ per child (ages 6-11)) sheer volume and variety: 16 stations offer worldly fare, from pesto spaghetti cooked on the spot to satay skewers aplenty.
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You can book a table online for The Line for a discount of 15 per cent.
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Successfully introducing upper-scale décor and boutique beers to its modern-Singaporean menu of dishes like five-spice pork confit ($9.90) and beef rendang ($9.90), chef-owner Shen Tan of The Wok & Barrel (Address: 13 Duxton Hill | Tel: 6220 0595 | Opening hours: Tue-Sat 11.30am-10.30pm, Sun 11.30am-4pm | Price: $39++ per person, $89++ per person (including house pours and sparkling wines and beers)) created an à la carte Sunday brunch buffet so substantial it’ll keep you satisfied through the week.The Wok & Barrel is now closed.
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To reduce food wastage, The Wok & Barrel's portions are made to order, though the eight-page menu is all-inclusive, and the buffet price includes free-flow draught beer, Prosecco and sparkling wine. The Wok & Barrel is now closed.
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Order a portion of pancakes with gula melaka butterscotch and bananas, then treat yourself to a kueh balu (Chinese-style egg sponge cakes) tiramisu with Valrhona chocolate.