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The Best 1-for-1 Buffet Dining Promotions in Singapore (2019)

Clara Lim

Nothing gets Singaporeans going like a hotel buffet, but the problem is that most of them are pretty expensive at full price. Luckily, with the current spate of excellent credit card promotions in Singapore, you can get half-price hotel buffets with practically any card.

In compiling this list, I focused only on the biggest discounts, i.e. 1-for-1 buffet and 50% off food bill. There are plenty of smaller discounts but we ignored those because obviously everyone wants the most bang for your buck. The deals are sorted by expiry date, then by price.

Always check the terms and conditions first. Typically you have to call to reserve, quote your bank name to secure the discount (because it may be limited to X number of patrons a day) and pay using that card. Usually both credit or debit cards are accepted as long as it’s from the partner bank.

 

Contents

  1. DBS/POSB dining promotions 2019
  2. UOB dining promotions 2019
  3. OCBC dining promotions 2019
  4. HSBC dining promotions 2019
  5. Maybank dining promotions 2019
  6. Standard Chartered dining promotions 2019
  7. American Express dining promotions 2019
  8. Other ways to score 1-for-1 buffet deals

 

DBS/POSB dining promotions 2019

Practically every person in Singapore has a DBS/POSB credit card, so it shouldn’t be a problem for most of us to enjoy these 1-for-1 buffet promotions. Make sure to book in advance, though.

Restaurant Promotion Buffet price (after discount) Expiry
Shangri-La Hotel (The Line) 1-for-1 buffet lunch (Mon only) $32.50++ 31 Mar 2019
Shangri-La Hotel (The Line) 1-for-1 buffet dinner (Mon only) $40++ 31 Mar 2019
The Westin Singapore (Seasonal Tastes) 1-for-1 buffet dinner $49++ 31 Mar 2019

Don’t have a DBS/POSB credit card? Find one here.

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UOB dining promotions 2019

UOB used to have the most 1-for-1 buffet deals and dining promotions, but they expired at the end of 2018. Right now, there’s just the one promo at Mandarin Orchard. Watch this space for new promotions coming soon.

Restaurant Promotion Buffet price (after discount) Expiry
Mandarin Orchard (Triple Three) 1-for-1 buffet lunch $39++ (Mon to Sat) / $59++ (Sun) 9 Apr 2019

Don’t have a UOB credit card yet? Find one here.

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OCBC dining promotions 2019

Like UOB, OCBC used to have some excellent hotel buffet promotions, but they all expired in 2018. Here’s what’s left:

Restaurant Promotion Buffet price (after discount) Expiry
Holiday Inn Orchard (Window on the Park) 1-for-1 buffet lunch $32.50++ (Mon to Fri) / $35++ (Sat to Sun) 28 Feb 2019
Holiday Inn Orchard (Window on the Park) 1-for-1 buffet dinner $40++ (Mon to Fri) / $48++ (Sat to Sun) 28 Feb 2019

Don’t have an OCBC credit card? Find one through MoneySmart.

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HSBC dining promotions 2019

On to the foreign banks – HSBC has a couple of credit card 1-for-1 promotions, but to be honest, they’re not much to shout about:

Restaurant Promotion Buffet price (after discount) Expiry
Furama RiverFront (Kintamani) 1-for-1 buffet lunch & dinner $32.50++ 31 Jan 2019
Furama RiverFront (The Square) 1-for-1 buffet lunch & dinner $39++ 31 Jan 2019

HSBC card holders can also take advantage of their tie-up with discount publisher The Entertainer to get 1-for-1 deals. There is a $5 enrolment fee to unlock the curated Entertainer with HSBC promotions. Here are the deals that apply to buffets:

Restaurant Promotion Buffet price (after discount) Expiry
Village Hotel Katong (Katong Kitchen) 1-for-1 buffet lunch $19++ (Mon to Fri) /
$24++ (Sat & Sun)
30 Dec 2019
Village Hotel Katong (Katong Kitchen) 1-for-1 buffet dinner $24++ (Mon to Thu) / $29++ (Fri to Sun, PH and eve of PH ) 30 Dec 2019

Want an HSBC credit card? Apply for one here.

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Maybank dining promotions 2019

Maybank is pretty new to the dining promotions game and has quite an impressive number of hotel partners and buffets, but only a few are 1-for-1. The rest typically require 2 to 4 paying adults to “earn” the discount. Have a look at the most bang-for-buck 1-for-1 buffet deals below: 

Restaurant Promotion Buffet price (after discount) Expiry
Novotel on Stevens (Food Exchange) 50% off buffet lunch for second diner (Mon to Sat) $24++ 31 Mar 2019
Novotel on Stevens (Food Exchange) 50% off buffet dinner for second diner  $34++ 31 Mar 2019
Park Hotel Clarke Quay (Cocobolo) 1-for-1 buffet dinner (Fri to Sat) $34++ 31 Mar 2019
Furama RiverFront (Kintamani) 1-for-1 buffet lunch & dinner $32.50++ 31 Mar 2019
Furama RiverFront (The Square) 1-for-1 buffet lunch & dinner $39++ 31 Mar 2019
Song of India 1-for-1 buffet lunch (Mon to Fri)  $30++ 31 Dec 2019

Don’t have a Maybank credit card? Get one here.

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Standard Chartered dining promotions 2019

StanChart has a promotion with Fullerton Hotel and Fullerton Bay Hotels restaurants, where you can get up to 50% off your food bill.

The mechanics are very similar to that of American Express’ (below). You get the maximum discount of 50% off if you come in a group of 2 pax. For larger groups, your discount is reduced to 33% (3 pax), 25% (4 pax), 15% (5 to 8 pax). For more details, see the Standard Chartered Fullerton promotions page.

The discount is valid for a la carte meals mainly, but there are a few all-you-can-eat buffets in here:

Restaurant Promotion Buffet price (after discount) Expiry
Fullerton Hotel (The Courtyard) 50% off Indian curry buffet lunch (Mon to Fri) $21.50++ 31 Mar 2019
Fullerton Hotel (The Courtyard) 50% off chocolate buffet (Fri and Sat) $22.50++ 31 Mar 2019
Fullerton Hotel (The Courtyard) 50% off high tea buffet $23++ (Mon to Fri) / $24.50++ (Sat to Sun) 31 Mar 2019
Fullerton Hotel (Town Restaurant) 50% off buffet lunch (Mon to Fri) $28.50++ 31 Mar 2019
Fullerton Hotel (Town Restaurant) 50% off buffet dinner $29.50++ (Sun to Wed) / $39.50++ (Thu to Sat) 31 Mar 2019

Want a Standard Chartered credit card? Sign up here.

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American Express dining promotions 2019

Unlike its competitors, American Express doesn’t offer 1-for-1 buffets to anyone with a credit card. Instead, you need to sign up for the Amex Platinum Card in order to get decent buffet discounts.

The Platinum card lets you take part in Amex’s dining programme, Love Dining, and comes with a complimentary Far Card membership, so you get up to 50% off at atas restaurants and hotel buffets in Singapore. To get the maximum 50% discount, you need to dine with one friend/date. Otherwise, your discount ranges from only 15% to 35%.

Bear in mind that there’s a hefty annual fee of $321 attached to the card, and you can only get it waived if you’re a really big spender. Still, if you’re a real foodie, you would probably get quite a bit of utility from this card.

Restaurant Promotion Buffet price (after discount)
Swissotel Merchant Court (Ellenborough Market Cafe) 50% off high tea buffet (Sat to Sun) $21++
Marriott Tang Plaza (Marriott Cafe) 50% off high tea buffet $22.50++ (Mon to Fri) / $24++ (Sat to Sun)
One Farrer Hotel (Escape) 50% off buffet lunch $25++
Swissotel Merchant Court (Ellenborough Market Cafe) 50% off buffet lunch $26++
Amara Singapore (Element) 50% off buffet lunch & high tea $26++ (Mon to Fri lunch) / $21++ (Sat to Sun high tea)
Swissotel The Stamford (Cafe Swiss) 50% off buffet lunch & brunch $26.50++ (Mon to Thu) / $29++ (Fri to Sat) / $44++ (Sun brunch)
Holiday Inn (Atrium) 50% off buffet lunch & high tea $29++ (Mon to Fri lunch) / $32++ (Sat to Sun high tea)
Conrad Centennial (Oscar’s) 50% off lunch buffet $29.50++ (Mon to Sat)
Marriott Tang Plaza (Marriott Cafe) 50% off lunch buffet $29.50++ (Mon to Sat) / $39++ to $49++ (Sun)
One Farrer Hotel (Escape) 50% off buffet dinner $32.50++ (Sun to Thu) / $35 (Fri to Sat)
Fairmont (Asian Market Cafe) 50% off buffet lunch $33++
Swissotel Merchant Court (Ellenborough Market Cafe) 50% off buffet dinner $34++
W Sentosa (The Kitchen Table) 50% off buffet lunch & brunch $34++ (Mon to Fri) / $64++ (Sun brunch)
W Sentosa (The Kitchen Table) 50% off buffet dinner $34++ (Mon to Thu) / $44++ (Fri to Sun)
Conrad Centennial (Oscar’s) 50% off dinner buffet $34.50++ (Sun to Thu) / $41.50++ (Fri to Sat)
Amara Singapore (Element) 50% off buffet dinner $36++
Fairmont (Asian Market Cafe) 50% off buffet dinner $36++ (Fri to Sat 8pm) / $38++ (Sun to Thu) / $39++ (Fri to Sat 6pm)
Swissotel The Stamford (Cafe Swiss) 50% off buffet dinner (Thu to Sat) $39++
Marriott Tang Plaza (Marriott Cafe) 50% off dinner buffet $39++ (Sun to Wed) / $44++ (Fri to Sat) / $54++ (Thu)
Holiday Inn (Atrium) 50% off buffet dinner $45++ (Sun to Thu) / $50++ (Fri to Sat)

Want the Amex Platinum Credit Card? You can apply here.

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  • Love Dining @ Restaurants: 50%, 35%, 15% savings when dining with 1 friend, 2 friends, and alone respectively
  • Enjoy savings at artfully curated restaurants and Singapore's finest hotels with Love Dining
  • Love Dining @ Hotels: Discounts applicable for groups up to 19 pax at Raffles Hotel Singapore, Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, The St. Regis and more
  • With Love Dining @ Hotels, receive a complimentary The Far Card Classic Membership
  • Eligible for use with Apple Pay

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Is your favourite 1-for-1 buffet restaurant fully booked? Try The Entertainer, Eatigo, Chope, Fave

Aside from the promotional validity dates, many of these promotions are limited to a certain number of diners per day or promotional period. If for whatever reason you’re not able to get a seat, don’t panic – there are other dining apps to help you save on that buffet feast.

The Entertainer

The Entertainer focuses on 1-for-1 deals, which is our absolute favourite kind of discount. Subscription costs $75 and currently, you can get 1-for-buffet deals at Shin Minori, Katong Kitchen, Straits Cafe and more. As an added bonus, the partner merchants aren’t restricted to restaurants and cafes, too – so you can expect beauty, fashion and fitness deals as well.

$75 is kind of steep, but you can get 10% off subscription with promo code MONEYSMART2018, making it $67.50. If you drink like a fish, the 10% off also extends to Cheers, which is the sister app for bars and pubs.

Eatigo

Eatigo is an online restaurant reservation service that offers discounts based on what time you dine. Check out the full list of hotel buffet deals at their website.

The off-peak hours typically offer the most discounts, but that’s not always the case: Currently, you can dine for half-price at J65 at Hotel Jen Tanglin and Ellenborough Market Cafe at Swissotel Merchant Court from 6.30pm onwards. Others like Azur at Crown Plaza Changi Airport require you to wait until 8.30pm for the 50% off.

Chope

Like Eatigo, Chope reservation service that happens to also offer exclusive discounts for their users. Chope is currently having a tie-up with Visa, offering many value-for-money buffet deals. The catch is that you’ll need to pre-purchase discounted dining vouchers to enjoy the discounts.

Some participating restaurants include Gyuu+ and Shabu Tan Japanese hotpot, both of which are famous for their wagyu beef buffets.

Fave

Fave is the new Groupon, and while they’ve expanded their services to include a lot of new things like FavePay, they still sell discounted dining vouchers.

They may not have a dedicated 1-for-1 buffet section (they go on a discount basis), but some restaurants offer up to 60% and up, which is an even better deal. Checkout the current promotions here.

Did we miss out your favourite buffet deal? Tell us about it in the comments!

 

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