In the previous article, I listed my favourite Chinese and Vegetarian buffets that were all priced around $15 or less. This article is Part 2. Here, I will list buffets of other cuisines in the same price range.
Indian, Korean, & Western Buffets at around $15
4. Kohinoor Palace @ Singapore Khalsa Association ($10 nett, lunch on weekdays only): The Indian food here is authentic, according to my Indian friends, some of whom are very picky eaters. Their buffet changes daily, and you can find their menu on the ground level of the Singapore Khalsa Association. The place is quite hidden, located just north of the Little India alcohol ban area. But it is still within walking distance from Farrer Park MRT station. They are only open on weekdays, as weekends are typically booked for events. I’ve been here a few times and I see the same faces so it seems like there is a group of people who dine here on a daily basis.
5. Kkongdon Barbeque (from $5.85 nett): Their free-flow salad bar buffet is available anytime for $5++. It includes around 10 of your typical Korean banchan (side dishes). But you won’t find this option in their menu, so you have to ask for it. If you want some meat, their lunch specials start at $7.50++ ($8.80 nett). All main courses, including lunch specials, include their free-flow side dishes, which makes their prices very reasonable. The lunch specials are also available on the weekends. Kkongdon is part of the JP Pepperdine group, and as such, you can use JP Pepperdine vouchers from LinkPoints redemptions.
6. KBB ($10 nett, lunch on weekdays only): KBB specializes in a steamboat and Korean barbeque buffet. But they also have a weekday lunch special that is only $10 nett and includes a grilled entree and free flow sides dishes, rice, soup, as well as a variety of cooked dishes, such as pajeon (scallion pancake), tteokbokki (Korean rice cake), sweet potato, and japchae.
7. Earle Swensens (from $16.35 nett): Although this is just outside of the “$15 and below” range, I thought I should include it because there are very few Western food buffets, let alone ones that are reasonably priced. Earle Swensens is similar to Swensens, but offers a more “complete dining experience”, according to their website. Their free-flow salad bar is priced at $13.90++. Like Kkongdon, all main courses (starting from just below $20 nett) include their salad buffet. The selection of their salad buffet is actually quite decent. It even includes fruit. If you want to try their ice cream, which is what Swensens is famous for, they offer weekday lunch promotions, which includes an entree, their salad buffet, a drink, and ice cream.
In a Category of their own: Pay-as-you-wish buffets
There are two pay-as-you-wish buffets – Annalakshmi and the Singapore Buddhist Lodge. I don’t want to subject them to a “$15 and under” category. They really deserve a category of their own. Both places serve vegetarian food and have staff that are entirely made up of volunteers. I’ve never tried Annalakshmi, but I’ve been to the Buddhist Lodge a couple of times.
As an American who grew up in poverty, I have to say that I’m really impressed with their operations. Whereas many American soup kitchens serve a lot cheap processed foods, the food at Singapore Buddhist Lodge is prepared from fresh ingredients. The fact that they’ve been feeding so many people daily for quite a number of years is extremely humbling. And it fills my heart with appreciation and gratitude, and gives me great hope in humanity. I don’t view these as just being another “cheap buffet”. What they do and what they stand for is simply priceless.
If you are interested in inexpensive Chinese or Vegetarian buffets, please see Part 1 of the article.