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The buffet experience is back in Singapore, just in time for Ramadan iftar

Two popular Orchard Road hotels with halal buffets – Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts and Straits Kitchen at Grand Hyatt Singapore – have resumed their buffet lines, with safe distancing measures in place.

The buffet experience is back in Singapore, just in time for Ramadan iftar

A chef at Carousel, Royal Plaza on Scotts dishes out sushi behind a sneeze guard. (Photo: Carousel)

In the year since COVID-19 hit, restaurants in Singapore have done well by pivoting to a la carte buffets, served tableside. But if we have to be honest, the experience hasn’t quite been the same.

If you’re sorely missing the buffet experience of pre-pandemic times, where you can meander through buffet lines and queue for your favourite dishes, we have some good news. Buffet lines are back in Singapore, but with safety measures in place, of course.

Two popular halal Orchard Road hotel buffets, Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts and Straits Kitchen at Grand Hyatt Singapore, are amongst the first to resume their buffet lines, just in time for Ramadan iftar. 

Carousel resumed its buffet lines on Apr 12, while Straits Kitchen will do so today (Apr 13).

At Carousel, diners can select their favourite dishes from the spread at buffet counters, with Carousel's staff serving the food. At the buffet counters, all dishes are partitioned with sneeze guards that are frequently sanitised. There will also be one server assisting each diner per buffet line to ensure that plates are not passed back and forth between staff members and diners.

Guests lining up at the buffet lines also have to wear a mask, and keep a safe distance of one metre away from other diners.

The restaurant has brought back several of its popular buffet counters, including the signature seafood counter, rotisserie section and Asian Kitchen. The Ramadan menu features highlights such as Singapore rojak, gado gado, nasi ambeng, lobster mee soto, a traditional satay corner and more.

The much-loved dessert gueridon trolley will continue to come around towards the end of meal periods with a selection of macarons and cakes. Carousel’s selection of organic teas and Lavazza coffee are available on the restaurant’s digital menu for easy ordering.

Carousel's gueridon dessert trolley will still be a mainstay. (Photo: Carousel)

Meanwhile, Straits Kitchen at Grand Hyatt Singapore resumed its buffet service today to coincide with its Ramadan dinner promotion. According to the hotel’s website, all food items will be dished out via a staff-served food line, but beverages will be ordered through the restaurant menu’s QR code and delivered to the table.

The restaurant’s “buka puasa” menu features Malay, Indian, Chinese and Arabic dishes. Appetisers include fattoush and hummus, while mains include slow-braised Australian lamb shank with nut rice, chilli crab, Szechuan chicken, sustainable poached black tiger prawns and more.

For the Ramadan month, the restaurant is also serving up an exotic selection of desserts, including an array of dates sourced from West Asia and North Africa. The dessert menu also features baklava, a filo pastry with mixed nuts drizzled in syrup, and basbousa, a traditional Arabic sweet cake.

Local desserts on the menu include durian fritters, durian soft serve, mango ice-cream and more.  

Aside from the Ramadan menus, both restaurants also offer buffet lunch menus.

Carousel’s Ramadan Dinner menu (Apr 12 to May 12) starts from S$75++ for adults and S$42++ for children. Straits Kitchen’s Ramadan Feast (Apr 13 to May 13) is priced at S$88 for adults and S$48++ for children.

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Source: CNA/st(ds)