Durian buffets with unlimited portions of the king of fruits
My family was never one that would surround the dining table, armed with jugs of water and a chopper, just to feast on durian. In fact, the first time I tried durian was when I was a teenager and a family friend bought a durian crepe for me while we were out. From then on, I was hooked to this pungent and – let’s be real – ugly fruit, as well as its soft, creamy flesh. For those who can’t get enough of this king of fruits, there are a handful of durian buffets around that can help satisfy your craving. But remember to drink loads of water during and after, to prevent this heaty fruit from giving you a sore throat!
1. Thorny Temptations at Lime Restaurant
Lime Restaurant’s Thorny Temptations offers both savoury and sweet durian dishes in its line-up. The former includes mains such as Baked Durian Nasi Lemak as well as Durian Salted Egg Popcorn Chicken. If the thought of having savoury durian turns you off, check out their spread of desserts such as Durian with Avocado Puree and Sago and the classic Durian Pengat. Between 7pm and 9pm, there’ll also be a station with a chef popping open D24 and Mao Shan Wang durians for those who love the fruit in its original form.
Address: 3 Upper Pickering Street, PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore 058289
Buffet hours: Tue-Sun 6:30pm to 10:30pm, from 27 July to 26 August 2018
Buffet prices: $98++ for adults, $48++ for children aged four to 12
Tel: 6809 8899
2. Durian Fiesta at Coffee Lounge
Goodwood Park has long been known for their annual Durian Fiesta, and this year’s dessert buffet at Coffee Lounge includes a selection of durian treats, along with the restaurant’s regular dessert spread. As a coffee addict, I couldn’t get enough of their D24 Coffee Glaze cake. A refreshing treat to pile your plates high with is their D24 White Chocolate Raspberry Dome – a petite tart featuring a white chocolate dome.
Address: 22 Scotts Road, Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore 228221
Buffet hours: Daily 12pm to 2:30pm, 6pm to 10:30pm, from 5 May to 22 July 2018
Buffet price: $38.80++
Tel: 6730 1746
3. Durian High Tea Buffet at Marriott Cafe
If you have an incurable sweet tooth, check out Marriott Cafe’s Durian High Tea Buffet. Aside from classic treats such as durian cream puffs and strudels, highlights here are the durian sticky rice and creme brulee. The treats are all made using D24 or Mao Shan Wang durians. Aside from the durian pastries, you can also feast on more than 50 dishes on their high tea buffet line!
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Address: 320 Orchard Road, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, Singapore 238865
Buffet hours: Daily 3pm to 5:30pm, from 1 June to 31 July 2018
Buffet prices: $45++ for adults, $27++ for children aged five to 12 on weekdays; $48++ for adults, $30++ for children aged five to 12 on weekends
Tel: 6831 4605
4. A Feast with the King at The Line
Image credit: Shangri-La Hotel Singapore’s Facebook page
If you’ve been to The Line at Shangri-La Hotel, you will know that their international dinner buffet is every gourmands’ dream, thanks to its impressive line-up of dishes. During their A Feast with the King buffet, you can expect the same delicious nosh, as well as a premium selection of fresh durian, cracked open upon order. There will also be interesting savoury durian creations such as durian miso-glazed scallops and durian crab to satiate your cravings.
Address: 22 Orange Grove Road, Lower Lobby, Tower Wing, Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, Singapore 258350
Buffet hours: Tue-Sun 6pm to 10pm, from 17 July to 31 August 2018
Buffet prices: $98++ for adults on Wed-Sun, $108++ for adults on Fri and Sat, $118++ for adults on Tue and Thur; 50% off adult buffet price for children aged six to 11 years old.
Tel: 6213 4398
5. Durian buffet by Just Durian
Image credit: Just Durian’s Facebook page
The best part about Just Durian is that they’ll help you organise a durian buffet just for you and your crew. The company is a supplier that offers several types of durians, including Green Bamboo, XO, and the usual Mao Shan Wang. Drop them a call or email with a date and budget and they’ll be able to plan a customised durian buffet with the types of durian you want. If just the fruit itself is too boring, you can add desserts such as durian crepe, durian cheesecake, and even durian coffee to your durian party!
Tel: 6850 5451
6. Du-licious Discovery Durian Buffet at Latest Recipe
Image credit: Le Méridien Singapore, Sentosa’s Facebook page
Swing over to Sentosa this July and you will notice that the island gets revved up with a series of enticing food events. And one that will tempt durian lovers is Latest Recipe’s Du-licious Discovery Durian Buffet. Comprising a durian buffet as well as a durian pop-up stall, the former showcases durian-inspired grub, from durian muah chee to durian shortcake. For true durian connoisseurs, the pop-up, which lasts 1.5 hours per session, is not to be missed with free-flowing Mao Shan Wang, Red Prawn, XO and more!
Address: 23 Beach View, Sentosa, Le Méridien Singapore, Singapore 098679
Durian buffet hours: Fri-Sat 6pm to 10pm, from 6 July to 1 September 2018
Durian pop-up stall hours: Fri-Sat 6pm to 7:30pm and 8pm to 9:30pm, from 6 July to 28 July 2018
Buffet prices: $80++ for adults, $40++ for children aged seven to 11 years old for the durian buffet only; $88++ for adults, $44++ for children aged seven to 11 years old for the durian pop-up stall only; $128++ for adults, $64++ for children aged seven to 11 years old for both durian buffet and durian pop-up stall
Tel: 6818 3305
Durian buffets for hardcore durian lovers
Whether you’re a fan of just the fruit itself or everything related to it, these buffets can help satisfy your cravings. Let us know if we missed out any durian buffets in Singapore this year!