How to Eat Well at a Buffet: A Sensible Guide

If you like to maximize and stretch every dollar and cent to the fullest, then buffet is a good choice for you. There are many buffet options in Singapore ranging from Seafood buffet, desserts buffet,  Xiao long bao buffet to even Halal Buffet. Regardless of the type of buffet, the strategy remains the same. Check out the following tips to maximize and stretch every ounce of space in your stomach.

The following article post originally appeared on and was written by Rochelle Frank.

Many restaurants offer an “all you can eat” buffet meal with a set price. It can be a good value, especially if you stay aware of what you are eating.

These restaurants can make money because they normally need fewer employees. They don’t need servers to take orders and wait tables. Employees are expensive.

As a veteran eater of many endless buffets, I have some recommendations to make the most of your buffet experience.

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Nine Tips for a Good Buffet Experience


1. Don’t starve yourself before going to the buffet.

Meals earlier in the day should be light and moderate. If you are planning to eat a lot, you should be hydrated, so drink water beforehand. Proper digestion requires water. Gassy soda drinks or alcohol will not help the buffet adventure.

2. Get an overview.

When you arrive at the dining venue, salads are usually right up front. Fresh raw vegetables are good for you, but if you are getting a lot of filling iceberg lettuce and hard bread croutons, you might be full before you get to the seafood and prime rib. If you know what is ahead, you can focus on the “good stuff.” (More about salads later.)

3. Take small portions.

If the buffet has unlimited refills, as most do, you can always go back. You don’t want to get stuck with a large serving of macaroni and cheese that doesn’t taste as good as it looks.

4. Watch the starch.

Dishes like potatoes, rice, pasta, and bread are inexpensive and filling—like the iceberg lettuce—the restaurant hopes you take a lot of these so you have less room for the more expensive offerings.

5. Choose things that you do not cook at home for yourself.

I saw a man at a rather pricey breakfast buffet with a plate piled high with scrambled eggs, bacon, and toast. He completely skipped the smoked salmon with caviar, fresh mangoes and papaya, grilled trout with sautéed mushrooms, and the cream cheese cherry blintzes.

So, you say, bacon and toast was what he liked, but why pay 30 bucks for something you could get at the nearby diner for $2.99?

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