Where to Find Free Flow Food
I have a love-hate relationship with buffets. The good ones are often overpriced and the cheap ones hardly serve food worth stuffing your face for. Overeating is almost obligatory when you pay for a buffet - you gotta eat your money’s worth.
This is why my eyes light up instantly when I hear about places that offer their food free-flow. No exorbitant buffet prices, no extra charges and no pressure to eat more than I can handle. Just generous, complimentary, unlimited servings of stuff they know their diners can’t get enough of.
Here are 10 places which serve food you can get unlimited refills for. You’re absolutely welcome, let’s share the calories.
Free Flow Truffle fries
1. Roadhouse @ Dempsey
August 2015 Update: Roadhouse has since taken truffle fries off their menu.
Chase those midweek blues away with Roadhouse @ Dempsey’s Truffle Tuesdays. Order any a la carte main, burger or sandwich and you get free flow of their crispy truffle fries.
There are a couple of places offering free flow fries - Le Entrecote, Les Bouchon - but Roadhouse’s unlimited shoestring fries come with a heady dose of truffle oil. A clear winner, hands down. Roadhouse also has a crazy burger challenge you can take on if you are hell bent on milking them dry. Read more about this in our guide to the craziest food challenges in Singapore.
Price Range: $16 - $27
Address: 13 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249674
2. Zsofi Tapas Bar
You can also look forward to free flow truffle fries every Wednesday at Zsofi Tapas Bar & Kitchen. Another tip - this eclectic Spanish Tapas bar offers one complimentary tapas with every drink you order. Take your pick from their buffalo wings, homemade meatballs and caviar-stuffed eggs among other equally delicious tapas.
Price Range: $12 - $24
Address: 68 Dunlop St, Singapore 209396
Free Flow Steak sandwiches
3. Morton's Bar
If you’ve heard of Morton’s Bar, you’ll probably know that their weekday happy hour is one of the most indulgent we’ve heard of. There’s free-flow filet mignon steak sandwiches with every order of a martini, passed butler style from trays! This preposterous indulgence happens from 5-7pm every Monday to Sunday.
Given that Morton’s is an internationally renowned steakhouse, it’s no surprise that their free-flow steak sandwiches are such a crowd-pleaser. The frequency of the steak sandwiches come around once every half an hour so stay sharp because they get snapped up really fast!
Price Range: $15.95 per Mortini
Address: Mandarin Oriental Singapore, Fourth Storey, 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore
Free Flow Japanese rice
I’ve always believed that the sticky-sweet short-grain Japanese rice can be eaten on its own if it’s done well. Japanese rice is pricier than the other short-grained rice varieties, so I was surprised to find that Yayoiken offers unlimited refills of their fragrant rice.
You get free flow of white rice with any purchase of their set meals - even the cheapest $9.90 ones. Imported from Japan only after stringent quality inspection, Yayoiken’s grains really are good enough to eat on their own.
Price Range: $9.90 - $17.90
Address: Meidi-ya Supermarket, 117 River Valley Road, #B1-50 Liang Court Shopping Centre, S 179030
You might also want to check out Ootoya for their authentic Japanese teishoku set meals - meals that come with miso soup and rice. Aside from the fact that Ootoya’s food is famously good and affordable, their free-flow refills of miso soup and rice are a huge crowd pleaser. Be prepared to queue if you’re dining during lunch hour or dinner time.
Price Range: $12.50 - $16.50
Address: Ootoya Orchard Central, #08-012 (Verandah) | Ootoya Clementi Mall, #03-53 | Ootoya Changi City Point, #01-30/31
Free Flow Korean Banchan
6. Kim's Family Korean Restaurant
Kim’s will be a familiar name for fans of Korean BBQ. Aside from the well-marinated and evenly coated meat, their portions are generous and prices inexpensive. You’ll also find an impressive set of 10 side dishes on your table, with every main meal ordered.
And yes, you get unlimited refills of these banchan. We’ve heard that the classic kimchi, anchovies and soy bean sprouts are the standouts.
Price Range: $20 - $30
Address: 17 Lorong Kilat, Singapore 598139
Kkongdon has a free-flow kimchi salad bar, where you can help yourself to an endless supply of that pungent pickled cabbage. Aside from the usual red kimchi, they also have white kimchi, garlic soya sauce kimchi and a variety of other interesting pickled side dishes.
Price Range: $19.80 (Mon - Thu) and $24 (Weekends and PH) for dinner buffet
Address: Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard, #B1-01/02, Marina Square (Marina Link) | Safra Toa Payoh, 293 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh #01-11 | 5 Ang Mo Kio Central 2
Free Flow Jap-inspired appetisers
Dining at Hifumi was one of the few times I got stuffed even before I started on my mains. They have an appetiser buffet spread you’ll get access to with every main course ordered. Their appetisers are impressively substantial. It includes sushi, fried items, pumpkin salad, mapo tofu and even chawanmushi.
I was content stuffing my face with appetiser after appetiser - my main course took the back seat at Hifumi. An additional $1.90 will get you free flow drinks and you can choose from pepsi, coffee, ginger ale, green tea and iced tea.
Price Range: $10.90 - $23.90
Address: 68 Orchard Road, #11-68 Plaza Singapura, Singapore | Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard, #02-106A/106B
Free Flow Broth Bliss
9. Song Fa Bak Kut Teh
Plates like Song Fa understand that their business comes straight from their broth. Peppery, garlicky with the goodness of tender pork bone, Song Fa’s soup broth is satisfying and moreish. The best part? Unlimited refill of all that peppery goodness.
Song Fa isn't the only Bak Kut Teh that offers endless refills, most of the restaurants along Balestier do so as well. Just that they're not as conveniently located.
Price Range: $6 - $8
Address: Song Fa Bak Kut Teh, 11 New Bridge Road #01-01, Singapore 059383
10. Whitley Road Prawn Noodles
Price Range: $4 - $15
I’m always torn between ordering my prawn mee dry or swimming in savoury prawn stock. At Whitley Road Prawn Noodles, just go straight for the dry version. Tossed in a punchy chilli and accompanied with the satisfying crunch of lard, their dry version is oily, yet somehow manages to not taste greasy.
But prawn mee is all about that glorious, pungent soup stock, you cry. I cannot disagree. Whitley Road Prawn Noodles gives you unlimited refills of your puny bowl of soup. Be shameless and ask for your refills in a bigger bowl - it’s worth every judgemental glare from the other diners.
They’ve got a few branches but my favourite two are the ones at Old Airport Road and Novena.
Address: #01-03A, Novena Garden (273 Thomson Rd), 307644, Singapore | Whitley Road Big Prawn Mee, Blk 51 Old Airport Rd Hawker Centre, #01-98
Free Flow Eggs
11. Hakata Ikkousha
Ikkousha was the ultimate ramen champion in 2011 and 2012, popular with ramen aficionados for their full-bodied and complex soup. As if that isn't a good enough reason to pay them a visit, they also take good care of their patrons’ tummies.
You get free flow of boiled eggs and free rice from 11.30am to 3pm. You’ll leave the shop thinking you got more bang for your buck even if you end up only eating one free egg.
Price range: $13 - $17.50
Address: Block 7 Tanjong Pagar Plaza, #01-111B, Singapore 081007
12. Keisuke Tonkotsu King
The fact that Keisuke Tokyo Ramen has free boiled eggs probably has nothing to do with the snaking long queues at their Tanjong Pagar outlet. Keisuke was crowned 2011’s top ramen at the Tokyo Ramen Championship, explaining its popularity not only in Tokyo but also here in Singapore.
Keisuke’s tonkotsu broth is one of the best in town. The freebies - like marinated beansprouts and hard-boiled eggs - are the icing on top of the cake.
I know, your ramen already comes with a lovely soft-yolked egg. While free-flow hard-boiled eggs pale in comparison to the luscious hanjuku ramen eggs, nobody’s complaining. Peeling my eggs and dumping them into the milky, rich tonkotsu broth was a fun (and free) experience.
Price range: $10.80 - $15.80
Address: #01-19, Orchid Hotel, 1 Tras Street, Singapore 078867
For more ramen recommendations, check out our guide to the 20 best bowls of ramen in Singapore.
Coconut ice cream with free flow toppings
13. Nara Thai
Nara Thai is one of Bangkok’s most high-end restaurants, with the prestige of appearing on Thailand Tatler’s Best Restaurant’s List for 7 consecutive years. When TSL went down to check them out, our writer Nicole’s favourite dish was the I-Thim Nara ($8.80) coconut ice cream.
Diners get to choose from 8 different toppings - attap chee, jackfruit, peanuts, nata de coco, chendol, corn, sticky rice and red rubies. Of course, you can pile them on as generously as you want. We recommend their red rubies, which are made in-house.
Read our review of Nara Thai here.
Price range: $10 - $25.
Address: Westgate, 3 Gateway Drive, #03-07 | ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, #B3-21
Free Flow Salads and sides galore
14. Aston's Steak & Salad
Aston’s is popular for its very reasonably priced and well-prepared steaks. At Aston’s Steak & Salad, you get all the goodness of Aston’s - with a free flow salad and sides buffet.
Each main course comes with unlimited cold salads, soups, appetisers and sides. Garlic bread, potato wedges, onion rings, mashed potato with mushroom sauce, even sauteed mushrooms and pasta. You’ll be spoilt for choice but really, who’s complaining. Orchard Road.
Price range: $13 - $50
Address: The CentrePoint #03-45/46/47, Singapore 238843.
Free Flow Bubble Tea
I think bubble tea is the universal language of love. Whether you like your sugar at 100% or 25%, whether you prefer pudding or tapioca pearls, there’s bound to be a type of bubble tea you know and love.
So when Gongcha came up with a board game package, they were possibly capitalising on the general public adoration for bubble tea. It’s an enticing offer. $11 for any 2 hours of board game play and free flow of Gongcha to go with your board games. The price is $13 for weekends but it’s still a pretty good deal all things considered.
Price range: $13
Address: Bugis+, 201 Victoria Street, Bugis , Singapore
Bonus: Free Flow Alcohol
16. China One
Disclaimer: This is technically a buffet but too cool not to add in.
Enjoy 2 hours of FREE FLOW beers, wines and house pour spirits at just $28 to $38! For the heavy drinkers this is your haven, and you will be back for more and more every week.
Free Flow (Wednesday to Saturday)
7pm - 9pm: $28 | 7pm - 10pm: $38 | 10pm - 12mn: $38
Daily Beer Promotion (5pm to 7pm)
$8 for one bottle of beer | Mix any 2 for $14 | Mix any 3 for $20
Stretching your dollar in the name of food
We hope this cheat sheet to getting bang for your buck was useful. I am a huge fan of free things and I am inclined to believe that is a part of the Singaporean psyche. So please let us know in the comments below if you’ve got any more tips to share with us, we’d love discovering more of these great deals.