TODAI International and Seafood Buffet Restaurant at Marina Bay Sands has got to be the most extensive buffet we’ve ever been to! However, the extensive buffet also comes with a price. To see how expensive it is, check out its pricing below…(correct as of date of publish)
Price of TODAI International and Seafood Buffet
Monday ~ Friday
Adult: $42++ Child (below 1m 30cm): $22++
Sat., Sun. & Holiday, Holiday Eve
Adult: $58++ Child (below 1m 30cm): $26++
Monday ~ Thursday
Adult: $54++ Child (below 1m 30cm): $26++
Fri., Sat., Sun. & Holiday, Holiday Eve
Adult: $58++ Child (below 1m 30cm): $26++
#B2-01 The Shoppes @ Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Ave Singapore 018972
So if you visit on the weekends, it would cost about 70 bucks per person! However, is it really worth it to spend so much on a buffet?
The first thing we noticed as we entered the restaurant was that the entire restaurant was quite spacious with a nice setting and ambience.
After being seated, we glanced through the site map and decided to have a go at every section of the restaurant.
As you can see from the map, the choice is so varied with so many options to choose from! There’s Sushi, Seafood, Chinese, Noodles, Pizza, Pasta, Churrasco, Korean Food and Desserts! Next, we’ll go through each section and its recommended food!
Churrascaria aka Churrasco / Korean Food
This was Tom’s favourite section! Also known as the meat lover’s section! We were glad that we have not visited the Brazilian Churrascaria before because a visit to TODAI also covers the Churrasco section where the barbecued meats were simply “ma ma mia!”.
There was beef, pork and wings. However the highlight for the Churrasco section was the BBQ pork! (See top left). The meat was tender and flavourful. Each slice came with a little bit of pork fat that really brought out its natural juicy flavour! It’s no surprise that we went for seconds (and thirds and fourths…). Also, give the jalapenos, onions and other garnishes a try. The flavours match the Churrasco and makes it less jalat (Singaporeans – pls comment below if you know how to explain jalat in English. Tks!)
Just beside the Churrasco section is the Korean Food section. We wanted to try the la chao nian gao (spicy rice cake – bottom right) that we so often see in Korean dramas. Well, it turned out not too amazing afterall. The cake was a little tough and we’ve not really used to the flavour. The fried noodle was not bad (well so is anything fried right?)
Seafood, Sushi and Sashimi!
Next we came to the highlight of the restaurant. The SEAFOOD SECTION! The seafood section boasts of snow crab, sashimi,sushi, fresh prawns, escargot and oysters! For us, the highlight was the escargot and oysters…
It was quite interesting to try escargot for the first time. You would be thinking like “Why would you want to try garden snails?!”. On the contrary, the escargot was not slimy, it had a firm and fresh texture. Hey, come to think of it now, maybe it’s not escargot. (Any visitor to TODAI can verify that shelled creature?). It was quite easy to extract the entire meat out of the shell, just use a fork to poke part of it, with a gentle tug, it all comes out. The meat was succulent and fresh, try it and tell us what you think!
As with other restaurants, the prawns, sashimi and snow crabs were really fresh. The prawns were especially firm, from which you know its really fresh and the taste was sweet! As for the oysters, it was also excellent in the sense that it was the best we’ve tasted in Singapore so far (best ever was freshly shucked ones in Australia). The oysters here were also freshly shucked by the chef within the counter. You have to ask him for the oysters and he would give you only 2 at one time. Hence, we also came back for seconds and thirds…but just a word of caution, oysters are high in cholesterol…just stop at 20.
The Chinese fare was ok. You could taste that the ingredients were really fresh but from the chinese taste perspective it’s really just ok. Even the chilli crayfish was normal. The crayfish was fresh no doubt, but the sauce was just mediocre. Still, when the crayfish arrived, it would be gone in a matter of minutes! The server would be there to serve each customer just 2 piece with some sauce. So if you miss a batch, you would have to wait about 10 minutes for the next batch. Make sure you “lurk” around when you see the chefs about to serve (you can actually observe them cook through the glass panels)…
Pizza, Pasta, Noodles and Fried Stuffs
Well, there’s nothing much to shout about at this section except that the pizza was thin crust with an excellent taste (cold soba was also available). Otherwise, DO NOT TRY the spaghetti and laksa.
Last but not least, we have finally arrived at Kate’s favourite section, DESSERTS!
The highlight at this section was the waffles. Its freshly made and when you pick up your waffle, you know that it just left the heater not too long ago. It’s fragrant, crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside and warm!! Goes really well with ice cream (though not the soft serve kind but not much of a choice here). The macarons had only 1 flavour, so do not be deceived by the different colours. The cakes were also not too bad. Hence, Kate thoroughly enjoyed this section!
We actually do recommend this place. Just that the price is a little steep. But you can be assured that the foods are of the freshest grade and the ambience, location and wide variety of food should be more than make up for the price!
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