Singapore's Top Restaurants

Ellenborough Market Café


    Child Friendly: YES


    Vegetarian: YES


    Operating Hours

    Mon to Sun:

    6.30am to 10.30am

    12pm to 2.30pm

    6.30pm to 10pm

    High Tea

    Sat, Sun & PH:

    3.30pm to 5.30pm


    Corkage Price:$45

    Swissotel Merchant Court, 20 Merchant Road 058281

    2017 Review
    2018 Review

    A longstanding favourite of Singapore’s buffet-loving crowd, Ellenborough Market Café has always been consistent in its offerings. While they’ve revamped the dining space to give it a more modern look, it has thankfully kept old favourites like the durian pengat intact, but more on that later.

    While there’s all the usual suspects of an international buffet (fresh sashimi, cold seafood, noodle station, carvery items), it is their Peranakan dishes that are the real highlight. Standouts include the ayam buah keluak that comes with a separate bowl of the glorious buah keluak paste so you can mix it into all dishes without guilt. The Hokkien-style braised pork belly served with freshly steamed buns contains just the right amount of garlic and soy sauce, while the DIY kueh pie tee station adds fun to the overall meal. Other highlights include slipper lobsters done in a crowd-pleasing black pepper sauce, chilli crabs, as well as a juicy roasted duck.

    Save space for dessert as it is an impressive spread complete with ice cream station. But it all pales in the face of its Perankan sweets like the coconut-y kueh dadar, bubur cha cha, and the star of the show: the durian pengat. With small pancakes rustled up on the spot, the one-bite wonder of rich, flavourful durian purée encased in a fresh pancake is reason enough to come back again.