I'm Full of Crab!

"I'm Full of Crab!" buffet by the SQUARE restaurant, part of the "Flavours of the World" Buffet, is as its name suggests - a sinful free-flow of crabs. On top of other side dishes, diners may order and eat as many chilli crabs, black pepper crabs and garlic butter crabs as they can finish at the SQUARE restaurant. The FreshGrads team seeks to satisfy our carbohydrate cravings there.


Besides the exciting free-flow of crabs, the crab-themed buffet offers other mouthwatering dishes such as gourmet Italian antipasto selection (parma ham, salami and char-grilled vegetables), XO seafood fried rice, Japanese Salmon sashimi, cook-to-order seafood laksa and durian pengat (thick durian paste dessert) among others.

We went straight for the crab extravaganza. After all, it is the most expensive item on the menu. Crabs are not served in whole but portions for one. However, our first choice, the garlic butter crabs, were greatly disappointing. The butter was cooked gooey to the extent of gross. Next, we tried the black pepper crab which was satisfyingly peppery and fresh. Having said that, except for being a tad too sweet, the chilli crab was pretty well done but unfortunately overshadowed by the black pepper crabs.

Like most buffets, everything was so-so at the "I'm Full of Crab!" buffet… But the black pepper crabs as mentioned and the durian pengat were exceptional. The salads were fresh, the cheese selection adequate, and there were about a dozen desserts including the usual mango pudding and tiramisu, but what really took our breath away was the durian pengat. Thick with bits of durian meat, we each had at least three servings of this dessert.



Located on the level 7 of the Novotel Clarke Quay hotel, The Square restaurant specialises in international and asian buffet, and regularly comes up with different themed buffets. Service is tip-top and managers are friendly. Ice water was served instantly.

From now until end June, lunch goes at $27++ per person (usual: $34++) and dinner, $36++ per person (usual: $45++). For kids, it's $22++ for lunch and $25++ for dinner. For senior citizens, it's $22 nett. There is also a 15% off the total bill for CitiBank card members.

While it might not be the best buffet we have tried, it is not the most expensive as well. Worth a try if you have the cash to spare and happen to be sick of all the Japanese food in the Clarke Quay area.

The SQUARE Restaurant
Novotel Clarke Quay Singapore
Level 7, 177A River Valley Road
Singapore 179031

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Telephone (65) 6338 3333

Opening hours
6am - 10.30am, 12nn - 2.30pm, 6pm - 10pm

Related links: The Square Restaurant website, HungryGoWhere - The Square Restaurant page, I'm Full of Crab Competition

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