Review: Carousel Buffet Restaurant – High Tea Buffet, Royal Plaza On Scotts Hotel (Singapore)

Carousel is the sole dining establishment in Royal Plaza On Scotts Hotel and is one of the few Halal-certified hotel buffet restaurants in Singapore. I’ve always wanted to try the buffet here as the items on the menu look awfully tempting, in addition to the wide variety they have. Thanks to my husband who did a good job in army and scored us $100 worth of UniqGift vouchers, we got a huge discount on what would’ve been a $48++ per adult price tag!

Royal Plaza On Scotts Hotel lobby
Hotel lobby

Entrance to Carousel buffet restaurant at Royal Plaza On Scotts Hotel

  • Our order:
    • High tea weekend buffet for 2
  • Spent: SGD$12.99

Upon arriving at the restaurant, we were warmly greeted by a staff and promptly ushered to our seats. There were tons of seating everywhere but because it was so crowded, the main dining room where majority of the seats were felt unbelievably cramped and noisy. Thankfully, we were seated at a quieter corner near the entrance with a full-length window beside us, giving us some much-needed natural light and a somewhat voyeuristic view of passers-by.

Seating area at Carousel buffet restaurant at Royal Plaza On Scotts Hotel

Seating area at Carousel buffet restaurant at Royal Plaza On Scotts Hotel

It was pretty exciting to walk around and explore the different stations displaying an incredible variety of food. There was just so much to discover and it felt like I kept chancing upon new dishes at every corner I turned. However, the not-so-good aspect is that the quality and flavour of the food left much to be desired ):

The salmon sashimi didn’t taste particularly fresh, the lobster claws were a hit-and-miss (some were plump and firm while others were powdery and disintegrated easily) and the mentai creamy spaghetti was pre-cooked and left out in the open so it ended up dry and clumpy. I could go on about how mediocre and flat the rest of the dishes were but let’s shift the focus to what went well!

I liked the flavourful kimchi fried rice, as well as the insanely moist and decadent chocolate pudding. Also, service standards here were quite okay and the staff were polite despite having to wait on so many tables.

Seafood station at Carousel buffet restaurant at Royal Plaza On Scotts Hotel

Dessert station at Carousel buffet restaurant at Royal Plaza On Scotts Hotel

High tea buffet items from Carousel buffet restaurant at Royal Plaza On Scotts Hotel

High tea buffet items from Carousel buffet restaurant at Royal Plaza On Scotts Hotel

My overall rating of the experience: 3 out of 5 stars. I was initially drawn to the menu given its extensive variety of items, most of which appealed to me on paper, but I guess when there’s quantity, it’s tough to ensure quality across all dishes. In fact, I can safely say there were only a handful of dishes I really enjoyed, with the rest faring in the average range. Good thing we didn’t have to pay full prices for this meal. It can get quite crowded as well and if you’re seated in the centre of all that “action”, I suppose it’d be rather uncomfortable. Super thankful that we were further away in a less bustling corner. It was great that the staff were generally friendly and approachable too. All in all, I can imagine others who maybe aren’t as particular about food or ambience enjoying this experience. After all, high tea prices here are much more value-for-money (unlimited, free-flow food and beverages!) compared to other restaurants that serve afternoon tea. It was a pity we didn’t find anything compelling enough to warrant a return visit.


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