Besties Day Out : Triple Three Buffet @ Mandarin Orchard

What do besties do when their kids are away? Well, we booked ourselves to a buffet lunch at Triple 3 and it’s been a long time since we had a buffet lunch and even longer time since we had a nice lunch sans kids!

Triple 3 We spent 5 hours without the kids, half the time at Triple 3 simply just enjoying ourselves to the max, with round after round of great food and girls’ talk of course!  Let the photos do the talking while we reminiscence about the hard-to-come-by indulgence and plan for the next “makan” session.

The spread of seafood on ice.  Shirley was half lamenting that they displayed cold venus clam as although she loves the shellfish, she prefers it hot rather than icy cold.  Nevertheless, she still ate a couple since they are big, fat and already dead.  Hahahha!

Triple 3 Lunch Buffet


Triple 3

Audrey was disappointed that there were no fresh oysters at the buffet.

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We’ll be very truthful.  We honestly didn’t touch these bread.  Oh well!

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Why eat bread when there’s seafood, roast beef, teppanyaki and sashimi?!!  This photo is taken for the benefit of our friend, simply because Shirley was thinking about her when she took the shot.  Feeling touched, Wendy?  ;p


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That’s Audrey’s portion of salmon sashimi.  And it was also Shirley’s first bite of the raw fish.  She went for half a slice of salmon belly.

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Aside from describing it as “soft, sweet and fresh”, there seemed to be no other verdict from her taste bud though!  Perhaps she has silently got hooked to it without knowing.  Or maybe perhaps she will continue with her idea that she’ll get tummy upset from eating raw food.  It’s all in her head!  >.<

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There they are!  Fat and sweet venus clams in the hot food section.


Roasted Chicken (with Roasted Beef in the far end, not captured in photo)

Roasted Chicken

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Roasted Beef

The Japanese Garlic Fried Rice was very fragrant and full of garlicky goodness and garnished generously with ebikko.  Despite being a filling item, we had a 2 *small* servings of the rice because it was too good to pass yet refuse to eat a big bowl full in anticipation of the other yummy varieties.  Fried Shishamo was also fat and full of eggs.

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Fantastic beef stew that was full of aroma and firm, yet soft to the bite.


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Triple 3

Grilled okra wasn’t up to our liking.  We love our brinjals soft and mushy, yes right!



Over at the live cooking station, we waited for VERY LONG(!) before they started serving fried tempura (prawn) and teppanyaki (chicken and squid).  We had two rounds of serving before we got our hands at the teppanyaki squid, then much later, chicken.  We both thought that this is where Triple 3 controls cost as the more expensive items were slow to be served and in VERY LIMITED portions each time.

Squid, chicken and yasai at the teppanyaki station

Morever, the two chefs manning both stations were not polite to start with and they only had standard one-liner replies to whatever questions asked and that is, “Don’t need to order.  Will be put here when ready.” despite Shirley asking what’s cooking under the Stainless Steel cover twice, on her 3rd visit.  When Shirley checked on the 4th time at the teppanyaki station (because Audrey wanted to try their teppanyaki chicken), her happy dining mood was already not at the peak because of the standard replies.  What a damper to the otherwise joyous lunch!  We could do with better service, really.


Nevertheless, we were happy to finally get some fabulously fragrant and fresh squid to share.  We were quite full by the time the chicken was cooked and hence only took 2 thumb-size pieces to sample.  We had no more desire to stomach them anymore.

In between waiting time, we shared a portion of Laksa but honestly it was nothing to shout about.  Here’s a photo just for the sake of showing we’ve “been there, done that”.  🙂  We didn’t try the Fried Hokkien Mee though as we were honestly satisfied with the other spread after 4 rounds at the buffet.


Having said that, of course we were secretly reserving some stomach space for the splendid spread of desserts and pastries!

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Creme Brulee ~ Something that Shirley won’t give up for anything else.

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Passionfruit Mousse Cake

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Assortment of Swiss Rolls

Peranakan delights ~ which would you pick if you’re allowed only 1 piece?  Thankfully, this is buffet!!  ❤  The kuehs were deeply fragrant with coconut milk and prettily coloured the usual peranakan way.  Shirley gave thumbs up!

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The drinks dispenser with water and 4 types of cold beverages to choose from.  Our favourite was apple juice after trying a little of each type.  The lemonade was too sour though.


A little of everything added up to a lot.  Triple 3 has a good spread of palatable desserts and pastries that both look good on camera and tastes good in the mouth.  This is so worth every cent we paid for!



We ended an overall nice buffet with an iced popsicle.  How to reject them, seriously can anyone teach us?


By the time we walked out of the restaurant, 3 hours had passed.  It was always a delight to have a great company when feasting.  Both of us have sort of agreed that we should be able to do a we-time lunch more often starting from next year onwards, when both Wey and R officially starts formal schooling.  Although a part of us can’t wait to have quality we-time sooner, but deep in our hearts, we both wish that our little ones remain babies in our hearts.  Please don’t grow up so soon!

1-for-1 Promotion

Good news!  Triple 3 / DBS-POSB is having a joint promotion for 1-for-1 lunch buffet, valid until 31st July 2015.  So there’s still time to make a rush!  We did not make advanced reservations but were inspired by the above link while heading to Orchard on the bus.

This is not a sponsored post but a sharing of our happy moments.  Thanks for joining us on SAys! Happy Mums.  If you liked what you’ve read on our blog, please follow us on Facebook for the latest updates.  We hope to see you back again soon.

~ SAys! Shirley & Audrey 🙂

About Meritus Mandarin Hotel Singapore | The Triple 3 Restaurant

Named after the address of the hotel – 333 Orchard Road – Triple Three boasts an extensive Japanese-inspired international buffet featuring the freshest sashimi and sushi, seafood on ice, a premium roast section and mouth-watering desserts.
Address: Level 5, Mandarin Orchard Singapore, 333 Orchard Road, 238867
Reservations: (65) 68316288 / 6271
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(Lunch) 12:00pm to 2:30pm   Adults $68++ | Eve & Public holidays $78++ | Children (6-12yrs) $28++
(Sunday Family Brunch)  11:30am to 2:30pm
Adults $118++ (inclusive free flow of soft drinks & juices) | Child: $42++ (6 to 12 years old)
Add $30++ for free flow beer, wine and sparkling wine
** Kids Corner Activities and Balloon Sculptor.
Sunday – Thursday  6:30pm to 10:00pm
Adults $88++ | Children (6-12yrs) $33++

Friday / Saturday / Eve & Public holidays  6:30pm to 10:00pm
Adults $98++ | Children (6-12yrs) $33++

About SAys! Happy Mums

We are a Singapore Mum Blog hosted by BFFs Shirley & Audrey. We blog about our children, parenting and family lifestyle. Most often than not, we find ourselves immersed in family and kids entertainment and can't escape from the lure of great food!

22 thoughts on “Besties Day Out : Triple Three Buffet @ Mandarin Orchard

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  2. I find triple three’s standard a bit inconsistent. One time I went there with my friends and it was so good! So I asked hubby to go for a second visit and it was pretty blah the second time round. 😦


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