Review of Swensen Ice-Cream Buffet @ Ion Orchard22 August, 2009
Ion Orchard Swensen’s Ice-Cream Buffet
In an earlier post, I had introduced my readers to Waffle Buffet @ Eunos Post Office. I will be writing about another unique buffet in Singapore – Swensen’s Ice-Cream Buffet!
As part of Ion Orchard Swensen’s opening special, it is offering a One for One Ice Cream and Dessert Buffet deal. Original cost for a Swensen All You Can Eat Ice-Cream & Dessert Buffet is $18.90 per pax. Now, when you present the coupon below, you get to eat the buffet for $22.25 for 2 persons! (inclusive of 7% GST and 10% Service Charge) This offer is valid til 30 Sept and the buffet can be consumed anytime during its opening hours.
If you want to save the environment, you can also show them the e-coupon before ordering. Do go early to avoid long queues. The restaurant is quite empty at about 10am when we started our buffet feast. By the time we left at 11:30am, there are about 25 people in the queue!!
The seemingly endless ice-cream flavors should be able to keep you occupied for most of your time there. If not, there are many cakes – oreo cheese cake, apple tart, chocolate pecan pie etc. There are also waffles and different types of toppings to match your tastes for ice-cream.
You can also indulge yourself in the chocolate fondue with marshmallows and brownies.
For an overview of what the Swensen Ice-Cream Buffet, you can refer to their menu which listed all the different ice-cream flavor and toppings available.
There is also a special feature in this Swensen Ice-Cream Buffet – the Chop Shop. You let the staff know what are your preferred flavors and they will chop and mix all the flavors with your favorite toppings to create your own unique ice-cream flavor! We mixed Milo flavor ice-cream with chocolate chips and honey – Yummy!
We didn’t realize how many rounds of ice-cream, cake, waffles we had until we did this picture! Wow!
By the way, the flower balloon, at the last picture, is free courtesy of a balloon maker doing her rounds in Swensens, who seemed to be able to sculpt anything from a normal balloon.
We rate Swensen Ice-Cream Buffet @ Ion Orchard
- Food (Lots of variety – cakes, ice-creams, toppings!): 4.5/5
- Ambiance (quiet and welcoming): 4/5
- Service (helpful and friendly; service was fast too): 4/5
- Location (just one level above Orchard MRT): 4.5/5
- Value (just a little over $10 for ice-cream & dessert buffet!): 4/5
So have you tried the Swensen’s Ice-Cream Buffet? Do share with us your experience and reviews 🙂
Joanne Chan22 August, 2009 at 5:19 pm
I have heard about this promotion, but haven’t got time to try it. Must go Swensens soon! Ice-creams, wait for me!!
LLY22 August, 2009 at 7:47 pm
looks good, gonna try it soon…
Jessen23 August, 2009 at 12:55 am
Wow… $22.25 for 2 person is really cheap! 🙂
Meiling23 August, 2009 at 9:29 am
Went on saturday 4.30p.m. the buffet spread is divided into 4 sections: cakes, waffles, toppings and ice cream.
Good points: The IDEA that we get unlimited helpings.
Bad points: We don’t. Had to queue for almost 1 hour to get waffles and ice cream. Severely understaffed. Things run our and don’t get replenished. Worse of all, the whole gelato section broke down!
So, go if you are into: queueing [which I think most singaporeans are ;)]; gorging yourself with cakes and dessert of so-so quality (cos the nicer ones are always snapped up and don’t get replenished); or eating desserts at 10a.m. (cos i imagine thats the only time where its not so crowded).
Zhiqiang23 August, 2009 at 10:28 am
@Jessen, LLY, Joanne
For such a price, the Swensen’s Ice-Cream Buffet is definitely worth a try.
However as Meiling had pointed out, you have to go very early (like i did) so that you can enjoy the full experience (all the cakes, ice-cream, dessert being available) and no queueing needed. 🙂
Qi Ting24 August, 2009 at 10:52 pm
do they provide plain water for free?
Tingyi24 August, 2009 at 11:10 pm
Hi Qi Ting, yes plain water is free, it is inclusive in the service charge.
Zhiqiang24 August, 2009 at 11:14 pm
They will provide you with a jar of water with glasses and you can ask for a refill if not enough. However, you might want to reserve your stomach for the yummy desserts and ice-cream. 🙂
mr5 September, 2010 at 10:27 pm
can i have the e-coupon email please? thanks!
Zhiqiang & Tingyi5 September, 2010 at 11:14 pm
check with swensens directly if they still have ongoing promotions.
Hwee Peng29 August, 2009 at 5:13 pm
Hi may i know how can i obtain the e-coupon? thks in advance
Zhiqiang29 August, 2009 at 5:52 pm
Hi Hwee Peng
I had sent the e-coupon to your email. Enjoy and share with us your ice-cream buffet experiences here.
Qi Ting29 August, 2009 at 5:58 pm
“Location (just one level above City Hall MRT): ”
haha, i think you meant Orchard MRT
Zhiqiang29 August, 2009 at 6:00 pm
@Qi Ting, Thanks for pointing out this! Changes made.
kobe1 September, 2009 at 5:20 pm
hi Zhiqiang could you send me the e-coupon as well thanks !
Zhiqiang1 September, 2009 at 9:38 pm
Kirby2 September, 2009 at 1:08 am
By any chance do u know the average waiting time on sat evening?
Zhiqiang2 September, 2009 at 7:59 am
@Kirby, not sure about that but I heard that 3-4pm is the super peak period since that’s the best time to have a break with cake and ice-cream.
I suggest either going super early (10am) or late (after 8pm) to beat the crowds.
Kirby2 September, 2009 at 11:47 am
ok..thx for the info 😛
Lionel4 September, 2009 at 8:55 am
Hi does this work on weekends? Planning to go on Sunday, around 6 in the evening, good/bad idea?
Zhiqiang4 September, 2009 at 10:36 am
@Lionel, Yes this promotion works on weekends; we went on at Saturday 10am
Sunday 6pm is a bad idea cos’ most people will come at 3-4pm for tea and will stay long til after dinner (6-7pm) to make their money worthwhile. I would do that if I were them. Naturally this will result in super long Qs at 5-6pm.
So perhaps, 7.30-8pm might be better though its a bit late and not good to sleep with stomach full of ice-cream 🙂
Justin Pereira4 September, 2009 at 9:26 pm
Looks good. Maybe I should go review the place as well. Any idea if this is going to be just a promotion or a standard affair?
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Tingyi4 September, 2009 at 9:54 pm
Hi Justin, the 1-for-1 ice cream and dessert buffet promotion is valid only at Swensen’s ION till 30 September 09.
Jane5 September, 2009 at 11:51 pm
woah! how must we present the coupon?print it out or??
by the way,can you send me the coupon?
thanks a lot!:)
Joy5 September, 2009 at 11:54 pm
may i know whats the duration of the buffet?is it like for 2 hrs??
Zhiqiang6 September, 2009 at 12:04 am
@Joy, No limit to how long you can stay 🙂
jane5 September, 2009 at 11:57 pm
how do we present the coupon?through our handphone?thks!:)
Zhiqiang6 September, 2009 at 12:09 am
@Jane, Sent u the coupon; you can present it on your handphone (like what we did) but if u want to be really safe just in case, print out the coupon and show them.
nurfaridah6 September, 2009 at 11:46 am
hi can u send me the e-coupons? thank you
Zhiqiang6 September, 2009 at 11:50 pm
Hi Nurfaridah, you can download the e-coupon here: http://www.prism4u.com/promo/2009_030/index.html
jane10 September, 2009 at 10:53 pm
I went to have the buffet on wednesday.It is really worth it and the service is good too! worthwhile to go:)
Yann15 September, 2009 at 10:34 pm
hi,tml is my birthday…i wan go to ion swensen eat ice cream buffet.but i haven the e coupon.how 2 get the coupon?
Zhiqiang15 September, 2009 at 10:38 pm
Hi Yann, you can download the e-coupon here: http://www.prism4u.com/promo/2009_030/index.html.
Yann15 September, 2009 at 10:44 pm
thanks,Zhiqiang…the bufet is $22.25 for 2 person?i js wan print out the e coupon,correct?then,when i reach ion swensen,show the e coupon?
Tingyi15 September, 2009 at 10:49 pm
Hi Yann, yes the buffet is for 2 persons. You can show them the e-coupon and that’s exactly what we did. 😉
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Charlene16 September, 2009 at 11:15 pm
Hello, I may be going at 22nd or 24th, which is a Tuesday/Thursday, is afternoon around 1pm or 2pm okay for the buffet? As in, will there be long queue and stuff?
Zhiqiang16 September, 2009 at 11:36 pm
@Charlene, BTW this is not Swensens reservation desk so I couldnt advise on daily queuing time 🙂 Anyway from my own experience, most Swensens outlets are crowded during lunchtimes – due to the 1 for 1 Lunch Treat. I suggest going during Saturday morning 10am (like what we did) for the best experience – no queues + fresh ice-creams. Hope this helps 🙂
Hwee Peng26 September, 2009 at 1:18 pm
i went for the buffet on a sunday at ard 11.30am. its not packed yet. so the queue for the ice-cream was fast. there were much varieties and toppings too. after we took our 1st time for the ice cream, the crowd then started to come.
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JustinCase8 October, 2009 at 5:28 pm
Ice cream apart, Swensen’s Sirloin Steak is a joke. For the price, it definitely isn’t worth it one bit. It is microscopic and the so-called potatoes & vegies are literally hidden under the already tiny piece of steak. Disappointed…..extremely.
MOYASHI12 October, 2009 at 2:56 pm
Hello, the swensen at ION Orchard ice-cream buffet is from what time to what time ?
Zhiqiang12 October, 2009 at 3:31 pm
10am – 10pm
Roszie Rose4 August, 2010 at 2:30 pm
hi i wanna know how much for kids and from wat age to wat age..
and is there any 1-for-1 price (e.g : 2 person @ $22.90)
please do reply me back thank u…
Zhiqiang & Tingyi6 August, 2010 at 6:17 am
dont think that there is still 1 for 1 – pl check with swensens for latest pricing and promotion.
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siewyi20 October, 2009 at 8:59 pm
Is the ice cream buffet still on?
Zhiqiang20 October, 2009 at 9:24 pm
It is still on but the 1 for 1 swensen ice-cream buffet is over.
Yann8 December, 2009 at 1:36 pm
how much ice cream bufet for 1 person at orchard ion swensen
Zhiqiang8 December, 2009 at 1:44 pm
It was S$20+ when we tried it a few months back. Not sure if the price had changed.
Littlegal3 April, 2010 at 4:38 pm
Is the ice-cream buffet still on? :DD only at ION? 🙁
Tingyi3 April, 2010 at 4:42 pm
Hi Littlegal, yes, the ice-cream buffet is still on. But I’m not sure if other outlets has ice-cream buffet.
Littlegal3 April, 2010 at 4:48 pm
Tks alot! :DD how much is the ice cream buffet for one person ? (:
Tingyi3 April, 2010 at 5:03 pm
For the latest pricing, check out Swensons’s website (do a goggle search of Swensen in Singapore).
Littlegal3 April, 2010 at 6:56 pm
Tks alot 😀 Anw wat time is the buffet on? :X
Foodaholic3 April, 2010 at 5:01 pm
What time is the buffet on? 😀
Foodaholic7 April, 2010 at 11:07 pm
I just went dere 2day. The cakes not much variety but the ice-cream super nice! Eat until veri full haha! 😛
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josh28 July, 2010 at 5:37 pm
is there any promotions now???
Zhiqiang & Tingyi28 July, 2010 at 8:39 pm
dont think so.
Alice13 August, 2010 at 12:33 am
The icecream indeed looks delicious! Is there any difference in the price for the icecream buffet on wkdays and wkends? Because normally shops will charge buffets at a higher price on wkends. 🙂
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dont think that there is any difference ‘ altho u might want to call swensens to double-confirm
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how much does it cost a person ? (:
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girltakeloveefood16 November, 2011 at 3:55 pm
is there a time limit, like how long you can stay to eat the buffet? lyk some buffet have a 1hr time limit, after 1hr you must leave the place…
Zhiqiang & Tingyi24 November, 2011 at 3:33 pm
This does not have a time limit
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Jacelynn15 January, 2013 at 7:04 pm
Is the buffet still on?
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Azri17 January, 2013 at 6:42 pm
how much is the buffet for an adult? and, am i just gonna eat ice creams , cakes, waffles ect.? is there any western dishes, and if there is, is it included in the buffet price?
Zhiqiang & Tingyi17 January, 2013 at 11:11 pm
I think it cost about $22++ – Western dishes are served but not included in the buffet price – for the buffet, you will have ice-cream, cake, waffles and other pastries.