While variety is key to many a buffet restaurant, Colony goes a step further by going all out with its seven “live kitchens” (or conservatory kitchens). Diners are taken on a culinary journey back to British colonial times, with an extensive selection of local delights and Western favourites. Start your journey at the Ice Bar, which stocks a variety of fresh and succulent crustaceans on ice such as crabs, oysters, mussels and prawns, as well as salads, cold cuts and cheeses. The grill and rotisserie station is home to an assortment of fork-tender grilled Western and Asian meats, but we suggest heading straight for the chicken rice. The fragrant and plump rice is the perfect match for the different types of roast meats available: chicken (of course), duck, crackling pork belly and char siew, with the spicy chilli and grounded ginger giving it that extra oomph. Another must-try is the Colony laksa, whose rich and aromatic broth warms the cockles of your heart, as do the homemade lobster balls. For those looking for a little spice, the curry fish head and murgh butter masala at the tandoor station is your best bet—full of flavour and with just enough spice to satiate your taste buds. While the dining room is relatively large and packed with a dinner-time crowd, you don’t get that “crowded’ vibe since the tables are grouped in small clusters, with banquette seating also available. Even with the large crowd, service is attentive but not intrusive.