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A Singapore company charges you $7.50 to eat leftovers from high-end hotel buffets. I put it to the test.

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Buffets are among the most popular restaurants in Singapore, but they can be expensive. If you fancy lunch at a five-star hotel’s buffet restaurant, be prepared to shell out at least 50 Singapore dollars, or $35.50.

Clove at Swissotel Stamford.

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For example, Clove at Swissotel Stamford, which is known for its mix of international and Western cuisines, charges SG$68 for a weekday lunch.

But a buffet lunch doesn’t have to be a luxury — just ask Treatsure, a Singapore company that charges people discounted fees for gourmet buffet leftovers.

Treatsure, launched in September 2017, calls itself a “buffet-in-a-box”: People can download the app, make a trip to any of its dozen partner hotels, and take out buffet leftovers for SG$10.50.

Cofounder Preston Wong said the idea for the app came about when he saw his family clearing expired items from their refrigerator. 

“We launched the app to target food and beverage wastage,” Wong told Insider in an email. “I found that the food wastage problem was as challenging in the food industry as it was in households,” he added.

The app currently has 40,000 users, per internal documents Wong showed Insider.

Like the rest of the hospitality industry, Treatsure saw a financial and operational slowdown during the pandemic, when restaurants and hotels were closed. However, the company also has a service that sells leftover groceries, which Wong said helped cushion the company during the pandemic.

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