It was Tuesday night dinner at The Line, which also meant it was "Oysters Night" - usual occurences on Tuesday evenings (Thursday evenings are "Seafood Night"). I heard of The Line for a while, and finally got to savour its goodness with *Celine tonight.
There was quite a large spread of food of all kinds of variety and cuisine - everything was very organised by relevant sections. Almost all the savoury dishes were cooked with seafood, i.e. abalone pie tee, char kuey teow with scallops, and lobster laksa etc. The desserts station was extensive and definitely looked tantalizing as well. Best of all, there was an outside station serving durians, mangosteens etc!
I tried quite a few items, including the must-have platter of Seafood - raw Oysters, Crab, Scallop and Mussels. The Oysters were large and juicy - tasting especially good with sloshes of Tabasco sauce and lemon squeezes.
The desserts were all delicious as well, such as panna cotta, cakes, crispy pancake with ice-cream - some of them were infused with alcohol.
Overall, dining at The Line was a lovely experience. I also loved the free flow of wine, Champagne and fruit juices. Service could be improved upon though. I would like to come back to try the Seafood Night (Thursday evenings).
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Our party of four went to The Line tonight for the buffet and I must say that it was a throughly disappointing experience. I had always thought that Shangri La had one of the best buffets in town but our our experience was completely the opposite. The food spread was poor and the food quality was poor. I think you can get better quality food at a Kopitiam food court. I usually stuff myself at buffets because there is so much good food to eat but here I stopped eating after two rounds as there was just nothing to get excited about. My fellow diners all had the same opinion. A real waste of money if you asked me. There are better value buffets elsewhere.
My husband decided to treat me for my birthday and since I specifically requested for fresh oysters and buffet, he decided to take me to the line because of the rave reviews it got. In anticipation of yummy fresh oysters and other incredible delights, we paid 30 bucks cabfare to travel to the most ulu hotel in orchard. Guess what. No fresh oysters! They covered oysters with oil and baked them, leaving them in the open in all their cold unsavory glory. Ok, so no fresh oysters. It would have been alright if the rest of the food was gd. It was extremely disappointing. Unappeitizing sashimi, 20 different types of curries which looked and tasted the same, pasta cooked with canned mushroom soup (seriously?? This is shang for gawdssake), bland and thin clam chowder. I could go on and on. Ok so laksa was nice, but I might as well go to a hawker centre. Anyway, have no idea why its so crowded when the food was uninspiring and insipid. Lousy!
I was at The Line for lunch yesterday and I must say, it was one of the worst buffet experiences I've had in terms of not only the food, but the service and ambience as well.
Firstly, the food was below par, which I do not expect of a restaurant with such a reputation. In particular, the sashimi was of the wrong temperature, in fact, it was almost room temperature. I could go on and on about the poor food standards but there's more.
The ambience was poor as well. Firstly, the restaurant is too crowded for its size and it doesnt help that its passageways are so narrow. Going away from my table to get food poses a challenge as I've to be extremely cautious in ensuring that I do not collide into anyone. This isn't what I would expect of a buffet like this.
Lastly, the service was poor as well. I had to wait 20 minutes after asking for the bill before finally receiving it. At that point, I was so displeased with the experience I had that I almost wanted to simply walk off without paying. Honestly, the experience spoilt my mood completely and I doubt I will return in a long, long time.
Too many different food style in Shangri-La Hotel. It is nice except those is local food we able found everywhere in Singapore. Like Hainanese Chicken Rice, Indian prata, Dim sum, pizza and etc.
Their seafood & sashimi choices is minimum. It is easy found better choice with this prices in Singapore.
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Bathed in glorious daylight from the poolside terrace at lunchtime, the impressive line-up of 16 culinary stations at The Line beckons for a second look. The Shangri-La Hotel International Buffet perhaps counts among the best-known buffets in Singapore and it sure is proving itself.
The seafood station, where most Singaporeans determine if they are getting their buffet dollars’ worth, has a bountiful supply of seafood. Besides clams, prawns and mussels, the station chefs dole out oysters shucked on the spot and fresh crabs from their kitchen at all times. When these appear to be gone, fret not. Ask and they will gladly give.
The Line’s Italian station serves up pasta cooked in the various available sauces at your request. There’s also the staples like pizza and bruschetta. And then, there’s theLobster with Butter Herb. Slathered in butter herb and garlic, the maine lobster flesh is succulently sweet and perfectly cooked for the most part; yes, I had more than a few. If you’re lucky, try to get the meaty lobster tails. Otherwise, grab the claws. They are good enough anyway.
And here’s a clear winner among the Asian food – Liu Sha Pao. For the uninitiated, this is a salted egg yolk custard-filled steamed Chinese bun. I felt I had struck gold amidst the Dim Sum steam baskets while scouring this section! Fluffy skin, check. Gooey viscous custard, check. Emerald tinted skin with a redolent whiff of pandan. Now that’s uncommon and I recall only one other place doing the same. Be sure to spend some of your carbohydrate quota on this. It’s worth the stomach space.