21 September 2008

The Line Buffet @ Shangri-La Hotel

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The Line Restaurant, Shangri-La Hotel

checked out the lunch buffet @ shangri-la's the line restaurant with my friend, and boy was it good! so glad i went, after all (well, most) of the positive reviews and raves from people around. i haven't been to that many buffets and its only the equinox high tea and this for all of this year. previously like i said, i only checked out goodwood park's english high tea and pariss international buffet in 2004, and both sucked. this one is definitely worth the price, consider the variety of food they serve and the amount of premium ingredients they use.

if i'm not wrong, this stylish restaurant was known as the coffee garden previously and is designed by adam tihany, a famous interior designer & architect. it's situated at the basement (lower lobby) of shangri-la hotel, tucked amidst lush greenery & the hotel pool. totally dig the ambience coz its so fresh, modern & futuristic, plus there's an adjorning bar which serves very expensive cocktails, imo (between $13-$17++ per drink). there are 16 buffet stations which has its own individiual kitchenette/prep area/fridge etc and i think its totally cool. this is gonna be a pics galore, so be forewarned :p

The Line Buffet @ Shangri-La Hotel

interior of the restaurant, totally packed on a saturday afternoon. you can just see the dessert section & chocolate fountain from here.

The Line Buffet @ Shangri-La Hotel

decked in white, orange & aqua, these colors just scream MODERN! they serve breakfast too and i can just imagine sipping espresso and having eggs benedict on a not-so-crowded weekday morning. perfect!

The Line Buffet @ Shangri-La Hotel

onto the food. at the western section, there's smoked bbq ribs, sausages, lamb navarin, seafood bouillabaisse, lobster bisque, chicken coq au vin, beefballs in tomato sauce.

The Line Buffet @ Shangri-La Hotel

seafood bouillabaisse

The Line Buffet @ Shangri-La Hotel

lamb navarin

The Line Buffet @ Shangri-La Hotel

seafood bar - mussels & crab legs on ice

The Line Buffet @ Shangri-La Hotel

seafood verrines (or whatever you call it) in shooter glasses. they're really generous with the real crab meat!

The Line Buffet @ Shangri-La Hotel

not sure what these are, baby lobsters? crayfish? i had two. yes. only.

The Line Buffet @ Shangri-La Hotel

on the left, can't make out what this is. tasted pretty sourish, there are artichokes, salmon roe with something else at the bottom which is also quite tart. on the right, fresh oysters. something worth mentioning - their oysters are freshly shucked. there's a long queue at the seafood bar and everyone is just waiting for their oysters 2b shucked. and the chef is really slow. definitely an eye opener for me coz for those buffets i been to, oysters are all already left shucked, on a bed of ice. so these are definitely fresher than fresh!

The Line Buffet @ Shangri-La Hotel

on my plate, a juicy succulent prawn and a pair of oysters.

The Line Buffet @ Shangri-La Hotel

the salad bar - has various kinds like asparagus salad, beetroot salad, alfalfa sprouts, vietnamese rice paper rolls (with crab meat but i find it too sweet), thai mango salad etc.

The Line Buffet @ Shangri-La Hotel

turkey roulade?

The Line Buffet @ Shangri-La Hotel

bamboo steamers with the usual dim sum items but i didn't bother taking pictures. dim sums are the same everywhere, no? i didn't even eat any.

The Line Buffet @ Shangri-La Hotel

pizza

The Line Buffet @ Shangri-La Hotel

grissinis & breadsticks. not sure if they're just for display purposes so i didn't dare take any :p i was really intrigued by the black ones, are they made of squid ink, or charcoal? nevertheless the rustic breads & buns were really good with the lobster bisque. except i must say the lobster bisque is really too salty, which is why it went better with bread.

The Line Buffet @ Shangri-La Hotel

various sushi/maki, miso soup & sashimi

The Line Buffet @ Shangri-La Hotel

more sushi/maki

The Line Buffet @ Shangri-La Hotel

noodle station - think there's laksa, wonton mee...never eat any of those, and didn't see anyone eating that too.

The Line Buffet @ Shangri-La Hotel

and finally the desserts! i got so excited just by looking at them. they hv a decent variety, and use very premium ingredients (well, i can tell).

The Line Buffet @ Shangri-La Hotel

strawberry shortcake & berries on sponge fingers (i think).

The Line Buffet @ Shangri-La Hotel

finally something i can relate to! they serve macarons too but only in one flavor - lemon with lemon curd filling. not at all good, since they were really soft. and tiny. mine's better haha!

The Line Buffet @ Shangri-La Hotel

notice the previous batch was flat as pancakes, and the 2nd batch they churned out were so puffy out of a sudden. now you know why they say macarons are temperamental. oh well, at least they hv feet :p

The Line Buffet @ Shangri-La Hotel

another of their gateaux, which is really good too (and pretty). their cakes are not too sweet, unlike the yucky ones i had at pan pacific's atrium deli. (sorry sihan, but i really think their desserts suck heh).

The Line Buffet @ Shangri-La Hotel

vanilla bean creme brulee

The Line Buffet @ Shangri-La Hotel

on the left, tiramisu which was mediocre. there was absolutely no alcohol taste in there. on the right, the nearest one's foret noir, i can tell and its quite good. the other two, not sure what they are.

The Line Buffet @ Shangri-La Hotel

on the left - i can't put my hands (or tastebuds) on it but its definitely a passionfruit mousse of some sort. on the right, creme brulee.

The Line Buffet @ Shangri-La Hotel

i must mention this! see the vanilla beans in the creme brulee? this is so so good i polished off two in a sitting. very fragrant & the custard is so smooth it glides down yr throat. and i like the fact they use premium ingredients in all their items. oh well, we pay for them. i'm gonna make a vanilla bean creme brulee soon too!

The Line Buffet @ Shangri-La Hotel

dessert display

The Line Buffet @ Shangri-La Hotel

eclairs with gold dragees. why can't they make them thin & longish ala. sadaharu aoki or fauchon's style?

The Line Buffet @ Shangri-La Hotel

blueberry ice-cream with crunchy pearls (i'm hoping they're valrhona). this is VERY good, made with chunks & chunks of real blueberries. tastes more like gelato/yoghurt and is very light & refreshing! i must try this out using dave leb's blackberry ice-cream recipe!

The Line Buffet @ Shangri-La Hotel

last but not least, the luscious chocolate fountain with shortbread dip!

i took a total of 130 pics and in here you can see i make some of them into diptyches (combining two pics into one) else there would be much more and you'll just be tired of scrolling down). lotsa other food i did not try nor take pictures of - there's the local station which features food like braised duck with sea cucumber, ginger fried beef, and indian station which has stuffs like makhani tarkari, yellow dal tadka, aloo palak, lemon rice etc - names which sound really foreign to me. and there's the malay station with all sorts of satay, and a teppanyaki ice-cream station. and of coz, i also spotted a few cute chefs hehe. (to huiyi : the one sitting behind u isn't the only cute one. i saw another handsome one at the ice-cream section haha)!

overall i'd say the food is good, with the exception of a few items i didn't like, and that the desserts are not cold at all since they're out on display for quite awhile. also, they don't serve any juices or cold drinks but only water & hot beverages like coffee, tea, espresso, cappuccino etc. kinda "forcing" people to buy drinks from the bar. but i definitely think its worth it for the variety, as well as the premium ingredients used. service wise, excellent! the staff are courteous, very prompt & efficient when clearing plates and there wasn't even once i had to go "can you pls clear this?". when i went round taking photos, the chefs were even spontaneous enough to open the foodwarmer/chafing dish covers for me to take photos! in short, i'll say - go for it if you're a big eater, or if you're a small eater (like me) who just wanna go there to experience the ambience and to go snap-crazy :p btw, i paid abt $48 (after UOB's 15% off) for weekend lunch. its from 12pm to 3pm.

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THE LINE RESTAURANT, SHANGRI-LA HOTEL
22, orange grove road
S(258350)
website : http://www.shangri-la.com/en/property/singapore/shangrila/dining/restaurant/theline
for reservations, call : +65 6213 4275

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