Located at level one of the famous five-star Shangri-La Hotel, The Line boasts an international buffet featuring 16 theatre kitchens. It has garnered many praises and many swear it is one of the best international buffet in Singapore.
I have always wanted to dine at The Line but the heavy price tag makes it almost impossible for a salaried worker like myself, until The Line held a promotion in conjunction with The Line’s 10th Year Anniversary where those born in March dine for free. Stella wasted no time in rallying up two more friends and the four of us had a delightful lunch at The Line.
Appetizers features an assortment of cold dishes.
Cooked Foods Kitchen feature dishes such as Nasi Goreng, Laksa, The Line Club Sandwich, Beer Battered Crisp Cod Fillet served with Tartar sauce and Aloo Gobhi.
There is a Bread Kitchen and DIY Salad Kitchen. The breads are all freshly-baked and the DIY Salad Station is fully-stocked with fresh vegetables and every possible sauce you can think of. Of course, if you are too lazy to customize your salad like I am, there are ready-to-eat salads too.
I was a little surprised because not many international buffets has a station dedicated to Chinese Dim Sum. The dim sums are very fresh and kept steamed in traditional bamboo baskets.
Fruits are fresh with no sign of oxidation. In the smaller bowls, there are dried fruits such as dried apricots and dried mango.
Japanese Kitchen is one of the most popular stations, serving fresh sushi, shashimi, soba and udon upon order.
Western Kitchen serves a mean roasted beef (I am guessing the doneness to be medium or medium-rare) that is tender and juicy.
At the Mexican Kitchen, there are tortilla chips and dips.
There are satays and pratas at the Indian Kitchen.
The star of The Line buffet is the Seafood Kitchen with a glorious spread of freshly-shucked oysters, crabs, prawns, mussels, baby lobsters and clams.
The other star attraction has to be the Deserts Kitchen which comprises two glass towers lined with desserts such as Classic Vanilla Creme Brûlée, Sugar-free Mango Yoghurt Terrine served with Berries and Mint and New York Cheese Cake served with Fresh Strawberries. There is a good assortment of Macarons which is said to be one of the best that you can find in Singapore and a small selection of Malay kuehs.
If the desserts alone is not enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, there is also more than 10 flavors of gelato to choose from.
It is quite a bit of money to spend on a buffet but it is worth every dime. Do keep a lookout for the occasional dining promotions which are unfortunately quite rare . Impeccable service, excellent quality and variety of food and great ambience makes dining at The Line an amazing experience.
Opening Hours, buffet prices and telephone reservation numbers can be found here.