The Line Hot
A 1,350 seater buffet restaurant that features an international cuisine with over 16 culinary stations and open kitchens. Prices start at $47++ (lunch) and $68++ (dinner).
Not the most fashionable buffet in town anymore but still a familiar favourite for buffet enthusiasts. Zingy and modern in contrast to the traditionalist surroundings of the Shangri-La Hotel, The Line is still worth making a bee line for.
I like to go on their seafood night (Thur if I'm not mistaken). I like that the salad selection is interesting and the sashimi selection is extensive.
The thing to understand about me at a buffet is that I zero in on the seafood. I don't touch any carbohydrates and meat at all. I eat a plate of salad for health and then it is straight to the seafood. I am particularly fond of the drunken prawn tank here. You get to see them swimming around in a pretty aquarium display and then the next moment all that's left of the poor darlings is a pile of shed shells on your plate.
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With a large variety of food, what's not to like about this place? The 16-course meal was amazingly tantalizing. Having a keen tastebud for the Singapore flavours and Western food, the spread was able to satisfy my tastebuds.
From the large amount of choices readily available, one is spoilt for choice. Ranging from the local delights of chicken rice and noodles, to the Western-styled pizza and spaghetti, and even to the Japanese Soba, there's more than enough to suit a group of friends who are adventurous and voracious eaters.
Not forgetting that there is a special corner just for cakes and deserts - for the frozen yoghurt lovers, feel free to top it off with gummy candies. I enjoyed the fresh crepes that were made on the spot together with the chocolate fondue paired with fruits on the side.
The seating outside of the air-conditioned area overlooks the pool which is good for the morning period (between 11-1pm) just before the sun comes out.
My visit to the line was also aligned with my birthday celebration, and the staff there presented me with a complimentary chocolate cake and even sang a birthday song for me.
Wonderful experience with great ambience.
Good Quality Buffet With Excellent Variety For A Price
The Line Shangri-La / The Line Buffet Restaurant @ Shangri-La Hotel truely embodies the concept of 'International Buffet Spread'. With 16 theatre kitchens offering dishes from major Asian and Western cuisines, a spread of fresh seafood and an extensive range of desserts, the biggest problem you'll face at the The Line Shangri-La is knowing where to start, and where to stop.
Ambience at The Line Shangri-La / The Line Buffet Restaurant @ Shangri-La Hotel is modern and contemporary, with furnishings and layouts designed by famed American interior designer Adam D. Tihany. Actual decor is minimal though. But importantly, the layout of the 16 theatre kitchens is rather orderly, and accessing or finding a particular station is easy. The open concept adds to the overall ambience of the place, and the area is very well ventilated, with little lingering smell of cooking, thus making The Line Shangri-La one of the better buffets for ambience in Singapore.
I like the fast and efficient service at The Line Shangri-La / The Line Buffet Restaurant @ Shangri-La Hotel. There are sufficient staff assigned to each area, and empty plates are quickly cleared, which is always important in a buffet. Staff are generally friendly and polite as well, and seem to enjoy what they do.
Food at The Line Shangri-La / The Line Buffet Restaurant @ Shangri-La Hotel is excellent. Ingredients used are fresh, and the majority of dishes I had were tasty. Range is extensive, with cuisines from Japan, India, China, Southeast Asia and Italy. Over 100 different types of dishes are represented here, and well over 30 different desserts. You'll never be able to finish eating everything in a single visit, which makes The Line Shangri-La / The Line Buffet Restaurant @ Shangri-La Hotel one of the few buffets worth multiple repeat visits. Furthermore, the spread changes slightly everyday, with different dishes available on each day.
All this comes at a price, as dining at The Line Shangri-La / The Line Buffet Restaurant @ Shangri-La Hotel is quite expensive. Without any promotions, expect to pay about SGD $50 - $90 per person, depending on whether you're eating breakfast, lunch or dinner. Fortunately, they do have weekly promotions and discounts, and you're better off visiting during such promotions.
I've been to The Line with my family a couple of times, usually to celebrate birthdays and whatnot and I do have a pretty good impression about the place. I really like the fact that they have a wide variety of cuisines for both breakfast and lunch/dinner, ranging from Japanese and Chinese to Italian and Indian. Some of the things offered for breakfast include dimsum and congee (a must-try!), pancakes, a great selection of bread, prata and the standard American breakfast of eggs, sausages and mash potato.
For lunch/dinner, the freshness of the oysters, lobsters and sashimi are very evident making those three a must try for seafood lovers and those who are more particular about the freshness-texture index (: Also, a great line-up of desserts (the most important meal of day!) is provided, allowing every diner to end of their buffet meal with a bang!
Another great thing, is that food is replenished pretty often and staff members present themselves as efficient, well-mannered and fun-loving, even joining in to sing the Happy Birthday Song on their own accord from wherever they were standing, so the overall dining experience is definitely a great one (:
One of the best, definitely.
I had breakfast at The Line, and I could say that was definitely one of the best breakfasts I've had. And the fact that I didn't exactly feel like I was in Singapore because of all the lush greeneries around and the natural sunlight coming in through the place was a plus.
They have a wide range of food which looked good and tasted super. They also have a bar where you can request for say, cappucino if the tea/coffee the servers keeps refilling for you isn't enough.
Service was quite prompt, and friendly enough.
The only thing is I wish they would spruce up the place a bit because it's a bit obvious the place has been around for quite awhile and pretty worn down.
Travel the world at The Line
I had dinner there and it cost about $70+ per person. The buffet spread was huge. The international spread had 16 stations of different cuisines. The indian food was great with satays, nuns, prata, different curries.
Fresh oysters, mussels, salmons, flower crabs and prawns were on a bed of ice with dressings and lemons to enhance their taste. The lemons really helped as I found the prawns to be slightly bland tasting. I spend most my time at the seafood station having 2 plates of sashimi, a plate of oyster and a plate of flower crab.
They had local and chinese food like roasted duck, chicken, mee goreng, laksa and dim sums.
Their range of desserts was huge and i especially love their range of ice cream. My favorite was the rum and raisin.
Love-hate relationship with buffets
I had the luxury of eating at The Line thanks to my parents and their friends. It is a definite must-go if you are a fan of buffets. However, seeing now that I'm unable to eat a lot in a single seating, I don't know if going to The Line is worth it for me. Furthermore, I always tend to over-eat at buffets.
The Line offers a dizzying array of international cuisine, which is excellent for those who likes variety. Out of the 16 culinary stations, I liked their dessert station the best! Crepes with ice cream, chocolate fondue, cakes and tarts! I think I died and went to heaven. If it wasn't for the fact that I was not a fan of raw seafood, the Japanese cuisine would have been my favourite station.
That aside, I enjoyed the ambience and service there. The attentive staff in addition to the chic and modern setting of the restaurant makes The Line the perfect buffet restaurant to go to for special occasions.
One of the best around
The Line is without doubt one of the most prestigious hotel buffets in Singapore. With free flow drinks and beer, one can enjoy to his fullest when at The Line. I remember my continuous visits back to the seafood station for their oysters and fresh prawns — speaking of which, I think that was the first time I ever dared to try one! Since then, I never looked back.
The buffet spread also boosts of many local delights like chinese stir fry dishes and laksa. Theirs was really good, despite it being silly for paying so much and filling my stomach up with carbs.
They do offer special promotions so do utilize them to the best of your ability.
definitely top 5
The line is definitely a must visit if you are a big fan of buffets. Personally i do not like over eating and prefer to be served. Once in a blue moon however there will be an occasion, birthdays, anniversaries yada yada whatever nonsense and you will end up at one of these places.
One fine evening i found myself here because a friend was going away. I love the chic yet casual ambience at the line and the variety is pretty mind blowing. Ok i'm exaggerating a little but there are so many areas serving you different kinds of food. Yum yum. Even beer was free flow i think. So we were all very happy and i left with a really good memory of this great lovely buffet place.
Went back again a few months later. This time round it was a birthday lunch and man, it was crowded. Some stupid convention with stupid people with tags around their neck were there attacking the buffet. They most probably didn't have to pay a cent. I was given a table in an area that had a lot of these convention people and upon arrival, a stupid angmoh sat down at my reserved seat and had to be chased away. Of course, before he left he gave a stupid face and blamed the world that he is eating alone and that he has no friends from the convention. Most probably a german. Annoying.
Well, with so many people attacking and that angmoh face, not a very good experience for sure. The variety wasn't as good as my first experience as well. Must be the ang moh for sure.
WIll i go back? Yes of course, but it will be for some silly occasion.
A buffet worth paying for
The first time I went there, it was paid for by my company. I enjoyed the buffet and thought I would bring my wife to try. It just happened there was a promotion with a one for one during weekday lunch from one of the credit cards so we both took leave to enjoy this buffet.
The item that most customers queued for was the oyster. There was a chef there opening the oyster on the spot. It was fun seeing how fast the chef can open an oyster. Then there was the sashimi which I liked. The sashimi was very fresh.
You should not eat too full because the selection of desserts was also great. You must at least save some stomach for their Irish coffee. It was coffee with a bit of alcohol. Not too much alcohol, I was still able to drive after that.
A wide variety of fresh seafood
If you love seafood, and you love buffets, The Line is one place that you must try.
It has fresh sashimi (salmon, tuna, ebi), cold seafood (lobster, crab, mussels, prawns, oysters) and fresh juices.
There were also cooked food of different cuisines - mediterranean, Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Malay, Indian.
The desserts were impressive with tarts, fresh fruits, and the chocolate fondue.
The ambiance was also very luxe and the surroundings were made of a lot of clean lines and glass tops/walls.