22 Orange Grove Road, Basement Level, Shangri-la Hotel, Singapore 258350
Tel: 6737 3644
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.
The interior was vast and spacious, with alfresco dining as a choice as well. The service was not exactly excellant - it was hard to get their attention, to even clear the plates or refill the drinks.
When walking in, one passes by this interesting counter set up by the steps, with these old-fashioned biscuit tins and chess sets.
And the drinks station - consisting of red wine, white wine and Champagne etc. There were free-flow alcoholic drinks or juices throughout the night, by the way.
There are many different food stations. Such as this Indian / Malay food stall, with satay and some other spicy dishes.
Then there are the Beef, Popiah, and Rojak sections - comprising of more local cuisines, each one looking more tempting than the other.
These are my favorites stations - Japanese food and Desserts counters, of course. Look at the colorful array of sashimi and wide selection of delectable-looking pastries.
Lastly, the Dimsum that one could not do without - different types of buns and some har gow, siew mai etc
There is also a Durian stall outdoors (and longan, mangosteens etc) for the diners! How lovely is that. I did not get to eat any though, as the food indoors already had me filled.
The adorable table setting with real aloe vera plants ...
Here's a toast between White Wine and Champagne - to a great night ahead.
I started with some Char Kway Teow with Scallops, Fried Carrot Cake, a Siew Mai, a Har Gow (shrimp dumpling) and some Sashimi. Everything was lovely, except that there weren't any scallops left for my char kuey teow.
Then 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.
Now this is the Drunken Prawns - I tasted more herbs in the soup than alcohol though. The prawns were rather sweet in its freshness.
The Lobster Laksa was another item to reckon with - scrumptious spicy gravy and a large chunk of succulent lobster cooked in a traditional local's favorite.
More seafood to tantalize the tastebuds and satiate the palate - Oysters, Crayfish, assorted Sashimi. I was surprisingly full at this juncture already.
Now, the Desserts - Panna Cotta, Tiramisu etc, all delicious and satisfying. Some of these desserts were infused with alcohol.
Then some mini Blueberry Tart, Strawberry Shortcake, Red Velvet Cake, fondue stick and Durian cake. Taken in delicate bites, these sweeties were simply marvelous.
Lastly, a crispy Pancake with Mango and Green Tea ice-creams, another sweet treat after the savoury foodstuff of earlier on.
We relaxed and waited for food to slowly digest over some hot Tea and fruits. This was a lovely meal, though I had expected more varieties of seafood and better service. At SGD$109.00 per pax with delectable food and free flow wine / Champagne, this was a rather a nice treat overall.