Shangri-La buffet at the Line Restaurant with its theatre kitchens is heaven on earth for those who love an all-you-can-feast. While The Line offers one of the best hotel buffets in Singapore, Shangri-La Hotel has a little gem hidden in plain sight. The stylish elegant Lobby Lounge located in the hotel’s Tower Wing is more than a bar and lounge for afternoon tea or cocktails in the evening. The Lobby Lounge offers an enticing menu featuring Singapore’s heritage dishes and street food. The Shangri-La Peranakan Buffet Lunch at The Lobby Lounge is a simple sumptuous affair in an elegant and relaxing atmosphere.
The Lobby Lounge at Shangri-La
The Lobby Lounge, at the renovated Tower Wing of Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, looks like one of the places featured in tai tais magazines. There is an air of style and sophistication in the indoor garden setting. A section of the lounge feels like a stately dining room of an old world mansion. Most tables will get a good view of the lush greenery outside and a few seats overlook the swimming pool.
The Lobby Lounge Menu
The Lobby Lounge Shangri-La Singapore has six signature Singapore dishes on the menu – Bak Chor Mee with Fish Maw Soup, Hainanese Chicken Rice, Fish Bee Hoon, Prawn Noodle Soup, Katong Laksa and Chilli Crab and Mantou. All six signature dishes are available on the à la carte menu daily from 11:30 am to 10 pm or as part of the Shangri-La Peranakan Buffet Lunch at The Lobby Lounge.
Here are photos of The Lobby Lounge Menu.
Peranakan Buffet Lunch at The Lobby Lounge
Shangri-La Peranakan Buffet Lunch at The Lobby Lounge is a semi-buffet which includes one signature heritage dish and a selection of local appetisers and desserts. The buffet spread changes daily. The semi-buffet lunch is priced at $38++ during weekdays and $45++ during weekends.
We were there on a weekday. There was only one buffet counter and the food presentation was rather understated. There was, however, a fair selection of food offered.
There were curries, yong tau foo, salted vegetable duck soup, braised pork, rojak, salad and a few other items.
Popiah and kueh pie tees were freshly made to order.
Heritage Signature Dishes
We tried three of the six signature dishes. We could not give better descriptions of the dishes than what had already being written on the Menu and The Lobby Lounge Webpage and we would just reproduce them below. Suffice it to say that the promotional materials did not oversell the dishes. The food was indeed good and had the authentic taste of Singapore local dishes.
“Bak Chor Mee with Fish Maw Soup from Seng Kee Mushroom Minced Meat Noodle will win over the palate with its signature fish maw broth served in a heated claypot that is brewed from pork bones and dried sole, served alongside ingredients of minced pork, pork slices, egg, seaweed, and stewed mushroom slices.“
“The Chilli Crab and Mantou … dish traces its beginnings from a humble pushcart along East Coast Road in 1956. Decades later, Dragon Phoenix Restaurant’s Chef Hooi added sambal and eggs to the recipe to enrich the gravy, resulting in the well-loved version that it is today … We later elevated this dish by Alaskan King crab and topped the sauce with X.O. for an added kick.”
“Mr Lee Pi Duan arrived from Nan’an (Fujian Province) in 1928 and started selling prawn noodles without knowing that one day his family will run nearly all the most popular prawn noodle shops in Singapore. Ours closely resembles the Beach Road Prawn Mee version, run by Lee’s eldest son, John.”
Peranakan Buffet Desserts
There was a good assortment of nonya kuehs, which we were told were supplied by HarriAnns, a family-run business specializing in making authentic Peranakan delicacies.
Bubur Cha Cha and Puloy Hitam were also available.
The buffet includes a free flow of local tea and coffee. Their teh tarik was very good.
If you want good local food but do not want to stand in queue in hot and humid surrounding or you want a fair selection of food but do not fancy being caught in an uncivilised fight for oysters or sashimi, then Shangri-La Peranakan Buffet Lunch at The Lobby Lounge may be the perfect option. Top notch Shangri-La service, a refined and calm atmosphere and good food make The Lobby Lounge Shangri-La Singapore a great place to savour the best of Singapore’s heritage delicacies.
Overall Rating: 5 TOPs
The Lobby Lounge
Lobby Level, Tower Wing
Shangri-La Hotel Singapore
22 Orange Grove Road
Tel: (65) 6213 4398
Opening hours: 7:30 am to 1 am
À la carte menu:
Monday to Sunday, from 11:30 am to 10 pm
Local Semi-buffet Lunch:
Monday to Friday 11:30 am to 2.30 pm at $38++
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 11.30 am to 5 pm at $45++
50% off for Children under 12-years-old
3-Tier Local Signature Afternoon Tea Set:
Monday to Friday 3 pm to 5.30 pm at $30++
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