People who have kids at home or within the family will surely be familiar with this catchy-yet-can-be-annoyingly LSS-causing song from the Little Einsteins. It surely was the song playing in my mind as I read the invite that my friends from Shangri-la Hotel Singapore sent me a few weeks ago. As the invite says, we were to join them in a journey across the Middle East and to immerse in the vibrancy of "Al Souq". Oh how I love Middle Eastern food!
Well, lucky readers in Singapore will be able to experience a wide array of Middle Eastern flavors as The Line is having a two week long buffet promotion which started yesterday up until the 25th of March!
It was so fun that we were given a gastronomic preview of what diners can expect at The Line during this time period:
The Turkish Tabouleh was Paul's favorite. A refreshing mix of chopped tomatoes, onion, parsley, crushed wheat, olive oil and lemon juice. It also has a slight sprinkle of Turkish chili paste which wasn't spicy at all. The Baba Ghanoush, reminded me of my sister who told me that she ate a lot of this when she went to Egypt for her business trip a few years ago. While I'm not a big fan of eggplant, I enjoyed the robust flavor brought about by the roasted eggplant mixed with lemon juice and sesame oil.
Now, my favorite -- the Hummus Bil Lahim is made of chickpeas (hummus) with really delicious chopped lamb and roasted pine nuts. Sensing how much I loved it, Paul agreed to swap my Tabouleh with his Hummus. Yay!
The Warak Inab has chopped tomato, sticky rice and onion wrapped into a piece of grape leave. I have to admit that not a lot of people like this. Paul and my friend G for one aren't very fond of this and were happy to give me their share. It was alright for me though. :) It also came with a piece of cherry tomato topped with spices and chili but I chose to just leave this untouched on my plate.
We were feeling quite food already and were surprised that we haven't had the main course yet! Oh boy!
The tender lamb was cooked with sun-dried tomatoes, onions, saffron and was probably simmered for hours to make it this good. It was served with another dish filled with couscous which we all know is a healthier alternative to rice. I love the play of colors thus we decided to do our little creative plating with this. How'd you find it? :)
The Lamb Tagine and Couscous alone makes a good reason to check out The Line and try Al Souq Middle Eastern buffet promotion.
Since I wasn't quite happy with my dessert, I headed to the buffet area to get myself a cup of Frozen Yogurt which was so goooood.
Head over to The Line at Shangri-la Hotel Singapore to try these delicious Middle Eastern specialties for a very limited time only. This will only be available during dinner time.
*photo credit: Paul Ang
The Line is in Shangri-la Hotel, Orange Grove Road, Singapore. For reservations, call them at +65 6213-4275.