Shangri-La Hotel is celebrating their new opening of Shangri-La Bosphorous in Instanbul, Turkey with a majestic promotion of Turkish delights at the Line Buffet. Guests who dine at the buffet from now till the 24th of March will enjoy a special selection of meats and sweets specially prepared by Mediterranean Chef Khaled. Furthermore, all diners are entitled to a lucky draw where the top prize includes a three night stay at the new Shangri-La Bosphorous with 2 return Business class air tickets via Turkish Airways. For a selection of delectable meats, treats and prizes to win, what’s not to love about the spread at The Line with this delightful Turkish promotion.
Every alternate day, the main feature served up at The Line’s Turkish spread is the Whole Roast Lamb (kavulmus kuzu) or Roast Lamb Leg. When I saw the entire lamb placed on the counter surrounded with olive rice and turkish sweet treats, I was very impressed. The amount of effort the team of chefs placed in required at least a weeks worth of preparation, marination and cooking. Slice up the meats for a portion of tender succulent spiced lamb with flavours rich and without the odour. Serve the olive rice by the side for a delectable filling and staple to the meal. Excellent. Ask for a little skin if you want to indulge in the spiced lamb flavours that is so characteristic of the dish.
Another main delight is the Donner Kebabi. Shaved pieces of lamb is stuffed in bread together with an assortment of sauces, condiments and topped with a black olive.
Stuffed wraps or breads are just pure indulgence. There is something about a wholesome combination that is indescribable. Nevertheless, take the first bite and allow the flavours to combine in harmonies of savoury, creamy and sweetness.
The Pasa Koftesi reminded me strongly of hamburger patties that seemed too good to be true. Slightly dry and crumbly, yet retaining slivers of fatty sweetness, these patties were well complemented with the rich tomato sauce and topping of creamed mash. Truly a meat lovers delight, slice by slice.
Sea bass is the catch of the day with the Balik Pikakisi. Baked fish with vegetables and olive oil, this mediterranean favourite introduces clean flavours of fish gently accompanied with a tangy sweet broth that is excellent on its own.
The Hunkar Begendi features a lamb stew with creamed egg plant as the base. Tender meaty lamb with a stock flavour found slightly close to the richness of beef stew, I deeply enjoyed this dish. The creamed egg plant at the bottom was a clear favourite for me. Slightly nutty bordering neutral, it accompanied the strong flavours of lamb very well.
Kirmizi biber ve sarimisak ile firinda tavuk (chicken drumstick with garlic paprika)
domates yahnili kaqsar peynirli acik pide (open face pita with tomato ragout)
kizarmis mussels – excellently spiced mussels with a hearty aftertaste, all while coated in a crisp batter after fry.
The selection of Turkish sweets were in addition to the traditional dessert counter found at the Line. So that means one gets even more variety to choose from. While I personally feel that Turkish desserts are quite sweet to begin with, the selection made available by Chef Khaled is a good starting point of the healthy to the decadent. Choose what you fancy, and enjoy the crumbly nutty texture with choicest apples and apricots as part of the line up.
Stuffed apricot with cream (new favourite!)
uzum hosafi (raisin compote). Pomegranate and soaked dried raisins with apple juice make this dessert and starter. Clean, clear flavours with a good sparkle from the pomegranate sweetened by the raisins.
tel kadayif (shredded filo with walnut)
A glimpse at the rest of the line up!
Begin round 2 of desserts!
All guests dining at the Line this promotional period will be served a welcome drink made out of pomegranate juice. Crisp, clear, sweet yet with slight bitter after flavours, this drinks refreshes the palate from all the heavy meats.
Chef Khaled and his masterpiece – the roast lamb
Turkish delights at the Line make dining at the Shangri-La a refreshed affair. I enjoyed witnessing the visual feast Chef Khaled had in mind, and it was a true sampler to Turkish cuisine in addition to the spread already available at the restaurant. Lamb is a key focus of the cuisine spread, with a nice touch and emphasis for the little sweet treats I commonly associate Turkish delights with. This is one buffet that is not to be missed, and with some lucky draw prizes to win (like that pair of return Business class air tickets via Turkish airways to Shangri-La Bosphorous), the entire deal is just made all the more sweeter.
Thank you Shangri-La for the invitation.
22 Orange Grove Road
Tel : 6213 4275Turkish Delight Lunch Buffet
Adult : $49, Child : $26
Turkish Delight Dinner Buffet
Adult : $72, Child : $36
Available from now till 24th March 2013