A Russian gem of a restaurant located in the decrepit far east shopping center famous for its Bosch Soup and Shashliks.
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More butter please
Well since many people have given the Shashlik of Beef ($29++) their stamp of approval, I have decided to introduce a lesser known item on the menu – the Stuffed Mushroom with Smetana ($9++). This plate of appetizers comes with four mushrooms stuffed with chicken topped with a cream sauce and drizzled with Smetana, a type of sour cream. Do not let the watery-looking sauce put you off, it is packed with flavor.
Slightly tangy but salty and creamy, it not only goes well with the mushrooms, but also with warm bread and butter. Dunking the bread spread with butter into the sauce probably had my arteries screaming, but the butter enhanced the sauce with a rich texture and taste. I tried very hard not to lick the plate in a public setting but settled with stealing my dinner companion’s bread to soak up all the sauce.
Oh yes, this is the epitome of hidden gems, located in the decrepit Far East shopping center. Take the lift up to level 6, you're not missing anything unless you are a gamer. Then you probably know of QiShan, the only other reason to come to this building.
The first thing that hits you is the old school Russian style atmosphere. What lovely ambiance. The only other restaurant I can think of like this in Singapore? Red Star. But here the food is actually very good. I think this place makes a great date, if your date can appreciate a setup like this.
First off, the Borsch soup was heavenly. It tastes like a cross between kimchi/minestrone soup but it tastes far better and comes with a dollop of sour cream. You must try this while you're here, its one of their specialties. For their main course go for the Shashlik, a popular Russian Shish Kebab. Its like a steak but not exactly a steak. Its elongated, barbecued over a charcoal grill, dryer and its meat more flavourful. It is out of this world good.
For dessert we opted for the cherry jubilee. And out came a waiter who stir fried the cherries right infront of us. The performance itself was already worth the price. It makes one of those memorable date moments. Prices aren't cheap and service isn't good - they give you the "owe me money" face. But I find the food here amazing and the ambiance good if you like that nostalgic experience and something different.
This is a restaurant you must try once at least. Too bad not many people know about it.
Shashlik is a rare gem set within the confines of Far East Shopping Centre, a slightly sketchy looking building. As you head into the mall and up the lift, it is inevitable to wonder what kind of restaurant could flourish with such surroundings. However, one would be pleasantly surprised to discover that not judging a book by its cover certainly yields rewards in this case.
The restaurant is cosy and serves excellent food, particularly the Borsch Soup, a heady mix of meat and vegetables served in a thick broth and the Beef Shashlik which is wheeled over to you in all elegance. Admittedly, one thing I definitely look forward to is the white fluffy bun and butter they serve before the main course. The atmosphere is comfortable with waiters in impeccable uniforms and certainly excellent for a date.