I recently had a lovely meetup with Daniel and Lay Sian, Fen and Yuan, Frances, Harris and Xinli at Shashlik Resturant, located at Far East Shopping Centre. As the dim interior of the restaurant limited the performance of my point and shoot camera, I have only uploaded pictures of the food I ordered.
Although the food took quite a while to arrive, I liked the fact that all the diners at each table are served at the same time.
I love the soft and fluffy bread rolls here, served warm with a pat of SCS butter. As I had a late lunch that day, I regrettably skipped the lovely Borsch soup in order to save space for desserts (which I unfortunately had to pass on).
My order of Chicken A La Kiev "Imperial" ($19++) comprised lightly breaded chicken served with a piece of toast, crisp fries and boiled mixed vegetables. The chicken breast meat was satisfying tender, and was, interestingly, stuffed with butter. However, the toast was too stiff for my liking, though it was deep-fried to a golden crisp.
Harris's Pepper Steak ($26++) was done to a medium as requested, but it was a pity that the pepper overwhelmed the flavor of the meat. Contrary to its name, Frances' Chicken A La King ($19++) would probably fail to satisfy the palate of royalty. This comprised chicken stewed in an overly thick sauce reminiscent of canned mushroom soup, accompanied by rice and mixed vegetables.
Although most of the food we had that night was rather average, the charming old-school ambience of the restaurant, complete with waiters docked in maroon vests bringing food around on wooden trolleys, is good enough a reason to visit Shashlik in my opinion. Food-wise, stick to the Borsch, Oxtail Stew, Shashlik of Beef, Spring Chicken, Baked Alaska and Cherries Jubilee to avoid disappointment.
Far East Shopping Centre #06-19
Opening hours: 12pm-2.15pm (last order), 6.30pm-9.15pm daily