It doesn't get more old school than this. Shashlik hasn't changed in years, but I guess over the years, our palates have gotten a little more, should I say, particular. A recent vist with A's family was somewhat underwhelming, but at the same time you have to give them props for doggedly remaining stuck in the 80s, and refusing to change.
We always start with the Borsch. Portions have gotten a little smaller, and they're much stingier with the beef - we each only had one piece of beef in our bowl. It was still pretty tasty though.
I remember someone ages ago recommending the Egg Millionaire, so we ordered a portion to try. Basically, it was an egg custard of sorts, with cheese and bacon, re-stuffed into an egg half-shell and baked. Definitely an 80s kitschy dish.
Because the steaks here are served on a hot plate, they end up still cooking when they arrive, so we asked for rare instead of our usual medium rare. The waiter seemed very apprehensive and tried to discourage us (maybe they don't get many rare orders?) but we stood our ground, and good thing too. Especially how slow I eat, by the time I was halfway through my steak it was already medium rare to medium.
They still serve Baked Alaska and Peach Melba for dessert, but we decided to pass since we weren't particularly enamoured with everything else. Will we go back on our own? I don't think so, but if A's folks suggest it for another family dinner, I guess we won't say no.
Super old school. This was what passed for a high-end steakhouse back in the day. Now, it's relatively affordable and value for money. The steak standard is very good for what you pay (around $30+ per steak). The borsch soup has been scaled down in terms of portion, but I mean the price hasn't changed much in like 10 years so something's got to give right?
I'd recommend this if you're pretty old and out for a kitschy steakhouse experience.
545 Orchard Road
#06-19 Far East Shopping Centre