Singapore, March 2016 – Blending the old and new into an evening of fun can be quite an experience. Hilda took Mina and me down memory lane for dinner at Shashlik, the Russo-Hainanese restaurant from the 80s, followed by drinks at the hip and happening bar – 28 HongKong Street (#1 Asia’s 50 Best Bar list).
To many Singaporeans, Shashlik requires no introduction; it is famous for its Russian steaks and geriatric waiters. But for Mina and me who are relatively new in town, it was a hidden gem along the Orchard Road.
Shashlik, after closing down briefly in 2015, is now reopened in the same space on the 6th Floor of Far East Shopping Centre (so you really have to know this place to go there, not on street level – the best kept secret in Singapore). They only take reservations for one seating at 6:00pm; subsequent seatings are on a first-come-first serve basis.
The restaurant was bustling – full house at 6:30pm. Aside from the food, Shashlik has a reputation for its long-serving waiters who grew up with the restaurant – some well into their 80s.
Hilda ordered a few of the signature dishes-
Of course, we ordered the very nostalgic dessert – Baked Alaska. The food was hearty and tasty. We left with our stomachs full and our appetites fully satisfied.
We ventured down to the bar – 28 HongKong Street – the name and address are the same. From the facade and lack of signage, one could tell it was for insiders only!
The bar served cult cocktails – some pretty unique concoctions there. Don’t even attempt to order red wine or champagne – you won’t find them on the drinks list!
It was one fun and fabulous girls night out! Thanks to our friend, Hilda!
Shashlik – 545 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238882
All photos were taken by Mrs. King.