2 weeks ago my family went back to Shashlik Restaurant at Far East SC for dinner. I was really apprehensive about going there because of the bad reviews and the infamous ancient Hainanese waiters from hell. The last time I was there, about 2-3 years ago, my family dined with fear in our hearts. They just snatch the menu from you after you order without a single word.The old waiters were so rude and unfriendly and we could hear smashing of cutlery and shouting from the kitchen. There were no smiles, no thank yous and of course no pleases. It was traumatising to say the least. It seems that we were all there for free food and so had to tolerate the extreme nastiness.
However, this time around, there seem to be a great turnaround. the old plump waiter greeted us as we entered and when we were not ready to order, he said no problem, take your time and even the tall aunty tried her best to force a smile and the old uncle was still shuffling around. I looked around to see whether there was a camera crew filming and was relieved there were none.
I noticed that there were a few younger service staff and they were OK. I guess they may have rubbed some courtesy dust on the older ones or there were some changes in the management. Also, I guessed that the No.1 nasty waiter, a small wiry guy was not around. Either he has retired, sacked or passed on, it was all for the good of the restaurant.
The food portion was small but very good. The lamb and beef were succulent . fragrant and very well marinated. The borsch soup was a bit disappointing, the colour look brownish and lack a bit of punch. The Bomb Alaska dessert was the high point of the evening and never fail to bring smiles all around. Averagely, we spent about $40 per person, which is quite reasonable.
OK, folks, don't be afraid anymore. The big bad wolf has gone and you can now all go to Shashlik. Don't go, for just the good food but also experience the old world charm both of the decor and the players. It was a hilarious evening for me.
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