Borshch Steakhouse

December 27, 2011 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Borshch Steakhouse
58 Serangoon Gardens Way




Hainanese Russian Food
(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 5
Ambience & Setting: 5
Food & Beverage: 6
Service: 4
Value for Money: 6
Spent about $15 per person.

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Eating at Borshch Steakhouse is a bit hit-and-miss. Go in with the wrong expectations, and you will be sorely disappointed. 


Firstly, while they advertise "Russian" food, it's more accurate to say they were inspired by Russian cuisine. Their food is done in typical Hainanese Western style, which makes sense as the original chefs used to cook for the British. 


Thus, while the signature Russian Borshch soup is typically beetroot, here they've substituted cabbage in the soup instead.  Not totally wrong, as Borshch does contain cabbage in some Russian versions. 


However, when you actually taste the soup, it tastes more like a Minestrone with a Tomato base. It's not bad as a soup, but it would be more accurate to call it Minestrone, rather than Borshch. 


Borshch Steakhouse mains are done really well. Typical of the kind of steaks you'd get at your coffeeshop western food stall, juicy and cooked to your specifications. Their shashliks are pretty good as well. Order their mains as part of a set, as it's more value-for-money.


Their Beef Stroganoff is excellent. The sauce is addictively tasty, the meat is tender, and the rice is great for polishing off all the sauce. Again, don't expect it to look anything like a traditional Beef Stroganoff. 


The Oxtail Stew is only available on Thursdays, and well worth the effort to visit on that day. The meat is tender enough to fall off the bone. 


Unfortunately, Borshch Steakhouse is let down by average sides, average decor, and average service. 


Some of the service staff are from China, and can't pronounce simple English, so you might be better off placing orders in Chinese, or just pointing at the menu. 


Decor is a throwback to the past, with hand-sewn pictures adorning the walls. The dim restaurant interior of Borshch Steakhouse also makes taking photos difficult. Oddly enough, from outside, it's difficult to see into the restaurant, but from the inside, you can clearly see out. 




Borshch Soup




Caviar With Egg




Peach Melba




Shrimp Cocktail




Sirloin Steak




Shashlik Of Lamb




Beef Stroganoff




Oxtail Stew










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