When a good friend, Micaela* suggested doing dinner at Rasputin's, to try traditional Russian fare, Charmaine* and I were very eager of course. After all, we had never eaten Russian food before, and it was a great opportunity to do some catching up.
We started with the Shuba Salad - which is actually Herring Salad meaning "herring under fur coat" - a coat of onions and beetroot. It is a cold dish (the fish is cooked, not sashimi raw, no worries) and has a strong blend of flavors - the sweetness of the beetroot, saltiness of the fish and spiciness of chopped onions. It is supremably delicious, hints of flavors and freshness of herring that make love to the taste buds literally. We loved it at first bite.
Then the must-try soups - piping hot and large portions! We shared a Borsch Soup (beetroot, onions, potato, beef and parsley) and the Ukha Soup (Russian fish broth)
The Pelmeni ("ear bread") - Siberian meat dumplings- were served next. I believe it was pork - I'd forgotten to ask, but we ate most kinds of meat anyway. It tasted like a cross between the Chinese handmade dumplings and Japanese Kyoza (dumplings, as well) - believe it or not - with its marinated minced meat stuffed into thin, unleavened dough sheets. We loved it nonetheless.
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Went there on Wednesday! Lights and bar looks decent but service was poor! I ordered 4 whisky cokes and after 15 minutes I walk up to the bartender, who had forgotten about my order! Not much crowd so maybe he just had a long day!
Food is decent! I have never had authentic Russian food so I don't know but it was sure tasty!
Nothing really Russian here, except the vodka! All the wait staff are Indians!
All in all, classic bourgeois with its cheap plastic, decent music, inexpensive food, and dark atmosphere! Perfect for teenybops! Would recommend something more upmarket at Dempsey for people with deeper pockets!
Looks decent enough when you walk in ...untill we had a problem with the food (overburnt) and asked to see the manager. In walks a guy with a dangerously friendly smile, i asks him if he thought the meat was overburnt ... he replies yah looks like it ... so? wat u gonna do about it? i ask ... Farking nothing! he replies ... we were shocked and so angry by the reply we paid up and left immediately! we later found out that the manager is a new hire and a real SOB in the industry ... never again will we come to this trash place and would recommend that you avoid as well!
Rasputin seems like a new place that's yet to find its niche clientele. It's confused As to whom it should please. Such lack of specialization is clearly apparent in the events it holds and the crowd it attracts.
Went this Saturday. The only real specialty was the cheap liquor. Music was average. Food was average. Crowd was average. Nothing special just your normal place trying to attract a normal crowd to have some normal fun.
Would recommend this place only to big groups who are looking to have fun amongst themselves. For couples or singles, who are looking meet interesting new people or strike romantic connections, other clubs would be recommended. For an average cheap night out, it's fine but you wouldn't end up with anything special here.
I come to Rasputin for dinner and drinks many time with my Russian friends. I like the food they cook. It's real genuine Russian food very delicious. Sometime I come to Rasputin to buy some salads for take away, my favourite is Amurskiy salad with salmon. They also have good price for buckets of beer many different kind. Staff is really nice and friendly. They have Russian waitress Irina, she is very good. On Wednesdays they also have Russian singer performing, her voice is very beautiful.
Приветствую, хотел бы поделится впечатлениями о русском ресторане/клубе "Распутин", который находится на Clarke Quay. Начну я свой рассказ о еде, восхитительной и не повторимой, как говорится " как бабушка готовит". Лучшие повара, радуют каждый вечер блюдами из мяса, рыбы, и другими изысканными блюдами. Дальше хотел бы выразить благодарность тем официантам которые там работают. Ирина и другие официанты помогут определится с выбором еды и напитков. Так же хочу выделить менеджера русского ресторана/клуба Растутин, Василия, который работает и делает это место еще приятнее. По средам выступает оперная певица, которая сделает ваш вечер не забываемым и веселым. Так что если вы в Сингапуре, и вам скучно, желаете веселья и соскучились по русской еде, то советую вам посетить Распутин.
Only two words come to my mind when I think of this place - Cheap Plastic.
It's alright for teeny Bops whose pockets are empty. Things are cheap here so that's good.
For more uppitty, middle-aged, higher incomes earners or teeny bops with deeper pockets, I would recommend better clubs like Avalon, Pangaea, Zouk, Ku de Ta, Attica etc. These places might be more expensive but will you a night to remember.
I visited Rasputin last wednesday - Ladies night. No laides there. Just anxious waiters (none of them russian) looking for empty glasses so they can get a new order. Food was alright - cheap and filled the stomach. Nothing special. Music was trying to get there but didn't really go to the other side.
All in all, I guess if the people energy was more, more customers etc, it could have been special but for now, 'Cheap Plastic' is as far as this place goes.
Also, there was a 'bloody incident' last year about this place in which untrained bouncer assaulted a customer. Cops were involved and it was covered in the newspappers. It got some bad publicity because of that and that might have further hit business. Maybe, now they have better bouncers who are trained in defense more than offense.
Overall, Unless the owner doesn't something more entrepreneurial, this place might be seeing the last of its days soon.