My wife (who is Russian) and I (who have visited, lived and worked in Russia for over 10 years) visited Buyan in Duxton Hill last Wednesday night. We had heard that Buyan was the place to go for Haute Russian cuisine in Singapore and had heard the stories of their fantastic wine list. While Russian cuisine isn't known for its exotic flavors, we were both looking forward to a nostalgic dinner to remind us of Russia.
I'll get the nice part out of the way here by saying that the decor was nice (something you would see in a themed restaurant in Moscow), the staff helpful and the beer was cold.
But the food was just simply disappointing. I ordered the pelmini (dumplings) for an appetizer and we both ordered the golubsty (stuffed cabbage rolls) for the main. These are two dishes you can always count on in any Russian restaurant to come out the way you expect as they are very basic staples. Well, not at Buyan. The pelmini came out undercooked and chewy. There was an attempt at seasoning with some herbs, but you could not taste anything but the dough. The stuffed cabbage rolls arrived smothered in some sauce that I assumed was a blend of sour cream and tomato paste, which I had to scrape off. On top of that the "cabbage" they used had to be some local green rather than actual cabbage as typically this dish comes out with the cabbage leaves ready to fall apart rather than tough and requiring a knife to cut through. The stuffing of the roll also was very bland and my wife said that hers had an off putting smell to it.
For us it comes down to: if you are going to advertise that you specialize in a specific ethnic cuisine, you need to be able to get the basic dishes right. Needless to say we will not be going back.
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.