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“Bland Russian Food At Its Worst”
Review of Buyan

Buyan
Ranked #1,918 of 10,791 Restaurants in Singapore
Price range: $30 - $50
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Chinatown
Description: Buyan invites you to enjoy dishes from Russia and the former Soviet Union, from homely stews to caviar indulgence. This is the very place to try the real taste of the world-known Russian borscht, pirozhki (small pies) or pelmeni (dough pockets filled with mixed meat).
Chengdu, China
Level 6 Contributor
111 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Bland Russian Food At Its Worst”
Reviewed March 2, 2013

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.

  • Visited February 2013
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Singapore
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Caviar with Blinis is Absolute Divine”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

We were two families and a friend and Buyan exceeded our expectation. Our service hostess Katia was has been the best female restaurant hostess I have ever experienced in Singapore. She was warm, smiling and extremely knowledgeable about the cuisine and what to recommend. And she gave her personal attention to us always bringing the dishes with a great smile.
Ipad menu was so cool.
One must try the caviar with blinis for the starter - this was an absolute divine. The caviar was fresh, smooth with a tinge of saltiness. Paired with flat crepe like blinis, and cream and sea salt was amazing. This starter is very light and luxurious, it would be a hit with couples on special occasions, business dinner or any caviar-lovers.
Other not-to-be missed items are slow cooked beef stroganoff, authentic shashilik, and the honey infused cake with rasberry coulis will leave you coming back for more to Buyan.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank Mano888
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singapore
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“A gem!”
Reviewed November 22, 2012

This is a beautiful restaurant, nice atmost=phere and probably best wine selection in Singapore (i know, a surprise in a Russian Restaurant may be?).
A great place for a different evening and diner.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank SingExpert
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Barcelona, Spain
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Oh my sweet lord, sublime Wisniowka”
Reviewed September 17, 2012

The iPad menus are funky, russian waitress is enchanting, superb dishes but cream on top is that orgasmic cherry vodka that would leave you speechless. try to go to upper floors as they play pop music at ground floor and that breaks the atmosphere a bit, russian music would make the perfect circle. A must try.

  • Visited September 2012
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Boise, Idaho
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
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“Vodka and Pelmeny”
Reviewed August 8, 2012

We had noticed Buyan on one of our previous trips to the Duxton Hill area. Duxton Hill has so much to offer and after our first visit Buyan is right up there as one of our favorites. My husband is of Russian descent so we are someone opinionated about Russian food. It was a quiet night in the bar but our server was attentive and really helped us navigate our way throught the extensive list of vodkas. What else would you drink at a Russian restaurant! The vodka is served super chilled and was wonderful. We ordered pelmeny as it is one of our favorites and although the portion was small by our standard the flavor was outstanding. We would definitely go back to this restaurant.

  • Visited November 2011
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Thank ELAINE K
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