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The Peak August 2011 (click to enlarge)

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interesting to say the least- food, decor (and prices!)

A couple of Russian friends suggested we try Buyan, after scoffing at the "other" russian restaurant (Shashlik- if you can call it Russian).

So, being recommended by russians, it must be good right? Well we made the 'mistake' of sitting on level 2, which is fine dining, instead of level 3, which is casual- yes, similar menus, but you pay more downstairs- and level 3 has a wider variety. go figure! Both levels are decked out like a traditional, and what i'd imagine is an upper-end, restaurant in Russia. Level 1 is reserved for what Russians are good at- drinking.

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Buyan Russian Restaurant Cuisine and Caviar Bar is one of the few dedicated Russian restaurants here, and made headlines when it became the winning bidder of the most expensive champagne in the world - a $53,000 bottle of 1841 Veuve Cliquot. Quite a pretty penny... though merely a drop in the ocean (or should I say, Baltic sea) of their $5 million wine cellar.

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Buyan Russian Restaurant and Caviar Bar

I’ve never been much of a vodka fan but when the opportunity came up to attend a vodka tasting event at Buyan Russian Restaurant and Caviar Bar (wah quite a mouthful of a name), I jumped at it. Buyan has been on my to-go list for a while, and I was curious to see the vodkas which the Russians are so famous for.
We were a bit early for the tasting but this gave us a chance to mingle with Alex from citynomads, the bartender and the sommelier – all very nice and friendly people. That, plus the fact that they serve 45ml shots here instead of the regular 30ml shots - I think this could be my new favourite bar!

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