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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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Expat Living July 2011 (click to enlarge)

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time out may'11

In Slavic mythology, Buyan is a mysterious island in the ocean with an ability to appear and disappear. And it also happens to be a new Russian vodka bar, wine museum and restaurant in the Duxton area. They are also the establishment that made recent headlines for being the mystery bidders behind the record-breaking purchase of the world’s oldest shipwrecked champagne. This upscale restaurant forked out an astonishing S$53,000 for a bottle of 1841 Veuve Clicquot!
With this news ringing in my ears, I knew that this was not going to be an inexpensive dining experience, but I would say the evening was a huge success. Not just because of the delicious food, beautiful and unusual decor in this 3-storey shophouse, or even the huge range of vodkas and wines, but because of the wonderful service. The staff were attentive, yet unobtrusive and their sommelier was friendly, knowledgeable, giving us a tour of their cellars and also treating us to some delicious wines.


Their menus are iPads!

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The Finder July 2011 (click to enlarge)

The Finder July'11

The Finder July'11

The Duxton area has shrugged off its cloak of sleaze: Step forward Singapore's latest throbbing hotbed for original food and drink concepts.

Until a year ago, Duxton was, in most restaurateurs' books, marked as a black hole. 

Despite its central setting and charming shophouse-cum-cobbled streets surroundings, the area’s deep-seated reputation as a concentration of sleazy, rowdy pubs with a crowd to match was too big a mental hoop to jump through.

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