No longer merely the mythological disappearing island in Russian folklore, Buyan has manifested itself tangibly in this Duxton Hill space that spans two shophouses and three floors. Vodka and caviar bars on the ground level serve over 50 premium voddies; terrace and courtyard settings on the second are for fine dining; and a casual dining space up top holds a service bar. This luxurious – and ambitious – Russian restaurant plates up a traditional menu that includes Kamchatka crabs, blinchaty pirog (blinis stuffed with minced beef), vegetarian golubsty (stuffed cabbage leaves), and Napoleon cake (French layered cake adopted by the Russians) with lingonberry compôte. If you’re feeling ecoconscious, the caviar, ‘wild’ boar and geese are taken from the farmed varieties. Oh, and of course, there are iPad menus.
9/10 Duxton Hill
|Opening hours:||Level 1 Mon-Sat noon-midnight, Level 2 & 3 noon-2.30pm, 6.30pm-10pm|