There aren’t many Russian restaurants in Singapore. One of the most talked about Russian restaurants is Buyan Russian Restaurant & Caviar Bar. I was lured to this charming dining enclave by the Entertainer App’s attractive buy-one-get-one-free offer.
Read about my previous experience with the Entertainer App at Hummerstons here: http://melicacy.com/?p=6402
The Entertainer App is free to download from the app store. Each month, there will be about 15 participating merchants who will offer one-for-one deals in the Entertainer App, which you don’t have to pay for in order to utilise. But, if you would like the full version of the Entertainer App, which allows you to enjoy one-for-one deals at over 1000 merchants, the in-app purchase costs just $57 (for a limited time only; usual price $95).
It makes good sense to purchase the huge collection of over 1000 one-for-one deals at just $57 or even $95 if you dine out often, since the amount already pays for the meal itself and you can save on so much more.
The Entertainer app makes the unaffordable affordable, when you and your dining companion are only required to pay for the price of one!
Mimosa Salad ($12)
We commenced the meal with the Mimosa Salad, which consists of pink salmon flakes, finely chopped white onion, shredded carrot, crumbs of egg, and homemade mayonnaise, topped with grated emmental cheese, and presented in neat layers. It’s a decent dish. The contrasting elements work well together.
Pan Seared Salmon with Nut Sauce ($24)
For the main course, I had the Pan Seared Salmon with Nut Sauce. I felt they could’ve been more generous with the toothsome sauce, and could keep a closer eye on the salmon that’s been slightly overcooked.
The other main course that we ordered was the Kulebyaka, which is essentially a traditional Russian pie filled with salmon, rice and mushroom.
The piecrust was dense and hard –not something I’d look for in a pie. The salmon in the filling brought about a not-too-pleasant fishiness although not drastically so. Thank goodness we utilised the one-for-one offer on the Entertainer app and saved on this dish, because if I had to choose again I would never order it.
Browsing through the menu on the iPad, I regretted not going for the Shashlyk ($38) – platter of charcoal-grilled chicken, lamb and salmon – that many other diners ordered and seemed to enjoy tremendously.
The Chicken Kiev ($26) – breaded chicken stuffed with clarified butter and served with mushroom sauce – is equally tempting, but my dining companion was having a sore throat and it was best we avoided deep-fried food for the night.
Another dish I would love to try is the Baranya Noga ($35) –lamb shank served with mashed potato and vegetable sauce.
The one-for-one deal at Buyan applies to all main menu items.
Sautéed Potato ($8)
The portions are not massive. Big eaters can order additional sides such as the sautéed potato or mushroom to quell the hunger.
While I was dispirited by how the two mains fared, the items from the Bar Menu managed to salvage the evening. The succulent and tasty Krylyshki – chicken wings dipped in Buyan signature sweet & hot tomato sauce – is a welcome treat to our disappointed palates.
Pork Ribs ($16)
The Pork Ribs from the Bar Menu, dubbed as their “all-time bar favourite”, is happiness right down to the bone.
Another successful experience with the Entertainer app!
Download the Entertainer app here: http://www.theentertainerme.com/singapore/
Buyan Russian Restaurant & Caviar Bar
9/10 Duxton Hill
Tel: (65) 6223 7008
12pm – 3pm (Tues – Fri), 6pm – 10.30pm (Mon – Sat)
Closed on Sunday