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Heard their 3 course set lunches are value for money and hence I made the trip down this weekend. The service staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. On top of the our 3 courses, we were also served pre-appetizer and pre-dessert snacks!! The quality of food was excellent and the view even more breathtaking. Definitely a place to go to for that special romantic or birthday celebration.
There is a great promotion via Amex that gives 1 for 1 dining for couples at the restaurants in The Fairmont and Swiss Hotel. Except the promotion is a Red Herring.
I called Jaan to book for my Wedding anniversary and was told that the annual quota of Amex seats is already used up. Now if it were November I could understand, but it is only April, so something is fishy.
Equally, the hotel staff were disinterested that the booking was from a regular guest of their restaurants, that it was a once in a lifetime special occasion and on a weekday. Their best proposal was to go and eat somewhere else or free valet parking!
So - take with a pinch of salt what you read in the promotional material from Amex and/or the SwissHotel / The Fairmont.
Jaan, derived from the ancient Sanskrit word for ‘bowl’, is currently ranked 29th in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. Currently lead by Chef de Cuisine Kirk Westway, Jaan offers elevated modern french cuisine with imaginative twists and beautiful aesthetics. I visited this establishment with Miss M in September 2015 as a celebration for both of our birthdays.
This restaurant had been on my to-go list for a very long time. Having only 40 seats in the dining room, it was quite a challenge to get a reservation in their restaurant. During my previous visit to Singapore, I had tried calling them up to reserve a table one week in advance, but it was fully booked. So during my subsequent trip, I’ve made sure to e-mail them about one month in advance.
Located on the 70th floor of Equinox Complex, entering the restaurant is an experience by itself. There is a booth at the ground floor that leads the way to an elevator up to the restaurant. After passing through several short hallways, we entered the restaurant and were lucky enough to be seated at a table with a spectacular view that oversees the Marina Bay Sands. The set up of the dining room felt really special with its bright, classy interior at such a high elevation. This was by far the most romantic restaurant I’ve ever been.
Dining at Jaan was one of the best fine dining experiences I’ve had so far. At a very affordable price point of $118, I would say that their lunch degustation was more than worth it. However, be mindful that they have an additional charge for their amuse bouche which was automatically included in our lunch.
Their stand out dishes were the heirloom tomato collection and their rosemary infused organic egg. I can’t praise them enough for the creativity and artistry demonstrated in all of their dishes. All of their plates looked so aesthetically pleasing to the eyes. All these factors combined, along with excellent service, lead to a very enjoyable meal.
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See the full review of Jaan's 5-course set lunch at: http://www.feleats.blogspot.sg/2015/11/jaan.html
Jaan had always been a little milestone of my foodie journey on this little red dot. When I’m overseas, I’m always willing to splurge on my meals because more often than not, I’ll only be there once. With no such pressure in Singapore, there are just too many restaurants on my to-eat list! Since my boyfriend and I were looking for a restaurant for a celebration, we decided to visit Jaan for its set lunch menu.
Having a meal at a fine dining restaurant comes with the likes of amuse bouche and petit fours that are not listed on the menu. Shortly after placing our order, we were served 3 different canapes.
Wagyu beef tartare wrapped with jamon iberico, fish and chips and foie gras macarons These bite sized treats were simply a delight with complex flavours and finesse in their creation. Of the 3, I was impressed with Jaan’s rendition of the mini fish and chips that comes in the form of a small ring of crispy fried potato topped with a savoury fish paste that just wows your taste buds.
Mushroom tea Moving on to our 2nd amuse bouche, the mushroom tea. Such an elegant soup that i’ve never tasted elsewhere. The mushroom tea was served in a french press, extracting a clean and pure tea to be poured over a sabayon of cep, lovage and walnuts. This brought the idea of a soup to a whole new level. The earthy soup had texture that is likened to water, except that it is loaded full of mushroom flavor and finishes off with a fragrant walnut crunch.
Heirloom Tomato Bits of tomato stuffed in a large tomato, served with burrata, tomato espuma and basil sorbet. The flesh of the tomato was meaty with an abundance of tomato juice as you sink your teeth into it. Burrata on the side proved to be creamy, chewy and was a good complement to the tomato. It was a very refreshing dish that had the burst of basil fragrance from the sorbet against the robust and acidic tasting heirloom tomato.
55’ Rosemary Smoked Organic Egg This dish clearly exemplifies how Jaan sets out to evoke all your senses during the dining experience. Feast with your eyes at the dreamy display of the 55’ eggs and take in weaves of the smoked rosemary beneath the serving bowl. Cooked for exactly 55 minutes at 64 degrees, the wobbly runny egg is poured into the ratte potato with bits of chorizo iberico. The creamy egg is a wonderful concoction of egg white and egg yolk alongside with the nutty and buttery ratte potatoes.
Came here to celebrate the season with family. I haven't dined here before but chef Kirk Westaway does not disappoint. My favorite part of the 5-course degustation menu is the amuse bouche and appetizer part of the meal. It's like eating a box of macarons. Each hits a high note with distinctive flavors and textures - was like "Wow. YUM!! What was that deliciousness?". I think here's where his youth and creativity shone through, and I am really looking forward to this level of creativity blend in with fresh ingredients and clean flavors, into more signature dishes going forward.
Main courses were cooked to a nice temperature. Dessert was nice and light, figs is an interesting choice and worked really well as a finisher.
The top floor of the Swissotel boasts arguably the best views of the Marina Bay. The window seat at JAAN gives an unobstructed view of the East Coast Parkway on the left, the Singapore Flyer + Supertrees on front, and Marina Bay / Fullerton on the right.
If you're touring Singapore or want to wow your date with ONE special occasion rooftop dinner, yeap. This is it.
It’s been about two years since I’ve had dinner at JAAN. And when I heard Chef Julien Royer had left the restaurant, I was curious to find out if his predecessor had what it took to keep it in among the best restaurants in Asia.
We started with this succulent Irish Majestic Oyster with Light Artichoke Foam and Oscietra Caviar. This was an umami explosion of salty sea flavours and that natural burst of briny goodness from the caviar.
Next, the stuffed Vine-Ripened Tomato with Burrata Artigiana, Basil Sorbet and Tomato Consommé . This was one of my favourite dishes served that day. I’ve always loved the signature vegetable gardens that are semi-works of art at JAAN and this was no exception. The burrata was light so as not to overwhelm the natural sweetness and tartness of the tomatoes. And that basil sorbet brought everything magically together.
After that, we were presented with a Pumpkin-stuffed Pasta dish with cheese and topped with a delicious broth. The pasta was cooked well and had a good bite, but there wasn’t anything exceptional in flavour or texture here. Then came a Fish and Chicken dish served with some intricately-fried Chicken Skin Mesh with a side of asparagus. Chef Kirk was aiming for a simple, comforting dish but I found this somewhat forgettable.
One of the highlights at JAAN is their Hay-Roasted Bresse Pigeon. Chef Kirk presents this to much oohs and ahhs at the table and that gorgeous smoky flavour was very tantalising. When served with some hearty mash and a brown sauce, the pigeon leg was tender, juicy and had a subtle sweetness brought out in part by the cooking in hay.
We had some mouthwatering green apple and lemon sorbet as a palate cleanser before we were presented with dessert. This was one decadent, dark and nutty bowl with a hidden surprise. Beautiful textures of meringue, creamy hazelnut ice-cream, dark chocolate foam and some bits of chocolate with popping candy.
Knowing I wasn’t a huge fan of chocolate, Chef Kirk whipped up another surprise he was planning for the next season. This beautiful plate of figs, cinnamon, vanilla and all kinds of sweet, melt-in-your-mouth creamy awesome. I adored this not just because great figs are so hard to come by in Singapore, but because of how harmoniously the flavours came together and left you wanting more.
This meal was truly a testament of how JAAN consistently manages to pick the right people to helm their kitchens. First Andre Chiang, then Julien Royer, and now Kirk Westaway with his slightly heavier, richer style while retaining the essence of JAAN’s style and flavour. Foodies can heave a sigh of relief, one of Singapore’s best restaurants is in young but very capable hands.