As some of you may know, I celebrated my big three-o last week! My sis (@hungrybaker) who is in a habit of bringing me to surprise locations for my birthday, brought me to JAAN, which has been at the top of my must-try list ever since I saw a picture of their “smoking egg” on Instagram.
JAAN first appeared on the food scene when Chef Julien Royer was at the helm. Thenceforth, the restaurant has gone on to receive many coveted awards and accolades, such as (just to name a few):
- Best Degustation Menu, Wine & Dine’s Singapore’s Top Restaurants 2013
- KitchenAid Chef of the Year at The World Gourmet Series Awards of Excellence 2014
- Ranked 74th at The World’s Best Restaurants 2015
- Ranked 29th at Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016
Furthermore, Chef Kirk Westaway, who succeeded Chef Julien Royer, won last year’s San Pellegrino Young Chef of the Year and was named 2016 Rising Chef of the Year at World Gourmet Summit Awards.
To get to the restaurant, we needed to access the 70th floor through a separate entrance at Swissotel The Stamford. Also, my sis had to book months in advance for us to score a window seat, affording us a bird’s eye view of Singapore’s landmarks.
We decided on Epicure Lunch (7 course menu at $158), which is kind of like a degustation menu, where Chef Westaway will serve seven of his greatest signature dishes, crafted using high quality seasonal produced from around the world. However, it was only after lunch that we realised we were served a total of 13 dishes!
Hummus Tapoica Chip and Venison Tartare/ Beetroot on Lotus Chip. Surprisingly for a carnivore, I enjoyed the hummus one more, as it was lighter and at the same time, more flavourful.
Foie Gras Truffle Macarons. I love macarons, but this was my first time trying a savoury one. The shells were slightly chewy and not overly sweet. In addition, the filling was smooth while the flavour was subtle.
JAAN’s Version of Fish & Chips. Very interestingly executed! I appreciated how the fish was not too dry after being mashed and the potato base still remained crisp with the fish on top.
Amuse Bouche, truffle mushroom soup. Apparently this has been here for the long haul and it is no wonder why.
Bread Basket: parmesan, walnut raisin, lemon basil and sourdough. The wait staff was really nice as she noticed that we were taking pictures and came around with a full bread basket for us to photograph.
Peas, Quinoa with Pea Reduction. The peas were firm and sweet. If I had peas like that when I was younger, I would be eating more of them now.
Heirloom Tomato, served with basil sorbet, pesto and foam.
Soft Organic Hen’s Egg. The “smoking egg” I was referring to earlier. The presentation has improved greatly under the current chef, with an egg basket to boot! The egg is poached for 55 minutes then smoked with rosemary, and lastly topped with spring pea and chorizo iberico.
‘Farmer’s Harvest’, a house selection of seasonal spring vegetables with yoghurt at the bottom. Possibly my favourite dish!
Sis and I had two different mains. I had the beef and she had the tortellini. The beef was beautifully marbled and served with black ketchup. Sis’s Tortellini was served with saffron and pumpkin veloute. Such a pretty dish! This dish augmented the natural sweetness of the pumpkin.
Pre-Dessert, cucumber sorbet. Very refreshing and with a slightly acidic middle from the lemon and lime espuma.
Ivory Caramel, textured chocolate. Chef Westaway came out personally to serve this. He was armed with a canister of warm chocolate, which was used to flood this dessert with. This was positively intoxicating.
A birthday cake complimentary of JAAN.
Petite Fours: Devonshire cream tea, amalfi lemon tart and JAAN’s version of Ferrero Rocher.
Chef Westaway made me eat so many vegetables that day! And they were really good. It took as almost three hours to complete our meal. Needless to say, the food was superb and I had a splendid, wonderful, magnificent, first rate (the list could go on) time at JAAN. I will definitely be back!
2 Stamford Road, Level 70,
Swissotel The Stamford,
Tel: 6837 3322
Monday to Saturday 1200-1430hrs and 1900-2200hrs
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.
Nearest MRT Station: City Hall Station (East West Line & North South Line)