Sis Surprised Me with Lunch at JAAN for My Birthday!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Sis’s Birthday Surprise: Skyline Luge Sentosa, The Knolls and Corner House

If you can remember, my sis threw me a wonderful birthday celebration six months ago by getting me a humongous helium balloon bouquet, bringing me to lunch at Tanuki Raw, then a macaron baking class at The Kitchen Society by Bonheur Patisserie (my absolute favourite macarons), followed by dinner at Basilico (you can read more about it here: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3). I knew it was not going to be easy but I had to do something to top her awesome effort for her birthday.

Hence, I had a full day planned for her special day. She had totally no idea what I had in store for her. We woke up early on Sunday and headed for Sentosa. Our first stop was Skyline Luge Sentosa, where I had gotten a Three Luge & Skyline Combo for $25 from their website. My sis loves the Luge, so we were off to a great start!

As it was pretty hazy, so we did not have to queue for our turns! We had fun taking the Skyline up to the top of the Luge track and zipping our way down on the speedy ride.

Our second stop of the day was The Knolls at Capella Singapore. I enjoyed my first visit so much (read more about it here), that I decided to bring my sis here for their Sunday Brunch. What I like about this place is that they pride themselves not only on variety but quality, so you can be rest assured that you are getting your money worth in spades.

My sis was impressed by the food and service there! The dessert spread is as extensive as their appetisers and main courses. If you are a dessert lover like me, this is a buffet that you should not miss. Also, I would recommend that you make reservations in advance as the restaurant is usually packed!

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Birthday Surprise (Part 3): Basilico @ Regent Singapore

After a long day of food, the last part of the birthday surprise was guess what? Still food. Sis brought me to Basilico because it:

  1. Scored a whopping 85% on Hungrygowhere, one of the highest rated Italian Restaurant,
  2. Was awarded Chope’s Diners’ Choice Awards 2014 “Best Hotel Buffet”, and
  3. Was awarded Certificate of Excellence for 2014 on Tripadvisor.

All high praises. The restaurant serves a semi buffet where you get to order a main course and enjoy a buffet spread of antipasti and desserts for $88 per person.

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Ayden’s birthday

Haven’t been updating because of work lately. But here’s some pictures of my nephew’s second birthday.

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He’s such a dear. And now instead of enjoying the spiffy race track he got for his birthday, he’s playing with his sister’s nursing first aid pack.