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!