Had another satisfying gastronomic experience at Jaan at level 70 of Swissotel The Stamford earlier this month – except this time, the modern French restaurant now has one Michelin star (I expected it to have two stars like Odette as I enjoyed my experience here a lot more, but I guess food is divisive and subjective).
Most of the dishes were repeats, but I did enjoy them the previous time and returned quite specifically to have the amazing Ivory Caramel dessert.
We had the five-course Degustation Lunch ($118), with alternatives provided for the Fish and Meat dishes, which my companion and I do not eat respectively.
Here are the photos!
Canapes: The chef’s interpretation fish and chips, tapioca chips with hummus, foie gras macarons, and crackers with olive oil pearls.
Amuse bouche: Potato espuma with truffle and mushroom bouillon. Similar in texture and taste to what I had the previous time, but tweaked nicely.
Bread basket: Milk brioche, raisin walnut, sourdough and a spicy Pain d’Epi I can’t remember the flavour of. This time, the bread bowl was placed on the table instead of a server coming around with bread hot from the oven. I did like having all the options, but this also meant most of the breads were cold by the time we started on them.
Heirloom Tomato, ‘burrata artigana’, basil – sweet and refreshing as usual. It’s always a joy to taste such fresh ingredients.
Soft Organic Hen’s Egg, smoked with rosemary and served with girolles mushroom (my non-meat option). Fantastic as always. My companion’s favourite dish.
Fish dish (can’t remember, but it doesn’t seem to be the Line Caught Halibut on the menu) – the fish was lacking in texture for me, and the other elements, though delicious, did not help much.
(Fish alternative) Farmer’s Harvest of spring vegetables – loved this the previous time.
Iberico Pork Loin, Coco de Paimpol, pommery – this was just OK, said my companion.
(Meat alternative) Tortellini, saffron, pumpkin veloute – quite enjoyed the same pumpkin tortellini the previous time.
Brie de Meaux Truffle, black truffle ice cream, poilane bread (supplement $20) – we loved the truffle ice cream, it was sweet and earthy, with the dab of olive oil enhancing the flavour of the black truffle. The brie and poilane bread were slightly underwhelming in comparison, but they are cohesive as a whole.
Pre-dessert cleanser of cucumber sorbet and lime espuma.
The dessert I came for! Ivory Caramel, textured chocolate. Nowhere else have I had anything like this. I hope this stays on the menu for a while.
Cafe Express, mignardises – Devonshire cream tea biscuits, Amalfi lemon tarts and Jaan’s version of Ferrero Rocher. Enjoyed these very much again. My companion couldn’t decide between Jaan’s famous poached egg and its Ferrero Rocher as his favourite part of the meal.
Long black to end the meal.
Was lucky to get another lovely windowside table, this time at the opposite end of the restaurant from where I sat the previous time. Look forward to returning again next year!