Jaan (previously known as Jaan Par Andre) used to be helmed by Chef Andrew Chiang, a talented star chef from Singapore. After Andre left Jann in 2010 to pursue his dream of building a cozy restaurant along Bukit Pasoh Road, Julien Royer took over the reins as Chef de Cuisine.
Perched on the top floor of Swissotel Stamford, Jaan accomodates about 40 diners in a small, but comfortably spaced area. Silvery solar-panel-like plates adorn the ceiling, a little out of tune with its simple upholstery. But the views and dining experience could make up for that.
The presentation of the degustation menu reminded me of Eleven Madison Park – some similarities – having started with a savoury items served in a jar – crackers and condiment, and the meal topped off with a jar of sweet chocolate paste meant to go with butter biscuits on the side.
The mushroom tea at the start of the meal felt flavourful and warming – a good start. Winter Garden, the seasonal dish, used a range of winter vegetables, and also incorporating forgotten vegetables such as the Chinese artichoke, skilfully put together to create an appetiser.
Their signature dish, the 55′ Rosemary Smoked Organic Egg wasn’t bad either, but the chorizo iberico felt too strong and too much of them in the dish covers up the delicate flavours of the potato and egg.
It’s hard not to pit both Restaurant Andre and Jaan in a comparison. Personally, I preferred Restaurant Andre. But why? Stay tuned for the upcoming review.
Address:Level 70, Equinox Complex, Swissôtel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road, Singapore
Tel: +65 6837 3322
Visited on: 11 Jan, 2013
Price: SDG$ 68 – 158
Hours: Lunch, Mon – Sat 12 – 2pm ; Dinner, Monday – Sunday 7 – 10pm
Chef: Julien Royer