Singapore. I’m starting to get you, well sort of. We have a love hate relationship. Siblings separated at birth, with striking similarities albeit pervaded by insecurities and the need for one-upsmanship. As much as you enjoying expounding the wonders of your cuisine, I’m not particularly keen in queuing for hours on end just for a regular bowl of kueh chap. But heck, I’ll give it to you that you have better quality fine dining options than what’s available in Malaysia. With the likes of global restauranteurs such as Daniel Boulud and Wolfgang Puck, and the rising stars Jaan, Andre, and Iggy. And today, thanks to my friend, I had the pleasure of dining at Jaan which is located at Level 70 Equinox on top of Swissotel the Stamford.
Initial impressions was a bit, well, odd. The seating arrangement was bizarre and not quite comfy, with our table a tad too large for a table of two. But at least service was good with our Austrian sommelier being particularly friendly, which truly contributed to the overall experience.
Food wise, there were definitely a few notable courses. The most striking was the mackerel with fennel leaves and dill emulsion, arctic char, as well as the pork belly with artichokes, artichoke puree, pork trotters, and drenched in its own jus. The remainder of the dishes were decent, but lacking that wow factor.
I had opted for the wine pairing, which was actually quite lovely. Had a crisp Albarino from Rias Baixas, a lovely Gruner Veltliner, as well as Gewurtztraminer Verdange Tardives from Alsace. All of which paired well with the various courses.
Overall, a decent meal despite the rather odd seating, and the view from the top definitely helped. Value for money? Not quite. For the two of us, a 5 course meal plus cheese course, with wine pairing for 1 pax was a total of SGD766 (or 474 euros). Quality wise, it’s on par with a borderline 1 Michelin starred restaurant, but priced like a three Michelin starred restaurant.
Generally that’s the trend in Singapore, but at least it’s available for your enjoyment if you choose to do so. If you do occasionally travel to Europe, it will probably make more sense to have your fill over there, rather than splurge on fine dining in Asia.