As promised, finally brought V to some fine dining in Singapore and we went to Jaan. Have been here twice, the first time I had the 5 course lunch menu and I was blown away; the second time I was back for the 7 course lunch and I was pretty impressed; the third time (this time) I’m here and I felt that this place is good but very predictable. As I already had a slight hunch that the lunch menu would feel repetitive even after a year, I went in knowing that I just want the three course menu. Opened the menu, read the descriptions and I wasn’t interested in the five at all so, we got the three course.
Once again, their pre-starters were really pretty and exquisite. V loved this a lot. The hummus and thin slices of biscuit in front are very delicious again like in the past. Tasted the same as my first visit while the biscuits have many different kinds of seeds on it.
Then comes the delicious tray of bread. I had four in total for today’s lunch. Had 2 walnut, one sour dough and one brioche. Loved the walnut bread. It was warm, soft, fluffy and slightly sweet as it has some raisins embedded in it. Really good bread served here.
Mine is the zucchini starter. They initially got my order wrong and I told the waitress that I didn’t order that. Zucchini was what I ordered. I didn’t want Jaan Garden as I didn’t really enjoy it the other time. Zucchini is the tempura like thing on the right. There were also other fillings together with it in the fried flavour. Tasted light even though it was fried. There was also some white cheese in it and the other vegetables. This is another salad dish to me and somehow I find it pretty normal.
I got the trout with kuroshima roast pork at the bottom. Pork tasted like siu yok and was delicious while the trout was kinda medium rare and melts in the mouth. It is really tender, soft and really orange on the inside. Pretty not bad mains but I wouldn’t say memorable.
And then came the desserts. I got this strawberry dessert. Everything was not bad except for the strawberry which tasted a bit disastrous. They were not tasteless but overly sour. Considering that I am someone who is able to take sour stuff, this was actually too sour for me, especially in a dessert. There were some cheese rods in it. I initially thought it would taste like the strawberry dessert I had in Esaki whereby the dessert tasted blissfully sweet. Looks like it’s not easy to nail a strawberry dessert after all.
So, I guess I actually feel quite lethargic writing this post up for Jaan’s lunch. Apart from the pre-starters and petite four, everything tasted very predictable and some were actually a letdown. I wouldn’t say that the food is bad. Food quality over here is good but just feel that this place is lacking in creativity. Even the pre-starters and petite four feel repetitive to a certain extent. It has recently improved its ranking on Asia’s best 50 and I’m not sure how did it do it. It definitely is a place that will wow you for the first time, but really after a while things will get boring and it’s quite incredulous that the menu and style of food served didn’t change much after a year. Singapore’s top restaurant, Andre, will make it a point to change the menu regularly and this really puts a test to the chef’s creativity. I think these are the restaurants that will make me want to revisit them in future.
Verdict: An excellent restaurant on your first visit but gets very predictable thereafter.