H O S T E D
Believe it or not, this was my first time dining at One MICHELIN Starred “Jaan by Kirk”. My friend Annette and I were seated a corner table and had our eyes treated to jaw-dropping views from this up-in-the-sky restaurant as we partook of the new Summer Menu for lunch.
Solidified around the concept of #ReinventingBritish, Executive Chef Kirk’s food has a major case of acute tastiness which I should warn you, can trigger heart palpitations right off the bat. I felt it myself, particularly with the “fish and chips” and Devonshire cheddar buckwheat pancake, two of the four exquisite snacks that flagged off our meal.
Sourcing wherever possible from his place of birth - Devonshire, England, Chef Kirk’s culinary creations are as imaginative, beautifully articulated and satisfying as the best stories. Each course had an opening that drew me in and content that had me transfixed till the end. Which was what happened with the Roast Potato Soup served with a Mini Loaf, the Summer Beans Salad - a texturally-fun fest of different beans, English peas, Prosciutto ham, quinoa and parmesan cream prettied up by flowers from Jaan’s garden on level 5 of the Swissotel Stamford Hotel, and again, with the irrepressibly bouncy-of-flesh Scottish Langoustine tempered by a Baby Courgette.
Just as enthralling to me were the poached snapper in a English pea and mussel sauce, and the smoky Wagyu the team had substituted the original stated course of Salt Marsh Lamb Loin for. I did sneak a bite of the Shepherd’s Pie, the second half of that from Annette and thought it was really good, not at all gamey.
The picturesque palate cleanser with its mini bottle of cherry liqueur was inspired by picnics in the park. I loved how it dazzled with refreshing brightness from different sorbets and citrus-based elements.
As for the strawberry dessert, I was so well and truly charmed I plan to devote a post to it.

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