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The NEW Summer Menu by Executive Chef Kirk Is Really Quite Spectacular 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.
British pork loin with onion and aubergine. This is one of the most amazing pork dish I have had in awhile. 👌🏻 Always happy to be back here at Jaan. 😊 #lunchwithfriends #jaanSG #reinventingbritish
@jaansg , Singapore French Fine Dining, served British-inspired menu by @chefkirk_w , Simple Yet Complex, is not just beautiful dishes, but also reflect both culinary tradition and creativity. Feature the signature dish by @jaansg , Eggs in an egg. A confit of organic egg yolk served with cauliflower custard and pickled shimeji mushrooms and tops it with caviar. I love this 🥰. 💰$158++ for 6 courses menu. 📍Jaan. 2 Stamford Road, Level 70. Equinox Complex. Swissotel Stamford.
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Finally made it to @theblackswansg and I don’t know why I didn’t visit sooner! Crushing on the looks of this converted Colonial building with its huge double doors, high ceiling, deep teal-coloured walls completed with gold and bronze furnishings. Elegant and inviting without being overbearing. Meet Chef @alysiareynechan’s recommendation (also right now, my favourite dish on the menu), the super juicy Roasted Hokkaido Pork Loin with Vanilla Cauliflower Purée, Raisin & Pinenut Agrodolce and a Fennel Nashi Pear Salad. At first I was skeptical on the addition of vanilla to the purée, but it added an extra dimension of creaminess to the dish, especially when you have it with the raisins and vinegary mustard seeds. Damn, that’s delicious. Can’t wait to be back! Only available during dinner. 38bucks/serve #FTrecommends
A Damn Good Chocolate Tart ($12++) H O S T E D A couple of weeks have passed since I attended the tasting at The Black Swan (thanks @bydanieleng for the invitation) but this indecently good Twix Tart by new Head Chef Alysia Chan is still stuck on my mind. There is something about it that has EVEREEEETHING right on the button. For starters, she does not stinge on the voluptuous chantilly cream. That in my books, already makes it a winner. I really love how it gives each bite of the buttery, crunchy pastry lined with sea salt caramel and filled with almost-solid, cool dark chocolate ganache, cookie crumble and juicy cherries a pillow of softness to ride on. I guess when a chef creates a dessert based on her favourite candy bar, the force of inspiration is strong.
New Chef, New Menu - I Finally Want To Actually Dine At “The Black Swan”. H O S T E D Having followed The Black Swan’s new Head Chef Alysia Chan’s culinary career for years, I was curious to see what she would bring to this establishment’s table so to speak. I was not disappointed. Even though I was feeling a little tired that evening, it did not detract from my enjoyment of her food. She has embraced the minimal food wastage movement and totally owned it, as evidenced deliciously in quite a few of the dishes we got to try. I would not hesitate to have the entire menu again as I felt each item was well thought out and executed. Shown above is the first half of what we were served (the remaining half appears in a second post): (Clockwise from top left) Broccoli & Pine Nut Hummus with Polenta Chips ($14++) - a tasty vegan-friendly dip that has discarded stems of broccoli, carrot leaves, sundried tomatoes and toasted pine nuts blended together. Sourdough with Beef Fat Butter ($8++) - The crisp and the chewiness of the flavourful #bread was pure pleasure, and with a schmear of the sinful butter, even better. Charcuterie Platter ($38++) - Get one to share. You won’t regret it. The housecured meats are tender and intense in flavour. Condiments are also on point. Grilled Maine Lobster ($60++) - Lighter than the classic Mornay sauce, the crustacean is prepared with a piquant romesco instead and accompanied by chewy black barley and corn risotto for a substantial meal. San Marzano and Hokkaido Corn Salad - A very decent salad with crisp fresh baby spinach and arugula tossed in a white balsamic vinaigrette. Venus Clams ($24++) - You’ll want to bathe in the lip-smacking sauce. An order of sourdough is useful to mop up every drop.
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1$ Oysters, Great Wines Every Thursday evening, they sell oysters at 1$ each! Pair it with a very affordable glass of good wine, and you've got yourself a date! Cab be quite busy, so reservations are recommended. I have also really enjoyed their charcuterie board here.
French Bistronomy By Master Chef Roland Durand H O S T E D French Master Chef Roland Durand was in Singapore to share his style of classic French bistronomy for 3 nights - 18th to 20th June, at @ginettsingapore. At the dinner organised for the media, we had the opportunity to taste all of the courses he had created for the already-sold-out event (I’m pretty sure his fame as the chef-patron of Michelin-starred Le Passiflore in Paris may have something to do with that). The dishes displayed above (swipe for the others) were the ones I liked most. The first two are his desserts, the “Sablé Aux Fraises Et À La Rhubarbe” – a crisp buttery biscuit base embellished with strawberry, rhubarb and orange coulis; the second, the “Le Merveilleux Riz Au Lait A L’angelique De Roland Durand” – Chef Durand’s signature rice pudding whipped up with angelica and dressed with almond milk and pumpkin marmalade. Although I was feeling full and sleepy by this point in the meal, I couldn’t help but scrape my plates clean. What I enjoyed a lot as well was one of Chef Durand’s appetisers, the “Ravioles D’escargots” which featured #escargot wrapped in fine, handmade pasta and cooked in a delectable broth of sweet garlic and fresh herbs.
You might be mistaken by this piece of chunky meat as lobster! It is actually cod fish wrapped in chorizo! Chef Durand has recommended to chew on the leaf first then have a taste of the cod fish. You might be surprised that the leaf tasted like oyster. Firm cod wrapped in chorizo added a nice savoury to the light cod fish. The sauce was lip smacking good! You might be tempted to get some bread to scoop all the sauces from the plate. . Atlantic cod roasted with chorizo served with Champignon bouquet, oyster and seaweed emulsion . . Cabillaud Roti Au Chorizo at S$35. . Where to dine? Ginett Restaurant & Wine Bar 200 Middle Rd, Singapore 188980
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An Ice Cream Trolley For Palate Cleanser? Wow! Trust Executive Chef Sebastian to ensure a palate cleanser at his Two Michelin Star restaurant is a completely different creature. Not content with an elegant quenelle of sorbet, he introduced an entire ice-cream trolley about four months ago. So what is usually an interim course in a fine dining meal (which doesn’t even get a mention in menus most of the time), has become a genuine treat to look forward to during lunch or dinner at Les Amis. On the day my friend Annette and I visited, there were five flavours to choose from, all homemade of course. It doesn’t take a genius to guess how many we ended up with. We did seem to enjoy the Sicilian pistachio and the Piedmont hazelnut most. The flavour we weren’t too crazy about was the four-fruit sorbet.
What A Peach Of A Summer Dessert! Season after season, Group Pastry Chef of Les Amis, Cheryl Koh, never fails to impress everyone with her desserts. This is one of her latest creations showcasing a white peach from Rousillon since summer is when stone fruits have their moment in the sun. Hidden within the sliced fruit (probably done by a ninja seeing how insanely perfectly those cuts are) is a core of light peach cream. The granité beneath is a lemon verbena in flavour, which explains the plant on the table (it is the verbena itself). The sweet and juicy peach becomes all the lovelier with the aromatic refreshing note and iciness it brings.
The “La Langoustine De Loctudy” Is The Must Try Here. If I had to pick one dish that I consider a must-try at Two Michelin Starred “Les Amis”, this would be it: the “La Langoustine De Loctudy”, a mesmerising marvel of exquisite presentation and utmost deliciousness. Save for the pretty tail fanning out on the plate, the large crustacean is stripped down to pure, succulent, bodacious flesh. It is cooked to the optimal degree between bounce and tenderness, and possesses such a clean-tasting sweetness that overwhelming it with too much would be a crime. Fortunately Executive Chef Sebastien Lepinoy achieves pitch perfect execution with exacting embellishments of lightly crunchy ribbons of courgettes, an emulsion conjured using extra virgin olive oil from Provence, France, and a glistening dollop of Kaviari Paris’ extra big and creamy oscietra caviar. I have had this dish on every single one of my last three visits to this legendary fine dining establishment and it still manages to enchant me.
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