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Pan-Fried Duck Liver
Originally uploaded by Skinny Epicurean.
I have to admit Jaan was not my first choice for dinner but on a Sunday, I had not much choices as this was a last minute arranagement. I had several decent lunches at this hidden-find restaurant and knew it had a fantastic view to offer and more importantly, available seatings so I took our family friend to dinner there.

I am glad our friend enjoyed himself. He was taken by the modern decoration (as in, relative to traditional French), especially the few pieces of abstract paintings, and the flamboyant crystal ceiling lightings too. The night was clear and offered a clear view of the Marina bay area.

Although he was here primarily as a medical tourist, it was amusing to see him order the pan-fried duck liver ($35) when the check-up was just the following day! But more importantly to me, he totally enjoyed his sinful appetizer, eating in sort of a revered silence, slowly and relishing.

The appetizer of Langouste Royale Medaillon Topped With Basil Jelly
Green Pea Ice Cream And Mango Mayonnaise
($36) sounded interesting to me. Mango and lobster, it seems like the "in" combination in French cuisine but it works. There was a couple of sushi rice rolls seasoned in a chili oil which was a surprise, but added some heat to jolt the tastebuds in a good way.

For mains, I got a vegetarian option, pastilla of grilled zucchini and eggplant ($35), which had a soft-boiled egg over a salad on the side and a large pastry, sort of like our spring roll skin, filled with layers of vegetables and deep fried. It was just okay, edible but not something I would order again.

I also ordered the Crusted seabass with summer truffles and carrot foam, asparagus and cabbage nage off the degustation menu. It sounded yummy and really, it was visually appetizing (check out the truffles!). The carrot foam was delicious, savory, light touch of cream with only a subtle hint of carrot. Alas, the bass unfortunately suffered a tough death. Perhaps the fish was simply too large to begin with but in any case, the fiberous flesh was a turn-off and we could not bear to finish it. We did bring it to the attention to the waiter, who subsequently brought in his manager. However, his curt attitude did not lead us to expect a waiver off the total bill so kudos to him for that gesture.

Dessert at Jaan on the other hand, always delivers. The Dark Chocolate Tart ($20) may seem expensive and small but trust me, you cannot eat too much of that dark creamy chocolate cream and really, it is the quality that counts and a little goes a loooong way.

Comfortably full, we hung around for coffee and petit fours. For the entire set of pictures, click here.


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