Champagne, Champagne, Champagne…

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The indomitable Travelling Gourmet appreciates the very fine cusine of Jaan but is shocked by…

MY flute of Krug Non Vintage Champagne in Jaan restaurant in Swissotel The Stamford was S$70 + 10% service charge + 7% Goods & Services Tax on the S$70 + S$7 (service charge) which adds up to S$5.39. Hence the total price of a glass of Krug Non Vintage Champagne in Jaan is S$82.39 or 51.50 Euros at 1 Euro = S$1.60. To paraphrase the Americans: Bananas!

The cuisine in Jaan is excellent. Very well done by Chef Julien Royer and his Sous Chef Kirk Westaway from England. I love the food here with touches of ‘Molecular Gastronomy’, but not to excess. Dainty, fastidious and very appetising, hence its award recently as one of the 50 best restaurants in Asia, by San Pellegrino is well deserved. Savour the food here but don’t have any wine because the wines are simply overpriced. Of course if you are as rich as Croesus, have a bottle of Krug Non Vintage (NV)Champagne which is S$550 +10 % Swervice Charge + 7% Goods & Services Tax. Anyway the food here can be well appreciated without any wine to enhance their flavours.

Contrast this with the Equarius Hotel, a real gem tucked away in the forest far from the madding crowd. Here, the fine dining restaurant with Chef Sam Leong as its Consultant offers Contemporary Cantonese cuisine with touches of Thai & Asian. Yes, Fusion without Confusion is evident in Forest. Take for instance Charcoal-Grilled New Zealand Cod with a thick medallion of Aubergine topped with rather spicy XO sauce (it’s made with dried Scallop). The smoky aroma and sweet, delicious taste of Teriyaki is mouthwatering. Also, the dessert which I love, obviously inspired by Forest, the Thai wife of Chef Sam whose name is also the name ofhis restaurant, has lemongrass ‘Jello’ matched with sweet Thai Mango, tender young coconut plus red Wolfberries (very good for your eyes). A very harmonious fusion of Thai & Cantonese that works very well indeed. 

Ah, but I digress smewhat, because friends & food lovers…one glass of Laurent Perrier Champagne NV costs S16 + 10% Service Charge (S$1.60) + 7% Goods & Services Tax (Singapore’s VAT) on S$17.60 (S$1.23) makes a total of S$18.83. Preiswert! (as the Germans say). There are those who would then say that Laurent Perrier is inferior to Krug. My answer is a question: How inferior? IN addition, if it is inferior (which I do not necessarily believe) is it merely a perception in the eyes of the ‘nouveau riche’? As a diner, would you rather have a glass of  Champagne NV with in Jaan or in Forest? Ha! Ha! I rest my case as they say in the Court of Law.

Forest Restaurant

Resorts World Sentosa

Equarius Hotel Level 1

8 Sentosa gateway,

Singapore 098269

Tel: 65 6577 7788



To be continued…

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As a renowned Travel, Food & Wine Writer he has travelled the world in a keen & indomitable pursuit of exotic delicacies & fine wines. His articles have been published in over 20 prestigious publications, both local & international. Dr. Lim has toured and trained in Wine Evaluation & Oenology in most of the world's top wine producing areas from France to Australia. The Travelling Gourmet says, "Gastronomy has no frontier. These are the gastronomic voyages of The Travelling Gourmet. My unending mission. To explore strange new cuisines, to seek out new wines and new culinary experiences, to boldly go where no gourmet has gone before...." Have pen, will travel. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any other information storage & retrieval system, without permission from Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet and/or MSN. Material may be works of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents may be true but may also be products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance whatsoever to actual person or persons, either dead or living, events, or locales may be entirely and purely coincidental and unintentional. No part of this website may be used to villify others or for criminal purposes. Interests: Travel, Food, Wines, Cooking, Wine Appreciation, Parachuting, Languages, Music, Reading, Swimming, Hunting, Ballet, Fencing, Archery, Anthropology and more... The Travelling Gourmet is a copyrighted trademark. All rights and photos reserved. No part may be reproduced without permission.
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