Sunday, August 31, 2008

Jaan, Swissotel The Stamford

I'm on a roll with two back-to-back fine dining French meals in a week, all courtesy of the same instigator. I must say though, coming off such a fantastic dinner at Le Normandie, it really would have taken quite a lot to trump that. Sadly, Jaan just didn't quite make the cut. the food was good but not great and seeing as how it the portions were rather more modest than what we'd gotten at Le Normandie, hideously expensive to boot.

we had the five course menu that was probably enjoyed at a pace not quite befitting a fine-dining setting. it was 9 in the evening and we were so hungry. first up was a cold platter that was all right, although not impressive. we also had the lobster cannelloni, the "latte" pumpkin soup that came with popcorn, the veal i had as my main, the pre-dessert consisting of a yogurt sorbet and the dessert proper. the veal was, for me, the best course of the night although i must admit i did enjoy the pumpkin soup. the popcorn made it really fun.

i can't really rave about the view unfortunately because we didn't get a window seat, unlike at Le Normandie. but that said, even if we had gotten a window seat, i really won't be sure how the view of an ocean full of ships stack up against the Chao Phraya. it might smell better, i'll grant you, but there's was something really charming about the Chao Phraya by night.

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