My wife and I dined at Jaan a couple of days ago and ordered the 10 course Chef's surprise menu. We were devoted visitors to Jaan when Chef Andre was there and while we have visited for lunch a couple of times since he left, this was the first time we had been back for dinner.
The evening started well with an interesting selection of amuse bouche and a table by the window. We had:
- Course 1: Avocado and Langoustine Canelloni - enjoyable and a nice start to the meal; very mild flavours, might have benefited from some acid for bite but still nice
- Beetroot composition - like the concept but the flavour disappointed lacking any variation and while a variety of textures were presented, needed some crunch
- Walnut crusted diver scallop - not bad, I liked the apples for some sweetness and tartness
- Confit Artic Char - fairly dull, really lacked flavour and texture
- Smoked Organic Egg - great presentation albeit didn't really get Roesmary in the flabour; however overall the dish was nice but slow cooked egg dishes are becoming quite common and this didn't really have any originality attached to it
- Bresse Pigeon - this was the only main course. Nicely presented as a whole in a dish prior to being plated. Well cooked and nice garnishes but nothing memorable about it. And when having a 10 course meal one is looking for an indulgent main course, and the pigeon just didn't really hit the spot
- Cheese course - one slide of truffled brie. It was nice but as part of a 10 course meal, I'd expected a proper cheese course with the offer of a selection - the one paltry slide was disappointing
- Pre-dessert - this was described as a palate cleanser. If so, a palate cleanser should not be counted as a course. Anyway it consisted of sponge cake topped with come coconut merringue
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