Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Anniversary dinner at JAAN Equinox

After a search on hungrygowhere, we narrowed down a few places for our 8th wedding anniversary dinner. JAAN at Equinox generally had good reviews and I decided to book a table for this occasion. 
I called their restaurant number but was directed to email booking instead. The email response was prompt, and I informed them as it was my anniversary dinner I requested a table with a "view". I was told that there would be an extra charge of $20 for that.
One day before the dinner, there was no phone reminder. But we turned up at the appointed time and took the lift to the 70th floor. The staff quickly showed us to our table, however I notice the table adjacent to us was just at an arm's length, so there was very little privacy. In fact, the other couple's conversation was just within earshot.
We ordered the 5 course food tasting menu with one other lobster soup and main course of lamb loin. There was also free flow of bread and sorbet in between the courses. Croaky was rather pleased with the cod fish and his pork. I find my lamb loin was a bit not so tender for its price of $70. There was also more vegetables than meat on my plate. The courses took quite a long time to come, and was served like wedding dinner style. By the time for dessert, it was 2.5 hours later and Croaky has no more room for the cake. So Woolly has to gobble it up.
The staff was also quite inattentive to refilling our glasses even though there were quite a number of them. I have to catch their attention and ask them to do so. Most of the diners were foreigners - I noticed a table of Japanese and another with Caucasians. They ordered seafood platter for two ($180) and it was served with lobsters and raw shellfish on ice; looked quite delicious. Perhaps we should try that the next time. It was also a good place to chill out with wine.
The night scenery is beautiful. You can see the skyline of the entire CBD with a good view. I wish I can set up a tripod with my DSLR (hee hee). It would be a good place to capture the blue hour if they would allow. My Samsung phone took reasonably good shots of it, except the food looked overexposed with the flash. The lighting in the restaurant was pretty dim.
Because our main courses crawled to our table at tortoise speed, the waiter apologised and offered to waive off the surcharge for the window view. The final bill came up to $296, and there was further discount with POSB and DBS cards. It was cheaper than dining at the Teppanyaki restaurant Shima.
Conclusion: I think it's worth a try if you haven't been there to enjoy the view. Get the seafood platter plus a bottle of wine. That way you don't have to wait very long. 
The food comes well presented.

The night scenery from our window table


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