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Apr 29, 2010 06:38 AM

Singapore - IGGY's or JAAN PAR ANDRE

Which one would you go for? I am looking for best bang for the buck -- prix fixe lunch, which I believer is similarly priced between the two. Food wise? Atmosphere?


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  1. Between the two for lunch, I would pick Iggy's. But I prefer Fifty Three, or even Gunthur's, to both of them.

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    1. re: FourSeasons

      Howdee Fourseasons,
      Heard good things about Fifty Three. How much will the 5 course luncheon tasting menu costs?! May be us CHers can give it a try next March?! Don't mind squeezing in a fine western amongst all the ethnic food tasting?!

      1. re: Charles Yu

        I have actually never tried the prix fixe lunch menu at Fifty THree; both times I had the tasting menu for dinner. But I guess it should be around S$50.

        1. re: FourSeasons

          5 course for less than Can$40 sounds pretty good deal!

          1. re: Charles Yu

            I don't think it is 5 course meal for lunch.

            1. re: FourSeasons

              According to their website, they have a 3 course set lunch and a 5 course tasting menu.

              1. re: Charles Yu

                My wife and her friends went to Fifty Three for lunch a few days ago and most gave thumbs down. Probably a better idea to go for just the dinner instead.

    2. More like Jaan WITHOUT Andre - Chef Andre Chiang left Jaan end of May. News today reported that he's starting his own 30-seat restaurant in the New Majestic Hotel (Bukit Pasoh Rd) in Q4 2010. He's off to France for an extended break in the meantime.

      1. I would say go for Iggy's. Their lunch menu is hard to beat in terms of value for money and quality. I second FourSeasons in recommending Gunthers. Their cold angel hair pasta with caviar and truffle oil is one of the best things I've ever tasted and crave on a regular basis (but check what lunch menus they have). I went to Jaan for dinner and had a great time, but it's the kind of place that you go to once for a unique dining experience but you may not necessarily crave the food there. Also, with Chef Andre Chiang gone, I'm not sure if the quality of food is the same.

        In terms of atmosphere among the 3, Jaan probably is the nicest with views of the water. Decor at Iggy's is comfortable but pretty understated and Gunthers is modern with dim lighting and service is the most "formal" out of the 3.

        For pictures of dinner at Jaan (pre-Chef Andre Chiang leaving), go to:

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            1. re: feizhu

              Thanks for all the suggestions. We did go to IGGY's. The food was very very good, but not memorable. The setting is rather dull and I heard they are moving to a new location. I do hope the new space would add a little drama to the ambience.

              1. re: theskyflyer

                I agree wholeheartedly with you on both counts:
                - good, but not exactly memorable food. And I strongly suspect that they managed to get into the rather suspect Restaurant magazine UK as a Top 50 restaurant in the world is due to the concerted effort of a few very influential friends of Ignatius (Iggy) Chan in the publishing/food & beverage world.
                - the dull setting. It's like eating in a secret basement/dungeon with no windows or views to speak of.

                I, too, have also read somewhere that they are moving to the Hilton Hotel on Orchard Road, to take over the premises formerly occupied by the hotel-owned Harbour Grill. If that eventuates, the premises will be larger than the current hole in the wall they occupy at the Regent Hotel. But you still won't get a view. Boo!