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Aug 22, 2012 12:39 AM

1st Wedding Anniversary in Singapore: Jaan or L'Atelier?

I'm taking my wife to Singapore for one night to celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary in October. Given Singapore's growth as Asia's up-and-coming destination for fine-dining, I decided I would like to splurge on a dinner for the both of us.

I had pretty much made the decision to go Jaan @ Swissotel until I heard about L'Atelier by Joel Robuchon. Both of their degustation menus look very good and are roughly priced the same. Jaan has the advantage of great views over Marina Bay while L'Atelier is opened by a legendary / celebrity chef and I really like the counter-dining concept.

The last thing I want is to spend SG250++ on a meal that my wife won't enjoy. She is not a very adventurous eater and is not very open to new dining experiences like I am (this is why I ruled out Iggy's and Andre, because I doubt if she'll appreciate the whole molecular gastronomy thing). However we did dine at a 1 michelin-starred restaurant in Napa Valley during our pre-honeymoon and she enjoyed it very much.

We both hate pretentious fine-dining restaurants where the food is expensive but the taste is just mediocre. We eat home-cooked and hawker food almost on a daily basis. So the foodie in me is crying for a revelation!

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  1. For a special occasion like yours, I'd do Jaan over L'Atelier - it's got a great view and nicer ambience.

    3 Replies
    1. re: klyeoh

      Have you considered going to Joel Robuchon Restaurant instead of L'Atelier? S$250++ will get you a four-course dinner plus the mignardises trolley:

      1. re: Julian Teoh

        Thank you both for your replies! I wasn't aware that Joel Robuchon had a 4-course option. I thought they only had the SG500+ degustation which is out of my budget. Even so, SG250 for a 4-course meal seems abit expensive compared to Jaan or L'Atelier where you'd get 7 or 8 courses.

        But I think my wife would get a kick out of the bread and mignardises trolley as well the opulent deco at Joel Robuchon! A visual feast for the eyes is half the fun and experience anyway.

        I think I will narrow it down to either Jaan or Joel Robuchon.

        1. re: Tequila888

          Robuchon also offers two- and six-course dinners going down to as low as $160++, and you actually get a choice as to what you eat. Check out their current menu page here:

          I imagine also that the portion size at Robuchon for a prix fixe menu will be larger than those at Jaan or L'Atelier for tasting menus.