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Jaan - Temple Place WC2

Clifford Mould highly recommended Nam Nguyen's brilliant cooking 

We wrote last November, 2003:

Jaan opened late 2002, and to celebrate its first birthday, chef Nam Nguyen launched a brand new menu. The restaurant is located in the Swissotel Howard, operated by the Raffles group. Don't be put off by prejudices against hotel restaurants, this is a lovely dining room and you can expect exemplary attention from really professional waiting staff.

This was a truly memorable meal, excellent cooking, fine and interesting wines, and very gracious and unobtrusive service. Clifford Mould November 2003

BUT! only a year later there has been a chef change:

In the meantime, here are some details about the new chef. Since we have rated this restaurant so highly we shall try and get back and review it for you as soon as possible...

Paul Peters, the new executive chef at JAAN

Australian born Paul Peters has joined JAAN as its new Executive Chef. He comes from Mju in Knightsbridge, where he held 3 AA Rosettes. Prior to this he was Sous Chef  to Andrew Turner at 1837 at Brown's Hotel.

At JAAN, Paul Peters creates delicious French cuisine with southeast Asian influences. Since his appointment he has gradually introduced a broader range of Asian ingredients to the menus, such as Yuzu dressing, which is made from the Japanese fruit Yuzu; Shiso Leaf; and Mugi Miso, which will be used to complement meats such as duck and foie gras.

The new menus feature dishes such as Scallop and Duck Two Ways, which comprises sashimi of scallop, soy, white sesame oil with duck consommé, and seared scallop with a crispy duck spring roll; and Duo of Foie Gras, consisting of port cured foie gras, ginger tuille and ginger sorbet, and pan-fried foie gras with raisin purée and apple jelly.

Other dishes which feature on the menus are Langoustine Crusted Turbot with lobster cous cous, water spinach, ginger and coconut bisque, and crispy leek; and Trio of Veal which comprises pan-fried veal fillet on baby spinach, braised veal cheek, cardamom, cinnamon and vanilla mash, veal sweetbreads, chicory and truffle foam.

Dine Online highly recommends 
JAAN at the Swissotel Howard, Temple Place, London WC2
Tel: 020 7300 1700

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