I heard a few not-so-great reviews about Le Jardin, but it is just something that I had to try for myself.
I am a little stubborn like that.
Plus I saw photos of the restaurant online. It is beautiful. I am a sucker for beautiful dining spaces.
Bulbs on the wall
Even the ladies room is nice
For dinner, you choose from 3 or 4 or 5 courses.
We picked four (2 starters, 1 entree, and 1 dessert).
All sets come with complimentary truffled egg. It was a delicious way to start.
Le Jardin does not sell wine by the glass. You order either half bottle
or a whole bottle. We went with our server's recommendation, a
2008 Domaine Marquise des Mures Saint-Chinian
Lobster Salad - perfectly cooked so it was moist and succulent and...
gone in one bite. Seriously, it was so tiny it was literally gone in one bite!
French Duck Liver Three Ways - gone in two bites
Burgundy Snails in Garlic and Parsley Butter - one of the three snails I ate had sand in it. Ack!
Lamb Lasagna - this was really tasty, but then again the size left so much to be desired.
You do see that it is only as big as 3 parsley leaves, right?
Lemon Sorbet with Tomato and Basil Oil - I truly believe they forgot to put the lemon in :P
I know Le Jardin is not trying to be some fancy shmancy fine dining place, but I am sure even I,
the unsophisticated and inexperienced klutz, can plate a better-looking dish than this.
"Waiter, what is that thing on my Veal Cheek and Foie Gras?"
"Ma'am, that is a garnish."
Anyway, the veal cheeks were dry.
The other entree looked like this
Good thing I really enjoyed the medium rare Herb Crusted Lamb Tenderloin.
So tender and gamey!
All sets also came with a complimentary plate of house made cheeses.
I appreciate the generous portions, but really, they were all one and the same cow cheese
topped with different ingredients. I felt like the kitchen was playing a joke on us!
The Chocolate Fondant was rather forgettable. So unlike me, but I totally snubbed this
dessert made with my favorite food in the world.
But this Tarte Tatin I loved. Very much. The stewed apple mixed with caramel ice cream
was the highlight of the night. I just pretended not to notice the red stain on my plate.
Le Jardin: Penthouse, W Fifth Building, 5th Avenue corner 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.