March 05, 2014
LE JARDIN is a penthouse garden-themed French restaurant by celebrated French Chef Gils Brault, famous for his top-rated Trois Gourmands restaurant in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. It's popular for serving classic dishes cooked the traditional French way, and for making their own breads, cheeses, and desserts.
(See related articles: Time Travel | Hearty French Fare at Ho Chi Minh's Le Toit Gourmand and review at Trip Advisor | Trois Gourmands Restaurant )
Chef Hasset Go of MedChef, together with Chef Jonas Ng of Mango Tree and Huat Pot fame, trained and worked as apprentices under Chef Gils Brault in Vietnam for 6 months. They were able to convince Chef Gils to partner with them and open his traditional French restaurant concept in Manila.
Working with owner partners James Ng, Peter Mangasi, and Mike Tayag, they opened one of the most romantic French restaurants in Manila on the penthouse of W 5th.
Here's a preview of the LE JARDIN experience...
LE JARDIN Cuisine de Gils of Trois Gourmands Degustation Menu
4 Courses (P2,800.00+), 5 Courses (P3,200+), 6 courses (P3,600 +10% service charge)
- Entree froide | Cold Appetizer and Entree chaude | Warm Appetizer
- Viande | meat, Poisson | Fish, Dessert
- Alcoholic Drinks and
- Beverages, Cocktails, Coffee and Tea
Currently, you have to choose among the 4- to 6-course degustation dinner options. The 4 courses would have 1 appetizer, the 5 courses would have 2, and the 6 courses would have 3.
COURSE #1: Bread and Amuse Bouche
Course #2: Cold or Hot Appetizers
We ordered the 4-course option for Rache and the 5-course one for me so that we can try more appetizers.
This is the popular foie gras appetizer from Trois Gourmands. The Foie Gras is presented in three ways -- terrine style, torchon cooked in red wine, and...
The foie gras terrine and torchon versions were really smooth and flavorful, but I like this spring roll version the most.
The scallops were cooked just right, with truffled mushroom and crayfish sauce to balance the taste. Not very unique though as you can order this type of seared scallops from other restaurants.
I personally like this refreshingly different and light fish broth with a taste of the sea. They say this is an authentic style of soup in the southern part of France.
At this point, it's best to order wine to go with your main choice. Chef Jonas showed us the selection of 5 French wines they carry and recommended the CHÂTEAU LA CALISSE ROSÉ 2011.
Course #3: Main Dish
This is a local adaptation of the classic Tournedos Rossini steak dish with foie gras. Instead of beef, they use our very own Gensan Tuna, cooked medium and served with fish and beef stock with truffle flavor.
The combination of the foie gras, tuna, and sauce was brilliant! :)
The beef cheek was so tender and flavorful, especially when combined with the foie gras! You'll want to savor each bite because it's quite rare to taste beef cheeks here in Manila.
As in any typical French degustation, a cheese plate is served as a pre-dessert course.
Course #4: Dessert
For dessert, they serve a typical Belgian lava cake with Sebastian's Vanilla Ice Cream with a melted effect. This was good but you can find it in other restaurants.
This has almost the same ingredients but it's in a big profiterole shape, served bits of almond to contrast with the creaminess of the ice cream and chocolate.
Best to order coffee to pair with the chocolatey dessert. :)
Overall, I love LE JARDIN's romantic French garden ambiance and its penthouse location with a great view of BGC. :) I also like the traditional French way they cook their food, taking no shortcuts.
I appreciate how they insist on making their own breads, cheeses, and desserts to offer the best experience for foodies. They plan to smoke their own salmon, bacon, and other future offerings in the resto. :)
The 4-course Degustation is enough. Just don't forget to order the Assiette de trois foie gras or Soupe de poisson for appetizer, the Joue de boeuf et foie gras poele or Pave de thon et foie gras poele, sauce aux truffle for main dish, and the Profiterole au chocolat for dessert.
I also recommend getting the La Calisse Rose to add some spice to your meal. :)
Budget is P3,500/head.
I just regret ordering too much foie gras dishes. Make sure to balance your meal with other dishes to maximize your experience.
LE JARDIN Cuisine de Gils of Trois Gourmands
Penthouse, W Fifth Building, 5th Avenue corner 32nd Street
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Reservations: +63 917 8176584
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Disclosure: Thanks to Chef Hasset Go for the Le Jardin Soft Opening Preview!
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P.S. They are still currently on soft opening and accepting reservations from friends-of-friends of the owners. They should be fully open by the end of March.