Eat Girl: Le Jardin

We had a trip yesterday on one of the most exquisite and elegant French restaurant in Manila- Le Jardin. I swear, it is one of the easiest way to experience France without leaving the country!

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Starting from the elegant and very picturesque garden-inspired set-up of the restaurant along with the buildings and city view, to the music that plays inside, down to the food which you can feel is executed out of love and care, you will truly be transported to a place of elegance and charm.
Processed with VSCO with 4 preset My friends and I decided to sit beside the window to fully experience both the garden-inspired view and the spectacular city views 27 floors above the ground!! (since this restaurant is actually located on the penthouse of W Fifth Building)

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Our first group photo with Chef Jonas Ng

The moment we arrived, we were warmly welcomed by the chef-owner of Le Jardin, Chef Jonas Ng. It’s amazing how passionate he is in what he is doing. Also, he is not just a truly wonderful chef but I swear he is such a great (and not to mention funny) speaker, too.

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photo grabbed from my snapchat: @therocketdream

For our meal, we were given the chance to experience Chef Jonas’ handpicked and most favorite dishes. I was really in awe when I heard that everything they serve here is made from scratch. They make their own bread and cheese, they cure their meat for days, and they import truffles from France! Chef Jonas even hand carry the bacteria they use to make cheese all the way from France!

His desire to communicate through his food is really effective. Even by just staring at the dishes, it would bring you to the word “deliceux” immediately. Everything looks neatly cooked and truly delicious.

First we had the freshly baked bread and butter along with the Amuse Bouche (truffled scrambled eggs) After that we had two starters. A cold one and a hot one. For the cold starter, I picked Saumon fumé Maison, their house-smoked salmon and for the hot starter, I had the Lasagne d’agneau, their lamb lasagna.

Hot Starter/ Appetizer

Cold and hot starters are served before the entree to stimulate the appetite of the guests, thus they are intended to be served in just a small amount (also known as nakakabitin for us, Filipinos). It is meant to make you want more. And it was a job well done for Le Jardin because it really made me want more!

After the starters, we were given a palette cleanser before the entree was served.

Entree

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Joue de Boeuf et Foie Gras Poêlé

For the entree, I had Joue de Boeuf et Foie Gras Poêlé, their braised beef cheek topped with pan seared foie gras. Foie gras is a luxury food product made of duck liver that was specially fattened. And as what Chef Jonas said, it was indeed the best liver I have tasted, ever. Along with the entree, red wine was served. It was very funny when we were talking to Chef Jonas and he noticed that we haven’t finished our wine. He said that we should finish our wine because it was scientifically proven that wines make him look cuter!

Cheese Platter 

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Here comes the cheese platter I’ve been talking about earlier. The cheese they made from scratch where in the bacteria they used in the process of cheese making was cultivated in France and hand-carried all the way to the Philippines. Imagine the struggle of hand-carrying bacteria!!

Dessert

And now, we are down to my favorite! The dessert. Everybody knows that I have a sweet tooth and I go crazy for sweets!

For the dessert, I picked Crème brûlée, their vanilla custard with burnt sugar crust. It was exquisite (actually, everything is).

The funny thing was, even if we didn’t picked the other dishes, we still managed to taste all. I can definitely say that the money we paid for this trip was totally worth it. We were eating for 4 hours and I swear that was the longest meal I ever had.

Of course, any trip wouldn’t be complete without photographs (which appears to be mini-pictorials). So bare with me as I bombard the rest of this blog post with photographs.

Solo picture with Chef Jonas. I look so small but whatever!

 Photos with friends!! 

And of course,

solo pictures! ❤️

And that’s it for my unforgettable French dining experience! Looking forward for more (once I have my own money to fund dining experiences like this!)

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Catherine is a 20-something BS Nutrition student of the University of the Philippines, but her heart screams for the art. She is a freelance creative and model, an artist and a writer, and an advocate of human rights and the environment.

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