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Au Jardin is a French fine dining restaurant, which is located at the Singapore Botanic Gardens along Cluny Road.
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How sad! Au Jardin under the prestigious Les Amis Group will be shutting its doors in approximately 2 weeks (apparently due to lease issues). In French, Au Jardin means “in the garden”. How apt, as it’s located in the beautiful Singapore Botanic Garden.
W and I visited some time ago during restaurant week for lunch ($40++ per pax), and I am so glad we did. I daresay you are missing out on a gem if you let the chance of checking out Au Jardin slip by. Their last day of operation is on 29th March.
The romantic fine dining establishment occupies the 2nd level of an elegantly restored colonial residence. Wine and dine in old-world charm. Love the warm-toned handsome furnishings and the touch of opulence thanks to the chandelier.
The best seats in the house are by the window, where one can admire the lush greenery. The tranquility is calming.
Warm bread promptly arrived at our table. I can’t help but notice their elegant China.
Amuse bouche was Cured Salmon, Orange, Honey Mustard adorn with Mesclun. Absolutely appetizing and no one flavour overpowered the other.
Foie Gras Ravioli in Mushroom consommé possessed robust flavours which W loved.
Shredded Duck Leg Confit and Gizzard with Organic Egg confit, wilted spinach, asparagus, truffle reduction. Oooo la la! Egg porn!
A winning combo of Butter Roasted Red Snapper with purple mashed potatoes, sautéed fine bean, bacon and Pommery mustard sauce. I polished these off in a snap.
Grilled saddle of lamb, vegetable couscous, confit of tomato and rock salad, natural jus. Another excellent main course with well-marinated lamb without a hint of gamey taste.
While the servings for appetizers and mains were substantial, the portion for dessert was rather small. This sweet and tangy dessert was the YUMS, and hence I was a bit upset that I didn’t get enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. Decussated lemon tart crumble , jelly and lemon sorbet.
We rounded of our meal with coffee, tea (included in set lunch) and petit fours. These cute mini Madeleines are irresistible-crisp on the outside while remaining soft, buttery and moist on the inside.
Under the prestigious Les Amis Group of restaurants, Au Jardin is situated in the lovely Botanical Gardens at EJH Corner House, Singapore Botanical Gardens Visitor Centre, Cluny Road, Singapore 259569, telephone number being 6466 8812. There were many tables in this Colonial-style bungalow-converted restaurant, and we got ours by the full glass window overlooking Mother Nature's portrait of scenic charms. They played soft French music in the background as well, adding a soft touch of soothe to the already-perfect restaurant with its soft lightings, elaborate chandeliers and handsome furnishings. Entrees graced the table - Pan Seared Quail Breast with 62 degree celsius Egg Confit - served with seasonal wild mushrooms, fresh truffles, "Joselito": ham, potato crisps and truffle reduction. Fit for a King, the quail was succulent and tender, lightly-flavored in its own deliciousness. The saltish truffles and potato crisps and ham enhanced the taste and texture of the dish further. Full but still feeling greedy, we selected a dessert of Chocolate "Au Jardin" - I absolutely adore this beautiful creation that resembled a mini forest complete with trunks and branches and leaves. This dessert of Manjari chocolate cream with soft chocolate cake, coffee "Caviar", creme de cacao jelly and chcolate ice-cream was a chocolate heaven, rich, yet velvety soft like a dream, and lightly sweetened to perfection. For more detailed information and photos, kindly grace: http://thearcticstar.blogspot.sg/2014/01/under-prestigious-les-amis-group-of.html
see my full reviews & photos at = http://chefquak.com/2014/01/01/fabulous-new-year-eve-dinner-degustation-au-jardin-on-31dec2013/
wanted to buy my wife a nice new year eve dinner, and saw the quite attractive menu in au jardin’s website, so decided to make a reservation for 2pax dinner on 31.12.2013.
wife ordered a red. it was expensive, 1/2 bottle for S$85++, but it was a grand cru classe & was really nice though i took maybe 30ml.
the 7-course dinner (+amuse bouche) came with 4 appetisers, 1 palate cleanser, 1 main, 1 dessert; as well as coffee & petit fours.
we had a warm bread basket. both the baguette & a raisin bread were good. the amuse bouche was a foie gras terrine with tobiko (flying fish roe) & jelly. this wasn’t exceptional & but still a great start to the evening dinner.
1st course was blue fin tuna ceviche with tobiko. it was nothing inventive, but very sweet & tasty.
the 2nd course, cold pasta with mud crab, caviar & sea urchin, was heavenly, par excellence. it way surpassed gordon grill’s (no comparison really as gordon grill’s was for a S$48pax lunch) & according to my wife likewise c/w gunther’s.
the 3rd course was a braised iberico pork cheek, with joselito proscuito, egg confit & winter truffle. sous vide low temperature poached egg is a regular feature in fine dining & i really loved the texture enhancement it gave to the dish, the proscuito was excellent, pork cheek so-so & i had already written about the excellent winter truffle here.
the 4th course was a lightly breaded dover sole served with razor clam & clam emulsion. the dover sole was ok, tender, i guess considered good in a good restaurant, but really average dish by comparison to other courses. the razor clam was great.
next we had the palate cleanser – a watermelon confit with sorbet & lime jelly. it was good.
the grilled wagyu striploin MBS5 rare was excellent. this was much better than what i did at home. it was done rare & yet totally charred (for maillard reaction that gave flavour to the beef) & served with carrot & root vegetables and a tiny piece of black garlic. superb!
for dessert, we had pistachio cake with raspberry sorbet. the cake was bland but when taken together with the slightly sour sorbet, it was good.
my cappuccino was great. the petit fours though was miserable (same as they served for set lunches). mini macarons were too sweet, chocolate was ok.
overall we had an excellent evening of food, wine & conversation. Jaan’s degustation gave far better value.nevertheless i enjoyed this dinner very much & would come back but regrettably they do not serve this in their regular menu. i may consider trying ala carte or their course menu. not sure for now!
and before signing off, happy new year 2014 to all my friends, readers & everyone!