13 Sep 2014 • 7 reviews • 0 follower
My wife wanted to go to this place since it was “Le Jardin” and we read that it was now a new restaurant owned by a local talented chef (Jason Tan), so we decided to go there to celebrate our wedding anniversary last Friday.
We loved the food (Carabineros, Lobster, Wagyu beef, Kaya toast) and the setting. Chef Jason Tan delivers on the promise and the place by itself is already an experience. I found the food prices quite decent given the great quality and the quantity (four course meal is $98 plus the supplements depending on what you order). Coffee/Tea is offered on the house and you even get a small cake to take home.
The service is OK, but not near at the level of the kitchen and the setting. You can tell that the waiters are full of good intentions but lack the experience and knowledge.
The big disappointment was the wine service that charges excessive prices and delivers very little:
· Before ordering the food, we ordered a bottle of Champagne Guy Charlemagne Rosé (retail price around $70-$80, and charged here at $170) to celebrate with bubbles. After a long wait (and several visits from the waiter checking if we were ready to order the food), the bubbles arrived. Big disappointment, bubbles were at red wine temperature… Another long wait to get the champagne down to the right temperature in the ice bucket...
· I picked the Wagyu beef out as my main and the artisan cheese plate for dessert, so I ordered a half bottle of Nuits-Saint-Georges 2011 Domaine Anaux-Lachaux priced at $85 (no cheap when you know that the full bottle goes for around $40-$50 in the US). Fortunately, I ordered it before my starter arrived because it took them 30 minutes to bring the bottle to our table.
· Wines by the glass are priced at $30-$35, and no wine pairing offer to match the great food.
The restaurant was half empty, which is quite surprising for a Friday night. I can only think of only two reasons for such a beautiful place with great food to be half empty on a Friday night:
1. The mediocre web page of this restaurant that lacks pretty much everything. No menu information, no wine list, no photos.
2. The ridiculous wine prices.
All in all, we enjoyed the food, the place, celebrated nicely our anniversary, and went home happy despite of the $606 bill. Would I go back? Not unless they lower the wine’s prices or offer an affordable wine pairing.