A couple of weeks ago, we were invited to the posh, newly opened french restaurant LE JARDIN at the W Building (where Black Sheep is) to sample its menu and meet the people behind it.
Penthouse, W Fifth Building,
5th Avenue corner 32nd Street
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
LE JARDIN is a penthouse garden-themed French restaurant by celebrated French Chef Gils Brault. Chef Hasset Go (MedChef) together with Chef Jonas Ng (Mango Tree and Huat Pot), trained and worked as apprentices under Chef Gils Brault in Vietnam for 6 months & together, takes the helm in the kitchen in the latter’s absence from the country.
Le Jardin, though it screams high end & expensive, looks like a casual Parisian cafe & doesn’t have a strict dress code or a snobbish, pretentious air. It serves classic dishes cooked the traditional French way, and makes its own breads, cheeses, and desserts.
You are given 3 options after being seated. The 4-course menu is at 2,800 php, 5-course is 3,200 php, and the 6-course is 3,600 php. The menu is divided into hot starters, cold starters, meat, fish, and dessert.
We were given the 4-course menu where we were to choose 2 appetizers, a main, a dessert, and a complimentary cheese platter each on top of the course meals.
I understand where a respectable writer was coming from in her review & I respect her opinion, because I was treated badly in one too not so long ago so I definitely know the feeling, believe me. To be fair, we were there on an official capacity and got a totally different dining experience. I don’t know what happened really, and I was completely mortified by her experience.
But here is mine..
Kap & I, we don’t really do fine dining like I always say, because let’s face it, everyone wants value for their money. And admittedly, the price is a bit steep for regular folks like us. But when you come to a place like this, be prepared to shell out decent moolah not just for the food, not just for the ambiance, but for the whole dining experience. We were there for 2 whole hours so you can say you’re also paying for your table while others wait for you to finish your courses. (Do make a reservation ahead of time.)
Plus there is a line between fine dining & buffet. One does not expect to eat a lot when fine dining. You go to a buffet for that. Or to a casual dining. Because you pay for what you eat & nothing else. With fine dining, you take your time. You hold hands & stare into each other’s eyes & whisper sweet nothings. You oooh & aaahh over the beautiful plating of your dishes. You linger.. and then you linger some more & take in the ambiance -that brings forth romance, which is essentially half of what you’re paying for. But that’s just me. ;)
Thank you Le Jardin for having us over. It was truly a night to remember. <3