Smitten with Le Jardin Manila

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

I haven’t been to France and do not have a soft spot for their food. It was a cuisine I just didn’t familiarize myself with. I wasn’t a fan of duck or foie gras and other fancy shmancy things. However Le Jardin Manila was a game changer. When I started reading about it and seeing the photos of the restaurant and the food, it quickly made its way to my food wish list. Why the sudden love for a French restaurant?

There was something charming yet elegant about the restaurant interiors. For a cuisine I’m not used to, the interiors never felt intimidating. It was inviting and welcoming. The dishes I saw online looked inventive and interesting – a new adventure for me.

Yes, the prices run on the pricey side of things. Some people may not appreciate that but I get it. Besides the quality of the ingredients in every plate, it’s the technique and ingenuity of each dish that you pay for. For a place that could easily cost P2000 per person, you don’t have to get all dressed up to dine here. 

Boudin noir de Gils (P500)
Gils’ black pudding with apple compote
Coquilles St. Jacques poêlées, purée de pommes de terre aux truffes (P600)
Seared scallops, truffled mashed potatoes
Queue de Homard et boudin noir, purée pommes de terre (P700)
Atlantic lobster tail and blood sausage with potato purée
Filet de bœuf sauce aux poivre (P1200)
Grilled US Beef tenderloin with pepper sauce
Salmon Grillée, sauce raquette (P900)
Char-grilled Salmon with arugula sauce
Poitrine de Cochon, Farçie au Foie Gras (P1200)
Pork belly cooked sous vide, stuffed with foie gras
Dessert de Gils (P400)
Gils Dessert

Everything we ordered was fantastic and frankly I wasn’t there as a writer. I was there to take pleasure in everything and did not want to take note of every detail, every texture or flavor that we enjoyed and experienced. If I have to name names, I personally loved the Filet de bœuf sauce aux poivre.  You have the option of availing of the set menus or go ala-carte. I later found out that they offer brunch and would love try that menu as well.

Being at the Penthouse of a building also provides an amazing view. Service was excellent across the board from when we arrived up to the moment we reached our car. Oh! They have parking slots available for guests, try to secure one if you plan to make a reservation.  Someone from their team accompanied us all the way to the parking. This was thoughtful and part of the security measures of the building.

One distinctive trait about the French is their ability to savor every meal. I know Le Jardin isn’t a restaurant I would visit on normal days but something I would reserve for a special occasion. I cannot wait to find a reason to come back. You get to enjoy a slow and sumptuous meal. It truly was the perfect evening thanks to the amazing food, wine and company I had.

PS I wasn’t expecting to blog about the dinner. I wish I brought a better camera and made more of an effort to shoot. Yes to me the camera you use helps too! The photos don’t do the food justice.

Le Jardin Manila
Penthouse, W Fifth Building, 5th Avenue corner 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
02-4033049; 0917-8176584
I suggest making a reservation to get the table of your choice and to reserve a parking slot.

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