Au Jardin (Les Amis)
1 Cluny Road
Situated in a 1920′s style colonial bungalow, the luxurious French restaurant Au Jardin sits in the Botanical Gardens and offers lush green views from the huge glass windows. It seats just 12 tables, a huge chandelier taking up center stage and setting the scene of a dreamy, impeccable, fine dining meal.
It was here than we decided to have dinner after we were married, a mini thank you to Mum and Dad ‘cos they’ve been frantic over the past weeks and months organising our whole wedding (so we didn’t really have to do anything, heh!). We wanted something incredibly relaxing and slow, with attentive service so we didn’t have to think of anything (or brains needed some serious time OFF after the crazy wedding day!). And so Au Jardin it was :)
It was quiet and ultra beautiful inside, with a huge centerpiece chandelier and decorated with beautiful white orchids offset by the green foilage of the gardens surrounding us. The service was absolutely attentive yet discreet, polite and knowlegable. We had a gloriously prolonged dinner and it was awesome to just chill out and enjoy ourselves after such a frantic week before the wedding.
I would’ve given this a full 5 stars, but the prices are exorbitant.. and the portions only medium sized. 50% cheaper and Au Jardin would’ve been perfection ;)
Happy newlyweds :)
At the Royal Botanical Gardens
Let’s play… “where’s Chris and Bev?”
And then let’s play…. “where are Bev’s parents?”
The gorgeous colonial building of Au Jardin
Homemade seaweed crisps. WOW these were amazing!
Our lil corner table
Deeelicious breads. Dad ate TWO ROLLS of that butter all by himself *shock*
Amuse bouche of chicken consomme and pork floss. Really did not like this..
Japanese wagyu striploin carpaccio, truffles emulsion, parmesan, mustard cress –
outstanding, so creamy and the truffles were amazing
Maine lobster, orange-vanilla, garden fresh herbs –
the lobster was excellent!!
Fois gras, roasted, crushed candied almonds, nudja chilli –
my fave starter – it was a large chunk and so so luscious
Abalone sous vide, algae brown butter –
this was Dad’s but I didn’t try any, don’t like abalone..
The waiter dishing out mum’s fish at the table
Flounder, Alaskan king crab, mushrooms, leeks, iberian ham, “en papillote” –
wowowowow. Beautiful flavour and the fish was
Saltbush lamb, saddle, roasted, parsley, parsnip, natural jus –
really tender and just delish. But needed a larger portion!
Sucking Pig, confit, compressed pineapple, chorizo rice –
oooo this was amazing. Can’t go wrong with soft pork and crisp crackling!
The Chorizo rice and Butter rice
Japanese wagyu striploin, grilled, sweet corn, pearl onion, Australian winter truffle –
fatty beef and generous portions of truffles
Sweet potato croquette, azuki beans, yuzu ice cream –
dad was a fan of this, it’s got ALL his fave flavours :P
Cheese selection –
good, but the portions were small and no brie or camembert, my faves!
Les mignardises –
omg too cute, like a little lolly shop!!
Itty bitty lolly goodness!
Our table :)