Wednesday, October 24, 2007

French Cuisine in Tropical Garden

Restaurant Name: Au Jardin

Hiden inside a small 3-storey white colonial house, this French restaurant is one of the best in Singapore. The "white house" was built in 1920, used to be home of Mr. Corner. Most furniture & decorations still restored until now. Ground floor is wine cellar and sitting room for pre & post dinner drinks. Upstairs dinning area. Eating in this restaurant was like dinning in a cottage house in my friend's grandma home in Europe, a very warm feeling. The restaurant only has 13 tables, maximum can accommodate 50 guest. 3 days prior booking is recommended. Au Jardin is French words, meaning "in the garden". Chef flexibly creates dishes using fresh & season ingredients. Menu changed every 3 months.

First course Marinated Longoustines with Oscietre Caviar & Baby Mache Cray Fish. It's simply refreshing, sweet, and fragrant! Awesome!

Bigorre pork (a special French pig with controlled export) cooked in 4 different ways: 1. Confit-grilled (slow cooked) pig's belly, very tender & juicy, my favourite among the four; 2. Pork cheek cooked stewed with red wine, a little sweet; 3. Roasted Pork Loin (lower back part); 4. Spanish lomo ham.

Prunes with vanilla cream & tapioka ice-cream. Prunes were imported, not too sweet, just nice to taste, while waffle was very crispy. Awesome!

Lots of wine selection in their cellar, the oldest one is 1945, cost SGD8,000.

Price: 8-course dinner SGD165. 4-course dinner SGD125. Ladies lunch (only open for ladies) with 4 small courses SGD42. Sunday brunch SGD58 (semi-buffet)

Opening Hour: Lunch 12 noon - 2pm / Dinner 7pm - 9:30pm / Sunday brunch 11:30am - 2:30 pm

Phone: +65 64668812

Address: EJH Corner House, Singapore Botanic Garden Visitor Centre, Cluny Road, Singapore 259569.

How to get there: take a taxi or shuttle bus from Orchid MRT, it's located inside the Botanical Garden.

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