Enjoy the prettiest brunch at Les Jardin
Here's to a lovely weekend brunch.
Le Jardin Manila
Penthouse, W Fifth Building 5th Avenue corner 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City
Brunch is available from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Saturday to Sunday)
(SPOT.ph) People have been coming to cozy French bistro Le Jardin for their special-occasion dinners, and frankly, we don’t blame them. Their dining room has been included in everybody’s best date restaurants, including ours. But come by for brunch, and you'll realize that the gorgeous setting is even more breathtaking with the sunrise streaming into those floor-to-ceiling windows.
Ready for a date?
Known more for their set menus and authentic French cuisine, Le Jardin reaches out to a wider market with their inventive comfort food and a new brunch menu meant to be enjoyed with family and friends: The all-day selection is headlined by their Saumon Royale (P420)—an open-faced sandwich with house-smoked salmon, duo of organic scrambled and poached egg, arugula, red radish, all drowning in thick Hollandaise sauce over brioche.
Foie Gras Burger
Veal Cheek Pasta
Heartier appetites will surely be satisfied by their decadent Foie Gras Burger (P400)—the beef patty is char-grilled premium beef cheek, garlic aioli, foie gras torchon, foie gras sauce, micro greens tucked in between their signature brioche bun. The patty is a default medium well, with the foie gras providing the richness and umami only foie gras can.
Le Brunch Le Jardin
If it’s too early in the day for crucial decisions, go ahead and have a bit of everything. Le Brunch Le Jardin (P890) lets you pick a fruit juice, coffee or tea, to go with their signature breakfast of Eggs Benedict, smoked salmon, smoked chicken, boudin noir, duck fat-fried potatoes, and quinoa salad.
Kale Quinoa Salad
Duck Confit Crepe
Other must-tries on the menu are the Duck Confit Crepe (P420) and the Kale Quinoa Salad (P450). The textures and flavors of the crepe dish are quite a unique experience, but if you want to have something that is quintessentially Le Jardin, this is your best bet. The salad, too, will prove to be quite the treat for the vegan in the group. Its combination of kale, quinoa, almonds, mixed greens, fresh strawberries, dried figs and dates, tossed together with mustard truffle vinaigrette is one of those rare dishes that truly taste good and are good for you.
Dark Chocolate Cake
If there is anything you should remember to do during your Le Jardin brunch, it is that you must save room for dessert. Managing Director Hasset Go is an accomplished pastry chef and the cakes they serve in the restaurant are masterful works of art. Be bowled over by the beauty and richness of the Dark Chocolate Cake (P160/slice, P1,500/whole)—that thick chocolate ganache is something out of a baking master class. The Lemon Cheesecake (P160/slice, P1,500/whole) comes a very close second, the lemon curd on top providing a mild tartness that cuts through the cheesiness of the cake.
During the weekend, guests can enjoy free-flowing mimosas and sangrias for P800 only. For us, that seals the deal.
Photos by Hans Fausto