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a four-course french gustatory experience at le jardin

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I recently had the pleasure of trying out a 4-course meal at Le Jardin french restaurant located at the Penthouse of W Building at the Fort. Before the appetizer was served, this menu gave away what we have in store for lunch.

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To ready our palates, we are served with this lovely Brovillade or Scrambled egg with truffles. This dish is meager but tastes just about right to make everyone excited to welcome the other dishes. It was also the first time I experienced scooping out scrambled eggs from a champagne flute, one of the many firsts of that day.

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For our starter, we had Thon a la Chutney de Mangue {Tuna with onion mango chutney}. I enjoyed this dish as I am really fond of tuna and mango. I thought everything went well together giving anyone who took a bite a very pleasurable experience.

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The next thing to come off the chef’s kitchen is the platter of Foie gras poele, creme de poeme et brioche {Seared foie gras, apple cream and brioche}. This is the first time I tasted foie gras and would probably be the last. Although I did rather enjoy the dish and I know many people rave about it, the remnants of my old vegetarian self cannot help but feel sorry for the goose or the duck who had to be fattened up and suffer just so its liver can be harvested to prepare this dish.

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By this time, I thought I have already eaten too much and was thinking desserts will be dished out soon enough. Of course, I was wrong, being inexperienced with fine dining and all. The next to be served is the citrus sorbet with basil oil to cleanse the palate. I thoroughly enjoyed this one for the rich citrus flavor.

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The next to be served is the main course, we had Filet de Saumon Grille, sauce au vin blanc {Grilled salmon fillet with white wine cream sauce} and by this time I really felt a bit full, but who can really resist a well done grilled salmon and a bunch of greens, paired with the delectable mash potato, right?

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And finally, for desserts we are served the decadent Mousse au chocolat {Dark chocolate mousse} and because I am an ice cream kind of gal, I really enjoyed dessert! The slice of strawberry on top is a delicious prelude to my dessert! ^_^

food musings, foodie adventures, eating, French cuisine

food musings, foodie adventures, eating, French cuisine

We were also served with an assortment of cheeses and little baguette slices as a pleasant end to our gustatory adventure. Although I really love cheese, I am not well-versed with cheeses and I can vaguely recall the names of the items on our cheese platter, but it was the one on the left {cheese with Rosemary, if I am not mistaken} that I enjoyed the most. It tasted great combined with the slice of bread. Oh and did I mention we even took home a bunch of delicious french macarons? ^_^

food musings, foodie adventures, eating, French cuisine

food musings, foodie adventures, eating, French cuisine

Of course, it is a giveaway that the restaurant name meant the garden, so the garden ambiance is just appropriate. I also particularly love this portion of the restaurant I called the bread wall, where you will see breads of many kinds in a garden backdrop, simply delightful to look at! I also love that they were also able to inject an industrial vibe into the resto with these metallic ceiling accoutrements. That and the beautiful piped it musiansfriends music wafting in the air, made for one romantic dining experience, which would probably be perfect to share with a special someone.

I did some online research and found out that different courses of meals at Le Jardin range from Php2,800-Php5,000. I also discovered that they make their own breads and cheeses, too. I would most definitely love to go back to this place if my budget would allow. And if you happen to be in the surrounding area, do not simply take my word for it, treat yourself and your loved ones to a one-of-a-kind gastronomical experience.

Le Jardin
W Fifth Building, 5th Avenue cor. 32nd Street,
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
https://www.facebook.com/lejardinbgc
Reservations: 0917.817.6584
Monday – Sundays, 11am-11pm

lunchdate at mary grace cafe

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I have been meaning to try Cafe Mary Grace but never found the time and the budget for it. Good thing I finally managed to give this restaurant a try when I went on a playdate with my mum friends from my old work and their tots last month. One of my friend, Moi, also wanted to eat at the place so it was our hands down choice for lunch that day.

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I simply love pasta and meatballs so I opted for their Pasta Ametriciana With Italian Meatballs {Php232}, while one of my friends ordered their Vongole Pasta {sea foods}. In addition, we also ordered a pitcher of their Homemade Iced Tea {Php 246} and an order of their Italian Sausage pizza {Php440}. I simply love everything! ^_^

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I also love the cafe. Everything is simply beautiful, from the whimsical hanging decorations in the ceiling, to the lovely notes in the equally wonderful table set-up, to the mismatched plates! I also love that they have these little hooks under the table where you stow away your belongings while dining it, and attentive staff, to boot! I also particularly love that they have all-natural, no-preservatives premium ingredients in their food. Apart from that, the food is simply divine and for those who have bigger appetite, am sure they will also appreciate the generous serving of their meals.

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We had a very pleasurable lunchdate, feasting on our delectable meals while exchanging wonderful stories and trying to catch up on each other’s lives. It has been ages, after all, since we last saw each other.

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It was a good thing the little men occupied themselves playing games while the mums finished our delightful meals. I thoroughly enjoyed our Cafe Mary Grace experience and I give this place 5 thumbs up! I do hope we can eat there again real soon.

Have you tried Cafe Mary Grace? I would love to hear about your experience in a comment below and do not forget to check out this interesting site where I found a tuxedo vest perfect for future fine dining experience, while you are at it! 🙂

Mary Grace Cafe
Lower Ground Floor ~ SM Aura Premier
C5 Road cor 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City
{632}823.7746
marygracefoods@yahoo.com.ph