Am I the only one unimpressed by Au Jardin or what?
1. Imagine my disappointment when the menu presented was totally different from the online menu (which is far more interesting), sigh.
2. Point 1 wouldn’t matter if the food itself was good. Since it’s under the Les Amis group, I expected the food to be above average but found it wanting instead. Blame me and my high expectations.
3. If there’s one thing I hate dislike more than subpar food, it’s being rushed through a meal. I think the waiters were rushing the dishes as it was getting close to their closing time, double sigh.
Friday Luncheon ($45++) kicked off with a amuse bouche of bonito jelly emulsion, scallops and fish roe topped with seaweed. I thought this was a rather awkward combination as the natural sweetness of the scallops was overwhelmed by the salty essence.
I applaud the chef for his presentation of the crispy fried egg with filo crust topped with avruga caviar. Lovely in the looks department! Now, if only it scored in the taste department as well.
I got all excited at the sight of that runny yolk! So I wasn’t prepared for the anticlimax that followed. Bland, bland, bland. It’s just another ordinary egg to me, albeit a fanciful one.
Finally, something I can say I truly like! Compared to the previous 2 dishes, ragout of Boston lobster with orange-vanilla foam was outstanding. I adored the succulent lobster and that hint of citrusy aftertaste. Brilliant.
My pan roasted baby threadfin with stewed split peas flavoured with dried seafood was so humdrum that I’m going to label it as “boring”. Definitely Probably something I can replicate at home. Speaking of which, I actually do have a bag of split peas in my pantry. Guess it’s time to start experimenting soon!
The consensus at the table: Papillote of Japanese pumpkin with vanilla ice cream was the nicest part of the whole meal! I’m partial to anything pumpkin so I did enjoy the pairing of the sweet sweet pumpkin with crispy paper-thin wafer.
Luncheon ended with a cup of tea and les mignardises.
I’m confused now. On one hand, the food didn’t impress enough to make me eager to be back. On the other hand, I think Au Jardin really has the potential to wow and blow me away. Reckon it’s just not my lucky day today?
I’m ambivalent about Au Jardin.