Cafe Jardin – Sherman Gardens

I realized that I have not yet blogged about this gem you probably have never heard of.  Pascal Olhats, one of the best chefs in OC, runs a group of restaurants, and tucked away inside Sherman Gardens, a beautiful garden spot in Newport Beach is Cafe Jardin.  It is open for lunch and Sunday brunch.  My office team and I went for a really great 2+ hour lunch one day and here are some of the great things we ate:

Salad Lyonnaise is one of my favorites, and hard to find, even in French restaurants.  Cafe Jardin makes a perfect version with Poached Egg, Bacon Lardons, Boston Lettuce and Garden Dressing.  YUM.

Pan Seared Black Cod with Leeks, Shiitake Mushrooms, and Lobster Essence.  If you like black cod, which I do, this is wonderful.  The lobster essence is the essence of richness.

The Apple Tart met my criteria:  maximum butter ratio, beautifully presented!

The service was great.  The wine list is very good, with strength in French wine, as you might expect.  While the nice weather is here – go for lunch or brunch, and add an hour to enjoy the flowers too!

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