Jardin Provencal Cuisine
170, ZhongCheng Rd, Sec 2, ShiLin
(02) 2877-1178~9 FAX: (02) 2872-8038
Cooking Studio: (02) 2876-7167
No smoking allowed.
---By Rebekah Godfrey
Translated by Peter Chien
This well-known, upscale French
restaurant in Tianmu is a great place for a romantic
dinner. Owner Andre Joulian is from the French
region of Provence, and his southern French food
is authentic, innovative and flavourful.
The lunch menu features a la carte
selections, though most diners order complete
meals. Main courses comes with soup, an appetizer,
dessert, and coffee or tea. Choose from a variety
that includes lobster, duck leg, lamb chop and
rib eye steak. A full meal (excluding wine) ranges
from NT$600 to NT$1,000.
The dinner menu features elegant set meals, so
come hungry. Each meal is around NT$1,500 and
includes a canape appetizer, soup, salad, main
course, dessert, coffee or tea, and a chocolate
truffle. Desserts are especially delicious: Try
the Strawberry Meringue with Vanilla Ice Cream
or the Chocolate Fondant. And, of course, there's
Creme Brulee a la Cassonade.
Try the wine at NT$220 a glass--a
real bargain for the quality. Le Jardin has an
extensive wine list so, if you know wine, you've
probably already been here.
But don't just come for the food---come for the
classes! Almost every day, the second floor Cooking
Studio provides classes that range from Japanese
cuisine to French desserts to Italian cuisine
to wine tasting. The teachers are professionals,
usually from five-star hotels and, for NT$3,300,
you can be part of an intimate cooking encounter
with less than 10 other students. Translation
is provided and you'll need to call ahead to reserve
a spot. Classes usually run about three hours,
from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. What a great Christmas
present to give an aspiring chef! Check out the
Cooking Studio's website for more information,
and pictures of mouth-watering creations.
Le Jardin is popular with foreigners and locals
who enjoy authentic French cuisine. On their bilingual
website you can check the menu before you arrive.
The website even provides useful table manners
tips for those who aren't used to fine dining.
So the next time you're craving
escargot, make the trip to Tianmu; it's more convenient
than flying to France! Regulations require Taiwan
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