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Goodbye Au Jardin Restaurant!

Did you know that Au Jardin at the Singapore Botanic Gardens will be closing soon? You probably have less than a month to dine there and bid it adieu! I was so glad to be able to dine at Au Jardin one last time, for my birthday celebration last week. Au Jardin has a special place in my heart for many reasons. The most obvious reason is that it’s such a beautiful restaurant, sited in EJH Corner House, a conservation status black and white colonial building formerly occupied by the Assistant Director of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. And of course, the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore’s most illustrious garden park, may soon receive the UNESCO world heritage site status!

I have been to Au Jardin countless times for business, but only once previously for a leisurely meal. Visiting Au Jardin again this time round for my birthday was bittersweet. Even though I have been here many times, the feeling of stepping into this time capsule once again was no less magical. The food here is great, service exemplary, and the ambience is hard to beat. I dare say no other place in Singapore quite exudes such a unique character and history as this restaurant. I will be sad to see Au Jardin go, and I’m sure many who have experienced the hospitality of Au Jardin will feel the same. If it’s any consolation, EJH Corner House will still remain the same though, at least facade wise, as this is a conservation status building. A new restaurant will take over the space, so watch out for my review in time to come.

Au Jardin at Singapore Botanic Gardens (2)

The E.J.H Corner House where Au Jardin Restaurant is located

Au Jardin - Prawn a la plancha, egg confit, shell pasta and seasonal vegetables in shellfish glaze (1)

We were there for the set lunch. Compared to the dinner ala carte menu, the set lunch is much more wallet friendly at $45++. It’s a 3 course meal plus petit fours and coffee or tea. I would have loved to savour the meal over 3 hours, like I always do when it comes to fine-dining, but alas the Partner had to go back to work!

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Au Jardin Romantic Wedding Lunch

Au Jardin Wedding (9)

The view looks like you’re in a jungle in Malaysia!

A friend of my father’s just got married at one of the most romantic restaurants in Singapore, ie Au Jardin. It was one of the venues I was seriously considering for my wedding last year, but because the maximum capacity is 60, I had to give this idea a miss. I really love the look and feel of the Au Jardin restaurant. I mean, Au Jardin is situated in a  historic colonial building located in the Singapore Botanic Gardens, how much more romantic can you get? And if the Singapore Botanic Gardens manages to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’ll be bragging rights to the max! Alas, Au Jardin will be closing down by April 2014. Check out my latest post on afternoon lunch at Au Jardin.

Au Jardin Wedding (6)

Guest registration table. It’s nice to have an intimate wedding. No need to crack your head as to whether all your guests are going to turn up or not, as with only 60 people to invite, they will all be really close friends and family. But of course, the traditional Chinese way is to invite way more than this.

Au Jardin Wedding (1)

Guests get to choose their main courses before hand. An individually printed menu will be available at your seat, with your name printed on the menu. A really nice touch.

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What to eat at the Singapore Botanic Gardens – Cafes and Restaurants

Apart from the Food Canopy food court, there are also a few other restaurants and cafes to dine at at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

~~~ Corner House ~~~

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Just newly opened on 25 July 2014, Corner House is a gastro-botanica French fine dining restaurant in a conservation black and white colonial bungalow perched atop a small hill. The priciest place of the lot, but that’s why it’s called fine-dining. You might remember this place as the former Au Jardin.

http://365days2play.com/2014/07/28/corner-house-at-the-singapore-botanic-gardens/

1 Cluny Road , E J H Corner House, Singapore Botanic Gardens (Nassim Gate) | Singapore 259569

T: +65 6469 1000 | F: +65 6469 0136 | enquiries@cornerhouse.com.sg

http://cornerhouse.com.sg/

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Au Jardin at Botanic Gardens

To celebrate her 4th year at the company, my very generous colleague decided to treat us to a huge meal. At first, it was going to be a 1 night’s stay in Bintan! But alas, we booked too late for the Hari Raya weekend.

The outing was the day after I arrived back from Norway. I woke up at an ungodly hour of 5am thanks to the jetlag, fell back asleep again somewhere around 8am, and managed to crawl to the Botanic Gardens at 10.30am. The rest of my colleagues were already there, snapping photos of everything in sight as we’d also organised a mini photography competition. Yours truly got second place, darn!!

After the photography session, we made our way to Au Jardin. In contrast to the hoards and hoards of people at Casa Verde, and just about any other spot in the Botanic Gardens, Au Jardin was refreshingly quiet and serene. Au Jardin occupies an elegantly restored 1920s colonial residence and serves French fine-dining food. A waiter greeted us at the ground floor and led us upstairs to our table. I was glad to discover that Au Jardin is quite small. Apart from us (9 people), most of the other diners were couples enjoying a romantic date together. It really is a very romantic and peaceful setting, with a view out into the lush gardens. I’m sure Au Jardin must have been witness to many a wedding proposal over the years.

We were there for the Sunday brunch, which comprises of an appetiser and soup buffet, plus choice of eggs, mains and dessert, for the price of $88. From the Les Amis website (they own Au Jardin), it appears that the mains and dessert selections have changed, but the following was what we had when we were there in the 1st week of November.

Au Jardin Dining Area

Photo courtesy of Au Jardin

Au Jardin - Appetiser selections from the buffet

Appetiser buffet - Vine-ripened tomatoes are one of my favourites. Ever since I learnt about the difference between vine-ripened and artificially ripened tomatoes, I’ve not turned back.

Au Jardin - Fried Egg sunny side up (2)

Egg selection – Eggs benedict, cocotte, scrambled or fried. I chose fried because I love my eggs sunny side up. Eggs benedict I thought would be a little too heavy considering that we still had mains coming up.

Au Jardin - Roasted Pork Loin

Roasted Pork Loin with garlic sausage, smoked bacon and mustard sauce – This was my choice of mains and I had no regrets. The pork loin was very tender and juicy. Finished the whole thing. Garlic sausage was a nice addition and made me feel like I was getting 2 for the price of one.

No idea about how the other mains tasted. Didn’t ask, shy lah…

Au Jardin - Panfried Meagre Fish

Pan fried meagre fish with butter leek and green peas

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