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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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[CNY 2014] Canele’s Auspicious Goodies

Canele CNY Cookies and Chocolate Truffles

I’ve saved the most eye-catching Chinese New Year goodies for last. Presenting Canele’s Auspicious Koi Box ($88) that includes a 3D sculptured Koi-shaped milk chocolate stuffed with mandarin orange truffles as well as 400g of assorted cookies! Bring this for any reunion dinner and you will surely be the talk of the party! If you turn the Koi upside down, you will be able to dig into the white chocolate that lines the body. The mandarin orange truffles are also in a festive gold, and there are about 8 of these delectable morsels!

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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 newly renovated Suntec City?

I had a quick walk around Suntec City after dinner at BreadSociety. Have you been to the basement of Suntec City? It’s totally revamped!!! I must say it looks pretty cool now, and the space is better utilised. The mega Fountain of Wealth is still there but the main difference now is that there are cafes and eateries lining around the Fountain of Wealth, in addition to the original circle of restaurants! So double the number now, with many cafes to choose from! Don’t worry, you won’t get wet from the fountain because the original glass walls are still there.

Most of the cafes and restaurants will be familiar to you (which is a little disappointing because I would have liked to see more new names). The familiar favourites and previous restaurants that are still there include Paradise Inn, Crystal Jade, Ichiban Boshi and Muthu Curry.  Food Republic is now the new food court and sports a very open concept as compared to the previous food court which I thought was a very linear and enclosed thing. Cafes wise you have CoffeeBean Beanstro, Gelare, etc. Pack’d from the Les Amis group is new, and so is BreadTalk Cafe and All Things N’Ice, both by BreadTalk. Together with Food Republic that is also owned by BreadTalk, BreadSociety and ToastBox, it looks like the BreadTalk Group has practically taken up half of the F&B space at Suntec! With their recent grand opening of the BreadTalk Headquarters, they really are going places!

Anyway, enough of talking, and just enjoy the pictures.Oh did I mention that Carrefour is no longer, and Giant is now the supermarket of choice?

Suntec City Basement Restaurants

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