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Member Reviews (8)
- Jardiniere RestaurantMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5Jul 05, 2012
Eating at Jardiniere is like dating a French man with a Californian accent. Ooh la la. Like totally dude.
We ate at the bar and tried the delicious bar menu.
Ordered the following:
(1) Liberty Farms Duck Meatballs with Mission Figs and Lucques Olives - My least favorite dish out of the three. The meatballs were a tad on the tougher side; not as juicy and tender. The fig sauce was a great *Californian accent* and good for dipping your leftover breads.
(2) Carnaroli Risotto with Wild Mushrooms and Parmigiano-Reggiano - My second favorite dish. The risotto was cooked PERFECTLY, creamy and chewy; just right. The cheese and truffle flavors were simply amazing.
(3) Banh Mi Sliders - OMG. These bad boys were no joke. Best banh mi I have ever had and yes, I am Vietnamese. Pork belly?! Game over, people. You have to order these.
(4) Chocolate and Malt - Basically chocolate pot de crème, shortbread and malt ice cream which was the perfect ending to a tasty meal. The chocolate pot de creme was velvety delicious and nothing pleases the palate more.
They also make good French martinis (request Grey Goose) at the bar.
My only gripe was the ambiance. Not Generation X friendly here. More like Baby Boomers plus Grandpa.
Food was amazing though.
Heard that there is a Monday Night Prix Fixe for $45. Will return for that.
HIGHLY RECOMMEND the bar menu and the French martinis.
- Jardiniere RestaurantMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5First to ReviewJul 04, 2012
Mmm... Je t'aime, J-Lo. I mean, J-Lounge. I guess they're trying to appeal to the hipper, younger crowd by calling it that? Well, it works for me, because I lurve J-Lounge. While we were still surrounded by a much older, upper class clientele having pre-symphony eats, we managed to have a marvelous time dining at the bar. The staff was great, and surprisingly seemed more entertained than annoyed by our loud banter at the fancy schmancy SF institution.
The lounge menu has a great selection of bar bites, which indeed are just bites. The Risotto with Wild Mushrooms and Parmigiano-Reggiano was divine. A must order for truffle oil lovers. It's all about the Banh Mi Sliders though. Two perfectly cooked pork belly slices that melt in your mouth. At $6.50 each, you better savor each mini bite, even though you can scarf it down in two bites. The duck meatballs with figs and olives were only ok. I'd rather get two orders of the sliders. For dessert, we had the Chocolate and Malt, which was scrumptious. Pot de creme and malt ice cream are automatic winners in my book. The presentation was lovely.
My cocktail, The Midnight Prayer, was perfectly crafted: Gin, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, Crème de Violette and Orange Bitters. Very floral and very smooth. We also had really nice glasses of bubbly.
I definitely will be back for cocktails and their banh mi sliders. They need more hip and young people to frequent the lounge, so get your gorgeous selves over there.