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Au Jardin Les Amis

Au Jardin by Les Amis is a French restaurant set in a old black and white colonial house located in the Botanic Garden. Lunch is served only on Fridays and the menu changes every two weeks. On a particular Friday, the dining room on the second floor was more or less filled with prim and coiffed ladies who lunch. The waiters looked formal in their black suits and right from the beginning, the service was professional and attentive. But well, it felt a little stuffier that what I was looking for in a Friday lunch celebrating the coming of the weekend.

The 4-course menu ($55) came in the form of a pretty greeting card. There were three choices for starters and mains, with two choices for desserts and a mandatory soup. For that particular Friday, we started rolling with an amuse bouche - chilled watermelon juice topped with a cranberry foam, prawn cracker. The latter was freshly fried so it was crispy and the juice cleansed the palate for the rest of the meal.


Grilled scallops with crushed almonds were the starter of my choice. The plump scallops had a crisp exterior but remained slightly raw and tender within. The crushed nuts added another dimension of crunch and bite. Swirls of a sweet brown sauce that reminded me of a variation of 'kecap manis' went well with the scallops as well.

The lentil cappuccino soup came in a dainty porcelain teacup and saucer to boot. It was very light and not heavy at all.

The oven-baked pumpkin with parmesan and mushrooms risotto sounded really yummy already because I am a lover of both pumpkin and mushrooms. I had imagined the pumpkin to be in cubes and cooked with the risotto. Hence, I was pleasantly surprised to see a whole baby pumpkin served to me. It had been baked until tender and filled to the brim with a perfectly executed risotto that contained generous amounts of a few different variety of mushrooms and because it was rich, it blended well with the sweet pumpkin.

The main course was rather heavy but dessert was to be had next. The plum confit with rum and raisin ice cream was a good choice as it was light tasting and cleansed my palate once again. I loved the plum confit as it was not overly sweet and still remained firm despite being cooked.


With a choice of coffee or tea, the petit fours were the perfect ending to a sumptious lunch.

Au Jardin Les Amis
Tel: 6466 8812

Comments

YUM!! Obsessed with lentil soup and that is an adorable version. And the watermelon juice is extremely appealing too. OK, all of it is!!

Sues
yixiaooo said…
heya... oh my gawd, the risotto looks sooo gooood... must head there soon!
Cavalock said…
was that enough? looks kinda little as in small servings/portions.
ybother said…
Hi Skinny Epicurean,

You may have noticed that your blog has been linked from my site, Hereing.com. We are aggregating food blogger reviews and grouping them by restaurants so people interested in reviews can find your review easily.

I would like to get your comments on the site and how you would like it to work. I am reaching out to most of the food bloggers that I have linked to before to gather their comments so I know what to build or not to build.

One specific question that I have and hope you can answer as a blogger is that do you think that I should get permission from bloggers before I link to their blog? I do not mind asking for permission but then that would mean a lot of bloggers who do not regularly write reviews might not get their blog indexed.

As an alternative I am considering an automated email to inform the blogger once we have start indexing their blog and also an opt out list for those who do not wish to be indexed.

I am a bit confused by the conflicting signals I am getting so I hope you can help clear some doubts by giving your your thoughts.

You can see the reviews aggregated from your site so far using this link: http://hereing.com/comments/show?site=skinny-epicurean.blogspot.com

Thanks for your time. I appreciate your effort to help me out.
M. said…
we are not martha: we must meet for a good meal when you visit S'pore.

cavalock: don't be fooled by the pictures. the portions might look small but they add up and kept me full, very full.

ybother: why bother, really, to do "hereing"? anyway, to me, it's not a big deal to link back to blogs, but to give our reviews a rating is wrong.
ybother said…
Hi M.

Its actually my final year project at NUS. Also I think I can do something to help bloggers. After my exam I am going to build an embedable map that shows all your food reviews on a map, then you can place it at the bottom of a review and other people can click to see your other reviews.
M. said…
ybother: I won't bother to do all that stuff you mentioned. I am not in the business of blogging for a living nor do I get 'high' from knowing how many folks clicked on my reviews. So I would suggest that we stop communicating on this subject moving forward. Thanks.
ice said…
m: why bother to even talk sense into ybother? He is still too adamant on his own stand.

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