Well, I guess we can pretend we are in the South of France. Imagine, a romantic dinner under the stars, in a garden setting while guitar music serenades you.  We enjoyed a truly “authentic and delicious” four course dinner last week with each course perfectly paired with wine. This is “date night” on Thursday evenings at Cafe Jardin in Corona del Mar, CA.  Chefs Pascal Olhats and Jessica Roy are amazing and our server was great fun too. Can’t wait to go back! Book your reservations early, as seating is limited and only one evening a week!

-First Course

Tapenade Nicoise & Herb Crustinis and Radish Bouquet with Saucisson

Wine- Notorious Pink Rose

{This is such a playful start with baby radish from the farm and spreading the tapenade on the toasted baguette. Of course Peter stole all of the Saucisson hiding around the radishes. Saucisson is a dry-cured and sliced sausage in France— similar to salami. And the rose wine was a crisp and refreshing choice as our evening began.}

-Second Course

Seafood Plate with Lobster Beignet, Smoked Salmon Crepe, Scampi Provencal

Wine- Infamous Gold, South of France

{This presentation was too pretty to eat. Well… almost!  Where to begin,  as my eyes darted from left to right. I nibbled on the sliced cucumber. So fresh and this was the perfect complement to the bite-sized delicate crepes wrapped around smoked salmon and adorned with salmon roe.  The round beignets were fried to perfection, and inside was lobster and served atop a tomato purée. So delicious I just had to take a photo of the inside too. Two plump shrimp were under a creamy sauce with basil sliced a la chiffonnade and a splash of cognac.  I wanted to take a spoon and gobble every bit of this rich sauce. It was so good.  A delightful course to view and enjoy.}

Third Course – Choice of 3:

-Roasted Stuffed Quail, Confit Garlic Sauce, Potatoes Au Gratin and Ratatouille Provencal

-Mediterranean Seafood Bouillabaisse with Bass, Clams, Mussels, Shrimp & Spicy Rouille w/ Toast Points

-Mustard Crusted Rack of Lamb (Adding this week July 23rd)

Wine- Scandalous One Cabernet Noir

{Peter enjoyed the golden brown Quail, with potatoes au gratin that he gobbled up before I could sneak a bite.  The ratatouille is one of my favorites!  I selected the Bouillabaisse and it was truly “from the sea”.  The rich broth with seafood was truly front & center. Mussels, clams and bass danced in the bowl and all were so fresh and delicious. I took half of it home and we enjoyed it the next day over Jasmine rice.}

-Fourth Course- Choice of 2:

-Baked Goat Cheese on Mache Lettuce with Brandied Raisins, Walnut Dressing

-Warm Chocolate Chestnut Tort, Raspberry Liquor Berry Compote, whipped cream & French Vanilla Ice Cream

{For those watching their calories, which I always seem to be trying to do…this salad of a dessert is a wonderful choice. The goat cheese is baked and the brandy-candy raisins were a perfect treat. The show-stopper was, of course, the warm chocolate chestnut tort. Paired with a delicious port.}

Wine- Port

Here Are The Details:

-Seating is limited so reservations strongly suggested.

-Call (949) 673-0034

-Seating for two, however can accommodate some parties of four.

-Seating times are: 6:30 and 7:00 pm.

-Four course Dinner with wine pairings for each course.

-$130 per person (plus tax and tip)

-Includes Garden entry fee.

-Park in the Sherman Gardens parking lot and enter thru the gate. Café Jardin is to the left.

-They also offer lunch Wed-Sat.  11:30-2:30 and Sunday brunch 11:30-2:30.


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