As the go-to place for expats and Filipinos alike, The Fort has one of the most diverse culinary scenes in the Metro. A wide array of dishes from all corners of the globe can be found here. However, if you're specifically looking for French comfort food to satisfy your cravings, then Le Jardin Café is the place to be.

Le Jardin Café's interior. Photo courtesy of Le Jardin Café.

This restaurant is owned by the same group that used to operate Le Jardin Manila, a fine dining restaurant that was located in the penthouse of W Fifth Building, 5th Avenue corner 32nd Street. The French restaurant was a perfect place to have your intimate dinner dates or social gatherings. It broke its patrons' hearts when it closed December last year.

Earlier this year, the owners of Le Jardin Manila decided to revive the Le Jardin brand. From a full-fledged restaurant, they've decided to transform it to a café called Le Jardin Café. It is now located at the Ground Floor of Bonifacio Stopover Corporate Center, 2nd Avenue corner 31st Street. Moreover, they have created a more budget-friendly menu that includes comfort food such as southern fried chicken (P285), old fashion corned beef (P290),  and cafe cheeseburger (P320), as well as French favorites like truffled three-cheese penne (P260) and croquet monsieur (P320), all cooked with the care and skill of a French cuisine chef.  

Chicken Karaage Sandwich (P300). Photo courtesy of Le Jardin Café.

Their menu is now well-suited for busy executives working in the office above it and in buildings nearby, especially those who are very health-conscious and know their couscous and quinoa. Apart from main courses, they also offer smoothie bowls, juices, and blended drinks, not the sugar laden kind, but the kind that packs natural goodness like fresh fruits and fiber-rich cereals in each serving.

With Le Jardin Café, we no longer need to have the time and the pocket of an aristocrat to taste fine cooking.

The Menu of Le Jardin Café. Photo courtesy of Le Jardin Café.

The company that operates Le Jardin Café will also open a new restaurant called James & Daughters by Le Jardin this September on the Ground Floor of The Westin Manila Sonata Place Show Suites along 21st Drive, near Essensa Towers. 

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