I’ve been to Le Jardin Manila a good handful of times but it wasn’t until yesterday that I had the opportunity to sit down and savor a slow and self-paced lunch degustation. Muchos gracias to our friends from Luxasia and Paint It Red, I was able to play with my senses more ways than one!
The hustle & bustle a couple of weeks back at Le Jardin Manila
Like most degustations, yesterday’s lavish 3-course meal started with brioche and butter. We got our amuse bouche (ah-myuz boosh) shortly and it was a good prelude to the entree and main I chose prior to our luncheon.
Scrambled egg with truffles
A little background about me in case we just met. After graduating from college, I went to ISCAHM and took up Culinary Arts. Out of all the dishes imaginable, my favourite and forte’s got to be Swiss and French. I love working with cheese, cream, and wine. Hands down — my favourite garnish are truffles. While I wouldn’t consider myself a subject matter expert on cooking, I have to say that I can babble all day as an educated, massive consumer.
Going back to the brouillade, purists would suggest calling this as “brouillade aux truffes” since really, it’s scrambled egg with truffle shavings. As decadent as its name, this should be devoured with caution. To make brouillade as velvety as what we had, it has to be loaded with the best eggs you could find coupled with extra fatty butter. #ohmyheart
Coquille St. Jacques Poêlées, Purée de Pommes de Terre aux Truffes
Seared scallops with truffled mashed potatoes
Oui! Scallops and truffles! I can die happy now…or maybe not yet as there’s more to come in a few. But seriously, I was in heaven as I nommed on my entree of choice. Scallops when cooked (pan seared in this case) perfectly are a joy to savor. Coupled with truffled mashed potatoes, I could care less if I’m downing almost a thousand calories. If you’re a mermaid like me, you’ll very likely enjoy this dish.