Le Jardin Manila

May 31, 2015

What makes Le Jardin the perfect place for hopeful romantics

Trust the French to do it right—and in good taste. More than its authentic French fare, palatable creations, and generous servings, Le Jardin Manila boasts a relaxing and inviting ambience, that’s a delight to wine and dine in.

The restaurant, after all, is called the city’s best kept secret for a reason.
Just as owner Chef Gils had imagined his place to be, Le Jardin is like a secret garden on a mountain top, nestled at the W Building Penthouse at The Fort. Overlooking the city, the view of the Ortigas skyline at night adds a romantic touch to the dining experience.

Marrying the French’s natural sophistication and elegance, with the warm and cheery vibe reminiscent of the southern France countryside, Le Jardin’s interiors are clean and pleasing to the eyes. Upon the entrance is faux foliage that’s well-manicured, creating a mini horizontal garden. Inside, bonsai trees are growing in the center of some of the tables, surrounded by plush white chairs.

Beneath its high ceilings, and between its muted walls and large glass windows, is the restaurant’s 100-plus seating area, plus two private rooms that can be combined into one. Against a green and white motif is a display of interesting black-and-white photographs, subtly lit by soft industrial lights.

Finally, there’s the famous smoking room that’s lined with pictures of characters like Darth Vader and The Adventures of Tin Tin, as well as portraits of icons such as Madonna, Marlon Brando, and Marion Cotillard, each in their smoking glory.

Indeed, Le Jardin Manila puts effort into its venue, as much as its food. Perhaps, its attractive ambience has become one of the popular reasons why the place has been frequented not just by groups of friends and families, but by couples, too. Le Jardin Manila has slowly become one of the top-of-mind choices of those who want a nice and quiet date escape in the city.

After all, when so much meticulous preparations and work is done in the kitchen to serve the best French fare ever, what better way to savor these sumptuous dishes than with a delightful, tres romantique backdrop?

Le Jardin Manila boasts a relaxing and inviting ambience, that’s a delight to wine and dine in.

Le Jardin’s warm and cheery vibe is reminiscent of the southern France countryside. Upon the entrance is faux foliage that’s well-manicured, creating a mini horizontal garden.

Beneath its high ceilings, and between its muted walls and large glass windows, is the restaurant’s 100-plus seating area, plus two private rooms that can be combined into one.

Against a green and white motif is a display of interesting black-and-white photographs, subtly lit by soft industrial lights.