Before meeting O, God taught me how to place my security in His love alone.
The constant and unparalleled love Christ gives is incomparable to any other man on earth. But then, I still placed my hopes and trust in Him that He will bring me a man on earth who might not be perfect like God but someone who will faithfully love the same God I worship more than me. Praise be to God, He brought me to O. I’m not a love expert nor a guru. Please take note of that. Just want to share one of the many important lessons God taught me before dating O. Connecting the dots to what I’ve mentioned earlier, God taught me to find completeness in His love alone. God’s love should be more than enough for me. Finding a partner seemed to be just a bonus when I found completeness in God’s love alone. Sounds very theological? Well, that’s based on my experience and most married couples from my church.
I normally don’t deeply share about my relationship on this blog but I’m convinced to share a little about my dating life because it’s a special day for me and O. Another year and a number of months to celebrate for us being together. 🙂 Praise God indeed!
This time, we took the fancy side and celebrated at Le Jardin, Bonifacio Global City. Between O and I, I’m the one who’d likely to enjoy this type of restaurant more because it serves French cuisine. O prefers to keep it simple. Believe it or not, a dinner at Jollibee will be a happy experience for him. Hehe. But not this time. :p
O drove (as usual) to W Fifth Building, beside F1 Hotel, since Le Jardin is located at the penthouse of the said building. He was supposed to park at the lot nearby W Bldg but I suggested to proceed to the building and ask the guard for possible parking space inside the building itself. Oh our shallow happiness, we both felt great for free parking for Le Jardin customers.
After securing our parking, we walked excitedly to the penthouse for our romantic date night.

The Food:

3, 4 or 5? Three choices for the number of course to avail. Le Jardin’s style is to offer you their 3-course meal, 4-course meal or 5-course meal. O and I stayed in the middle and chose the 4-course meal (Php 2,800+) for each of us. 4 courses consist of 2 starters, 1 main and 1 dessert.
Amuse Bouche
The scent of truffle lingered in this glass of Amuse Bouche. To start out our 4-course dinner, Le Jardin appetized us with this omelette sprinkled with truffle oil, a favorite ingredient of my friends who adore French cuisine. A lazy tasty omelette starter that looked very expensive by the way it was presented to us. It’s simple that I can still remember the taste until now. Really good!
Special dinners seem to fit a bottle of wine with it. Chateau Du Port 2009 Cuveé Prestige Malbec, a French smooth wine with a hint of fruity blackberry flavors that draws out the powerful taste of this wine.
Entrée Froide | Cold Appetizers
Assiette de Trois Foie Gras
French Duck Liver Three Ways
Rate: 4/5
The playful foie gras that was a mouthful treat in three ways. Spring roll, terrine style and torchon foie gras. The apples used warms the palate, complemented the different styles of foie gras. The amount was just right for me, too much foie gras might break my diet. Hehe.
Salade de Homard
Lobster Salad
Rate: 3/5
Fresh catch of lobster as it was juicy as I sliced a piece and layered it up with potatoes and thick balsamic dressing. Fancy but not surprised by the way it was cooked. I still loved it though.
Entrée Chaude | Warm Appetizers
Coquilles St. Jacques Poêlées, Puree de Pommes de Terre Aux Truffes
Seared scallops, truffled mashed potatoes
Rate: 4/5
Moving on to the warm appetizers, I like the casual combination of these flavors, truffled mashed potatoes that gave it an edge. I wasn’t amused but the scallops were a good catch. The simplicity had O and me wanting for more.
Escargot de Bourgogne
Burgundy snails in garlic and parsley butter
Rate: 5/5
Escargot, French for snail, may not be common for Filipino’s chosen appetizer as much as in France. You’d find these appetizers served in numerous French restaurants. In Philippines, we have our version called “kuhol” but the French looks for more ways in being creative with their Escargot. Le Jardin blew us with their Escargot de Bourgogne, a must-try. Garlic and parsley butter rolled the delight in my taste buds. The winning appetizer in Le Jardin, for O and me.
To cleanse my dirty palate of assorted flavors from the appetizers, O and I were served this Lemon Sorbet. A small refreshing treat in between courses.
Viande | Meat
Souris D’agneau
Braised Lamb Shank
Rate: 4/5
Without even tasting it yet, my speculations were bringing me to word “deliceux” immediately. The lamb looks neatly cooked with its juicy texture. Judging by the way it was plated alone. I can’t keep my speculations going so I had my fork and knife moving and tried for the real verdict. So fine, tender that I feel like walking gracefully after treating me evening with this Braised Lamb Shank. I almost forgot, their mashed potatoes weren’t just accessories but makes a good plate individually.
Joue de Boeuf et Foie Gras Poêleé
Braised beef cheek topped with pan seared foie gras
Rate: 4/5
A savory thriller of beef cheek that brought delightful tickle to my palate. Foie gras’ presence wasn’t just to alleviate the dish to the word “French” but it absolutely added so much flavor that blended evenly with the Brasied Beef Cheek. Conversations with O over good food like this becomes more interesting as minutes pass by.
Cheese Plate
French Cheese Platter or Fromage came in between main course and dessert. Homemade fresh cow cheese presented in 6 kinds. Paired with bread, O and I routed for their Peppery cheese and Truffle-flavored one.
Dessert de Gils
Rate: 5/5
Signature dessert of French Chef Gils Brault, the maestro of Le Jardin’s concept and recipes. An experiment of sorbet, meringue, berries, nougat and other detailed ingredients that resulted to a gorgeously-looking piece of craft.

The Ambiance:

The sound of romance in this ambiance of high ceiling with neat white and black interiors with a touch of green pieces to create the whole garden ambiance. A date inside this place is a mix of class, romance and cool breeze to the eyes.
Private rooms for big families, business meetings or celebrations.
The white pillars added elegance that it took me back to the calendar of greek times.
Located at the penthouse, you get a bonus top view of Makati and Fort evening lights.
The garden at the penthouse.
Individually finding satisfaction in our relationship with God alone brings us to more overflowing love as we connect our lives together. The joy of being in this relationship is only by God’s grace alone, not our powers but His. The way we love each other is not out of our own ideas of love but through the common book we try to follow, the bible.
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2
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Location: W Fifth Building, 5th Ave. cor 32nd St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Operating Hours: 11:00am-11:00pm (Monday-Saturday)
Contact: (+63) 917-817-6584
Instagram: @lejardinbgc
Budget: PHP2,500++

Food 9/10
Ambiance 9/10
Service 9/10
Cost 8/10
Overall 8.75/10