Cafe Do Nicole’s Flower is not unfamiliar to many who stayed in the East, a cafe which opened in 2019 with an ambience that is unlike many cafes.
Their interior focuses mainly on a garden concept, decorated with fresh flowers from their in-house florist section.
Thus, expectations are high for its sister concept – Le Jardin Restaurant.
Nestled at the Fort Canning Arts Centre, their focuses on French and European cuisine with both indoors and alfresco dining areas.
The 120 seater space has a garden theme outdoors which is pets-friendly, equipped with marble table tops and vintage, retro-style rattan chairs and vase of fresh flowers on each table.
Stepping inside, the interior has a Victorian vibe, with a centrepiece showcasing all the fresh flowers available for purchase at their florist section.
From the hanging and crawling plants on the ceiling beams to the specially curated flower bed on each table, the team are attentive to the details that will give diners a full dining-in-the-woods experience.
Their Breakfast and Brunch menu starts from opening till 4.30pm, whereas Lunch menu is available from 12pm to 3.30pm and Dinner is available from 5.30pm to 9.30pm.
Brunch items featured are Croissant Waffle ($23.90), Potato Rosti ($18.90), Portobello Mushroom ($16.90), and Fig & Salted Caramel French Toast ($21.90).
Some mains include Forest Mushroom Tagliatelle ($20), Argentinian Red Shrimp Tagliatelle ($22), Ora King Salmon ($30), Kurobuta Pork Loin ($34), and Margaret River Black Angus Ribeye ($42). It wasn’t immediately clear how ‘French’ these dishes were though.
And if you happened to drop by between 4.30pm and 5.30pm (like me), note that only drinks and pastries are available.
Outlet exclusive espresso-based items include the Coffee Sunshine ($8.90) and Sea Salt Caramel Latte ($10.90) whereas the non-espresso items include Chamomile Dream ($9.90), Floral Cucumber ($9.90), Emerald ($11.90), Purple Fntasy ($11.90) and Peanut Butter ($11.90).
The Purple Fntasy ($11.90) stole the limelight with its colour, a sweet potato smoothie sprinkled with sweet potato powder and desiccated coconut.
Smooth the rich in flavours, it had a contrast in textures due to the desiccated coconut added whereas the sweetness level was just right.
Though, I wished there was a bigger volume of smoothie considering the price tag of $11.90.
The Sea Salt Caramel Latte ($10.90) came in a tall glassware drizzled with caramel sauce on the surface, topped with a single stalk of plant as a garnish.
There was a good balance from the sea salt and the espresso flavours, which served a thirst quencher if you choose to sit in the alfresco dining space.
4 new desserts are exclusively available here, namely: Royal Chocolate ($14.90), Pistachio Entremet ($10.90), Lemon Meringue tart ($11.90) and Fig & Raspberry Tart ($12.90).
My favourite was the Pistachio Entremet ($10.90) that comes with pistachio mousse on a cookie base, topped with a single vanilla chop and freeze dried raspberry.
The pistachio mousse was smooth and nutty, an earth profile well balanced by the citrus ness from the freeze dried raspberry.
The addition of coconut flakes on the side gives it a nice subtle sweetness and a flaky cookie base that complements well with the overall textures.
The Fig & Raspberry Tart ($12.90) was probably the prettiest, topped with fresh fig and raspberry which gave a sweet-citrus flavour whereas the cream cheese was light and refreshing.
Le Jardin Restaurant has continued to impress diners with their overall experience with floral elements incorporated within all their dishes.
I believed this can be a chill-out spot for cafe hoppers and parents (including paw-parents) to enjoy both food and scenery.
Le Jardin Restaurant
5 Cox Terrace, Level 2, Fort Canning Arts Centre, Singapore 179620
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm (Mon – Thurs), 8:30am – 9:30pm (Fri – Sun)
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.