Le Jardin is a very charming little café tucked away on the corner of a trendy street. Unassuming, yes, but there are lots of reasons to stroll on in:
- It’s very French (Oh la la!) and even a bit quirky!
- There’s a garden atmosphere. We love to dine with a view of green!
- They sell authentic French crêpes and macarons.
- It’s Merlo coffee, competently made.
- The new waiter is quite delightful.
We visited Le Jardin to sample the crêpes. Usually the ‘tart’ one, I settle for strawberry, while the Main Squeeze chooses lemon. Made from organic free-range eggs, the crêpes are deliciously thin and melt in the mouth. Fillings are simple – mine’s filled with strawberry jam, his with a squeeze of lemon and sugar, and both are served with cream and ice cream.
Besides the crêpes, there’s an all day breakfast and sandwich menu, including Croque-Monsieur and French Toast, as well as a limited sweets menu where we spy macarons and crème-brulée.
Be prepared to take life at a slower pace. The charm’s most evident sitting outside, basking in the sun, making time to read the paper while you imagine that you’re on holidays! Be warned that the food is not quick to arrive as it’s handmade, so settle in with a friend for a relaxed chat over a coffee.
3/13 Tedder Avenue, Main Beach Ph: 07 5564 0100
Want to know more about Croque-Monsieur? Read this article from The Guardian. It includes some history and a recipe.