Today my mom and I met up with my aunt at Cafe Jardin for lunch. FOOD WAS EXCELLENT.
I had crab cakes with asparagus. It was very yummy, and for dessert I had a raspberry crème brûlée.
The gardens are gorgeous. I can't believe that I've lived here for practically forever and I've never heard of this place! Its such a hidden gem! As some of you know, I love taking pictures, especially of flowers, so here are a whole buttload that I took today.
TAKE A BREAK AT CAFÉ JARDIN
by the Daily Pilot
The Sherman Library & Gardens in Corona del Mar has long been one of Newport Beach’s better-kept secrets.Founded in 1966 by Arnold Haskell as an educational and cultural center, the tranquil grounds now cover an entire city block.
Housed within the walled gardens are an exotic collection of rare cacti, plants and other vegetation. A tropical greenhouse re-creates a lush island setting with koi ponds and fragrant tropical plants. A restaurant in such a special setting should evoke the mood and atmosphere of its surroundings, and Café Jardin accomplishes just that.
It is the brainchild of Orange County restaurateur Pascal Olhats, whose signature restaurant, Pascal, has long been considered one of the area’s best.
Café Jardin is in the heart of Sherman Gardens, facing well-manicured flower beds. The restaurant is in a large adobe-style structure and can accommodate up to 250 people.
It’s a popular spot for special events, and I’ve seen many a wedding party enterting the area. The restaurant is open for lunch only during the week, and when the weather alows - which is most of the time - many of the tables are set up outdoors on a patio that lines one side of the gardens. It’s a calm, relaxing setting, where a ringing cell phone is as out of place as well-behaved fans at an XFL game.
The menu that Olhats and chef Peter Corel have created mirros the light, fresh setting. A well-chosen selection of salads and light entrees provide a perfect respite after a casual walk through the gardens or a refreshing break from a busy workday.
Café Jardin is an oasis that offers light cuisine in a relaxing garden setting. It’s the perfect getaway from the demands of the daily work grind or to take a special friend for a leisurely lunch. Enjoy a fine meal, and be sure to take the time to wander the gardens and appreciate nature at its finest.
Sherman Library and Gardens Website
About the Gardens:
The botanical collections of the Gardens, in their geographical origins, span the globe.....ranging from plant life of the desert
regions to exotic vegetation of tropical climes. The Gardens
provide a museum of living plants, displayed amidst a setting
of fountains and sculptures and an abundance of seasonal flowers. The Gardens provide a tranquil environment simply
to be enjoyed for its beauty or, if desired, a place to observe
and study firsthand plant life from various parts of the world.
Our Cactus and Succulent Garden surrounds a large California pepper tree. Stepping inside the warm, moist Tropical Conservatory with orchids, heliconias and gingers in full bloom is like a visit to the Pacific Islands. And don't forget to check out the size of the koi: there are more than a dozen of the carp. The Rose Garden features an array of colorful and scented blooming plants, while the cool atmosphere of the Fern Grotto exhibits the bold greenery of several forty-year-old hanging staghorn ferns. A bo tree, considered sacred by Hindus and Buddhists, resides in the Japanese Garden. The Herb Garden boasts a variety of herbs, including chocolate and orange-mint, tri-color and society garlic.
While the botanical garden has its technical importance, colorful annuals are emphasized with the seasonal changing of several large flower beds and containers throughout the Gardens. The mild coastal climate is ideal for maintaining an abundant variety of flowering plants all year long.
Horticulturists and avid gardeners find Sherman Gardens a paradise. Though the plant collections are quite broad in scope, the design of the gardens enables visitors to view this botanical diversity in a reasonably short time. Many plants are labeled as to their place of origin and their generic family and common names.