I liken Jardin to that person you just happen to notice by chance in a crowded bar. Not clamoring for attention, but there’s just something about them that compels you to walk over and say hello. Conversation ensues, and you find yourself becoming more and more enthralled by them. As the moments pass, their subtle beauty becomes apparent, and you begin to wonder how you didn’t notice them sooner.
At the beginning of “Restaurant Row” on Clematis, Jardin lies tucked away with only a small sign hanging overhead announcing it’s presence. The 3,300 square foot space is unpretentious. However when talking about the food coming out of this kitchen, that’s quite a different matter. Jardin is the opus of executive chefs Jordan Lerman and his wife Stephanie Cohen, both alumni of the acclaimed Culinary Institute of America. Powerhouses in their own right, each honed their skills in some of New York’s most illustrious restaurants and bakeries, including Michelin standard bearers like Eleven Madison Park, Momofuku Ssam Bar, Ai Fiori, and Dominique Ansel Bakery.
The menu offers reasonably priced dishes that boast seasonal local ingredients, presented in a markedly elevated yet approachable style. Chefs Jordan and Stephanie each bring their own distinct inspirational reference points to party. Chef Jordan’s inspiration was forged from his time spent in Israel melded with his local Florida roots, while Chef Stephanie's is derived from her South American background buoyed by classic French techniques. Their take on flavor forward casual fine dining is accentuated by robust handcrafted cocktails, local craft brews, and desserts abound with decadent innovation and creativity. From a culinary perspective, Jardin is that wallflower in a crowded room that I’m glad I got to know.
Jardin is located at 330 Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach. The restaurant features Happy Hour from 4 - 7PM, 6PM on Saturdays. Dinner is served Tuesday - Saturday from 5 - 10PM. Sundays beginning May 21st will feature their Caja China Sunday Brunch. The restaurant is closed Monday.
For Reservations: 561-440-5273