When Jardin Restaurant Opens In West Palm, Expect Epic Fondue, Donut Towers And More
This spring, a new garden-centric restaurant will blossom on Clematis Street.
Jardin, set to open its doors in April, will offer a menu of modern American cuisine with international influences, all while using fresh local ingredients. With a Dominique Ansel Bakery alum behind the scenes, it could easily become a dessert spot in its own right.
Named for the building whose ground floor it will occupy, Via Jardin, the restaurant will offer seasonal cuisine, craft cocktails and, appropriately, a courtyard full of lush trees and flowers.
The couple behind the restaurant, chefs Jordan Lerman and Stephanie Cohen, bring with them experience from such top New York restaurants as Eleven Madison Park and Momofuku Ssam Bar, and most recently, Rebel House in Boca Raton.
A Palm Beach County native who has also worked in Israel, Lerman is excited to focus on producing great food back in West Palm Beach.
“I always hoped I’d be able to return home to open my own restaurant—and the timing is perfect here in West Palm," he said in a press release. "There is a movement afoot, a revitalization that definitely includes the dining scene, and Stephanie and I very much want to be a part of it."
The newlyweds, who met at The Culinary Institute of America, will divvy up their duties at Jardin, with Lerman as executive chef and bar manager, and Cohen—who worked at Dominique Ansel Bakery—as pastry chef and general manager.
The menu is still in the works, but guests can expect to see appetizers like corn and crab bisque, entrees such as pan-roasted gator ribs with mojo and whole roasted Cornish hen with wild mushrooms and spring peas, and show-stopping desserts.
Cohen's pastry selections will include a chocolate and caramel sauce fondue platter with cinnamon marshmallows, orange madeleines, donut holes, key lime bites and carbonated fruits, as well as the Donut Tower, a vertical stack of donuts (maple Bavarian cream, chocolate glazed and candied bacon) served with malted milk ice cream.
The 3,300-square-foot restaurant will seat 150 guests across various indoor and outdoor areas: the large open dining room, a chef's counter overlooking the open kitchen, the bar and lounge, a covered patio out front, and a landscaped garden courtyard in the back.
Keeping with the garden theme, Jardin will also feature a colorful mural outside the restaurant with graffiti-style depictions of flowers for which the downtown streets are named after.
The restaurant will initially offer dinner service and weekend brunch, with plans to start serving lunch soon after.
Jardin; 330 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach
(Photos courtesy South Moon Photography)