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Jardin Restaurant Launches Chef's Grand Tasting Series, Letting Guests Experience Michelin-Quality, 15-Course Dinners

For a Michelin star-quality dinner experience on a budget, look no further than Clematis Street.

The chefs behind Jardin Restaurant in West Palm Beach have introduced a 15-course tasting menu experience similar to those offered at top Michelin-starred restaurants, such as Eleven Madison Park, where chef/owner Jordan Lerman trained.

Offered Monday nights through Aug. 29, the Chef's Grand Tasting dinner series is an intimate affair, with the restaurant shutting down to serve only eight guests. 

Newlywed chefs Lerman and Stephanie Cohen began hosting these exclusive dinners in late June. The cost is $100 per person (plus $40 for a wine or cocktail pairing). A comparable tasting menu experience at Eleven Madison Park or similar-tier restaurant typically runs from $225 up to $450—not including drinks. 

During the meal, guests dine at the eight-seat Chef's Counter overlooking Jardin's open kitchen, watching as Lerman, Cohen and their team plate and serve each inventive dish. 

The full menu, which changes weekly based on the freshest local ingredients, remains undisclosed to guests until their arrival, but each features twists on signature Jardin dishes—such as the savory madeleines and crispy hummus—and other surprises. 

"We’ll be exploring different options for the menu every day up until the day of each dinner. The element of surprise definitely adds to the occasion, even for us," Cohen said.

The 15-course meal also includes bread service, amuse bouches (tiny, one-bite hors d'oeuvres), an intermezzo to cleanse the palate, and several dessert plates. 

One of the wilder plates Jardin has served so far is a sorghum-glazed eel dish with Chinese sausage and crispy sticky rice. Cohen said she said she thinks the fresh eel is one of the coolest ingredients they have.

"We buy the eel alive on the day of so we can ensure freshness," Cohen said. "Though we have some little surprise elements here and there, we are confident that our food makes the experience." 

With Cohen and Lerman already getting requests for more dinners in September, Jardin is currently considering whether to extend the Chef's Grand Tasting dinner series past the summer.

These are ticketed dinners, available for purchase here. Guests with dietary restrictions or allergies are asked to call the restaurant at 561.440.5273 prior to purchasing their tickets.

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Chef Jordan Lerman plates a dish for the tasting menu. (Courtesy Jardin)
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Cappellacci (pasta dumplings) with foie gras, chicken liver and black summer truffles. (Courtesy Jardin)
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Guests dine at the eight-seat Chef's Counter. (Courtesy Jardin)