We have good news for everyone who loves Downtown West Palm Beach’s dining scene. Jardin, the new restaurant from talented rising star newlywed chefs Jordan Lerman and Stephanie Cohen, recently opened its doors to the public. Jardin, an American cuisine restaurant, is located at 330 Clematis Street at the entrance of Via Jardin, which is French for “way of the gardens”, the most suitable area in the block to surround the new restaurant.
Jardin is set to elevate the level of dining in the Downtown West Palm Beach area with a menu drawing from multiple global influences. The restaurant encompasses 3,300 square feet of space, able to accommodate 150 guests. An open kitchen allows diners to peek into the Jardin team’s intricate approach to creating each plate. The lush courtyard out back offers an al fresco dining experience with the same brilliant flavors.
Jordan Lerman is a Palm Beach County native proud to be involved with the dining renaissance currently happening in his hometown. “I always hoped I’d be able to return home to open my own restaurant – and the timing is perfect here in West Palm”, says Lerman. “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. We couldn’t be more excited to bring our take on great food made from the highest quality ingredients”.
Jardin offers a varied menu featuring several ambitious snacks, appetizers, entrées, desserts, and after-hours selections. Patrons can begin their meal by sharing some items from the “For the Table” menu. The house-made charcuterie and cheese plate is true to its name, served with grilled bread, house mustard, pickles and seasonal jams all made on-site. Jordan and Stephanie are looking forward to impress with signature dishes like crispy hummus with shaved chorizo and lemon aioli or crispy cauliflowers served with maple yogurt, cashews, and grapes.
Jardin restaurant offers a decor of neutral tones. Concrete tile and wood floors allows natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows. Although the menu is still on the works, since opening day visitors can expect to enjoy dishes that define the burgeoning culinary vision of chefs Jordan and Stephanie. Appetizers ranging in prices from $12-$16 consisting of larger sharing options that draw attention to Lerman’s skill in reinventing well-known dishes. For example, the duck choripan is a riff on a popular South American chorizo sandwich where the chef substitutes duck for the traditional beef or pork sausage and serves it on a homemade challah bun with cherry pepper relish and buttermilk. Not falling behind in the restaurant’s farm-to-table etho, the velvety corn and crab bisque with peekytoe crab, pickled green tomato, and wild mushrooms, topped with flavorful Old Bay croutons is expected to become a fan favorite. Entrees are locally sourced and changing with the seasons.
Some of the food to enjoy at Jardin Restaurant
Chef Stephanie Cohen whose area of expertise is dessert is making sure that Jardin certainly exists as a standalone dessert destination for downtowners. She is innovating the restaurant’s menu with items that include maple Bavarian cream, chocolate glazed, and candied bacon. If you are a Fondue lover, Jardin is an ideal place to enjoy dipping cinnamon marshmallows, orange madeleines, donut holes, Key lime bites, and carbonated fruits into Cajeta caramel sauce and Republica del Cacao chocolate.
Jardin restaurant has added flavor to the list of favorite happy hour spots in Downtown. Classic and creative craft cocktails are offered along with local craft brews and a moderately priced wine list. Lerman has created complex cocktail flavors with signature options like the Moon Lit, a whiskey drink containing ingredients such as buttermilk whey, egg, honey, and cracked pepper. South Florida’s Latin influences are apparent in cocktails like La Abuela, which mixes brown butter infused rum with maple, cashew orgeat, blueberry, and lime. The drink menu also includes a rotating list called “The Traveler’s Companion.” These libations consist of obscure, global spirits designed to expose guests to unique and hard-to-find beverage selections such as aquavit, mastiha, and tempus fugit, among others.
Considering its location on trendy Clematis, Jardin is a top spot for after-dinner drinks and late-night treats. Jardin also serves after-hours’ grub on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10:30PM to 2AM. Weekend brunch are also available. Every month the restaurant features items inspired by street food staples from countries around the world.
Jardin owners, Lerman (27) and Cohen (26), met at The Culinary Institute of America before garnering experience in some of New York’s most notable restaurants and bakeries including Eleven Madison Park, Momofuku Ssam Bar (Lerman), Ai Fiori and Dominque Ansel Bakery (Cohen). Upon relocating to South Florida, the two honed their skills at Boca Raton’s Rebel House, he as sous chef and bar manager and she as executive pastry chef. Now, in a perfect union, the two will divide the duties at Jardin: Lerman as executive chef and bar manager, while Cohen serves as general manager and pastry chef.
You are invited to visit Jardin. For more information about the restaurant, you many call (561) 440-5273 or click on www.jardinrestaurant.com for a complete look at their menu and more updates.