Back in George Town again after a wonderful sightseeing and gourmet trip to Ipoh last week. As always, after a surfeit of good Cantonese cuisine in Ipoh, we are rather disinclined to return to Penang’s Hokkien/Teochew brand of Chinese cuisine for a while, as we’re still missing the more refined Cantonese flavors.
For a change, we decided to pay a return visit to Au Jardin at the Hin Bus Depot. Unlike on Sundays, when Hin Bus Depot comes alive with its weekly arts & cultural market, the place is quieter on weekdays, so parking lots are easier to come by. This restaurant is just over 2 years old now - we’d actually accidentally stumbled into the restaurant on its first day of operation back on 1 Sep 2018. It’s really good to see the kitchen crew settled in and very much more confident nowadays.
Our lunch today consisted of:
Amuse bouche 1: Beetroot cups filled with blue cheese mousse, chopped pistachios and ikura
Amuse bouche 2: Wantan cones filled with tuna tartare
Spiced tomato chutney-whipped butter with “Indian dosa”-flavoured bread
Char-smoked cabbage, topped with cabbage sorbet and cabbage crisp, emulsion of toasted yeast and capelin roe.
Thinly-sliced Red Snapper ceviche, pickled red onion rings, kaffir lime oil, with hot Thai “tom kha” sauce poured over
The ‘Faux’ Caviar - lumpfish roe, lightly-poached lobster meat, gelée of lobster coral
Palate cleanser: Chinese “tie-kuan-yin” tea sorbet lollipops with popping candy, coated with coconut oil white chocolate
Duck Roast à la Maison - Hay-smoked duck with coriander seeds, black pepper & Szechuan peppercorns were inserted underneath the skin of the duck
Wild flounder on squid’s ink & seafood risotto, with pickled red onion petals and dill oil
9) Guava dessert, with marinated guava, Greek yoghurt and guava crisps
Au Jardin’s Modern-Penang cuisine approach which applies French cooking techniques to largely locally-sourced ingredients resulted in some pretty amazing flavors.
Restaurant au Jardin, Hin Bus Depot
125, Jalan Timah, 10150 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Tel: +6012-429 7591
Operating hours: 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm, Thu to Sun. Closed Mon to Wed.