Meet me in The Garden.
Garden Kitchen and Bar, Jupiters newest restaurant is elegant, airy, and most important, the food is heavenly, fit for a king!
When I walked in to Garden Kitchen and Bar, I was blown away by how beautiful it was.
High ceilings, grand floral displays, and soft soothing colours made Garden Kitchen a comforting and relaxed environment. Every seat in the house had a fantastic view due to the fact that every inch of Garden Kitchen and Bar had been tastefully executed.
My guest and I were lucky enough to try their Valentine’s Day set menu early. A shared menu, at $110 per COUPLE it’s a great deal compared to other restaurants of it’s caliber.
The meal started with a butterfly kiss cocktail. A shaken raspberry gin drink, it was tart and sweet. A cocktail I think just about everyone can get on board with. Delicate pink in colour, this Valentines speciality, was shaken and served in a martini glass.
The entree was a chilled seafood platter. Pacific oysters, Mooloolaba king prawns, Moreton bay bug tails, with fruit and garden salads.
The bugs were rich and hearty, the prawns were head on, bodies peeled, and cooked to perfection, but the oysters…man they were divine! buttery and smooth with just a hint of brine. My date and I were in agreement that these were the best oysters either of us had ever tasted!
For the main we were served a lamb shoulder that had been roasted for 6 hours. It was fall off the bone tender and was served with 3 little pots of sauce; chimichurry, seeded mustard, and red wine au jus. Once again, my date and I were both in agreement that this was the best lamb either of us had ever tasted. Our compliments to the chef, you have wowed us twice in one sitting!
Our sides consisted of rosemary smashed potatoes and a fresh rocket and tomato salad. Although it was not included in the Valentines package, we ordered a bottle of their house Pinot Noir North of South which went well with the lamb and was fairly priced.
By this point we were fat and happy, but the meal wasn't over yet.
Dessert was comparable to a treat out of Wonka’s lab! Imaginative, the chef had made a delightful Rose Scented Eton Mess with rose water meringue, fresh raspberries, vanilla creme, a macaroon and my favourite, crystallised rose petals. It was the kind of dish that put a smile on your face. Fun to look at, and even more fun to eat. I’m not sure about you, but for me, nothing says Valentine’s Day dinner like sugar coated rose petals! They were crispy and sweet, the texture of a thin sliced potato chip. It was something different and spectacular. A memorable ending to a most delicious night!
I’d also like to add that the staff was exceptional. Every member of the team we encountered was friendly, knowledgeable and had an love and appreciation for Garden Kitchen and Bar that was reflected in their performance.
Sure to impress, Garden Kitchen and Bar is a must-do this Valentine’s night.
If you are looking for a bit of a bigger night, may I suggest catching a show before dinner. Burn the Floor is on at 5:00pm and will give you lots to talk about over dinner!