Garden Of The Senses

From Montpellier to Saigon, the three-Michelin starred Pourcel brothers have recreated their famed fine dining experience at Jardin Des Sens Saigon


Within a 100-year-old French colonial villa, on the corner of Dien Bien Phu and Le Quy Don, is the latest gastronomic venture of twin brothers Jacques and Laurent Pourcel, bringing Vietnam its first fine dining experience by 3-star Michelin chefs. Having already established themselves in Asia with restaurants in Bangkok, Shanghai, Tokyo and Colombo, the Pourcel brothers have come full circle by bringing their flagship restaurant to Ho Chi Minh City.


Opened in January, walking into Jardin Des Sens (251 Dien Bien Phu, D3) you enter the lounge, with large windows and modern chandeliers around comfortable soft seating. There’s a bar near the door and next to a double staircase, which leads to the dining room, is a newly built wine cellar in glass panes containing 100 different kinds of excellent French wine. The Pourcel brothers, sons of a winemaker, are renowned for pairing wines with the dishes they prepare for guests, so there’s no need to bring in a sommelier. The Sales and Marketing Manager, Constantin Huby, showed us their highest priced bottle, a rare vintage Richebourg Annee 2009, which if you’d like to uncork will set you back VND140 million. Not to worry though, they do have a range of more reasonably priced bottles—all imported from France. The dining area upstairs is a large open space with seating for 38 patrons, including a private dining area with seating for 12. Even the crockery is unique, having been handcrafted by an artisan in Monte Carlo. We were at Jardin Des Sens for lunch, which offers a set menu for VND630,000 that includes an appetizer, main, dessert, wine and coffee. There are two choices for each course to choose from and the lunch menu changes weekly.


Once we were seated, the waiter brought over a selection of house-made breads, a mixture of sweet and savory, which were served with house-made butter. For the best, softest baguette in Saigon, look no further. The first appetizer that came was confit duck foie gras with smoked cobia fish, caramelized onions and a dollop of house-made jam. The flavors of the dish were complex, with the richness of the foie gras shining through. The second appetizer was a chickpea salad with confit salmon and smoked cobia fish. The fish was subtle and drizzled with a distinctive, tangy sauce.


Next came the main courses. First was roasted chicken from Bresse with potato confit and green lentils. The chicken was moist and soft, perfectly prepared, with the essence of this dish understated, yet balanced. The second was a traditional bouillabaisse, a fish stew originating from Marseille. This had a base with hints of garlic, onion, fennel, saffron, thyme and bay leaf, with chunks of mild fish and fresh clams stewed in it—this is not to be missed.


After a few minutes to digest and enjoy our wine, the desserts arrived. The lemon tart, with a sweet sauce drizzle, a dollop of lime sorbet and house-made cream, was heavenly, while the sharpness of the sorbet was an astounding partner. This was followed by a honey panna cotta with pistachio and apricot that was exquisite.

If you have the luxury of a two-hour lunch (12pm-2pm), this is a wonderful culinary journey. And dinner is even more exquisite with an expanded menu, with dishes such as pan seared scallops with caviar and potato mousseline in a creamy broth, or the Ninh Thuan’s farm slow-cooked young goat with homemade gnocchi, Kalamata olives and green curry. Through the Pourcel brothers, Saigon’s fine dining scene has garnered star power.


Images Provided by Jardin Des Sens

Share this story, choose your platform!

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on tumblr
Share on google
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit
Share on vk
Share on email
About the author:

Leave a Comment

Authentic Italian wines

ALL COOL MADE EASY Thiên nhiên đã dạy cho chúng tôi Thời gian là kim chỉ nam của chúng tôi: chậm và không ngừng trôi, thời gian đã dạy cho chúng tôi phải hành động đúng lúc, quan sát sự thay đổi của mùa màng, của những ngày nắng và mưa. Thiên nhiên đã ban

Read More »

What Makes A Wine Expensive | Factors And Characteristics

You have undoubtedly spent a lot of time looking around your local wine shop in pursuit of that $5 bottle that tastes like a $20 bottle or the $15 wine that could easily pass for a $100 bottle. What are the fundamental reasons wine is so expensive? And are these elements genuine or made up?

Read More »

Top 10 Indian Foods That Are Must Try

India is a country that can impress you at every step of the way. Whether it is the culture, scenic view, geography, history, and even foot – every thing of the nation will mesmerize you and overwhelm you. If you are a foodie and love to explore different cuisines of India, then the country welcomes

Read More »

7 Different things You Can Pair with Your Coffee

Coffee is a must-have drink for most people. But having it plain with no side snack or dish can affect your stomach lining. Fortunately, you can pair coffee with all kinds of food, from spicy dishes to pastries. Also, you can use different healthy oils, such as MCT oil, and gain all the benefits of MCT

Read More »

Eat Your Way Through Hong Kong in a Day

Taste Hong Kong: One-day journey through culinary diversity Want to eat like a Hong Konger? Hong Kong is one of the world’s great food cities and its cuisine is world-renowned for being incredibly rich, influenced by Cantonese, European, Japanese, Korean, and Southeast Asian flavors. There’s literally something for everyone, at any time of day. Morning

Read More »

Make Ordering Cake Online A Good Experience In 5 Easy Steps

Introduction A party without cake is incomplete. Cakes are the highlight of every big and small event. Be it a birthday, wedding anniversary, annual day, cakes make the celebration elegant and delightful. Since there are varieties of cakes available, you will find a cake for every occasion. Do you want to buy cake online? With

Read More »