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Published February 3rd 2015
Elegant high tea in the middle of thongs and bintangs
Arriving at Gardin you would miss it if not looking carefully; coming from Seminyak it is on the stretch of road after Petitinget restaurant, on the left hand side, set back from the road. There you'll find a small simple sign announcing your arrival.
Funky chairs in the conservatory *Image copyright Lesley Mitchell
On a crazy busy tourist street, you can park right at the front where they will valet park your car or motorbike for you. Walking up the path, the building will surprise and amaze you with divine lead light windows.
If the idea of dining in a beautiful conservatory with charming decor suits you, you will love Gardin. You will be elegantly greeted and brought to your waiting table, where you may choose a la carte or high tea.
The a la carte menu is small but comprehensive. Focusing with a French flair, where you will find dishes such as escargot and tasting plates. The salads were exquisite and beautifully presented with a divine range of flavours.
Away from the toruist hustle and bustle whilst still being right in it *Image copyright Lesley Mitchell
But whether you are hungry enough to do mains and a dessert or just skip the mains and go straight to the desserts, it just cannot be done the other way around and when you see the sweets cabinet you will realise why.
Amazingly mouth watering cakes, puddings and desserts are lined up to tempt you. We tried the raspberry cheesecake and the Le Gardin which was like a rice pudding shaped into a cone and filled with fresh mango; both were melt in the mouth delicious.
Rice pudding with a twist *Image copyright Lesley Mitchell