9-10 The very best | 7-8 Excellent | 5-6 Very good | 3-4 Fair | 1-2 Poor
WHY GO? While not as flamboyant as some of its French
contemporaries in Chiang Mai, outdoor restaurant Cote
Jardin makes up for this with its personable approach to
dining and utterly pervasive Frenchness. Each day the
chef browses the markets, decides on a menu, which he
then chalks on a board in French; later he explains it in
passionate detail to each of his guests in English.
WHAT TO ORDER?
As the menu is fairly sporadic at
Cote Jardin, the home-style French cuisine can always
take repeat customers by surprise. Chef’s home-made
pate is a regular on the starter menu, as is fish scallops
served in rich cream sauce with small parcels of pastry.
Cote Jardin serves hearty meals, so you may want to
start with something lighter, such as salmon carpaccio
with a lemon marinade. For a main course sample
dishes such as strips of mouth-watering duck meat with
a side of potato gratin, succulent lamb couscous, the
ubiquitous choice of beef steak, or a staple offering of
country-style French stews.
The wine list is unsatisfying
though inexpensive; it is
recommended to bring your