Les Jardins d’Anaïs
If you ever find yourselves in Luxembourg (and we do often to meet some relatives and friends), you should dine at a beautiful restaurant called LES JARDINS D’ANAÏS set in a huge conservatory with tables in a beautiful garden near a canal. It is also a boutique hotel, situated in the Grund, the old part of Luxembourg City. New owners have great ambitions and chef Christian Quentiri offers a classic and creative cuisine.
There are four fixed priced menus as well as an à la carte but we opted for the ANAÏS FAIT SON MARCHE (Anaïs goes to market) menu at €98 which seemed the most varied and original although not the most expensive.
The usual array of amuse bouches arrived whilst we were having our aperitifs waiting for the first course to arrive which were fine and delicate.
First course: « Cannelloni de Courgette du Potager de Claude »
Very thin slice of folded slightly stuffed slice of courgette served with a “Detox?” green cold juice. Not quite sure what that means, although very fresh, clean tasting, but a little difficult in determining its various elements
Second course “ L’Oeuf du Poulailler de Mr Claude Malget”
An egg cooked at 63C, served with Aquitaine caviar, garden herbs, Melba toast,
a slice of Smoked Haddock and peas, with a smoked Haddock cream.
A beautiful invention which filled your mouth with a very delicate taste of eggs smoked fish and green herbs.
Third course: “St Pierre de ligne de Bretagne”
John Dory steamed very delicately in a citrus infusion sprinkled with peppermint oil served with home grown “kirsch” carrots – the whole glazed with a green herb citrus sauce.
Beautifully cooked fish, very delicate flavours, with a slight mint tone, very pleasant.
Fourth course: “Ris de veau selectionné par Mr Journiac »
Perfectly shaped in a circle, the sweetbreads are topped with a very thin crispy nut crust, served with a Juras Vin Jaune sauce with girolles wrapped in lettuce leaves. This is top quality stuff, a favourite of ours. Same finesse of taste and marriage of flavours.
Pre-dessert: « Chocolat des Islas de Bahia «
Very fine leaves of Guanaja chocolate stuffed with a Caribbean chocolate mousse, and caramelised hazelnuts. A very refined combination that did not destroy the enjoyment of the previous dishes and marked a beautiful interlude.
« Les fruits rouges et l”Anis étoilée »
Forest strawberries infused in Star Anis, creamed into a frozen
Parfait, served with a raspberry coulis with shiso leaves and lemon cress.
It cleansed the palate very pleasantly.
Couldn’t resist this beautifully presented plate of petits fours with our coffees!
The wine list is fairly comprehensive and apart from a reasonable selection of wines from Luxembourg, it is mainly French with some token additions with wines from other countries. To accompany this menu we had a bottle of Domaine de Montvac Arabesque Vacqueyras at €44 which showed up as reasonably priced on my Value for Money Wines Pro App
A beautiful experience albeit sometimes too delicate to determine various tastes described, but beautifully presented and very generous. The chef is obviously well skilled and must be looking for his first Michelin star. On this performance he deserves it!
Les Jardins d’Anais
Place Ste-Cunégonde 2
A la carte 3 courses without wine – €100
Menus from €39 (Business lunch) to €128
Wine list 13
Value for Money 12
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