The “coastal garden” cuisine at Chef Pascal Olhats’ Café Jardin at Corona del Mar’s Sherman Gardens & Library marries vibrantly fresh California produce with a French pedigree. The restaurant is located in full view of the central flower gardens. Dining takes place outdoors for the most part, moving indoors in case of inclement weather – a rarity in Orange County.
Sunday Brunch at Café Jardin has just resumed. Think housemade Pate’ and Indian-Spiced Braised Lamb Osso Bucco.
Chef Pascal Olhats, the Dean of French chefs in Orange County, turns 30 this month. That’s 30 years of having a namesake restaurant (as the proprietor) in Orange County. It’s a month of festivities at Pascal SanJuan Capistrano and the ultimate 5-course celebration dinner (with a Champagne toast) including a Chef Pascal cooking demonstration on March 21st at his Café Jardin in Corona Del Mar’s Sherman Gardens and Library.
“It will be 30 years in March that I signed my first restaurant lease for Pascal Restaurant in Newport Beach. I am not sure if I will still own a restaurant for another decade so it’s time to celebrate” – Chef Pascal Olhats.
At Pascal San Juan Capistrano in March for every Thursday, Friday and Saturday dinner service they are offering a special “Pascal’s Patrons’Favorite” menu for a 30 per cent discount. It’s 3 courses for $50 including a Champagne cocktail toast. The celebration menu features Salade Lyonaise, choice of Thyme crusted seabass or Duck a l’orange and a lemon tart.
We entice Chef Pascal out of the kitchen with a glass of proper French Chablis to preview the celebrations.