Le Jardinier is a modern French restaurant located in Houston, Texas's museum district.
Culinary director and Michelin-starred chef Alain Verzeroli, who worked under late culinary legend Jöel Robuchon for nearly 20 years, harnesses the power of peak-season ingredients at this artful French restaurant, with Felipe Botero Sanchezas acting as the new chef de cuisine. Tucked away in the Museum of Fine Arts campus, guests can wine and dine in full view of the majestic sculpture garden. With Le Jardinier—French for “the gardener”—sporting a menu of well-balanced creations, guests with diverse palettes will have no problem scoring a dish overflowing with nutrients. Seafood lovers can bask in the buttery King Kampachi, emblazoned with squash and white sesame, while health nuts can slice into a grass-fed Tenderloin partnered with nutty ratte potatoes and gem lettuce. Pastry chef—and fellow Michelin Star recipient—Salvatore Martone’s desserts, like the Venezuelen Dark Chocolate Crémeux draped in salty caramel sabayon, are equally as stunning.
Got someone to impress? How about taking them to a Michelin-star chef-led Thanksgiving meal at Museum of Fine Arts’ beaut, Le Jardinier. The ridiculously luxe menu includes an amuse bouche, three courses, sides for the table, and the restaurant’s signature art piece desserts, with showstoppers like the Foie Gras Royale with pumpkin emulsion and red port; Citrus Cured Ora King Salmon with beets and yuzu; Yukon Potato Gnocchi; and Heritage Turkey Ballotine with Confit.
Cost: $165 a person
How to book: Reserve from noon to 7 pm.