Jardin Tan

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$40 and under
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Vietnamese

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Taking a stroll through Melbourne’s iconic Botanical Gardens always leads back to Jardin Tan. The picture-perfect location offers a vibrant fusion of Vietnamese and French cuisine within a modern Australian setting. The exciting and delicious fusion of Vietnamese cuisine at Jardin Tan never fails to excite tourists, families and joggers alike. Much like the grounds themselves, as the leaves change colour with the seasons so too does the menu. Ingredients are kept local, seasonal and are predominately grown in the garden, allowing a unique spin on traditional fare like bánh mì and pho, but also contemporary dishes like chili and lime squid with pickled papaya. Jardin Tan can offer a different experience to each diner – enjoy a takeaway coffee from the outdoor kiosk, a warm and cosy indoor lunch or an afternoon drink in the thriving courtyard.
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1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

It was Father’s Day and it was under staffed. We waited almost an hour after our entree to get our mains.
Food was good but not enough staff and thus service wasn’t on point.

CT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Great location, staff were friendly and efficient, however, the food was stodgy and lacked flavour. Also, the dining tables were a bit grubby looking. Disappointed.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Overall it wasn’t great.
Food was standard and maître’d was very un interested in being there.

KG
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

This was the second time dining here. The place was noisy with an annoying person calling out to the chef all the time. Previously the food had been ok but this time it was pathetic. Very little and expensive.

s
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice way to start our morning. Had brunch with friends before walking around the Shrine of Remembrance and taking the Garden Explorer around the Royal Botanical Gardens. Loved my Vietnamese pancake.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friendly staff and delicious food. Would visit again

F
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

My first ever review, I’ve stayed away from writing about anyone else’s business but this was so disappointing.
Wonderfully situated, great ambiance but dreadful food.
Lack of flavour, bland no finesse and no Vietnamese authenticity aside from the Vietnamese coffee.
Cold food was super cold, fridge cold which was disappointing and made it unenjoyable to eat.
Chicken pho was very bland and there was no offering of condiments to accompany.
Banh mi had fridge cold crispy chicken, not so crispy, no pate, no herbs just thick cut salad so more like a not very nice salad roll.
We had 3 more dishes that were equally disappointing.
It’s such a shame as it should be good....no great, but it’s really not.

JH
Tasmania
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Excellent location for lunchtime catchup with friends.

JO
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely lunch, great service and the food was delicious

B
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was tasty and of very good quality but we thought it was overpriced. The calamari cost $21 and there were only 5 or 6 small pieces in amongst the salad.
When public holiday surcharge and credit card surcharge were added it resulted in a pricey lunch for 4 people.
The service and the setting were both excellent.

MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

We had the rice paper rolls and the chicken pho. Rice paper rolls were OK but would have preferred a nuoc cham dipping sause.
Pho was VERY disappointing - flavourless. Would have greatly benefited from lime wedges, chilli, coriander on the side.

L
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We always enjoy our walk around the tan with family including grand children culminating in lunch at Jardin Tan...lovely day

S
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

I have always had great food & service but the last two visits the service has been very poor. We were given the wrong mains & when we told the waitress she didn't respond to our comment so we took it that she didn't really care. The food as always was great even if it wasn't what we ordered! Hoping for improved service to go with the delicious food.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

We went before we went to the circus performance and it was disappointing

M
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Appalling food

FH
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent Vietnamese/French fusion, imaginative menu. Very good service. Worth a visit for a casual meal or a celebratory 'get together'.

L
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a really lovely Father’s Day .. after walking the tan.

C
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I’ve been here a few times now and have always enjoyed it hence my recommendation to revisi on this occasion.

We had the banquet and If I can be critical I would suggest when there is one piece per person then the portion size should be same or similar - we were served up 4 pieces ( 2 small and rather manky pieces and 2 on the side that were a good size and appealing). Makes it embarrassing when friends want to be polite and take the lesser piece.

We also were over charged on our drinks, charged 1xbottle rather than 1xglass, other drinks were fine.

DK
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Perfect location for a casual get together with dear friends- interesting food choices, delicious tastes, unhurried atmosphere (we were able to sit for some hours) .

MB
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We had poor service. The coffees were cold we ordered drinks that didn’t show up. The beef pho only had one small piece of beef in it.

FL
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous for our annual "awesome foursome" girls lunch. A perfect Melbourne autumn day made for a magic time. Delicious food, lovely bubbles and beautiful surrounds with the decking surrounded on two sides by the kitchen garden. Ideal location for a walk from Flinders St station to chat and enjoy the autumn sunshine.

BH
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Barely a pass. Service whilst friendly, was just so very very slow. Also, a number of items on the menu were unavailable. Food was a long way from the quality Vietnamese available elsewhere.

r
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

7 of us had an excellent and relaxing outside experience and really enjoyed the food. Service was good, didn't interrupt, friendly. We really enjoyed the food.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Good location and of 3 dishes two were very good and one less so. However the service was terrible. We had to keep finding someone to take an order, get some water, ask for coffee etc etc. It was busy but not overly so. We were sitting near a glass window/door And so maybe they thought we didn’t want to be disturbed!

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great spot for a catch up if you like Asian flavours. Good spot to bring international visitors as you get to enjoy walking through the gardens as well!!

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

6 Carnivores and one Vegan. Delicious food, lots of options everyone. Service was a bit slow but that wasn't really a problem. Some lovely and interesting cocktails. Overall really good value and would definitely go back.

AE
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food, great venue but ceiling fans would help lower the temperature on what was a rather hot day.

OT
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food and good service in a beautiful setting. Experience was spoilt by extremely noisy large party in restaurant. Would have liked to see staff address this problem for the benefit of other diners.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food at reasonable prices. Beautiful outlook and good service.

MQ
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Love this restaurant and have been a few times now in the last month , great destination on a lovely day , food is fantastic. Service is always really slow and impersonal . Staff seem untrained and never acknowledge you as a person just a bumb in the seat. Really need to up the anti on service and staff inter personal relations . If it wasn’t for the food and the ambiance I would not go back

CG
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Food was fine, as long as you're prepared to wait and wait, then when you're finished don't expect service to have your table cleared or to order another drink. Asked for pho to have a couple of things things left out for our little one, but that was too hard to manage as well apparently. Disappointing, particularly given it wasn't overly busy at the time either - expected more from these operators.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food and ambience were excellent, however the experience was spoiled at the end when we were told we could not split the bill. We were just two couples, offered two credit cards which were declined, then offered one credit card and the rest in cash - this was also declined. A shame this put a dampner on an otherwise lovely lunch.

A
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Thank you for enabling us to make a reservation and when two others were added at the last minute this was not a problem. The food was great and the service outstanding. Have been before and will go again

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Nice setting. Great food. Lovely authentic Vietnamese menu

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always love the food - fresh salads, other meals with a twist. Friendly staff. And last week, a sunny spot.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great food again . Bit disappointing that even though I had requested a garden table , it had been omitted from booking . Also was very busy on arrival . Will go back though .

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wait staff always attentive and know menu well. Fresh ingredients used and caters well for all dietary requirements

L
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Did not find the meals as described. Literally one tiny piece of crab in the salads - and expensive for what it was. Chicken was ok but not as creative as I was expecting

OT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Pleasant Vietnamese influences dishes in an informal setting. Beatitiful surrounding gardens. Great for families. Fair price

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

The food was great. We had the pomelo salad, fried chicken and omelette. Very fresh and tasty. Service was fast and friendly. The only negative is that the restaurant is very loud. Glass walls on a concrete floor makes for a noisy space. It was difficult to hear each other talk. It is not somewhere to sit and chat over a long lunch. But worth a visit for the food

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