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“A Little Gem in a Sea of Normality...”

Il Giardino delle Esperidi
Ranked #11 of 138 Restaurants in Bardolino
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
108 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“A Little Gem in a Sea of Normality...”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

My wife and I booked in here after reading reviews from Trip Advisor and also from the Michelin Recommendations... We were having a disappointing time in Italy relating to Food and we had high hopes for this Restaurant.

We were not Disappointed...

It is lovely inside, very traditional and quirky. Lot's of Wine Storage etc... There are only about 10 tables inside, but there are more outside (weather dependant).

There was lovely homemade Bread on the table and the waitress who greeted us was polite and attentive, considering we were not speaking her first language.

We ordered the following from the Menu..

Baked Truffle & Cheese Souffle
Chicken Terrine with Chicken Liver Pate.

Marianted Meats with Selected Salts (Hawaiian, Cypriot, Sea, British)
Guinea Fowl Skewers

Chocolate Cake & Apricot Jus
White, Milk & Dark Choc Mousse with Burnt caramel and Pistachio Sauce.

Coffee & Petite Fours...

We were also served with an Amuse Bouche of Sliced Ham with Baby Leaves and Dressing! (Very tasty)

The meal with a bottle of Local Rose and a bottle of Still water came to 97 Euros.

I would recommend this Restaurant to anyone with a love of Good, Tasty Food...

  • Visited May 2013
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2 Thank Warren H
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Moscow, Russia
Level 5 Contributor
99 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Like at home”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

This restaurant is worth to visit if you are real foodie. Very taste and delicios food with exellent choice of wine. Cosy atmosphere and good service. Need to ne booked in advance as it's small.

  • Visited January 2013
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1 Thank Anturix
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Worcester, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed September 19, 2012

A little more personal than anywhere else - food delicious and a little different, - more character, not cheapest but excellent value

Visited September 2012
Thank Lindsay227
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north west england
Level 6 Contributor
400 reviews
285 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 369 helpful votes
“Excellent - deserves its Michelin Guide inclusion”
Reviewed September 11, 2012

The only restaurant in Bardolino listed by the Michelin Guide. And, to my mind, rightly included. The cooking here is just a cut above everywhere else where we ate. There are few concessions to the many tourists from northern Europe, beyond translating the short menu into German and English. And, in that short menu, you’ll see nothing of the bog standard tourist dishes that you can find, repetitively, in almost every other restaurant in town. There are several options for an antipasti of cheese, ham or salami, but we passed on these, going straight for the primi piatti. Perhaps just as well, as there was a freebie of salami and a slice of fig. A lovely little introduction to what was going to be a lovely meal. The bread basket on the table was also particularly good – normal grissini, a black version and a couple of breads.

Small gnocchi came with vegetables – chard and courgette – and were dressed with a butter and sage sauce. A real homey sort of dish that I might have a try at cooking. The other starter was a bit more cheffy. Four large ravioli stuffed with ricotta and herbs and dressed simply with a splash of olive oil, a scattering of pine nuts and a little salad. Both of these were generous portions.

For mains, I had fish from the lake. An unknown white-ish fish, delicately flavoured. It came on skewers, lightly breaded and perfectly grilled. A small salad garnish was all that was needed to accompany it. The other dish – cubes of grilled pork, perhaps a little pink for some people’s tastes but absolutely fine to eat. They sat on a potato cake, which was surrounded by a light jus, enhanced with capers.

Desserts were absolutely bang-on. A crisp pastry case, enclosing cooked rice and topped with peaches. Interesting textures and really tasty. A small ball of ice cream was a good flavour contrast. On the other plate, a light sponge topped with soft pears. Here, ice cream was flavoured with Gorgonzola. This was a superb dessert and a perfect take on the Gorgonzola/pear combo which pretty much always works.

And, with that, we left to brave the torrential rain which we thought we’d left behind in the UK.

  • Visited September 2012
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1 Thank harters
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Deinze, East-Flanders, Belgium
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Our favourite in Bardolino”
Reviewed August 30, 2012

This restaurant is very different than most in Bardolino. Do not expect a vast pizza and pasta list. This is for food lovers.

Visited August 2012
Thank ConsiglioriWim
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