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A Letter from Chef Pascal

To My Dear Patrons, Food Media Friends and OC Foodies,

It is with great pleasure I am announcing my return in serving Orange County foodie guests and loyal customers in the Newport Beach area. After over 20 years running the food service at Café Jardin in the beautiful Sherman Library and Gardens in Corona del Mar, I have decided to make it my top focus. I am very excited to announce that I will be spending as much time possible in the kitchen, doing one of the things I love the most in life: Cooking! 

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Photos courtesy of Chef Pascal Olhats

Chef Pascal Olhats

However, this time I have decided to share this passion with an amazing young, up-and-coming top chef, Chef Jessica Roy. Our culinary paths have crossed at several charity events over the years. While I was looking for a kitchen partner, Chef Jessica expressed her desire not only to work with me, but also finds it very appealing to work in such a special and natural environment.

We have everything that a chef dreams about. Sherman Gardens is growing an endless variety of fresh herbs, edible flowers, lettuces and root vegetables. Also, with my association with Irvine’s Manassero Farms, they grow some of the best produce in the world, which makes this even better. We pick up fresh produce there about daily!

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Chef Pascal’s signature thyme crusted Chilean Sea Bass

Chef Jessica and I understand what it takes to make a dish truly special –the freshness, the texture, local and seasonal. However, what we have that is unique is our “difference of generations.” This is reflected in our techniques and personal visions. I am classically trained with all the knowledge and foundation of French cuisine. Plus, I have the flavors of the world from my lengthy culinary journey. She has modern training, as she worked under famous chefs utilizing today’s cooking techniques with amazing food pairings. 

With this collaboration, I have decided to join together our knowledge and passion to execute some of the best food you will ever experience and to call our cuisine venture, “Tradition meets Innovation.”

Right now, we are working together to learn about each other’s style of cooking and we are creating our new menu for the fall. We look forward to sharing that with you toward the end of August.

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Salade Lyonnaise with greens, frisee, lardons, croutons and a poached egg

As you may know, Café Jardin is serving lunch Monday to Friday, Sunday brunch and seasonal Sunday dinners. So, I have decided to elevate the lunch options so our guests can experience a fine dining lunch. I am planning to still offer a similar bistro menu along with a prix fixe fine dining lunch option. When I travel, I usually visit a fancy restaurant at lunchtime. This will also give our guests that same chance to enjoy a lovely daytime dining experience – all in the glorious setting of the gardens.

With Much Admiration,

Chef Pascal Olhats

Special dates:

–New lunch menu, mid-September

–New Sunday fall menu (game and slow cooking dishes), October 6

–Now serving Seasonal Sunday Brunch, all year long 

For reservations, call Café Jardin at 949.673.0033 or visit www.opentable.com.

For details and inquiries, you can email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Café Jardin is located at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.