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Villandry (Restaurant)

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12 Waterloo Place, St James, London, SW1Y 4AU
Cuisine: French
Tel: 020 7930 3305 | Email to Villandry | Transport: Piccadilly Circus | Write review

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Top 10 things we learnt about Villandry restaurant when we visited:

1) People adore the French bourgeois lifestyle. It’s that little bit more relaxed, with an added touch of sophistication and an extra level of class.

2) The restaurant might be newly opened but it’s housed in a Grade II listed Edwardian baroque building.

3) There’s suitable grandeur in the interior décor to match the historical building: large columns, elevated ceilings, elegant mirrored walls, pristine white tablecloths. It exudes that timeless, classical, French brasserie look.

4) The French might have the cooking style, but we, the British, definitely have the ingredients: the crab comes from Devonshire and the rare breed filet of beef comes from East Anglia.

5) With such fresh, top quality produce, the chefs are more than half way in creating great dishes. Slight doubts crept in, however, for the lemon tart dessert as it suffered from soggy crust syndrome. I would recommend trying the divine sounding Villandry pudding platter instead: mini versions of the most popular five items.

6) Unless you’re Oz Clarke, you’ve probably been bewildered by a daunting wine list many times. You want to invest £69 on that lovely sounding bottle of Château Lanessan 2000, but meekly retreat to that £20 bottle of house wine. Settle down, relax, because Villandry offers 50ml tasting options so now you can try before you buy.

7) With any new venture, there’s always room for improvement in terms of service. Minor issues included remembering to take customer’s jacket and providing a steak knife. Overall, they got it right on politeness and speed of service.

8) Many venues get seating wrong; not so at Villandry. The restaurant has some of the most luxuriously padded leather seating you will find on either side of the channel.

9) Villandry will need that je ne sais quoi to survive on a site that has seen so many great hopes falter in the past (W'Sens and Divo). However....

10) ....Villandry is a place with Gallic flair without the Gallic snootiness. Why struggle on the Eurostar to Paris? Why struggle to interpret a French menu, try to order a filet of beef and end up with horse tartare? There is a convenient place to go now for that Gallic brasserie experience and it’s right in the heart of London’s West End.
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"Dreadful pub, run by people who have zero idea about hospitality or running a pub. Upon arrival we sat in the back garden that only had one other table occupied , when we tried to order off the lunch menu..." Which venue is this?

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