Nestled on a quiet street in the fashionable Bonne Nouvelle district of Paris, is Bistro Volnay. Recommended by a friend prior to my Easter getaway, I had booked a table in keen anticipation. The restaurant itself is beautiful, with dark wood, art deco mirrors and exquisite table setting.

To start, the difficult task of negotiating the wine menu in French, however once accomplished we tucked in to the bottomless bread basket, a common feature of French dining.

Opting for the a la carte menu, the starters were sublime. The pigs trotter terrine magnificently flavoursome and the frois gras, rich and smooth. Our main courses provided an array of succulent white fish dishes and melt in the mouth steak. We managed to squeeze in a few Parisian desserts too. A cold rice pudding with salted caramel sauce ranked high as one of my favourite sweets to date.

Bistro Volnay is a fabulous old glamour restaurant and the a la carte menu is great value for some beautiful, traditional French cuisine. I cannot forget to mention the freshly baked, warm madeleines that circled the restaurant throughout the meal, a welcome extra, which made for a fantastic evening.


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