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If OLD VILLA were a restaurant I imagine it would be something very much akin to Petrelle, and not just for the old-world décor which is charmingly vintage without falling foul of the stuffy and the quaint but also for its ethos. Supper here is a seasonal affair, with produce being purchased fresh from the local market daily, but it doesn’t feel gimmicky in the way that the host of organic/green options that have recently flooded London do, I get the impression that the chef just thinks that’s the best way to do things, and so, voilà. This certain jenesais quoi permeates everything about the restaurant in so many delightful ways, from the Jack Russell puppy that lavished us with affection as we walked through the door to the small stacks of books on each table so that you are never left wanting for entertainment should your dinner partner have to take five.
And then, there is of course, the food. At around €75 per person it is not one of Paris’ cheapest options but quite possibly one of its most exquisite. We started with foiegras, the deliciousness of which was accentuated by just-so warm toast and caramelised onion preserve. For mains, the house speciality of roast beef went to my companion who assured me it was one of the best he had had. I on the other hand opted for the duck breast with roasted fresh figs the mere thought of which is making my stomach rumble as I write. All dishes are accompanied by a selection of seasonal vegetables that were rich in taste and texture, living up to their market fresh badge. I have to confess that not being a desserts person I couldn’t rate the crème brulée with authority but can only tell you that the plate was practically licked clean.
But, surely, you ask, there was a flaw? The wine perhaps? Alas, it was faultless, all was washed down with one of the best Burgundies I have had for a long time in terms of quality and price.
Go, enjoy, ruminate.
Restaurant Petrelle, 00 33 (0)1 42 82 11 02, 34 rue Petrelle 75009 Paris.
Article dated 19 August, 2010
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Article dated 6 November, 2010
Bed Linen.......a great winter love affair....
What is it about soft and warm bed linen that is so addictive? Almost every woman (and man) I know can not resist the allure of the freshly laid bed with crisp white linen (Irish, if possible), sumptuous cotton bedspreads and luxurious cashmere or wool throws and blankets struned decadently. Uhhhh.....
The weather has turned chilly, leafs are golden and fast disappearing from the trees, winds are buffeting and braising and my son is coming home from school with pockets full of conkers!There is no denying that autumn is here, with winter fast nipping at its heels. As the nights turn cold and we give in to the delights of comfort foods, there a few things that give as much pleasure as snuggling under beautiful, soft and warm bedding for the evening.
The arrival of the new collection of sumptuous bed linen at OLD VILLA heralds the beginning of the new autumn/winter season and for me a favoured time of the year!And this season’s bedding is the best yet (really), beautifully weighted crisp white Irish linen, gorgeous French boutis (cotton bedspreads made in the old Provencal French style) in a wonderful array of designs and colours, classic cable knit blankets made from lamb’s wool, angora and cashmere and decadent velvet and faux fur throws and cushions. Bed linen really doesn't get any better than this!
So go ahead and start your great winter love affair at OLD VILLA (Linen section, of course!)
Article dated 6 November 2010
Old Villa Quarterly Interactive Magazine - Spring/Summer 2011
We are pleased to be able to offer you a magazine on a quarterly basis.
The intention is to strike a balance between fantastic stories/features, competitions, and news on our special offers and what is happening with us. We hope we have succeeded with this first one, but please let us know what you think by sending an email to email@example.com.
Enjoy! And don't forget to enter the Competitions and Special Offers!
Article dated May 2011