An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Apr 7, 2014
08:31 AMThe Connecticut Table
Lots to Like at Transformed Versailles Bistro, Patisserie in Greenwich
Almost a year ago, without notice or forewarning, a “For Sale” sign appeared on the window of Versailles Restaurant in Greenwich. At 6:15AM the following morning, Marc Penvenne was driving his usual route down Greenwich Avenue to his restaurant Méli-Mélo when he saw the sign. A few months earlier he started looking at several locations to open a second restaurant and now Versailles was available; he now knew the perfect location. Twenty years earlier, Penvenne was the manager at Versailles and left to open Méli-Mélo with his wife, Evelyne. Now, Marc and Evelyne are the proud owners of both Méli-Mélo and the re-invented Versailles Bistro and Patisserie.
When you enter the reimagined restaurant, the front area is a patisserie, complete with white marble-topped tables, bistro chairs and glass display cases filled with tantalizing pastries. Behind these cases is a coffee bar, serving some of the best café au lait in Greenwich. In the rear, the patisserie opens to a restaurant with bistro style dark wood tables and chairs plus a long leather lined banquette. The walls are adorned with photos of Paris and framed French posters dating from the first half of the 20th century.
While breakfast and lunch are served, the atmosphere is mellow and cheerful; in the evening the interior is transformed into a slightly more formal ambiance as the lights are lowered, table cloths are placed on the table and Le Diner is served. The menu reflects numerous bistro classics including a few lunch items that are served at the sister location, and Penvenne told CTbites, “We want Versailles to offer a different type of experience.”
Among the dishes CTbites liked was the Boeuf Bourguignon, Parpadelle: