Villandry - Great Portland Street (CLOSED)
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Please note, Villandry has now closed. Time Out Food editors, August 2018
Villandry’s marbled pâtisserie counter – crammed with temptations such as salted caramel and walnut tarts, blackberry éclairs and chocolate mousses – deservedly takes centre stage at this self-proclaimed ‘grand café’. The venue has several distinct areas. The café overlooking Great Portland Street is the buzziest, even on a Saturday evening.
Behind it, the refurbished central bar strikes a rather imposing note, thanks to a formidable shade of red, while the more formal dining room on the Bolsover Street side is, by contrast, a model of understatement. It’s not often you find a restaurant where diners are happy to eat alone, but this is one such place, owing to the unshowy, affordable menu and the chance to sit unhurried and unjudged by easy-going staff. The menu covers all bases: burgers, salads, steaks, plenty of fish and seafood, and weekend brunch. Duck confit was tender and moist, and plum crumble a deliciously fruity concoction topped with chantilly cream.
Villandry seems genuinely happy to accommodate your whims, whether that’s a simple quiche in the restaurant or takeaway chocolates from the compact grocery area. It seems they’ve thought of everything: come summer, there’s a juice bar and a counter serving frozen yoghurt and ice-cream.
170 Great Portland Street
|Transport:||Tube: Great Portland Street|
|Opening hours:||Monday - Friday 7.30am - 11pm, Saturday 9am - 11pm, Sunday 10am - 6pm|
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