“Voilà!,” so the French say with joie de vivre: “Here it is!” So it is, almost like magic.
And so that may be what Ségolène Gros will say to guests, serving this magical food prepared by her husband, Chef Jean-Christophe, at their Voilà French Bistro in Scottsdale Ranch.
The “i” of their Voilà logo is an upright fork, so come ready to enjoy petit déjeuner, lunch, brunch and dinner; appetizers such as moules au beurre d’escargots (mussels with parsley butter and garlic); French onion soup; entrées such as two of chef’s signature dishes, féuillete de noix de Saint Jacques (scallops in puff pastry) and foie gras de canard aux pommes (hot duck foie gras with caramelized apples) and desserts including three different soufflés – raspberry, chocolate and Grand Marnier.
Their corner café immediately suggests unpretentiousness, quiet authenticity and charm: popular French music, a small outdoor patio and welcoming interior centered by a copy of Renoir’s 1881 Impressionist masterpiece, Luncheon of the Boating Party, and a big-smile greeting of “Bonjour” by Ségolène. Stay a while, relax, enjoy.
The couple purchased the existing Voilà in October 2015. The previous owners opened the restaurant three years earlier in the lake community just south of Shea Boulevard.
They had just moved to Scottsdale from France, where both were born, she in the north and he in the small northeast town of Neufchâteau, population approximately 7,300, at the confluence of the Meuse and Mouzon rivers in the Vosges Mountains area, a three-hour drive from Paris.
“I learned to cook watching my mother, so when I was about 15, she arranged a job for me at a local restaurant,” he said, through Ségolène, who translated. Life-directing, the job was at the Michelin-starred Relais Châteaux Les Bas Rupts in the ski resort town of Gérardmer.