The opening of a new French Bistro in the La Jolla Shores neighborhood is delicious news. I have always enjoyed this beach lovers corner of La Jolla- (The Jewell). Now there is a new little gem to add to La Jolla’s creative culinary crown.

Owner Christian Malecot has been rivaling TV network’s Restaurant Impossible, in order to completely renovate the old island place into an
inviting and authentic French style Bistro.

We have know Christian’s  family for years at the popular French Gourmet  in San Diego. There is no doubt, even before opening day, that Voulez Vous, (would you like?) will be another success story. The many European visitors to this beach haven will be as thrilled as we are.

Even before opening day, Christian graciously offered the locals and visitors a sample of sweet and savory croissants with complimentary coffee. The fresh, flaky, buttery, spinach and cheese croissant is already my new favorite mid – morning treat.

The Voulez  Vous menu is mouthwatering with a French twist on the classics. I can hardly wait to try the salmon with papaya salsa and made – from – scratch in house Bernaise.

Even on the sun drenched La Jolla beaches, a rare cool evening will welcome a steaming crock of Chef Pall’s Soupe a L’Oignon  Gratinee’.

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Spinach and Cheese Croissant Photo: Brenda C. Hill

Inviting and innovative Is a switch from the typical late afternoon happy hour to “Hungry Hour.” I know that after swimming and surfing in the Pacific ocean, I am ready for crunchy coconut shrimp with my cold beer or glass of wine.

This breaking story is just a preview of the opening of this new bistro. Look for photos, recipes, reviews and bakery news this month.

Once the Hill team drove in a mini car over 4 hours each way through treacherous (to us) mountain roads outside of Marbella, Spain. Our goal was to meet the chef who was only 19 years old and yet had won a Michelin star. One taste was worth the  memorable journey.

I am sharing this story because the new bistro’s owner – manager, Christian Malecot, is 22 years old.

Christian is professionally trained by his French Chef Dad, Michel Malecot (The French Gourmet). Christian has also studied and practiced the subjects in college, as well as on the job training, that are important to running a successful business. Some of the subjects are finance, marketing and philosophy.

The Hill Team  delights in discovering the small cafes with delicious dishes along the culinary trail throughout the world.

Welcome and cheers to  Voulez Vous.
Opening this week.

Brenda C. Hill

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