Why French Cuisine Is Timeless Yet Modern

French cuisine is the new black. It’s back and here to stay. And while it isn’t the cuisine your grand-mère slaved hours to create, it does hold fast to French traditions while showing off modern twists. Think fancy, but not fussy.

Today’s timeless French cuisine is a shout-out to the masters like the indomitable icon Julia Child, a humble yet larger-than-life chef who urged a generation to embrace cooking for the joy and the fun of it. Her TV show and cookbooks made it easy with step-by-step instructions to nail la cuisine française.

Witness restaurateur and Chef Daniel Boulud, whose empire includes 16 (and counting) French-centric restaurants in the United States, Canada, London and Singapore; TV shows; and countless cookbooks. His next-level cuisine is a nod to generations of French chefs, but with a twist: plating foie gras and black truffles with spinach on bison or nestling the trendy John Dory en papillote. Fancy, definitely fresh and not fussy.


French fare is even being called a trend for 2016, with experts claiming, “Timeless dishes and traditional pastries are back in the comfort food limelight.” (S’il vous plaît!? Classics never go in or out of style, are we right?) In many ways, French cooking is comfort food at its best. Dishes like roasted rack of lamb and braised beef Bourguignon linger for hours to meld flavors together and transform ordinary ingredients into something extraordinary that soothes the palate and the soul.

Those same time-honored techniques are popping up in olive-oil braised red onions, fingerlings braised with fennel and thyme, and salmon slow and low in pinot noir. Julia would be proud.

French cuisine’s vibe extends to service, too. It takes cultural cues from the finest European restaurants and translates to modern-day Downton Abbey-style care. A great French-inspired experience encompasses:

  • Wine service
  • Tableside cooking
  • Quite and respectful servers
  • Knowledgeable staff for food pairing recommendations

White tablecloths? Perhaps, but it’s really about you feeling special from the moment you enter Vickers Restaurant until you bid adieu.

Vickers Restaurant serves traditional Continental cuisine with classic French flair. Indulge in attentive service and outstanding menus in quaint and comfortable surroundings. The same European service is available through our stellar event planning service. Whether it’s a romantic dinner for two or a wedding for 150, you can rest assured you’ll enjoy the highest level of care and attention to detail. Join us for happy hour, dinner and live piano on Fridays and Saturdays—we’ve got the area’s most extensive European wine list and excel at vintage cocktails. In season, relax in our outdoor garden for drinks or dinner. Vickers is the perfect spot for fine food, cocktails and entertaining.

Nina Malone


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