When you dream of the perfect meal, there’s a chance your mind might wander to a leisurely dinner at a sidewalk cafe in Paris, with a glass of wine washing down dishes that are so sinfully delicious that you feel like you’ll need to go to confession after dessert. You can cancel that flight of fancy to France. You just need to go to Voilà French Bistro in Scottsdale.

Voilà French Bistro, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, is the perfect culinary creation of Chef Jean-Christophe Gros, who was born in Northeast France and brings more than 35 years of experience working in Michelin-star restaurants in France. After visiting Scottsdale in 2007, Chef Jean-Christophe and is wife, Ségolène Gros, fell in love with the city and moved to Scottsdale in 2015 to share their gift for creating traditional French cuisine with a modern and elegant style.

Voilà French Bistro has become a favorite among foodies, who helped the sensational slice of France become the No. 1 French restaurant in Ranking Arizona. And one bite of any of the dishes on Voilà’s menu tells you immediately that the restaurant lives up to — and exceeds — the hype. Some cannot miss dishes include:

• Moules ($10) — six open mussels with parsley butter and garlic — is as perfect an appetizer as you can find with flavors that blend into a burst of deliciousness.

• Saumon fumé ($14) — smoked salmon with red onion, capers with butter and toast — is delicately sliced with a rich, strong smoky flavor and lightly salted freshness that will keep you thinking about it even after the entrees arrive.

• Le Vol au Vent ($23) is chicken in puff pastry with mushrooms, green asparagus and light creamy tarragon sauce; and La Noix de Saint-Jacques ($33) is scallops in puff pastry with beurre blanc sauce. Chef Jean-Christophe’s puff pastry in both these dishes melts in your mouth like cotton candy and creates two amazing dishes that epitomize French cooking at its highest level. Both plates are exquisite.

• Chef Jean-Christophe’s Le Canard à l’orange ($26) — duck leg confit and orange sauce — elevates a traditional French dish to a new level of excellence. The duck is cooked so perfectly that it melts in your mouth like butter.

• By the time you get to dessert, your expectations will be raised by the level of deliciousness you’ve already experienced and you won’t be disappointed. La Crème brûlée ($9), traditional creamy vanilla custard and a caramelized sugar top; la tarte citron by chef Jean-Christophe ($10), lemon mousse with caramelized almond biscuit and meringue; and La Profiterole ($13), profiteroles stuffed with vanilla bean ice cream, topped with a chocolate sauce; are all sinfully satisfying. But so is EVERYTHING on Voilà’s menu.

If you’ve always wanted to try a French restaurant but felt intimidated, Voilà French Bistro will open you up to a world of flavors that you’ve never experienced. And if you’re a longtime fan of French food, Chef Jean-Christophe and Ségolène Gros have created a sophisticated and welcoming space that is sure to please your palate like it’s never been pleased before.

Vive la France.

Voilà French Bistro

Address: 10135 East Via Linda, Scottsdale

Phone: 480-614-5600

Website: voilafrenchbistro.com