It was the Petrossians who urged the Ritz to offer caviar in the hotel restaurant, overseen by the legendary chef Auguste Escoffier. Though sceptical at first, the Ritz’s gambit paid off and soon caviar was a hit among an elite international clientele, helping caviar’s ascent as the ultimate symbol of luxury.
The Sybaritic Single crossed the Seine towards Rue de l’Université and stopped at the cerulean blue corner of Petrossian. Since Fauchon choked on its own foie gras back in 2020 and shut down its flagship at Place de La Madeleine, he resorted to the caviar icon of France for his groceries whenever in Paris.
And though Petrossian has been going through turbulent times recently facing fierce competition from new caviar suppliers in China and the Middle East, its old-world charm, family ownership and signature style kept it flourishing.
Upon entering the boutique, he is warmly greeted by Cécile, Armen Petrossian’s gracious and elegantly attired wife, who presides over the 10 modest tables and the staff, many of whom have been with the family for over three decades. Having the privilege to meet the lady of the house herself is a very rare luxury these days, comparable to being hosted by a descendant of César Ritz at the Ritz Paris (if he had one) or dressed by a grandson of Christian Dior (sadly, there are none either) at Avenue Montaigne.
After choosing his caviar creations (liquid caviar, dried caviar as well as caviar infused with truffle), the Sybaritic Single enjoys sipping champagne and observing the buzz. Never too busy, the boutique attracts well-heeled Parisian connoisseurs who come to buy their favourite osetra, sevruga, and beluga, creamy tarama, salmon, truffle foie gras and an array of traditional Russian dishes. Everyone seems to know everyone, which creates a truly special boutique atmosphere, so uncommon in the modern times.
Careful that the Sybaritic Single doesn’t get too high on the bubbles, Cécile offers him a plate of smoked salmon slivers followed by a generous piece of fruitcake with a mischievous wink – the most caring and cheerful host and an example of truly luxurious hospitality. A little caviar does go a long way.