Denver’s 21st c. Parisian Bistro & Oyster Bar
Denver-ites do not have to stray far in order to enjoy the cuisine of a traditional Parisian bistro. Le Grand Bistro is located right in the middle of downtown Denver, just blocks away from the Denver Performing Arts Complex. While the cuisine of the traditional French bistro is nothing particularly fancy at its core, it includes some of the most classic dishes from the city of love and light. With its focus on high-quality ingredients and seasonality, Le Grand is a bistro that would make many Parisians themselves nod with approval.
Le Grand’s Executive Chef John Broening explains, “At Le Grand, I look forward to cooking the everyday food that French people eat.” Chef John Broening should know from his French roots and his time living in France. Drawing from his experiences and knowledge of the classic French bistro, Broening strives to introduce diners to this classic fare in a way that is true to its original form. At the same time, Chef Broening keeps things fresh and interesting by integrating the cuisines of the Mediterranean, North Africa, and Vietnam into the menu, offering an even truer glimpse of France through the various culinary influences that have and are currently impacting the world’s richest cuisine. Depending largely upon what vegetables might be available seasonally, Broening carefully crafts a menu that provides you with a taste of authentic France with a flair of something beyond.
This cuisine is rich, offering a hearty and satisfying meal in the current winter freeze upon us. Warm up with Le Grand’s signature French Onion Soup filled to the brim with silky caramelized onions, rich and flavorful veal stock, a bit of sherry, port, a few aromatics, and topped with a thick slab of toast layered in gruyere cheese that is served floating a top. If you prefer a more creamy soup, Le Grand’s Butternut Squash Soup comes with those secret French touches in the form of creme fraiche and a modern style fennel, pear foam. You may also choose to start off with a bite of something indulgent and savory with a plate of the Steak Tartare filled with top sirloin, capers, egg, mustard, and toast points.
Next, you won’t be able to pick between the most classic French bistro dish, the Crispy Duck Confit served with moroccan lentils and tomato jam, and the Ravioli filled with wild mushrooms and a chanterelle essence that may make you shout out, “Vive la France!”. Vegetarians might also feast happily upon the Vegetable Tagine composed of seasonal root vegetables that comes with a touch of North African cuisine in the form of a harrissa and saffron spiced couscous. Non-vegetarians who seek a dish with a little American flair, should try the Le Grand Burger made with Colorado’s finest beef and topped with a French-inspired remoulade.
Bite after bite, Denver’s Le Grand Bistro offers its diners a taste of classic Parisian bistro fare based upon seasonality and inspired by cuisines beyond the city of light and love. It is through the careful integration of exotic and traditional flavors that Le Grand Bistro introduces the 21st c. Parisian bistro in a manner that brings this romanticized relic of the past to the forefront of the modern culinary trends so that diners can enjoy the best of the past and present in every dish.
Le Grand Bistro is located at 1512 Curtis Street Denver CO 80202; Tel: 303-534-1155.
Now for the Denver foodie trivia question to see how educated of a foodie you are!
True/False: The classic French bistros are said to have developed in the basement kitchens of Parisian apartment buildings by landlords who were seeking extra income by offering their tenants room and board that included French home-style cooking.
Tune in this coming Tuesday for the answer!
The answer to last Tuesday’s blog question: “In what year was Wynkoop Brewery founded by Colorado governor John Hickenlooper?” Answer: “The business pioneer and now governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper, founded Wynkoop Brewery in the year 1988.”