Ooh la la! A sneak peek at the foodography from Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar

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Lori Midson
Executive chef Sergio Romero focuses on the food at Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar.
Late yesterday afternoon, the opening crew of Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar, Robert Thompson's new French restaurant at 1512 Curtis Street, assembled in the kitchen to get a taste of executive chef Sergio Romero's menu, which Thompson calls "everyday French comfort food."

Le Grand, he says, "is not trying to do anything new or groundbreaking." Instead, insists Thompson, "We're trying to achieve pleasure and enthusiasm by perfecting the French classics, offering good wines at an approachable price and maintaining the integrity and essence of French cuisine by refusing to resort to modern spins."

Thompson, who, along with his ex-wife, Leigh Jones, opened (and subsequently closed) Brasserie Rouge, one of the best French restaurants this city has seen, says that Le Grand is the "recreation of Parisian bistros and brasseries from times past." This is a restaurant, he continues, "that takes us back to an era when eating mussels and frites, a great plate of cheese and drinking a half-liter of wine wasn't a special event but an everyday occurrence."

Come Monday, when Le Grand opens to the public, you can get a real taste of the mussels and frites -- and drink yourself into a stupor -- but I took the liberty of hijacking the kitchen yesterday, snapping food shot after food shot to give all you habitues a sneak peek of what's to come.

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Lori Midson
Braised lamb shank, glossed with glace de viande, and plated with parsnip puree, baby carrots, pearl onions and sprigs of chevril.

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Lori Midson
Deep-fried frog legs served with Worcestershire aioli and dressed greens.

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Lori Midson
Steak au poivre topped with herbed maître d'hôtel butter and accompanied by a potato gallete.

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Lori Midson
A Dijon vinaigrette-dressed salad of frisée, lardons, fresh orange segments, walnuts and a poached egg.

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Lori Midson
Roasted chioga beets, beet greens, bitter greens and granola sweetened with a honey vinaigrette.

Location Info

Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar - CLOSED

1512 Curtis St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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Gator1869
Gator1869

I was lucky enough to be invited out Saturday for their mock opening, and after viewing the photos here was even more excited about attending!  There was absolutely no disappointment here!  Our table of 4 was blessed with the Beef Tartare (surprisingly spicy, but phenominal), the Watercress Soup (delicious blend with beans and pork), Pasta (with mushrooms and an apple brandy gave it a surpisingly delicious twist), Sirloin (how can you go wrong with the Au Poivre, Maitre'd butter, or Bordelaise sauce? We got to try all three!).  The Salmon was cooked to perfection, and the head cheese was delicious (a little too sweet for my liking with the mustard sauce, however). We also tried two of the potatoes with the steak the gallette was good, but our favorite was the cheesier one. We ended with a bread pudding (to die for melt in your mouth good) and a plum tart (delicous!).  The wine selection was good and we enjoyed the selection of beer as well. Can't wait to go back!

barslinger
barslinger

The food will be great to be sure, but am wondering if they have finished dressing the restaurant........lacks atmosphere.........I was hoping for something "Grand"

Suzie Roser
Suzie Roser

The bone marrow at The Fort is cut exactly the same way and size!  It was Julia Child's favorite.

Foodfun
Foodfun

Was at their preview party tonight.  It was off the hook!!!  Had to be at least 300 people there. I tried oysters with champagne mignonette, steak tartare, smoked salmon pancakes with creme fraiche, head cheese (was delicious) and a duck confit on a potato chip with some kind of sherry gastrique.  The place is beautiful, the food was stellar, the French wine went down like, well, French wine, and the staff was very pleasant considering how many food junkies were there attacking each plate of food as it came from the kitchen.  They have this cuchon (pig) mural on the wall with all the breeds of France.  Fun.  Glad I got to attend.  

Jeff
Jeff

Lori, your food photography has improved tremendously as of late.  Everything here looks great.  Truly worthy of the "food porn" moniker now. 

MERTONS
MERTONS

Everything looks amazing, but bivalve is right.  Where are the OYSTERS??!!!

Bivalve
Bivalve

All looked pretty good but where were the f'nnnnnnn oysterrrsssssss!!!!

Pablo
Pablo

Wow look a parsley leaf salad on every plate...just like Argyll...same team ..same gimmicks.

Justwher33
Justwher33

did you see that fucking bone marrow?  never seen it cut that direction or size.  expect me on opening day with tiny spoon and big mouth!

Nikki
Nikki

I hope the food tastes better than Argyl's food because that food was awful.

Jcp55
Jcp55

Heard a lot about this place already.  Pretty excited to check it out.  Love me some Huitre Bar. 

decorslinger
decorslinger

I think it's spectacular looking.  What they did with that old mosaic tile floor was great and the light fixtures were period perfect.  Really warm.  

Lori Midson
Lori Midson

I owe a big debt of gratitude to the Argyll staff for being so patient with me. I made them starve while hording the plates to take shot after shot after shot after shot. Believe me, I'm no photographer -- just persistent! Still, thanks for the kind words. Just don't elevate your expectations, because for every decent shot I take, I shoot ten clunkers.

Guest
Guest

Do you not know what an Oyster looks like?  Thank you for not wasting space on an Oyster.

Lori Midson
Lori Midson

Well, shit. I'm sorry. I got there after the staff had already sucked the oysters. That's what I get for my tardiness! 

MERTONS
MERTONS

Parsley is a traditional ingredient to French bistro cuisine...Senor.

DenverSW
DenverSW

I personally loved their food.  Critics did, too.  I guess to each their own....  

Mantonat
Mantonat

Really? What didn't you like?

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