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Best Taste of Paris on the Cheap Denver 2007 - Le Central

Le Central

Le Central

112 E. 8th Ave.

Denver, CO 80203

303-863-8094

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We go to Le Central like Catholics go to confession -- as a way to clear the head and save the soul after a week spent doing wrong. For serious fans of French food, Le Central is a required stop. But even if you just dream of spending a lazy Sunday afternoon hanging around a Parisian cafe reading Rimbaud and wearing a beret, Le Central is calling. From the unabashedly Gallic menu (loup de mer in port-wine reduction, escargots Bourguignon and Canard Grand Veneur roasted crisply and served with currant jelly) to the specials (such as an all-truffle menu for thirty bucks a head) to the nine-dollar bowls of perfectly done mussels and all-you-can-eat frites, owner Robert Tournier's little slice of the Left Bank is truly one of Denver's landmarks.
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Frenchy
Frenchy

Le Central has been spot on everytime I\'ve eaten there. Great food at reasonable prices without any of the all too common \"snobbery\" associated with most French restaurants. I think the comment trashing them is probably from a culinary student who thinks they\'ve mastered the art of French cooking but couldn\'t get a job anywhere other than Subway or Taco Bell. Yes Annie, I\'m talking about you.

cynthia barnes
cynthia barnes

Such a "nasty" review should be a bit more substantiated. I have visited Le Central many times over the years and eaten many items off their lunch, dinner, and specialty menus. "Nasty" "bland" and "uninspired" is just not accurate. Maybe it was the diner that "felt" uninspired, because every time I have gone to Le Central, my tastebuds and olafactory senses, not to mention my general creative mood, have left more inspired and refreshed than when I arrived. In fact in dozens of visits over the years I only recall one glitch--a waiter (not the sommelier) that had not actually tasted a wine we asked about.

annietijoux
annietijoux

Nasty bouillabaise, bland sauces. Yes the fish is cooked nicely and the bland vegetables they're cooked perfectly, but it felt uninspired and just bland. Just come here for the desert, which is superb.

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