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

Executive chef Sergio Romero focuses on the food at Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar.
Executive chef Sergio Romero focuses on the food at Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar.
Lori Midson

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Steak tartare topped with a quail egg and sided with tuile scented with fennel seeds.

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

Roasted bone barrow drizzled with olive oil, garnished with fresh thyme, and plated with garlic confit and grilled bread.

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

Seared salmon and melted leeks, puddled in a peppercorn-horseradish beurre blanc.

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

Moules marinière with tomato confit and grilled bread.

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

Escargots, served with salsify, swipes of parsnip puree and grilled bread.

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

Pappardelle pasta with wild mushrooms and hazelnuts.

 

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

Headcheese -- beef jowls and pork cheeks -- with shallots, garlic and fresh herbs.

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

Chicken crepe pooled in sauce Mornay.

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

Citrus-brined, herb-rubbed roasted chicken with potato pavé and chicken jus.

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

Tomato confit.

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

The lounge at Le Grand.

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

Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar will open on Monday, August 29.

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1512 Curtis St.
Denver, CO 80202

303-534-1155

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