My trip to France: Gaudi Café in Grenoble

 Gaudi Café in Grenoble, France

Gaudi Café in Grenoble, France

There are places like Gaudi Café where the expression "do not judge a book by its cover" is undeniably applicable. I thought it was a café and we ended up having a great culinary experience. The decor inside is nice, more cozy than your traditional Café. The owner, Laurent Ibanez named the place as an hommage to the architect and designer, perfectly matching the creativity he instills in his kitchen. 

 Dining room at Gaudi Café in Grenoble, France

Dining room at Gaudi Café in Grenoble, France

We went there for my Dad's 80th birthday and it was a perfect spot. We started off with a glass of champagne and some homemade foie gras. The foie gras was ok though, I thought it needed to sit a bit, being too cold, but was anyway missing some flavor. This was the only complaint of the meal. 

 Foie gras and champagne at Gaudi Café in Grenoble, France

Foie gras and champagne at Gaudi Café in Grenoble, France

 Foie gras at Gaudi Café in Grenoble, France

Foie gras at Gaudi Café in Grenoble, France

Next was the octopus with pesto that was sublime: first, the octopus was perfectly cooked, not rubbery at all. Then, with that fantastic pesto, it was even better, elevating even more the dish and adding a vibrant color to it, making it even more beautiful. 

 Octopus at Gaudi Café in Grenoble, France

Octopus at Gaudi Café in Grenoble, France

 Octopus at Gaudi Café in Grenoble, France

Octopus at Gaudi Café in Grenoble, France

Jodi opted for the asparagus with a poached egg and Parmesan. Nice dish, the egg being so soft that it broke immediately, spreading the delicious yolk around the asparagus that had a nice crunch.  

 Asparagus with poached egg at Gaudi Café in Grenoble, France

Asparagus with poached egg at Gaudi Café in Grenoble, France

After that, I got the veal chop with morel sauce. I should first mention few things: first, the size of the chop that was 280g or 9.9oz, considered big in France. Then, they offer three options with the meat: fries (quite good), veggies (did not try them) or salad (I chose that, being very reasonable). The meat was perfectly cooked and that sauce was succulent. The morels, chopped, gave a nice flavor to it, so good, that I cleaned the plate.  

 Veal chop with morel sauce at Gaudi Café in Grenoble, France

Veal chop with morel sauce at Gaudi Café in Grenoble, France

Jodi got a massive salad, the Italienne salade, composed of bressaola, artichokes, sundried tomatoes, burrata and capers. It was delicious and very refreshing with the perfectly made burrata. 

 Italian salad at Gaudi Café in Grenoble, France

Italian salad at Gaudi Café in Grenoble, France

With our meal, we got a great bottle of wine: a Côté-Rôtie Village Stéphane Ogier, 2014.  

 Cote-Rotie wine at Gaudi Café in Grenoble, France

Cote-Rotie wine at Gaudi Café in Grenoble, France

Last was dessert and it was excellent. Jodi ordered the pavlova with berries (they were in the center).  

 Pavlova at Gaudi Café in Grenoble, France

Pavlova at Gaudi Café in Grenoble, France

On my side, I ordered the reconstructed strawberry tart that was even better, staying true to what the original dessert is.  

 Reconstructed strawberry tart at Gaudi Café in Grenoble, France

Reconstructed strawberry tart at Gaudi Café in Grenoble, France

This was a delicious unexpected dinner: Gaudi Café is definitely a place to know when visiting Grenoble and I would certainly go back. 

Enjoy (I did)! 

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Gaudi Café - 5 Cours Berriat, 38000 Grenoble, France