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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With our meal, we got a great bottle of wine: a Côté-Rôtie Village Stéphane Ogier, 2014.
Last was dessert and it was excellent. Jodi ordered the pavlova with berries (they were in the center).
On my side, I ordered the reconstructed strawberry tart that was even better, staying true to what the original dessert is.
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