I love finding small places that provide not only good food, but also an outstanding service. That's the way I feel about La Petite Idée, a small restaurant that serves classic French dishes. I was excited to go there, having checked their menu the day before and already knowing what I would order. When we arrived, the restaurant was packed (we had a reservation), and emptied little by little, people going back to work.
I liked the atmosphere there that was rustic and very hospitable.
For my appetizer, I was set on the cassolette d'escargots, or snails with butter, garlic and parsley (lots of it, giving a nice green color to the dish). It was very good, with for sure a nice amount of garlic that made me wonder if I brought some mints with me...The butter sauce was so good that I could not resist dipping some bread in it!
Jodi skipped her entree and went for the feuilleté de Saint-Marcelin, a salad topped with a puff pastry filled with lots of Saint-Marcelin cheese. Delicious, I loved the crispness of the puff pastry and of course that cheese that is fantastic, very creamy.
On my side, I was set on magret de canard (duck breast). As they did not have any morel sauce, I went for the honey sauce, more traditional: I had no regrets! Although I would have preferred the duck slightly less cooked (it was medium and I prefer pink), I loved it: it was not dry and delightfully fatty, with a nice char on the outside. It was served with a succulent ratatouille (sort of vegetable stew) and potatoes cooked in duck fat.
It was so good that I finished my dish, but was unable to eat dessert; I just went for an espresso.
La Petite Idée is a great find in Grenoble; a small spot that serves delicious food without being pretentious. I definitely recommend it!
Enjoy (I did)!
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La Petite Idée - 7 Cours Jean Jaurès, 38000 Grenoble, France