My trip to France: La Petite Idée in Grenoble

 La Petite Idée, Grenoble, France

La Petite Idée, Grenoble, France

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.  

 Dining room at La Petite Idée, Grenoble, France

Dining room at La Petite Idée, Grenoble, France

I liked the atmosphere there that was rustic and very hospitable.  

 Menu of La Petite Idée, Grenoble, France

Menu of La Petite Idée, Grenoble, France

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! 

 Cassonetti d'escargots at La Petite Idée, Grenoble, France

Cassonetti d'escargots at La Petite Idée, Grenoble, France

 Cassolette d'escargots at La Petite Idée, Grenoble, France

Cassolette d'escargots at La Petite Idée, Grenoble, France

 Cassolette d'escargots at La Petite Idée, Grenoble, France

Cassolette d'escargots at La Petite Idée, Grenoble, France

 Dipping bread in the Cassolette d'escargots at La Petite Idée, Grenoble, France

Dipping bread in the Cassolette d'escargots at La Petite Idée, Grenoble, France

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. 

 Feuillete de Saint-Marcelin salad at La Petite Idée, Grenoble, France

Feuillete de Saint-Marcelin salad at La Petite Idée, Grenoble, France

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.  

 Magret de canard au miel at La Petite Idée, Grenoble, France

Magret de canard au miel at La Petite Idée, Grenoble, France

It was so good that I finished my dish, but was unable to eat dessert; I just went for an espresso.  

 Espresso at La Petite Idée, Grenoble, France

Espresso at La Petite Idée, Grenoble, France

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