12 Mouth-Watering Foods in Grenoble
Situated at the foot of the French Alps, Grenoble is a traditionally French city with an abundance of authentic, gourmet restaurants in which to try some of these local delights.
These tiny squares of buckwheat pasta are a Savoyard specialty from the Alps. Try a Gratin de Crozet at diferent, an art gallery turned restaurant which hosts different artists’ work every two months.
This creamy gratin consists of baked crozet and gourmet French cheese, mixed with a filling of your choice like truffles, foie gras, escargot (snails) or crayfish- seriously indulgent.
Foei gras is a luxury pate made from the fattened liver of a duck or goose. It’s a famous French dish and doesn’t come cheap, but must be tried at least once! For homemade foie gras, head to Le Cote, a small and simple restaurant with a seriously impressive menu.
These pork meatballs come from nearby Drôme. Try a plate of tasty cailette at Le Tire Bouchon (Wine Bottle Opener in English), a typically French restaurant with live French accordion music.
Chartreuse is a bright green, French liqueur made from 130 herbs, plants, and flowers. Made by Carthusian Monks since 1737, it’s supposedly a secret recipe that only two remaining monks know!
If you’re taking a trip to Grenoble, you have to try a glass of chartreuse, although at 55% proof, make it a small one! You can try it at most bars or restaurants around Grenoble.
Tapenade is a Provençal dish made of finely chopped olives, capers, anchovies and olive oil. Try homemade tapenade as an appetizer at Une Semaine Sur Deux, an elegant restaurant offering real French cuisine with a touch of originality.
Now most of us have had a crème brulee, or at least heard of it, but have you tried an alcoholic crème brulee? Wine and dine at Le Cote, where you can try the dangerously delicious Creme Brulee a la Chartreusse – a decadent dessert with a kick.
Gratin Dauphinois is a traditional southern French dish of creamy potato gratin topped with crème fraiche and cheese. This indulgent dish is usually served as a side and is available at most French restaurants.
Veal is beef from a young calf and is a popular gourmet dish in France. For veal so tender you won’t even need your knife, dine at L’amelyss, a chic and modern restaurant that boasts impressive gourmet dishes.
Meaning literally ‘put in mouth’, mise-en-bouche is tiny bite sized h’ordeuvres that make perfect sharing plates. Consisting of a variety of fish, meat, or vegetables, you can share a mise-en-bouche at the elegant Zakhang, where the portions are generous and the tastes exquisite.
Charcuterie is a selection of smoked pork such as bacon, ham, sausage, terrines, pâtés, or confit. These salty snacks are best eaten with a drink; you can try charcuterie at the friendly bar-restaurant, Influences Sud Ouest.
What better place to try this vegetable based dish than in the best vegetarian restaurant in Grenoble? Au Clair de Lune has a rustic and recycled interior and offers a delicious organic polenta topped with healthy ratatouille.
While they may not sound mouth-watering, sheep’s’ brains is considered a delicacy in France. If you’re feeling brave, try some at Le Tire Bouchon. At least the French accordion music will take your mind off the brains and let you enjoy this daring dish.