Gros, a newly opened bistro off of rue Faubourg Saint Denis kept popping up on my radar in the last few months. My partner Vincent, a finicky eater and not easy to please, visited Gros a few months ago and gave a glowing review. In April, I was given a photo assignment to photograph a series of shop and restaurant owners and on the list were the chef/owners of Gros, Sybille Sellam and Grégory Foucher. They both appeared to be happy campers in their small kitchen and looking through the appealing and creative menu, it tempted me to come back for a meal.
At lunch Gros has a 17€ (entrée/plat or plat/dessert) or 22€ formule (entrée, plat, dessert) and offers three choices in each category. I had the entrée/plat and started with lentils mixed with a delicious and delicate hummus and a big crust of hard sesame bread. Lynn was delighted with her poached egg perched on a bed of sautéed mushrooms with spinach pesto.
Since we are both sticklers for portion size, Lynn was pleased with a more than ample sized piece of codfish accompanied by buckwheat tabouleh and a Greek yogurt sauce. I had Banh Mi, a Vietnamese style sandwich with pork, carrots, and cucumber with a dusting of coriander. Wrapped in brown paper, the sandwich seemed as though it was from a local food truck along with its freshness.
The dessert, rice pudding drizzled with salted butter caramel sauce, was a little too sweet for my palate and it was too finely pureed to taste the texture of the rice.
The faux sandblasted pinky-beige walls and tin inlaid tables gives the dining room a cool, industrial look. Service was laid back and pleasant but the wait between the entrée and plat dragged close to 30 minutes.
Lynn and I both declare Gros a winner and will for sure return.
4 Cour des Petites Ecuries, 75010
Metro: Strasbourg-St. Denis
Tel. +33(0)9 83 38 83 96
Open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner
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