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Bistro Vendome Restaurant Review: Chef de cuisine Adam Branz regales Francophiles with a contemporary menu of French fare at this romantic bistro tucked into an alleyway in Larimer Square. Start with mussels floating in a garlic and white wine broth to soak up with a warm baguette, or the soulfully satisfying onion soup, particularly warming on a chilly day. Our favorite entrée is the juicy, grilled steak served simply au poivre or with a classic béarnaise sauce and paired with frites; the herb-roasted half chicken with a mâche salad comes a close second. A bottle list of more than 90 wines, most of them French, is featured, and it includes numerous pours by the glass and half bottles. On Sunday evenings, all sparkling and rosé wines are 25 percent off. For brunch, we might sip a classic French martini concocted with house-infused pineapple vodka while waiting for our croque madame, or braised pork elevated by creamed spinach, poached eggs and Dijon hollandaise.