Around the corner from our hotel we were stunned to discover that there was a restaurant belonging to the Paul Bocuse group. What was even better is that the place was actually open on a Sunday! Something that appeared to be a rare occurrence in Lyon.
This restaurant is definitely one of the more affordable in the name of Paul Bocuse – three courses on the set menu comes in at just €35.70, plus you can choose any dessert that you like from the a la carte, inclusive of the price.
We also picked out a bottle of Bordeaux Chateau de Picaud red wine for just €29.50. A beautiful wine to go with the stunning dining room, this place really has a special feel about it.
The waiters also spoke English which really helped at the few points that we struggled a bit (i’m blaming lack of sleep and a long day of travelling!) the service were also really professional and friendly.
The Caesar Salad, to begin with, was fresh and tasty. A generous size of portion too! Our mains were a huge veal chop with ratatouille and crispy potatoes along with sea bass, polenta chips and a puree of persillade.
The chop was huge! Again a nod to the generosity of Lyons chefs towards the diner. The chop was perfectly cooked and the garnish of ratatouille tasted fresh and well cooked. Crispy potatoes with a scattering of chives made for the ideal side dish.
Sea bass, much like the veal, was spot on in terms of cooking. The real star was the puree of what I believe to be garlic, parsley and parmesan – sublime! The polenta chips are a new one on us but much like everything else they were delicious.
Puddings were a tough choice in the end but we went for rum baba and a chocolate cake. The baba came flanked by a whole bottle of Havana rum – you choose how much you like to soak your sponge in. The chocolate cake was expertly cut along with a crunchy base and whipped cream.
Both desserts were rich and typically French, this is exactly what you come to France for. Throw that diet firmly out of the window.
Opening Times: Daily 1200-1400, 1930-2200
Nearest Metro: Sans Souci (Line D)