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Canut and the Gones

This beautiful bistro claims to be a traditional Cork (Taverne lyonnaise) but it’s much more than that, and it’s well worth the effort to find it on the edge of the Croix-Rousse district. First, there’s the set, which owner Frank Blanc has built over 20 years from trips to flea markets and yard sales, creating a series of dining rooms that resemble an Aladdin’s cave. retro decor. Then there is the current chef, Junzo Matsuno, who is Japanese, and has added a bit of an exotic touch to traditional Lyon cuisine, like a slice of yellow place (saithe) with coriander butter, pumpkin puree, marinated mango and roasted baby leeks – without ignoring the classics like an andouillette gratin with mashed potatoes.
29 rue Belfort, + 33 478 291723, Dish of the day lunch € 10.50, 3-course evening menu € 28.50

The cellar next door

La Cave, Lyon Photography: John Brunton

Hidden at the end of a dark and narrow alley, this huge vaulted 18th-century wine cellar has been transformed into a funky wine bar, one of Lyon’s most popular nightlife spots. You can relax on a leather sofa or sit around one of the communal tables and select wines from a long list of Côtes-du-Rhône and Beaujolais, including a crisp Beaujolais Blanc that the owner, Fred, produced in its own vineyard. The service is friendly but a bit chaotic, and the food is limited to platters of cold cuts and cheese to accompany the wines. But this makes it the ideal place to discover the specialties of these regions, such as rosette of Lyon sausage, Saint-Marcellin and pistachio sausage.
7 rue Pleney, + 33 478 283146. The large dish to share may seem expensive at 20 €, but there is easily enough for two.

The Jean Moulin

Jean Moulin, Lyon
Jean Moulin, Lyon Photography: John Brunton

Eating in Lyon is not just traditional corks and starred temples of gastronomy. There are several new affordable contemporary restaurants run by promising young chefs who are redefining gourmet cuisine and wowing diners with their tasting menus. Grégoire Baratier is only 28 years old, but his cool and modern dining room, on the banks of the Rhône, is full every evening, which is hardly surprising when he offers a creative three-course tasting menu for just € 24.90. The diners feel a real buzz in the small kitchen, where Grégoire and his two assistants prepare an ever-changing mix of dishes – poached egg in intense yellow wine with a cream of morels, a wild sea bass on a bed of leeks and oyster mushrooms, and a vanilla and lemon blancmange with a lime sorbet.
22 Rue Gentil, +33 478 373797, Traditional three-course menu for lunch € 13.50, evening tasting menu € 24.90

Le Jura stopper

The Jura, Lyon
Le Jura, Lyon Photography: John Brunton

Although it bears the name of another region of France, Le Jura is the ideal place to immerse yourself in the traditional world of the famous Lyonnais corks. The cozy little dining room seems unchanged since the day it opened in 1867, and chef-owner Brigitte Josserand has faithfully recreated the iconic dishes of Lyon cuisine for 34 years. This is the place to be adventurous and take the challenge head of veal Where sapper apron (fried breaded tripe), tasty andouillettes topped with a rich Beaujolaise sauce, or the light and soft vollaille liver cake (mousse-style poultry liver terrine). If Brigitte follows the Lyon custom of “the mother cook” (fiery women chefs in the kitchen), the Jura is indeed a family affair, her son Benoît taking care of the guests.
25 rue Tupin, +33 478 422057, Dish of the day lunch € 13, evening menu € 26.50

In the kitchen

In Kitchen, Lyon
In Cuisine, Lyon Photography: John Brunton

As you stroll through the vast Place Bellecour, one of the largest squares in France, it’s easy to pass the tiny In Cuisine bookstore. But the small facade is deceptive because, once through the door, you enter a gourmet paradise. In addition to some 4,000 cookbooks, there is a delicatessen, a kitchenware shop, a fully equipped culinary workshop offering classes for adults and children and, in the middle, a bright and airy atrium café that serves tea, coffee and cake all day and one of the best lunch deals in town. The dishes are a bit far from traditional Lyonnaise cuisine, offering like a creamy endive and honey velvety, artichoke and parmesan tart, or a seafood stew, all made with fresh produce from the day’s market.
1 place Bellecour, + 33 472 411800, Three-course lunch menu € 13.50; there is always a vegetarian choice with Gluten Free Fridays

The Girls’ Cap

Girls' stopper, Lyon
Bouchon des Filles, Lyon Photography: John Brunton

Isabelle, Laura and Agathe took over this old stopper six years ago, and it has been sold out ever since. There is an electric atmosphere every night as diners settle in for a meal of epic proportions. “You don’t make two servings,” explains Isabelle, “because it takes the whole evening to make all the dishes, and the idea here is not to rush – neither the chef nor the customers. For this reason, they do not offer a “daily special” or a lighter lunch menu. Here, let’s go for the stopper experience: the entrance, a parade of salads arrives at your table with dishes of Lyon sausage, a salad of lentils mayonnaise, herring and new potatoes and a crisp green salad. This is followed by, say, a succulent duck pot au feu or a simmered stew of tender pork cheeks, then “brain of canut“, literally translated as” silky brain “, but turns it into a creamy cottage cheese with herbs and shallots. And finally, there’s a soufflé topped with green Chartreuse.
20 rue Sergent-Blandon, + 33 478 304044. 4-course menu 25 €

Chantecler Brewery

Chantecler, Lyon
Chantecler, Lyon Photography: John Brunton

The bustling Croix-Rousse district has the largest and best street market in Lyon – one side of the long boulevard is lined with clothing stalls, the other with every food stall imaginable, and right in the middle is finds one of the oldest breweries in town. , 150 years old and perfect for a lunch break. Take a seat on the paved terrace, under the glassed-in atrium or in the cozy dining room, and order one of their huge salads or a Lyon version of the cheeseburger made from the local creamy Saint-Marcellin. The bargain at lunchtime is the market menu, which changes daily and will offer simple starters such as a leek and scrambled egg salad, followed by a hearty duck confit with a gratin of cardoons.
151 Boulevard de la Croix-Rousse, +33 478 281369, 2-course Market menu € 12.50


The South, Lyon
The South, Lyon Photography: John Brunton

It’s hard to escape Paul Bocuse in Lyon, between the main food market that bears his name, his cooking school and the famous three-star Michelin restaurant. But Le Sud, his latest brasserie, is an opportunity to taste the spirit of the great man’s cuisine without breaking the bank. If the sun is shining, the vast southern terrace is ideal for alfresco dining and lends itself perfectly to the Mediterranean influences of the cuisine here. The two courses menu of the day is excellent value for money and served for lunch and dinner, with seasonal products such as an asparagus soup with ravioli and a grilled haddock with zucchini and mashed potatoes in olive oil. olive.
11 place Antonin Poncet, + 33 472 778000, Two-course menu of the day € 22.10

The Wine Counter

Wine counter, Lyon
Comptoir du Vin, Lyon Photography: John Brunton

Get ready for an experience from the moment you step into this off-the-beaten-path bistro. The star is chef-owner Daniel Perrier, who maintains a one-man show by sticking his head out of the hatch of what must be one of the smallest kitchens in Lyon. Somehow he manages to create some wonderful dishes – a legendary steak tartare, creamed chicken, roast lamb and the best French fries you’ll ever taste. You will see he continues to joke with customers, and Brits should expect to be called out roast beef. Try changing your dish, and ask for a salad instead of potatoes, and he’ll scream, “You eat what the chef says you eat.” There is also a great selection of wines.
2 rue Belfort, + 33 478 398995. Dish of the day € 10.50

AOC Les Halles

AOC Les Halles, Lyon
AOC Les Halles, Lyon Photography: John Brunton

Lyon’s main food market is located in an unattractive modern building on the old-fashioned side of town, but locals flock here on weekends to shop as the quality of the produce – from cheese and foie gras to oysters and the charcuterie – is exceptional, and there are a multitude of bars and bistros for long lazy lunches. A good tip is to book in advance at the friendly AOC, a casual wine bar with bistro cuisine, where chef Christophe Garnier prepares delicious daily specials with produce straight from the market stalls such as juicy steaks. , and the house specialty, a huge succulent marrow bone served on a bed of salad. More than 30 wines, often from small organic wines winegrowers, are served by the glass from € 3.
102 Cours Lafayette, +33 472 607957. Dish of the Day € 11.50

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