Sunday has finally arrived...but do I have 4 cheese pizza or macaroni cheese???
I love both so it's a tough call, but ATM the pizza is calling me..just another few hours to go!
Thought I'd revive this.
I'm in Lyon right now, and Lyon is one of the food capitals of France. There are 31 Michelin Stars in the city, and there are entire streets of awesome restaurants, every one of which, in most other cities, would be hands down the best restaurant in that city.
Although it has a reputation for being hoity toity, the best French food is essentially peasant fare, and it's mostly all about the sauces. I like to go early to lunch - places are mostly empty for the first 30 minutes after then open at 12, and it's nice to have the place mostly to yourself, and have the best seat. A lot of places, people recommend reservations, but honestly, it's not NYC or San Francisco, where people line up for a ridiculously long time for a mix between a croissant and a donut. Unless it is a place that has been on t.v. a lot, you can walk into even the best restaurants, during an unbusy time, and eat there.
The world's best tuna salad (seriously, that is pretty close to what it is:)
the slightly spicy pickled peppers really make this dish. Oh, and the tuna is probably not from a can.
The second course was, duck! Not much to say about this, except that the meat was cooked perfectly, and the sauce was really tasty. A bit salty, not very sweet. Also, only in France are the accompanying vegetables so good. The sweetness all came from the roasted carrots.
The other thing is that really good cheese, in France, is cheap. I had half of a Saint-Marcelin in lieu of desert, It was included as part of the meal, which was 25 Euros. In the US, that would have been a $10 piece of cheese at some specialty store. At a restaurant, a cheese plate is typically $12 or more. This restaurant, the Brasserie le Sud, is sorta a famous place (thus the non-peasant style of plating). Most places, the menu de jour tops out at $20 Euros or so, and a lot of places have decent menus for about $12-13 Euros at lunch.
Yesterday, at Paul Bocuse's Brasserie le Sud, which is amazing. As you guys who saw Bourdain's Lyon episode know, the dude is the culinary king here. He has the restaurants in all the prime real estate. The le Sud is at the end of a whole row of really good Brasseries on the Place Anton Poincet, looking directly at the Rhone.
Entree (starter) was salmon, with a sesame seed crust, which I've never seen before. The sauce was an asparagus cream sauce.
The plat was tuna. I forgot to take a picture before I cut into it, since I was ravenous, but you can see that the tuna is cooked, perfectly. As usual, the French do the sides amazingly. That rice pilaf, a mix of white and forbidden rice, with onions and carrots for sweetness, and butter for richness, was killer, and tbh, sorta competed with the protein (not a bad thing, both were delicious.)
The desert de jour was a raspberry tart with a meringue on top. I'm not sure how they preapred this, but as you can see, the raspberries were barely touched, but the meringue has a very light crust? I'm guess that it was put under a salamander very briefly:
These dishes are plated simply, but in a fairly modern way. I ate at the Cafe des Federations, the oldest Bouchon in Lyon, later, and the the preparations are much more traditional (the service is traditionally family style for the salads and the starter dishes, for example/)