Lyon, France – the Food Paradise:
The gastronomic delights of the heritage city Lyon, France.
Words have its limitations; I do not know enough words to share the true sense of an experience. Yet, I continue to try and put into few words those memorable journeys that enrich our lives.
Lyon for that matter shall be cherished as image of the ancient French culture, after all the city has been listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO for no reasons. It’s not merely the intrinsic architectural genius of the city but also our rendezvous with some lip smacking traditional French food that makes up for a memorable experience.
The renowned gastronomic delights of the city could be experienced at several bouchons (a type of restaurants found in Lyon) that serve some delicious Lyonnaise cuisine. It was during our walks across the street one evening that we were fascinated by the happy buzz of Les Grand Café Des Negociante. Located at the corner of Place Francisque Régaud (that’s the name of the street) this is a very old 18th century restaurant with a warm second empire décor, we however chose the open sitting area perched facing the streets of the square. On the slightly chilly night that it was I had one of my most memorable French dinners, starting off with a fine glass of red wine straight from the Beaujolais vineyards (read about it here) for an aperitif with a fine onion Tarte. Having liked off the most amazing tart within a few minutes we called for mains in a traditional Grilled Sole and a Pate en Croute with Foi Grass. It was deliciousness in every bite is all I can say, felt blesses for the awesome meal before winding up with a Chocolate fondant and mixed berry sorbet plate for dessert. As we walked back to the Place Bellecour to take the metro to our hotel, I kept telling myself no wonder happiness flows through this country’s air, where else would it be but in a life that revolves around good food and great wines.
The next day while roaming through the city we came across an Indian restaurant ‘Tandoor’ located at Rue Marseille. It turned out a blessing for our home food sick souls, the small yet humble restaurant served some good Indian food as set platters. We devoured over our platters of Chicken Tikka and Madras Chicken Curry meals that came with a serve of rice, salad, daal and raita. If the nostalgia of Indian food takes over while you are in the French pastures, Tandoor is definitely an answer.
Well if you happen to be here, and I pray you do, you will have to begin your exploration from the Place Bellecour which is a large square that lies in the heart of the city between the Saone and Rhone rivers. Take one linking street straight to the Place des Terreaux, a square that lies with the zone classified as world heritage or another street to Vieux Lyon, the largest renaissance district. Yet another lane will take you to the shopping streets or one across the river for a breathtaking night view of the city from the top of the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, that is a minor basilica in Lyon . A few turns here and there and it soon turns into everything about food. Oh, if that sounds like too much of walking to you, please wear comfortable shoes for there’s no better way to experience the city or any other city in the Country.