Dining at Café Épicerie in Lyon
Café Épicerie satisfied my desire to eat at a French restaurant and has wanting me to go back to:
- experience its 1 Michelin star sister restaurant next door, Les Loges,
- drink at its Bar Fumoir, which a local noted as having the best mixologist in the city,
- and stay at its 5 star hotel, Cours des Loges.
With so much to offer, staying at Cours des Loges can be a vacation in itself, but so I don’t get ahead of myself with my future travel fantasies, I’ll start off with what I had and loved.
As soon as we arrived, we were welcomed in warmly by the hostess into the contemporary bistro with a touch of old Lyon with its exposed stone walls and silk tapestries.
The hospitality continued when a complimentary plate of local Lyon charcuterie was freshly sliced next to our table and served to us for our enjoyment.
After simmering over their menu with a glass of red wine from Domaine de Marie, a regional vineyard that serves wine to select high-end restaurants, we opted for the lunch set, a two-course meal comprised of the main plate plus an appetizer or dessert. For this quality and technique, it’s a steal at €17,50 (about $19.50).
Knowing that we were going to be eating lots of foie gras and cheese this trip, Mike opted to get a lighter lunch with the vegetable soup and fish dish. However, since we had been in Lyon for only a day, I opted to jump right into indulgence and got the mushroom terrine ladened in fat, which gave the dish its satisfying flavor.
While my appetizer was rich and decadent, Mike’s was delicate and balanced. Both were aromatic and a great start in experiencing French cuisine.
At the first bite of my pork, I wasn’t quite impressed as it was slightly overdone, but as I moved onto the second bite, I realized that this was just a fluke. The rest of the plate was tender to eat and lightly dressed in a mustard sauce that complimented the meat.
Mike’s fish too was cooked well, which made us appreciate the simple yet proper lunch Café Épicerie offers. Their meals are executed flawlessly with a heavy focus on correct cooking techniques, aromatic sauces, and fresh ingredients.
After bidding farewell to the friendly servers, Mike and I were curious about the Michelin star restaurant, Les Loges, right next door so we exited through the back door into a circle stairway until we fell upon this magnificent setting!
Les Loges looks like it’s practically in a traboule! Or perhaps, it was a traboule, and now it’s Les Loges. Either way, it seems like it’d be a beautiful place to have dinner at night.
All in all, I would recommend this restaurant to family and friends, especially if you are looking for a lighter French cuisine.
Thanks for stopping by! xo.
I received a complimentary meal in exchange for this review but did not receive any input from management. The food speaks for itself! If I didn’t like it, it wouldn’t be up on my blog. #themoreyouknow