Monday, April 26, 2010

Weekend à la Lyonnaise

Last weekend, I took the train from Geneva and headed towards the direction of Lyon, a historical city in France. I have been to Lyon numerous times to visit family, but this time, as the weather was really beautiful, I decided to dine and chill in the city centre in the late evening. So, my post will mostly focus on this part of the city. As I visit other areas in depth, I will write about those at that time.

One of the most popular places in the city is Presque-île. This is an area where locals like to go shopping, dining and clubbing. I wanted to try out the cuisine by one of France's most famous chefs, Paul Bocuse, and so, proceeded towards Le Sud, close to Place Bellecour (main square).

Place Bellecour:

I would give the restaurant a rating of 6.5/10. Firstly, brasserie style dining is not my preferred setting as I find it plain. I would enjoy a restaurant that is more unique in its ambience and has a character of its own. While the service was very efficient, certain staff members were not so friendly and accommodating. Putting these aside, the food itself was good, though nothing extraordinary. I appreciate that for once a French restaurant had something creative to offer to vegetarians! I enjoyed the caviar d'aubergines (mashed eggplant) and the vegetable tajine.

After dinner, I went for a stroll around Presque-île and enjoyed visiting the city when it was lit up. Lighting makes a big difference to the appeal of a city, and Lyon is very pretty when it is all lit up:

The below photo collage shows from L-R:

Theatre des Celestins, Hotel de Ville, a view of the Fourvière Basilica and a view of Lyon from the basilica.

This was a short and sweet visit, combined with family/friend events, so I cannot write much more about the city. I will keep visiting it though, so when I go to Lyon next time, I will explore another area!


David said...

Allez Lyon !

Henri V said...

I was just looking at your blog…it’s well done… attractive to look at and pleasant to read.

Edouard Saint said...

Regarding the restaurant Le Sud, although it belongs to Paul Bocuse, in my opinion the brasserie cannot be compared to the main restaurant in Collonges au Mont d'Or in the North of Lyon. The prices are not the same neither... To give a personal opinion of Le Sud, the restaurant is probably a bit expensive compared to what it is and the level of the quality. However, it is a completely acceptable place anyway for a mid-level budget.

Valerie said...

I love your blog!

Mariam said...

I saw your travel blog. It's uber cool!


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