L’Est (Paul Bocuse)
Gare des Brotteaux
+33 (0) 4 37 24 25 26
L’Est is one of Paul Bocuse bistros located as its name in French indicates in the east of Lyon. The restaurant is set in the old Brotteaux train station and has a train themed decor. While the restaurant is relatively confortable, tables are very close to each other and you don’t get much space.
As you could expect, the restaurant was packed on a Friday night. We had to wait and after 20 minutes ended up with a table hidden behind a door. When we were seated, the service was good but relatively slow. The certainly could do with more staff.
As a starter, I had pan fried foie gras. The foie gras, served with cooked apple and mango slices, polenta and a passion fruit sauce was delicious. The combination of foie gras and sweet fruits works extremely well.
As main course, I had red snapper ala plancha. The snapper, grilled the Spanish way, was served with a mix of confit vegetables and a basil tomato sauce. The fish was perfectly cooked and well complemented by the vegetables. The sauce was very flavorful and it was easy to taste the basil.
Value for money: 3.5/5
Around $40, including drinks (mineral water, communard, espresso) and tip. While the service wasn’t great, if you consider the quality of the food and the current strength of the euro, you’re getting very good value for money. I will certainly come back.