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Le Train Bleu - Review - (PAR)

Le Train Bleu - Review - (PAR)

If you are looking for an over-the-top, glam, french dining experience, Le Train Bleu restaurant in the Gare de Lyon fits the bill!   This has to be one of the most stunning dining rooms in the world. I recently had the pleasure of having lunch in this establishment, and here's my review:

The Atmosphere

Le Train Blue Paris - Ceiling - Gare de Lyon  Photo:  Calvin Wood

Le Train Blue Paris - Ceiling - Gare de Lyon  Photo:  Calvin Wood

I couldn't believe my eyes when I first entered this legendary restaurant....it was totally "gasp" worthy. The walls and ceilings are covered (crammed) with paintings, statues, and architectural details.   The elegance and grandeur were almost overwhelming – a super treat!  I was in complete awe as I munched away on hyper-caloric french delicacies.

Reservations

Le Train Blue - Tables - Paris Gare de Lyon   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Le Train Blue - Tables - Paris Gare de Lyon   Photo:  Calvin Wood

I booked my table about a month in advance.  Le Train Bleu has an online booking booking service - which I found easy to use.  The place got packed, so I think it's important to reserve yourself a spot.

The Cuisine

Le Train Blue - Menu - Paris Gare de Lyon   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Le Train Blue - Menu - Paris Gare de Lyon   Photo:  Calvin Wood

A simply amazing meal: I loved the food at Le Train Bleu!  The selection was huge.  I had the prix fix "Arts Menu"- -which featured a glass of wine, an appetizer, a main course and dessert. However, it was honestly too much food to consume right before boarding my 3PM train to Nice!

The "Perfect Egg" Appetizer

The "Perfect Egg" appetizer  - Le Train Blue - Paris   Photo:  Calvin Wood

The "Perfect Egg" appetizer  - Le Train Blue - Paris   Photo:  Calvin Wood

It sounded weird to order an egg dish as an appetizer - but the server highly recommended it - and I was glad she did!  It came with gravy and was heavenly.  I especially loved the presentation! It was definitely something different - and I would order it again.

Quenelles de Brochet - with Lobster Sauce

Quenelles de Brochet - Le Train Blue - Paris    Photo:  Calvin Wood

Quenelles de Brochet - Le Train Blue - Paris    Photo:  Calvin Wood

The waitress did not have to twist my arm on this next dish. As soon as she described it, I knew I wanted it!  Pike (fish) dumplings smothered in lobster sauce and leeks. It's called Quenelles de Brochet – and I'd had the joy of experiencing them on a previous trip to Lyon (where pike is the local dish) and had fallen in love with them back then. I am a huge fan of these delights and the ones from Le Train Bleu did not disappoint.

Rum Baba

Rum Baba - Le Train Blue - Paris  Photo:  Calvin Wood

Rum Baba - Le Train Blue - Paris  Photo:  Calvin Wood

If you are a lover of alcohol laced desserts (who isn't?) -- this is the one for you!  In all honesty, they should market this dish as a cocktail!  The waitress prepared for the arrival of the Rum Baba by placing a huge bottle of Saint James on the table. Once the cake was plated, she poured a copious amount of the rum directly over it! The bottle remained on the table after she left - - just in case I needed "a top up"!

The Verdict

Le Train Blue - Paris Gare de Lyon   Photo: Calvin Wood

Le Train Blue - Paris Gare de Lyon   Photo: Calvin Wood

I will be back!!

Even if Le Train Bleu only served chilli dogs, I'd return. The atmosphere alone is worth the trip!  I felt like I was dining in a palace - - and the gastronomic treasures were spectacular!  

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