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:
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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"!
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!