Oh my, what a treat! I’d been wanting to visit the Christian Tetedoie gastronomique restaurant in Lyon for some time and was lucky enough to go for my Wedding Anniversary recently. Not only am I always happy just to be in Lyon but to enjoy a great lunch, looking at the stunning views of the city and to meet the man himself – what a day!
It started as a rainy day in Lyon but fun to wander under the Musée des Confluences where the Rhône and Saône rivers meet. The monumental museum’s contemporary architecture is amazing, it is referred to as the crystal cloud, made of glass, concrete and stainless steel. The architectural design was created by Coop Himmelb(l)au an architect design firm in Vienna, Austria. It has stood majestically at the confluence of the rivers since 2014 and adds to the already impressive cultural landscape of Lyon.
The 3000 square metre museum is a must see on a visit to Lyon and houses a permanent exhibition made up of 4 distinct exhibitions following the great story of human adventure, from natural sciences, species, the big bang, mythical stories, cultural contexts and civilisations to eternities and visions of beyond. The temporary exhibition halls change regularly – full details of the museums cultural season can be found by clicking here
And on the way to lunch, wandering through the impressive Place Bellecour, classified as the third largest square in France, the ferris wheel dominated the scene.
Taking the Montée du Chemin Neuf up to Vieux Lyon in the 5th Arondissement, the views as you climb are spectacular, but the view that awaits you at the Christian Tetedoie restaurant is just breathtaking.
The restaurant is so light with a huge panoramic window overlooking the entire city and beyond. This is a view I will never forget. The restaurant is in a modern contemporary style with some fabulous artwork and furnishings.
We were served by a charming waiter, the service was excellent and unobtrusive, allowing you time to enjoy the whole experience. We chose the menu du Déjeuner including a glass of wine and coffee, which priced at €47 represents great value.
Our entrée was Daurade, in English Bream served gravlax style with nuts and cauliflower three ways. This had a very delicate flavour and the cauliflower flavours matched perfectly with the marinaded fish.
There was a choice of 2 main dishes – Boar marinated and braised with pearl onions and pureed russet potatoes, served on a bed of red cabbage and garnished with thyme, lemon zest and grapefruit – a really tasty dish, beautifully cooked and presented.
Lieu Jaune is a meaty white fish known as European Pollock in English, this was served with a mousse of pak choi and diced mango and a sage emulsion – these flavours all together were divine, creating a light and very tasty dish.
Our knowledgeable and equally charming friendly sommelier gave us very good wine recommendations to accompany our dishes.
This was a great and gorgeous looking dessert with many elements: citrus, a creamy pistachio mousse, almond shortbread, clear citrus jelly and a grapefruit and vanilla sorbet.
Time for coffee, beautiful petits fours and a small surprise!
I would definitely recommend visiting Christian Tetedoie, restaurant Gastronomique. He has 2 other restaurants at this venue, both with the stunning views of the city, one is a brasserie style wine bar called Le Phosphore and in the summer an outdoor terrasse restaurant – both of which are on my restaurant ‘to do’ list!
Christian Tetedoie was born in Nantes and comes from a family of market gardeners, which is where his love for good fresh products inspired his interest in cooking. He apprenticed and developed his culinary skills under the guidance of the great Paul Bocuse, Georges Blanc and in the kitchens of the Elysee preparing presidential dishes. He opened his first restaurant in Lyon in 1986 and in 1996 he won the title Meilleur Ouvrier de France and obtained his first Michelin Star in the year 2000. He opened Tetedoie Gastronomique in 2010 where he continues to share his love of food and develop the culinary heritage of France.
I booked and enjoyed lunch at my own expense and this is my opinion of my personal experiences at Christian Tetedoie Gastronomique. After enjoying our leisurely lunch, a walk around Lyon was in order as the skies had cleared and the sun made an appearance.
Here are a few photos of my afternoon in Lyon.
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