Christian Tetedoie Restaurant, Lyon

Oh my, what a treat! I’d been wanting to visit the 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!

Under The Musée des Confluences, Lyon
Under The Musée des Confluences, Lyon

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 Musée des Confluences
The Musée des Confluences

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.

The ferris wheel in Place Bellecour
The ferris wheel in Place Bellecour

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 Tetedoie restaurant is just breathtaking.

Views over the city of Lyon from the dining room at Tatedoie
Views over the city of Lyon from the dining room at Tetedoie

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.

Pink champagne apero and delicious amuse bouche
Pink champagne apero and delicious amuse bouche

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.

Daurade Royale - filet facon gravlax & noisettes. Declinaison autour du chou-fleur
Daurade Royale – filet facon gravlax & noisettes. Declinaison autour du chou-fleur

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.
Followed by…

Sanglier - Cuissot mariné & braisé, oignons grelots, pommes reinette
Sanglier – Cuissot mariné & braisé, oignons grelots, pommes reinette

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 - Filet rôti, mouselline de pak choï, salpicon de mangue & emulsion à la sauge
Lieu Jaune – Filet rôti, mouselline de pak choï, salpicon de mangue & emulsion à la sauge

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.

Dessert - Pistache & Agrumes, sablé amande, cremeux pistache, supreme d'agrumes & sorbet pamplemousse vanille
Dessert – Pistache & Agrumes, sablé amande, cremeux pistache, supreme d’agrumes & sorbet pamplemousse vanille

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!

Petits Fours at Tetedoie
Petits Fours at Tetedoie

I would definitely recommend visiting 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.

Meeting Christian Tetedoie
Meeting Christian Tetedoie

I booked and enjoyed lunch at my own expense and this is my opinion of my personal experiences at 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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Hôtel de Ville - Lyon
Hôtel de Ville – Lyon
Decorations in Bellecour, Lyon
Decorations in Bellecour, Lyon
Looking over to the Basilique de Fourvière with the law courts in front on the bank of the river Saône
Looking over to the Basilique de Fourvière with the law courts in front on the bank of the river Saône
On the way to the law courts - Lyon
On the way to the law courts – Lyon
Palais de Justice - The Law Courts of Lyon
Palais de Justice – The Law Courts of Lyon

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