Restaurant L’Alexandrin, Lyon

Every time I go to Lyon I love to try a new restaurant and as there are so many I’m never going to run out of great dining experiences in this gastronomic capital of France. So my lunch choice on a recent trip was L’Alexandrin. Very conveniently situated close to The Halles de Lyon-Paul Bocuse, another must visit place when in Lyon. The Halles de Lyon is a huge covered market offering every kind of food you can imagine. Many local delicacies from Lyon but also foods from all over France.

Chef Laurent Rigal

The Chef Laurent Rigal has been at L’Alexandrin since 1997, he bought the restaurant in 2007 and gained his first Michelin Star in 2008.

Chef Laurent Rigal - photo taken from the L'Alexandrin website
Chef Laurent Rigal – photo taken from the L’Alexandrin website

Laurent Rigal is originally from Clermont-Ferrand and the son of a great cook. He began his career with a pre-apprenticeship at the age of 13. At just 21 he took over the management of a restaurant in Royat, and later became a chef at Clavé at Clermont.

The turning point of his career was his meeting with Paul Bocuse who convinced him to practice his talent in the kitchens of L’Alexandrin in 1997. Laurent Rigal bought the restaurant in 2007 and obtained his first Michelin star in 2008.

Amuse Bouche at L'Alexandrin, Lyon
Amuse Bouche at L’Alexandrin, Lyon

Formules Affaire

So for lunch, we ate from the Formules Affaires menu – This menu is available at lunchtimes only from Tuesday to Friday. It is really good value at €38 per head and a great way to first try a Michelin Starred restaurant.

The amuse bouche flavours were wonderful, a great start for lunch. Five taster dishes – Lentil salad with a small sausage meat and mustard ball, Avocado and st Marcelin foam, Cèpes cappuccino with hazelnuts, Pumpkin soup and Mango with gambas and a foam topping.

The lunch dishes were beautifully presented and delicious and the service was excellent, with all the dishes described perfectly. The dessert ‘Le Chocolat’ was a chocolate and orange flavour delight and just in case we needed a few more mouthfuls of deliciousness the gourmandises served with coffee were a perfect end to a great lunch!

Le Chocolat - Madelienes au chocolat 'Guanaje' marmelade, d'oranges confites au Grand Marnier at L'Alexandrin,Lyon
Le Chocolat – Madelienes au chocolat ‘Guanaje’ marmelade, d’oranges confites au Grand Marnier at L’Alexandrin, Lyon

In 2017 La Gault & Millau awarded Laurent Rigal the Trophee Terroir d’exception and for the fourth year running they have kept their well-earned Michelin Star.

83 rue Moncey – 69003 Lyon
OPEN: Tuesday – Saturday

Tel: 04 72 61 15 69
Visit their website

I visited Restaurant L’Alexandrin at my own expense and these are my personal views on my dining experiences.

If you are visiting Lyon,
click here for a few other Lyon restaurants I’ve visited.

In the Place Bellecour the largest square in Lyon and one of the largest open pedestrianised squares in Europe, we enjoyed a ride on the Ferris Wheel and the amazing views over Lyon. Place Bellecour is surrounded by beautiful buildings and in the centre of the square is a statue of King Louis XIV.

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