Monday, May 5, 2008

Lyon; Cafe des federations

Doesn't it look like it came out of a painting? This is Cafe des federations, a traditional Bouchon Lyonnais establishment. "A bouchon is a type of restaurant found in Lyon that serves traditional Lyonnaise cuisine, such as sausages, duck pâté or roast pork". All of this in a friendly and cozy ambiance.
There's no menu, the waitress had each of us pick a main course and a dessert at the end, but for the rest, you are served what there is to eat, just like home.
Pork rinds. Those were... mmmm.... how to put it... not good! Felt like eating salted sand.
Salad. Always excellent anywhere we went in France. I used to think that freshness was the key but there is more to it. Attitude is everything: the French will refuse to buy, serve or eat lettuce that is not fresh.
Rosette de Lyon (Cured pork sausage), lentils.

A bottle of Federations' table wine... cheap cheap cheap, yet very drinkable. Same attitude here; if not good, why drink it?

Oeuf en meurette (Red-wine poached egg). The egg yoke runs and mixes with the wine, very tasty.

Terrine de Sanglier (Wild boar)

Although there is no menu, the list of entrees is substantial. After having asked our waitress to repeat three times, she figured it would be better to write it down for us on the paper tablecloth.

Andouillettes aux deux moutardes (we're close to Dijon, all the sauces had mustard in them)

Vinegar chicken

Gateau foie de volailles

Various cheeses and, in the little white cup, Tue-Mouche (the 'fly-killer', a blend of all the other cheese, marinated. Disgusting. One of the very rare occasion when I disliked cheese, if we can call this concoction a cheese)

Pear tart, Orange salad and Cassis sherbet

Mmmmm.... avoid the washrooms if you can!