Mr. Higgins restaurant-Lyon
- Withnail42 Apr 13, 2008 05:04 AM
I read a book about this restaurant a while back.
I thought it would be interesting to go when I am there in May. But I don't know if this place is still open. Not sure even what part of town it is in.
Anyone have any info on the place?
I'm no authority, but I have been to Lyon 6 times in the past 12 years and have never heard of it.
A google search produced this info: <The restaurant is Mr. Higgins in the Croix Rousse district in Lyon. I've never been there. ...> I don't know how old that comment is, but at least it gives an idea of where it was, if it's no longer there. I imagine the locals could help you. I've traveled round the Croux Rousse, and no one's ever mentioned it, nor did I see it.
I can suggest a lot of great bistros I think you'd enjoy in Lyon, tho...
Okay. I DID see it and make some comments. Have you been there before? Don't forget Bernachon. Maybe the very best chocolate in all of Europe. It's on the Blvd Franklin Roosevelt. off the beaten tourist path, for sure, but more than worth the trip there.
and the cheese stall of Renée Richard at the covered Les Halles market behind the Part-Dieu train station. Her cheeses are among the best in Europe, and definitely the best in the region.
Tom Higgins, from the U.K., owned a restaurant in Lyon specializing in British food, and he wrote a book about it, in the 1990s I think. In England the title of the book was Plat du Jour, and when it was published in the US, it was called Spotted Dick S.V.P. (it is a wonderful fish-out-of-water story). I Googled him today and could not find any mention of his restaurant, alas. I would love to know if he is still in the region.
re: henri cat
I'm heading to Lyon in two weeks and plan to look this place up (having read the book and been quite amused by it).
The address is:
16 Rue Dumenge
...and as of a couple of years ago, it was still in business because I got the address from a college student who used to work there. We'll see if it is still there!
Tom Higgins shut down Mister Higgins and Monsieur Machin a few years back. He, his wife and children still live in Lyons, although no longer above the restaurant. He is now head of Public Relations for the International Labour Organisation and commutes between Lyons and Geneva.
In his heart he is still a chef. Regrettably for his patrons, his pocket won this particular debate.
I frequently bump into people in and around Toulouse who recall sitting down for brunch at Mister Higgins on a regular basis. They universally speak whistfully of the experience.
hope this helps
(Tom Higgins's nephew)
Thanks so much for the up date. I am hoping to be in Lyon in the fall and was looking forward to dining there. Sorry to hear it has closed. I am not familiar with Mr. Machin. Was that in Lyon as well?
Please give my best to your uncle and tell him I enjoyed his. book.
— about a year ago we sent a greeting card to Mister Higgins restaurant in Lyon. The French postal authority returned the card with a notation "unknown". We then did some searching on the Internet to find a business located on the same street as Mister Higgins and nearby the restaurant address. We found such a business and sent an email asking if Mister Higgins were still in business. We got no reply. Our message was in French (translated on the Internet) — and guessing that our first message was uninteligible, we tried again with a similar message, in French. We got a reply that Mister Higgins was no longer in business, but nothing more. We tried to find some explanation and/or the whereabouts of Tom Higgins and wife Sue, but no cigar. We wish we knew where to turn next. All the best, Esaitch