Lunch near or at Gare de Lyon
Any good suggestions for a not-too-expensive Saturday lunch at or near Gare de Lyon? I'm meeting friends who are catching a train right after - not picky about type of cuisine - would like to be able to sit down and catch up. They suggested Le Train Bleu, which is out of my price range, so I'd love to have some good alternative suggestions.
My two favorites (Entres Les Vignes & Biche au Bois) are closed weekends but La Gazzetta has a new menu and was quite good at a repeat visit a few weeks ago (it's a bit of a schlep but I came from the G d Lyon with baggage and it wasn't bad.
29, rue de Cotte, 12th, (Metro: Ledru Rollin)
Closed Sunday night and Mondays
Lunch menu 14 €, a la carte 30-60 €
Yup. From my last meal there notes:
5.5 Rino, 46, rue Trousseau in the 11th, 01.48.06.95.85, closed Sundays and Mondays has lunch formulas at 18 and 22, 38 and 50 E at dinner and has gotten rave reviews from everyone, and when my wonderful, charming, baguette-judging, cooking-school-attending, ex-co-host suggested Rino, I was all set.
Our starter (they have a forced menu with only two choices for mains at lunch and much the same principles at night) was a "risotto" of barley with carrots and chopped bulots marinated in wine vinegar (all this explained by the chef when our wonderful, charming, etc., food-lover now turned journalist, inquired.) It was different I'll say that, crunchy and tasty and the best prep of bulots except for my own, but it was different and definitely not your usual mushy risotto.
Then we three diverged on mains:
Madame Colette had the colin (at top) which was superb, Ms. Wonderful, etc., had the grondin (middle pix) which was super (what's the diff?) and I had the ris d'agneau which was quite, quite good; all were dressed with a braised endive half, beets and something else (hummm).
The two desserts we all three shared: top was the crusty/crunchy pastry bottomed apple tarte - very differently good and at the bottom the financiere with orange, etc, also equal to the task.
The coffees were apparently so satisfying to the ladies and myself (real ristretto) that we ordered seconds.
With a bottle and glass of terrific Friuli, 6 coffees, barely passable bread and most enjoyable chats with chef and wait-folk (who got at least an extra mark for pointing out that they knew John Talbott from Passione Gourmet whose judgment has got to be respected because the other French web-link is to Julot: Ze Blog) was 107.00 E for three, ergo 35.66 E pp.
Go? For the fish; this guy is a genius buying and cooking it.