Monday, December 24, 2018

Monday 24 December - Lunch at Le Train Bleu

We decided to have our celebratory meal at Le Train Bleu in the Gare de Lyon.  The room is amazing and the staff is proud of the restoration that has been carried out.

Everywhere we looked there was something interesting to remark upon - both walls and ceiling. These pictures were taken from our table.

We decided to go for broke and have the Train Bleu Menu which is a gourmet tasting menu. It looked to be a lot but the server assured us that the portions were quite small.  We started with a glass of champagne and switched to a Pomerol for the meat course.

Saumon d’Ecosse mi-fumé « maison »
Tartare de betteraves et Granny Smith, crème de raifort

Marbré de foie gras de canard, magret fumé et artichauts
Velours d’artichauts, éclats de noisettes torréfiés

Filets de Sole « bonne femme »
Moules, coquillages et racines d’automne

Éclats de citron de Menton confits, granité citron

Médaillon de veau Foyot, jus de veau acidulé
Fricassée de girolles et choux de Bruxelles, éclats de châtaigne de l’Ardèche

Fromages affinés de nos régions

Baba bouchon au rhum
Punch aux agrumes « maison », crème Chantilly
They left the decenter of rum with us in case we needed more for the Baba but we found it wasn't necessary.
The meal was well prepared and well presented and each course was excellent. The veal was nicely pink and we came away full but not over full. A memorable meal and well worth the price.

An American couple, mother and daughter, were at the table next to ours. The mother is here for three years and they have been exploring Paris in the way that we like. They fine there are lots of interesting aspects once you can get away from the tourists.

After our meal we walked along the rue de Bercy to Bercy Village then took line 14 back to St-Lazare and then line 3 to Villiers.


  1. Hi Colin -

    The room looks really good - I still remember my meal there back in 1992. You didn't memtion it but the prices, even then, were astronomical, though for a once in a lifetime meal and belle epoque experience, it was great.

    Merry Christmas and Best for the coming year,


    1. Thanks Doug, I first went here in 1973-4 and then rode the head end to Dijon - this was pre-TGV. The prices today are high but pretty good value compared with other tasting menus at this time of year.