Brasserie and bouchon lyonnais: the best places for typical French food
French classes in France will certainly help you read those guides, and looking at the menus will make you salivate for hours.
Many cooks became worldwide stars thanks to their talent, ingenuity and spirit of avant-garde.
Still, in many French plates, most dishes are not inspired by this fancy cooking. Quite the opposite!
Traditional meals are at the very core of what French people eat, when they gather with friends or family.
If you want to experience this feeling of home cooking, the best spots will be a good “brasserie” or a “bouchon lyonnais” if you are in the city of Lyon, not far away from Roanne.
Nothing very fancy and no ten words long dish on the menu. Things a pretty straightforward: a sausage is a sausage, a salad is a salad, a beef burgundy is just a beef burgundy.
Forget about those fancy restaurants where you will eat just three bites and empty your bank account at the same time.
In a brasserie, portions a generous, and greed is left at the doorstep.
And let’s not forget about the atmosphere, the noise of forks and knives clattering, the conversations of friends and working colleagues that just have an hour to have lunch… and that will finally stay at the table for much longer.
For a starter, what about a plate of “charcuterie”, with some ham, sausages and small pickles? And why not some smoked salmon?
Feeling hungry? We will certainly recommend an “andouillette”, or if you feel less adventurous, the classic “steak frites”.
All you need with this is a glass of wine. You don’t need to go fancy on it, the server will recommend a good red wine that will do the job.
For dessert, a thin crust apple pie or the fluffy “île flottante”.
Check out on the internet for the best spots and go for it, you will not regret it, and this will certainly give you some idea for your next French cooking lesson.