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Review of Chez Paul

Chez Paul
Ranked #190 of 3,709 Restaurants in Lyon
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Terreaux - Bat D'argent
Description: Le restaurant comporte deux salles avec possibilite de privatisation pour les groupes (55 et 70 personnes) avec des formules speciales.
Reviewed 29 April 2018

Crammed into a tiny space with a waiter who doesn't take prisoners and cosmopolitan diners on every side. The wine flows and suddenly you are talking to total strangers as you share 7-8 starters including trotters and muzzle...Despite the fact that BUCHON is delicious, don't eat too much at first or you will be unprepared for the main courses which are huge and meaty. After that there is cheese and then pureed apple, vast juicy prunes and creme caramel. Altogether an experience of Lyon that I am very glad I have had..

Thank barbaraharrisswhite
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Reviewed 15 March 2018

We found ourselves sitting in Chez Paul only because two restaurants nearby which caught our eye were fully booked - a word to the wise here, we thought there would be no need to reserve on a Tuesday night in March and we turned up at start of service, but that's obviously not the case.
There were only two diners seated when we arrived but we were plonked down next to them - loading the restaurant in this way is obviously part of the tradition, not least because it allows the big bowls of mixed starters to be shared among four people (or more) at once rather than two.
This shoulder to shoulder experience and the lack of multilingual service have been taken to task by other reviewers but I found it refreshing - this was the only place where I've eaten across half a dozen countries in the past year or so where the waiting staff didn't pretty quickly offer a menu in English and shortlist my attempts to show willing in the native tongue. I'm sure if you were really struggling they'd step up but there's no hand-holding, they assume you know what you're on about and let you get on with it.
That could be problematic if you don't know your way around a menu in French, but the only crunch choice is the main course as starters are communal and so are desserts.
Some of those starter options are very much acquired tastes and I don't think I will be seeking out what I think was some sort of cow heel salad any time soon, but the beetroot was delicious, the potato salad scored too and there were lentils and pulses as well as cold meats and fish.
Not much in the way of vegetarian options on the main courses - and the menu we saw was heavy on the cuts of meat that other restaurants fear to serve. Pommes vapeurs or macaroni cheese come on the side.
The cheese course is frankly a bit odd - either a chunk of local cheese, a bowl of garlicky herby stuff or a serving of soft cheese to which our French tablemates added copious amounts of granulated sugar which was then topped with whipped cream.
For dessert, pick from sharp fruit compote, giant creme caramel and prunes in red wine, and if you like them all have them all, and as much as you like.
A variety of wines is on offer in the traditional pots - 46cl carafes.
Within half an hour the place was rammed, the atmosphere was happy and buzzy and it was clear that everyone was there for a good time and a solid feed.
Our first choice restaurant around the corner was much more refined but would probably have been a little heavier on the pocket, and certainly would not have been as much fun.

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2  Thank John F
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Reviewed 14 March 2018

My husband and I stumbled upon Chez Paul’s by accident and we are so glad we did. An Authentic Bouchon. The food and service was amazing. It was so hard not to eat too much of the family style salads before our lunch because they were all so good! Don’t pass this up.

Thank Lisa T
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Reviewed 6 February 2018

This is probably what comes closest to fast food in the 18th century .. a living room atmosphere, shared dishes for starters and desserts, and wholesome local food, well prepared, throughout. It combines culinary pleasures with social adventure, rubbing shoulders with your neighbour. The pig is king here, and the menu is overwhelmingly pork-based. Kosher and halal practising individuals abstain! Next time in Lyon we'll go back to Chez Paul!

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Thank robert_bos53
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Reviewed 19 January 2018 via mobile

salads and desserts are all you can eat and food is very good. nice atmosphere, with people talking happily, and good for going solo as you sit with strangers. it has the simplicity all bouchons must have, and you can eat 4 dishes for 21 euros

Thank isabellaaparicio
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