La Mère Jean

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#345 of 5849 places to eat in Lyon
ClosedOpens at 12:00
French
$$$$ Average price: 11-20 €
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5 Rue des Marronniers
Lyon, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
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After a walk around Rue des Marronniers, many visitors stop by this restaurant. At La Mère Jean, you will be offered French cuisine. This place is to be recommended for tasty veal, lentil salads and quenelle. Good parfait, chocolate fondant and praline can make a great impression on you. Drink the delicious port wine, white wine or cordial served here. This spot will offer you great juice, apple tea or white tea.

The cozy atmosphere of this restaurant allows visitors to relax after a hard working day. The terrific staff works hard, stays positive and makes this place wonderful. The fabulous service is something these restaurateurs care about. Pay average prices for eating at La Mère Jean. It is known as a place with fancy decor. This place was rated on TripAdvisor, it got 4.5.

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we found the food mediocre and unexciting in general.  the best dish we had was the quenelle.  the lyonnaise salad was just so so and the desserts were just sweet.  sadly disappointed after reading all the great reviews.  the restaurant itself was cute and cozy and the waitresses were wonderfully friendly and gave great service!!
We were a group of 6 spending a night in Lyon looking for some traditional fair at a reasonable price point.  None of us eat the traditional Lyonaise food of innards.  Search narrowed down to three locations and we settled on La Mere Jean. A friendly staff named Georgia took the time to translate every item on the French menu for us six in English.  I can only speak for the dishes in had tried.  The Lyonaise  salad was very tasty, the bacon was thick diced pieces  crispy and melt in your mouth.  You can't be afraid of a bit of fat as it's what makes it so good. I had the cold appetizer mix plate of meat and lentils.  I felt it was to unlock your senses with different types of texture pleasure in the mouth than going for a flavour palette.  The Quenelle was my main.  It was an absolute unique delight with the fluffy and spongy texture smoothered with the seafood cream sauce with potato gratin.  It's a rich heavy dish and hits you when you least expect it.  Tried a piece of marinated fish that was also a suprise to the pallette.  The texture and flavour was like smoked ham than eating fish and very tasty.     Dessert was the traditional red praline tart.  My mind kept getting fooled with it being red but it's not cherry, not strawberry, just sweet praline.  All paired with a Cote du Rhone wine. It is one of those meals you have long memories of as it's so different to N.A. dishes. All in all our group was very happy to have tried the food, appreciate the reviews/photos and most of all thank the friendly staff at la Mere Jean to make it a wonderful experience as we had no idea what we were going eat in Lyon but wanted  something local.
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It was a misty December night in Place Bellecour, the top of the brilliantly lit blue Ferris wheel that dominates the square barely visible beneath the low-lying cloud cover. I was thinking about our meal just a few nights before just around the corner on Rue Marroniers and how good it was, but little did I know that the dinner waiting just ahead was going to be even better. It is no wonder that Lyon is the culinary capital of France, if not the World. We visited Le Mère Jean, which translates to "The Mother Jean", on our first night in Lyon, a damp, chilly Saturday night, but she was fully booked - "Complet" - so we reserved a table for the following Monday at 7pm. The proprietor, Jean perhaps, recommended Les Comptoirs de Marroniers just down the cobblestone covered road, having learned to cook there as we were told. They were kind enough to make room for us based on her thoughtful recommendation and the subsequent meal was outrageous, a Lyonnaise four-course meal that blew my socks off for just €36, but that my friends is another story altogether. Le Mere Jean is a small place in an old building, long and narrow, seating only 20-25 diners in a rustic dining room with a tiny kitchen at the back. That small kitchen produced a lot of chow, very good chow, generating a fair amount of heat in the process. A tad warmer than we would have desired, particularly because we were dressed for winter, we quickly acclimated in order to focus on the task at hand. A three-course dinner was waiting for my wife (from the €16 menu) and I (the €19.50 menu) with a 50cl bottle of Cote du Rhone setting us back a mere (no pun intended) €12, a pittance comparatively speaking. Our first course, or "entrée" as it referred to here, was the Salade Lyonnaise, a huge bowl of fresh, seasonal greens topped with chunks of hot, salty bacon, homemade croutons galore, and two perfectly cooked poached eggs sitting on top. There was more than enough for the two of us and was absolutely wonderful, a recipe I shall incorporate into my own repertoire when we finally get back home. For our second course, or "plat", my wife decided on the Chicken Fricasee, large chunks of de-boned chicken breast in a cream sauce that was both rich and flavorful. The Onglet de Bœuf Poêlè Sauce St Marcellin, a steak in a savory cheese sauce, was my choice, accompanied by potatoes Lyonnaise which are very similar to what many have come to know as potatoes au gratin. The steak was of a reasonable portion, about eight to ten ounces (500g), tender, and perfectly cooked to medium on the inside with just the right amount of char out. The cheese sauce that enveloped it was made from the local St Marcellin cheese, a savory, gooey concoction only the French could devise ... MERCI BEAUCOUP! For our third and final course, dessert, my wife had the local favorite, a praline tart. Lyon is famous for their pralines, a pink candy-coated almond I have only seen here. They make a variety of desserts with them, including a praline brioche and, in this case, a crispy, baked pastry filled with a praline cream that resembled a small strawberry pie ... YUM! I had a warm chocolate cake surrounded by a sweet cream that was rich and delicious. An incredible dinner for two, both three-course meals, and a bottle of wine set us back just $65, the best $65 I have spent in a long, long time. I am sure that I will fondly reminisce about my many superb meals while visiting Lyon, but this was one that I will not soon forget ... HOOAH! CombatCritic Gives Mère de Jean 10 Bombs Out Of 10 And A Spot On My WALL OF FAME ... More Bombs Are Better! Ten Bombs Equates To: "HOOAH!" Translation for Civilians: HOOAH!: "Phonetic spelling of the acronym HUA, which stands for 'Heard Understood Acknowledged.' Originally used by the British in the late 1800's in Afghanistan. More recently adopted by the United States Army to indicate an affirmative or a pleased response." - Urban Dictionary "The U.S. Air Force stole 'HOOAH' from the Army because we were part of the Army until 1947 and rather than waste a bunch of time coming up with something new and unique like "ROO-YAH" or "HAL-A-LOO-YAH", we said 'to heck with it, let's go with HOOAH' ... thanks Army ... HOOAH!" - CombatCritic
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Address
5 Rue des Marronniers, Lyon, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
Features
Outdoor seating Booking Сredit cards accepted No Wi-Fi No takeaway Parking No TV
Opening hours
SundaySun Closed
MondayMon 12:00-14:00, 19:00-23:00
TuesdayTue 12:00-14:00, 19:00-22:00
WednesdayWed 12:00-14:00, 19:00-22:00
ThursdayThu 12:00-14:00, 19:00-22:00
FridayFri 12:00-14:00, 19:00-22:00
SaturdaySat 12:00-14:00, 19:00-22:00

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