La Mère Jean

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#345 of 5849 places to eat in Lyon
Closes soon: 14:00Reopens 19:00
French
$$$$ Average price: 11-20 €
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5 Rue des Marronniers
Lyon, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
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Rue des Marronniers is worth visiting after tasty meals at this restaurant. French cuisine will be what you are offered to degust at La Mère Jean. Nicely cooked veal, lentil salads and quenelle might be what you need. To taste good parfait, chocolate fondant and praline is a really good idea. Delicious port wine, white wine or cordial will make your meal even more delicious and you'll certainly come back. Great juice, apple tea or white tea are the best drinks of this place.

The warm atmosphere of this spot makes customers feel relaxed and have a nice time. The cool staff welcomes guests all year round. This restaurant is notable for its fabulous service. Prices here are reported to be affordable. As most visitors notice, La Mère Jean provides the lovely decor. TripAdvisor users marked this place with 4.5 stars, you can check it out.

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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
Traditional food, although not carefully prepared. Many ingredients are not homemade (salad sauce, tomato sauce). Onglet beef cut is very hard and chewy. Boudin noir is ok. Overall not worth the hype.
Local Lyonnaise food. Friendly service. One of the servers had very good English, the other had English about as good as our French, which is barely passable. None-the-less we managed fine and enjoyed a local chicken liver pate entree, a salad Lyonnaise and a quenelle mains, and a almond tart n the most amazing pink color. Lyonnaise food features a lot of organ meats, so be sure you know what you are ordering if you are squeamish. The pate was served with a nice tomato based sauce which completed it nicely. The quenelle was served in a very rich seafood sauce and accompanied by a large portion of Lyonnaise potato's. Very filling. The salad Lyonnaise was a moderate amount of greens buried in fried bread croutons, crispy thick cut bacon, and a couple of lightly poached eggs. The warm eggs and toppings and the cool greens made a tasty and filling combination. We finished up with espresso and an almond tart. It was delicious, but really hard to eat because of the tough crust which was difficult to cut with the small sounds provided. Despite that quibble it was worth the effort it too to eat. The recommended wines by the glass were good and quite reasonable. In fact the whole meal was comparatively cheap at only a little over 50 euros for two.
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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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