Brasserie Georges – Fine Dining, Lyon
Ernest HEMINGWAY Table 10
COLETTE Table 20
Auguste RODIN Table 15
Jules VERNE Table 17
… Just a few of the renowned diners at the ultra-popular Brasserie Georges in Lyon. I can almost see them in one of the handsome booths. I wonder what they ordered.
Brasserie Georges has entertained discerning customers since 1836, with traditional cuisine served in a classic art deco setting. And despite its’ majestic architecture and immense popularity, the brasserie brews beer on the premises and is moderately priced.
I love the way they tell their story… “The Brasserie George has witnessed an Empire, three wars and four republics…. This establishment held by Alsatian brewers from generation to generation knew how to keep their traditions, despite the numerous revolutions which the French table has known since 170 years.” Clearly, not every brasserie can boast such a distinguished lineage!
In 1836 the young Alsatian brewer Georges Hoffherr discovered the exceptional water properties of Lyon and decided to establish a large brasserie on the old marsh of Perrache. Drawn to Lyon by the excellent water, no less than 26 brasseries were in the city at the time.
With changing tasstes and the birth of cinema, the Brasserie decided to reinvent itself around the turn of the century. In 1924, the Brasserie was entirely transformed to pure “ART DECO” style by Bruno Guillermin, a painter from a Lyon art school, whose stucco creations celebrated the harvests of the grape and the hops.
A couple of the “Entrees Chauds” are most appealing –La Célèbre Gratinée au Madère – prepared at your table – Soupe à l’Oignon Gratinée with an egg yolk and Madeira
Ravioles du Dauphiné– Specialty Ravioli from the Dauphiné region in chive cream with ParmesanTo our dismay, we did not discover Brasserie Georges, while in Lyon….but, we did enjoy lunch at l’Est, one of the wonderful Lyon brasseries associated with renowned chef Paul Bocuse.
Located in the elegant former Brotteaux railroad station, the brasserie experience imprinted us with warm memories, exceptional service and such appealing cuisine! While we enjoyed la rôtisserie du jour, genteel servers offered ready, but unobtrusive service; while quaint little trains ran about the brasserie on tracks near the ceiling.
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