NileGuide Expert Says:
If you're looking for friendly 'bouchon' banter and the best 'quenelle' in the area,look no further than Café du Soleil.
2 rue St-Georges
69005 Lyon, France
tel: +33 4 7837 6002
Mon to Sun from 10:00 - 14:00 and 18:30 to midnight. Closed on Sunday evening
NileGuide Expert tip:
Saint Jean metro station, on line D, is the closest underground link to Café du Soleil (about fve minutes walking). Leaving the station, turn left on to Rue du Doyenné, which leads to Rue Saint Georges.
Café du Soleil is situated on the historic Rue Saint George
in a quieter area of the UNESCO World Heritage zone. Having resided on the premises for over a hundred years, this established Lyonnaise bouchon is proud of its heritage, and is equally proud that the Café du Soleil kitchen supplies most local restaurants with the Lyonnaise speciality 'quenelle' (pike dumpling).
In true bouchon style, the interior of Café du Soleil is characterised by homey intimate surrounding. Be ready to have a conversation with your neighbour, as the tables are grouped together in a fashion that promotes a collective dining experience. Adding to the collective dining experience, the staff at Café du Soleil tend to float from table to table, sharing jokes and good humour, while treating all diners as guests in their home. The atmosphere is full of jovial banter; don't ask for an English menu if you don't want to be heckled (in a friendly way), but do ask the accommodating waiters to help you if you're unsure of the menu.
The menu at Café du Soleil consists of Lyonnaise specialities including the prized 'quenelle
', Lyonnaise tripe, terrine de foie gra
(liver of duck or goose that has been specially fattened), poulet au vinaigre
(chicken in vinegar) and Lyonnaise salade
, to name a few choices from the menu. The restaurant offers a selection from three set menus priced at 23 and 32 euros for three courses and a 'menu quenelle
', which is priced at 19 euros. House wines include the regional Cote du Rhone and a selection from other regional vintages. In addition to wines, the restaurant has a wide selection of aperitifs and digestives.