Thursday, December 6, 2012

Lyon: The best Saturday Brunch in town

Grilled lamb chops

Roasted king praws with paella rice

Sea scallop/foie grass, white beans and thyme jus

Barramundi fillet with green peas, clams, celery jus and sucrine lettuce

Veal blanquette, macaroni bechamel

Escargot raviole
Mille Feuille

Freshly baked bread and French butter


Classic creme brulle

Baba Rum with chantilly cream

Lyon is a French Restaurant located at Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The place is one of our favourite dining venue when we feel like eating authentic French cuisines. And a fine dining experience will be guaranteed. (Note: we also like Cassis that serves authentic and excellent French cuisine and has 'posh' dining interior).

I and my DH have visited Lyon many times, including for a special event when the restaurant invited a Michelin-starred chef and we had the opportunity to taste his 7-course degustation menu. It was a wonderful experience.

Yet my post here is to share my recent visit to Lyon in late October 2012 to enjoy their famous Saturday Brunch. It was our first time visit to Lyon for a weekend brunch after hearing so many comments about how excellent Lyon's Saturday Brunch menu is.

The brunch was a semi buffet dining. They still provided a long buffet table that served appetizers and some light desserts (cakes and chocolate fondue). But the main dishes were available for us to choose from their quite extensive menu (hence semi-buffet). And they will cook the meal only upon our order! It means that all the dishes served to our table were freshly prepared (like in a la carte dining). And I had to emphasize that it was an 'all you can eat' dining. Yup, we can order as many as we wish for from their menu. Splendid it was! Each of us ordered at least 4-5 different dishes for our main course and 2 dishes for desserts (I ordered the classic creme brule and mille feuille). And before that we also tried their appetizers (including French onion soup) and sampled the vast selection of cheese (they had a special 'cheese room' where we could select our favourite cheese as dining companion or snack).

If I have to choose 2 most favourite main course menu, then it will be the grilled lamb and sea scallop/foie grass.

We really had a fabulous time and spent almost 3hour (arrived 11.30 and left 14.20) for enjoying and sampling the scrumptious cuisine. The atmosphere and service were both so great that we did not feel like spending almost 3hour dining. And it was a full house for Lyon meaning that all tables were fully occupied by guests.

We left the restaurant feeling satisfied, happy and full! Mission accomplished :p

And my bag at that day was Celine Phantom in black croc stamped. Definitely I am still in love with the bag. The bag could stand out nicely and it complimented my casual outfit during that day (sorry, no modelling pic as I simply concentrated too much on my delicious meal)

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