One late Saturday afternoon, a restaurant along rue des Marronniers called à la pêche aux moules served as our pit stop. Eateries in France usually close shop after lunch and resume for supper. At around three past noon (lunch was a tad bit delayed), it was one of the few restaurants still open for business.
This restaurant is situated at the ground floor of an apartment building just like most, if not all, restaurants in Place Bellecour. The cobblestone path along rue des Marronniers adds to the restaurant’s very French ambiance. À la pêche aux moules is named after the traditional French song of the same name (Video below. Have a listen, it’s catchy!), which means ‘fishing for mussels’ in English. They serve mostly seafood, their specialty being mussels of course.
A la pêche aux moules is catchy!
As always, meals in France means you get bread in a basket. I’ve actually grown to love the French baguette, which is what most restaurants serve before your main order. Theirs was a little different from the usual breads served in most restaurants, it was slightly tougher and was sprinkled with sesame seeds which gave it a stronger flavor.
|I <3 French bread
My companion opted to get the three course menu, which is also typical in most restaurants here in France. You get an appetizer, main course, and dessert for a fairly reasonable price. This combination includes the Welcome Salad for the appetizer, Tuna Steak a l’ancienne as the main course, and the St. Marcellin as the last part of the meal.
|3-course menu (€15.90)
St. Marcellin, which he initially thought was dessert, is a kind of cheese that’s considered to be one of the best cheeses from around these parts apparently. It smelled horrible. Is there any truth to what they say that the fouler the smell, the better the cheese? This particular one is definitely an acquired taste.
I forgot to mention that there were sturdy buckets decorated the tables around us, with most guests having one bucket of mussels of different flavors to themselves. I wasn’t sure if my stomach could handle a bucketful of mussels so I had the safer French fish and chips called Half cooked salmon escalope and a creme brulee for dessert.
|Half cooked salmon escalope (€12.90) + Creme Brulee (€5+/-)
I was pretty happy with my choice because the salmon was tender and tasty (I had some doubts because of it being only half cooked, but it worked well) and the side of fries was just what I needed (fries are happy nomz, shh). The creme brulee was sweet, light and perfectly crispy on top (but a little pricey).
Next time, I’m gonna brave it and try the bucket of mussels. Wish me luck!
The melody is now stuck in my head.
A La Peche Aux Moules
Location: 2 Rue des Marronniers, 69002 Lyon
Contact Info: +33 4 78 92 94 24
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