Once upon a time in France, I had just moved to an apartment along the street called Fleurieu and noticed a restaurant just a hop, skip, and half a jump away from my doorstep (plus a few flights downstairs). The green sign read “Jardin de Berthe” which I took to mean Berthe’s garden.
I had no idea who Monsieur/Madame Berthe was but the smells coming from his/her kitchen that wafted straight to my windows were just too wonderful to ignore. So I hopped, skipped, and half jumped my way to the predominantly green resturant as soon as possible (about 10 minutes after moving in).
While waiting for the menus, I couldn’t help but notice the servers bringing out plates of gorgeous looking salads one after the other. It looked like everyone couldn’t get enough of Jardin de Berthe’s salads, I couldn’t wait to order mine!
As expected, the menu was filled with salads of all kinds. Also as expected, it took a while to pick which one to order (there were just too many good ones to choose from!). Eventually, our tummies complained quite rudely and we settled on two of the more famous ones on the list.
This pretty salad in picture is the Salade Lyonnaise. This mountain of greens (and reds, oranges, yellows, blues, indigos, violets) mixed generously with toppings was served quite quickly. The traditional salad of Lyon has always been a hit (with me at least), and this one is no different. I think what makes the Lyonnaise salad unique is Dijon mustard, which gives it a tangy flavor that goes perfectly with the bacon. By the way, the salad serving was really large. Did I say it was large?
In this restaurant, the salads are the rock stars. This creamy little number was the front act. But that’s not to belittle the Ravioles du Royans. Not to be confused with the typical Italian ravioli, Ravioles du Royans are very French. These little squares of pasta filled with herbs and cheeses are specialties in the Rhone Alpes in France. They’re creamy (but light) and warm, I’m betting they’ll be fantastic after a cold, dreary day.
The other salad is the Salade Bellecour. Also colorful like the Salade Lyonnaise and large in serving (as well as all the other salads in Jardine de Berthe, I suppose). The Salade Bellecour is named after the main shopping area in Lyon, I’m not sure exactly why. As toppings, it had plenty of ham, emmental cheese cubes, nuts, and a perfectly poached egg to cap it all off.
The €17.90 Menu Berthe meal includes dessert too (sorry, I forgot to take pics), and you can choose from a list of sweets like the creme brulee or the healthier fruit salad. Not too bad a deal for a 3-course meal, I think. Oh, it would be good to point out that although the staff at Jardin de Berthe can barely speak English (what’s new?), they were very nice and welcoming to foreigners.
Jardin de Berthe
Location: 3 Rue Fleurieu, Lyon, France, 69002
Contact Info: +33 4 78 38 24 46
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