I am glad to say that I’ve crossed off another culinary milestone off my list. I’ve finally dined at one of Paul Bocuse’s restaurants. Este é muito muito especial. É o restaurante do Institut Paul Bocuse in Lyon. I am glad to report that it is incredibly delicious and surprisingly a value. Here’s the skinny on the Institute:
The Paul Bocuse Institute
Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, Paul Bocuse is and has been one of the greatest when it comes to fine French cooking. He has maintained Three Michelin Stars for years, e tem uma reputação incomparável. Bocuse e seus restaurantes são o padrão de ouro que todos os outros excelentes chefs franceses e restaurantes medir-se.
Como tal, a notícia de Paul Bocuse abertura de um novo restaurante em conjunto com o famoso Paul Bocuse Institut, é mais do que um pouco emocionante.
This new restaurant will serve as both a teaching and training establishment for promising new chefs. Ele também irá oferece aulas para meros mortais como eu e você que querem brincar de ser estrelas do rock culinárias por um dia.
Yup, eles têm duas cozinhas lindo que vai oferecer aulas para pessoas comuns e se você quiser, você pode alugá-los para eventos corporativos, festas, or a really cool team building event…maybe next year’s FriendsEAT team meetup?
L’Institut has a truly global flavor to it, mas admite apenas os melhores alunos de escolas afiliadas ao redor do mundo, incluindo estudantes do Reino Unido, América, Japão, and more. Há estudantes de mais de 37 countries currently learning and honing their skills at L’Institut.
O resultado é uma mistura agradável da culinária francesa tradicional e ideologia com perspectivas globalizados fresco e novo. Eu posso ver que isso não só vai preservar a cozinha tradicional francesa, but also mix it with the flavors each student brings with him or her.
This multi-layered restaurant features several architectural quirks, including its close proximity to the nearby international hotel and a celebration of transparency. This concept is celebrated and accentuated in several aspects of the establishment’s design; for example, both the main kitchen and pastry kitchen are viewable from the dining room, allowing guests and supervisors alike to watch as these future chefs prepare their dishes. It’s really fun to see them at work and I love (and trust) few things more than an open kitchen.
I know I mentioned that the restaurant was sort of a bargain:
- entradas: €12
- Plats €20
- Cheese or Dessert €8
- Chef’s Choice €25
- 21 cl glass of wine €6.5-9.5
- bottles of wine €29-49
The food was fan-freakin-tastic. Eu tinha oMaigre de l’Atlantique. It was cooked with its skin (which was crispylicious), with a macaroni gratin (can we talk about deliciously decadent) and topped with the most delicious beef sauce. Simply stunning. This was considered a plat so it was 20 Euros.
De sobremesa, I got L’ananas. They were roasted pineapples, with honeyed madeleins and a mango sorbet. Best part about this dessert (besides it tasting delicious) was that I did not feel guilty after eating it. It was decadent, elegante, and light. A total winner.
And if you’re looking to skip Paris (it’s been done before) you can even stay at the hotel adjacent to L’Institut, I checked out the rooms and they are GOOORGEOUS.
l’Institut restaurant-école & L’École de Cuisine de l’Institut Paul Bocuse is located at 20, Praça Bellecour – 69002 LYON (France) +33 (0)4 78 37 23 02