One of the perks of being in this industry is that you make some great friends with great connections. Upon arriving in France, Chef Claude Godard of Jeanne & Gaston suggested I dine at Chef Olivier Pager’s L’Ame Soeur. Chef Pager is a member of Lyon’s “Les Toques Blanches Lyonnaises” whose focus is to maintain and spread Lyon’s culinary Patrimony. Needless to say I was confident I would have a good meal.
When we first arrived, there were only two tables there. Within minutes of our arrival, the place filled up with locals who clearly knew what they were in for.
The restaurant offers two “Formules” (what we’ve come to call “Prix Fixe”): a truffle menu at €58, and a more modest 3-course at €20 (includes tax & gratuity). Both Antonio and I opted for the €20 tasting since it is still the beginning of our trip…and we don’t want to go broke the first week here.
The restaurant started us off with a lovely surprise; a polenta of asparagus that was simply divine. It was creamy and lush, and I could have eaten twice the portion that was given.
I started off with a risotto of St. Jacques scallops with bacon crispy chips and aged Parmesan. There was a supplementary cost of 10 extra euros, but it was totally worth it. The scallops were juicy inside, with a nice char & crunch on the outside. The risotto was not as rich as one would expect, which worked out beautifully.
Antonio ordered the warm soup of vegetables flavored with duck, whipped orange flower and mashed green olives. It was certainly not what he was expecting, it was much lighter in mouth feel…think of a consomme and a foam. It was a nice interpretation on the flavors.
My main course was steamed cod steak on the skin, stewed turnips round the lemon peel, and white butter. The turnips were unexpected and had a lovely flavor. The cod was beautifully prepared and the dish was both decadent and light.
Antonio’s Limousin lamb chops were the best dish in the evening. Perfectly cooked lamb chops, pink in the middle and juicy. As much as I enjoyed my fish, I wish I would have ordered this dish. Superb.
For dessert, we both ordered the cheese plates. Holey Amazing Cheeses! We were already full, but managed to make room for all the cheeses on the plate.
Overall, I would return to L’Ame Soeur. The service was pleasant, the food was delicious, and the restaurant is a great value (Lyon is not the cheapest city to dine in).
L’Ame Soeur is located at 209, rue Duguesclin 69003 Lyon (in the Part Dieu neighborhood, near the Palais de Justice). You can take the T1 tram to get there.
The restaurant is open from noon to 2 & 7:30p-10pm.