Don’t you just love it when you’re expecting nothing and your meal ends up being quite good. This is exactly what happened with Le Garage. Starving after a four hour drive to Lyon (apparently a millimeter of snow is enough to shut down a Parisian airport), Antonio and I needed a place to eat. Le Garage was the closest restaurant in our area that was open. We felt this was merit enough to try it.
The restaurant has interesting decor. It is in an old 1930′s deco building that ties into the Grand Hotel Mercure Saxe Lafayette. At first I thought it was kind of cheesy, but the longer I sat there, the more I enjoyed the decor.
Our server came by (he spoke English…but I tried my best to speak French) and we ordered a 1/2 bottle of Trenel Macon-Villages (every restaurant should offer 1/2 bottles). It was fairly priced and quite tasty. The stress was starting to melt away.
While the restaurant offers some very attractive “formules” (a.k.a prix fixe menus), it was super late…so both Antonio and I decided to order just one dish each. Antonio opted for the roast veal kidney casserole, with candied shallots in port (that set us back €20.90). Think of small, perfectly cooked bundles of umami in a butter and red wine sauce that was rich, but somehow managed to feel light and elegant. Did I mention a cocotte of shoe string fries? Great dish.
My dish was fried Saint Jacques scallops with vegetables and cream of hazelnuts (€ 23.90). The scallops were perfectly cooked. They were sweet, juicy, and felt great on the teeth. The sauce was everything you love about French food. Butter….butter…cream. The vegetables were a bit overdone for my liking, (I like them to give a challenge to the bite) but still delicious. I’d order this dish again.
Service was prompt, friendly, and professional.
Le Garage is located at 67, Avenue Maréchal de Saxe – 69003 Lyon – Tél. : 04 72 61 29 79 – Fax : 04 72 61 17 54