The place is incredibly beautiful! These photos speak for themselves!
The paintings on the walls and ceilings attest of the history of the site and are the result of the work of famous painters who did a magnificent job. So going there is not only about food!
Another particularity of the restaurant is polo the cat.
According to a wait staff, the cat came one day and never left. You see him wandering around the restaurant quietly, without bothering at all the customers and not begging at all. I guess that he is probably well fed there!
I started off with foie gras.
For the main dish, Jodi ordered the grilled filet of beef, served with Béarnaise sauce, mashed potatoes with fresh Tomme cheese.
This was very good! The meat had a nice sear and was very tender. The mash potatoes were to die for! Very creamy and cheesy.
On my side, I ordered the Piece of beef of Salers that is a highly graded steak.
It had a delicious wine sauce and was served with a fabulous gratin dauphinois (potatoes au gratin). The meat was also very tender, but I would have liked it a bit more cooked.
I also tried the Scorpion fish (rascasse) and white flesh of scallops à la plancha, creamy shellfish risotto, cuttlefish ink dressing.
This dish was incredible! I did not have Scorpion fish for years and I have to say that this was very good! Silky and flaky. Each of the components of the dish gave another dimension to the dish: the risotto was so creamy and hearty and the scallops perfectly cooked. There was definitely an explosion of flavors that made me regret to have picked steak instead of this remarkable dish.
Then came the time for dessert. I ordered their Baba au rhum that I tried few years ago.
Baba au rhum is a yeast cake that is saturated with rum and served with whipped cream. It all started with this put on the table:
Some rum from Martinique.
Then came the cake. It was a cylinder that they cut into two and they then poured a large amount of rum...
Jodi ordered their lemon and lime tart.
It was served with some homemade meringue cookies. The cake was very buttery and the lemon and lime part was very tasty and creamy, not too sweet that is often an issue with lemon tarts.
I finished the meal with an expresso that served with a meringue cookie and a homemade madeleine.
I can tell you that we were full after this feast! Le train bleu will always be in that special place that is...my stomach...
Enjoy (I surely did)!
Le Train Bleu
Gare de Lyon
1 Place Louis Armand
75012 Paris, France