As huge as a railway station, this Art Deco restaurant feels utterly authentic- if you could reduce the elements of the perfect French brasserie down to its very essence, this would be what was left. Red leather banquettes, white linen cloths, vast mirrors and potted palms provide the stage for fleets of penguin-liveried waiters, sweeping between the endless rows of tables bearing classic Lyonnaise food - lentil salad, foie gras, onion soup, marrow bone, pistou - and there is an English menu. No music is needed, just a rolling river of conversation below the clashing plates, tinkling cutlery, popping corks and tuneless outbreaks of ‘Bonne Anniversaire’ – locals come for celebrations, as much as businesspeople meet for relaxed discussions, lovers hide from the world, families come to avoid cooking and tourists come to gaze in delight- Brasserie George is the French restaurant you imagine, the one that all future brasseries will be measured by- and perhaps found wanting.
In the Mood
The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Bocuse in Your Kitchen: Simple French Recipes for the Home Chef - Paul Bocuse
Bouchons : Brasseries & Restaurants Lyonnais [French] - Matthieu Flory.
The Unbearable Lightness Of Being- (partly filmed in Lyon)
The Essential Jean Michel Jarre (from Lyon)
Short Stories - Franck Avitabile (from Lyon)