Friday, July 22, 2016
Lunch at L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges, Paul Bocuse’s Iconic Restaurant in Collonges au Mont d’Or, France - Burgundy (and Champagne) 2016 Tour by ombiasy WineTours
Our Lyon visit culminated in lunch at L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges, Paul Bocuse’s iconic restaurant in Collonges au Mont d’Or. This restaurant is a holy grail of classical cooking. Since 1965, it defends its 3 Michelin stars. Paul Bocuse was a chef who pushed boundaries and is still a benchmark for technical perfection in the kitchen.
Paul Bocuse turned 90 earlier this year and is no longer standing in the kitchen himself. Until recently, he used to come to the restaurant to greet his guests, but he no longer does this. We were greeted by Madame Bocuse.
Although Paul Bocuse was not there in person he was clearly there in spirit. Nothing has changed since the days when he stood behind the stove. All the classics of Paul Bocuse are on the menu. We had as fish course the famous Loup en croûte feuilletée sauce Choron; it was cooked and presented probably the same way as it has been for the past 30, 40, 50 years. The only thing that was different from 30, 40, 50 years ago was that Paul was not cooking in the kitchen.
We were guided into the building by Daniel and Said, who both have been working for Paul Bocuse several decades.
Paul Bocuse no longer is in the kitchen. Christophe Muller is the Executive Chef (including the other restaurants of Paul Bocuse) and Gilles Reinhardt is the Chef de Cuisine.
Christophe Muller (from Alsace) took over as Executive Chef in September 2011 (from Christian Bouvarel) after over 20 years in Paul Bocuse's kitchen. Gilles Reinhardt, after haveing worked in the kitchen of Paul Bocuse before, was rehired as Sous-Chef in 2000.
During the dinner I had a chance to sneak into the kitchen.
Madame Raymonde Bocuse Welcomed us
Until not too long ago, Paul Bocuse would welcome his guests. Now, it is done by his wife Raymonde, who also turned 90 earlier this year.
You can eat a la carte or choose between 3 menus: Le menu Classique (Euro 165), Le menu Bourgeois (Euro 225)and Le menu Grande Tradition (Euro 265. Annette had ordered for us the MENU CLASSIQUE and chosen the courses. A la carte, our first course was Euro 55, the fish course Euro 75, the cheese course Euro 35 and the dessert also Euro 35.
MENU CLASSIQUE (Euro 165)
Dodine de canard à l’ancienne pistachée et foie gras de canard maison
Loup en croûte feuilletée sauce Choron
Sélection de fromages frais et affinés «Mère Richard»
Délices et gourmandises
Baba au rhum "Tradition"
Oeufs à la neige Grand Mère Bocuse
Salade de fruits frais
Tarte sablée aux fruits frais de saison
Coupe de fruits rouges beaujolaise
Crème brûlée à la cassonade Sirio
Entremets de saison
Gâtea u Président Maurice Bernachon
Glaces et sorbets maison
Petits fours, mignardises et chocolats
Choosing the Wines
Greetings from the Kitchen
First Course: Dodine de Canard à l’Ancienne Pistachée et Foie Gras de Canard Maison
Main Course: Loup en Croûte Feuilletée Sauce Choron
Cheese Course: Sélection de Fromages Frais et Affinés «Mère Richard»
Petits fours, mignardises et chocolats
What a memorable meal! Thanks very much Paul Bocuse.
Postings: Burgundy (and Champagne) 2016 Tour by ombiasy WineTours: From Lyon to Reims - Wine, Food, Culture and History (Published and Forthcoming Postings)
Burgundy (and Champagne) 2016 Tour by ombiasy WineTours: From Lyon to Reims - Wine, Food, Culture and History
Dinner at a Bouchon - Chez Paul - in Lyon: Schiller’s Favorite Bouchons in Lyon, France
Introduction to the Burgundy Wine Region at Antic Wine in Lyon with Flying Sommelier Georges Dos Santos - Burgundy (and Champagne) 2016 Tour by ombiasy WineTours
Lunch at the Iconic L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges, Paul Bocuse’s Restaurant in Collonges-au-Mont d’Or
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