By now you all know that I if I loved food more I would be a food-aholic. Some may call it a sickness but I call it love. It’s the reason I enjoy cooking. I also use food to remember places and specific events. In fact, at dinner on Tuesday night D and I were talking about one of our first visits to Paris together and that he wants to take me to a restaurant we had visited on one of those early trips. He described the area, where we went, what we saw. It was a total blank. The obvious question was “what did we eat?”
Eating is a total experience for me and I will gladly pay the price especially when I know that the food is good. I’m not just talking about fine dining. Sometimes, a good dining experience includes less expensive — and hopefully local — products at an affordable price.
This is what you can expect at Brasserie L’Européen.
Located directly across the street from the Gare de Lyon, this brasserie is just that: a brasserie. It’s just simple, straightforward food. If you have time to kill before you hop on your train it’s a great location to sit and chill. The best part is the prix fixe menu. The set menu of 32€ includes an apéritif, entrée, main course, cheese plate, dessert, and coffee. It also includes your choice of a 1/2 bottle of wine (red, white, or rosé) or water.
While the selection in each course is not large it is typical brasserie fare. On our first visit I had the confit de canard. It wasn’t the best confit de canard I’d ever had but it was definitely not the worst. The meat was tender and flavourful as I had expected but the skin was not crispy enough for my taste. On our last visit I had the daurade with sauce vierge. The fish was quite good as was the sauce. I wasn’t blown away but I was satisfied. Ditto for the cheese plate — a slice of chèvre and a slice of Brie – which is served with a little salad. I could do without the salad though as sometimes it seems a little tired looking.
The best part of the meal, for me, is the entrée. On my visits to L’Européen I have always chosen the oysters. I haven’t been disappointed. The 6 oysters are always well presented and they are oh-so good.
I don’t believe that L’Européen will win major food awards but they should win awards for their service. Even with a full house, the service is very efficient and personable without being too in your face.
2 rue de Lyon 75012 Paris
01 43 43 99 70
01 43 07 26 51