31 October 2009

Restaurant Raphaël Béringer, Lyon

In January this year my family and I had the pleasure of an evening meal at the Restaurant Raphaël Béringer www.restaurant-raphaelberinger.com in the Presqu’île area of central Lyon, one of the restaurants profiled in the article Tour de Lyon in the July 2006 edition of Gourmet Traveller.

Béringer is a chef from the Savoie who took over an old-style Lyonnaise bouchon (Tante Alice) and converted it over time into a contemporary restaurant. It is well worth a visit.

The address given in Gourmet Traveller (22 Rue des Remparts d’Ainay) is confusing, albeit correct. On its website the restaurant gives its address as 37 Rue Auguste Comte, and although both addresses are correct – the restaurant is on the corner of the two streets – it is probably easier to find it by trawling along Auguste Comte. But note that Auguste Comte is a one way street, so if you hit it downstream of the restaurant, as we did, you will be transported away from it and have to make another circuit, and maybe another.

Parking in the narrow streets of that area is a nightmare. We managed to find a parking space reasonably nearby in very inclement winter weather; in milder weather I would be inclined to hit the parking station under Place Bellecour and stroll up Auguste Comte to the restaurant.

The website given in Gourmet Traveller is wrong; the one given above is correct.

The telephone number is +33 4 7837 4983.

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