Lyon owes a lot of its charming character to its famous bouchons. These are small-scale, intimate restaurants serving mouth-watering French dishes. Comptoir du Vin is no exception. Had I not stumbled across this cosy little gem early on in my year abroad, I would have lost a lot of great gastronomic experiences (and probably a lot of weight too…)
This unpretentious restaurant ticks every box. Firstly, and most importantly, the food is utterly delicious. Just thinking about it makes me drool. Although a limited menu, I can confirm that every dish at Comptoir du Vin will leave you wanting more (yes, I have tried them all). Permanently on their menu for €16 is their classic, juicy steak with a creamy mushroom and peppercorn sauce. Their ‘recommandation du chef’ is usually the ‘boeuf bourguignon’, and let me tell you, this will be the best boeuf bourguignon you will have ever ingested. Their plat du jour (dish of the day) is only €11 and usually entails chicken or fish, and is equally delectable. And, finally, their piece de résistance… The potatoes. Crispy on the outside. Soft on the inside. Oozing with butter and garlic. These potatoes are devilishly moreish and accompany every dish. I’m getting hungry just writing this.
The owner and only chef of Comptoir du Vin is a hilarious extrovert – a proper Lyonnais local. I wouldn’t be surprised to go in and find him sitting in a white vest and beret. He’s often rather tipsy, but this just adds to the convivial ambiance. My one piece of advice? Go before 8pm if you’re going on the weekend, because the French never eat before then so you’re more likely to get a seat. I once had to wait until 11pm to be seated – but, of course, those potatoes were worth the wait…
2 Rue Belfort
+33 4 78 39 89 95