Review on Le Train Bleu
Le Train Bleu is an unusual restaurant in that it is situated inside the Gare de Lyon station in the Bastille area of Paris. It was built by the Paris-Lyon-Mediterranean (PLM) Company in 1900 for the Universal Exhibition and was originally called Buffet de la Gare de Lyon, Lyon Station Buffet. In 1963 it was renamed Le Train Bleu as a tribute to the celebrated "Paris-Vintimiglia" service, and in 1972 it was listed as an historical monument. This is a sumptuous and ornate building renowned for its forty-one paintings on its walls and ceiling, the most famous amongst them showing the different landscapes the trains of the PLM network travelled through. Large arched windows look out onto the train station below, as you sit on leather upholstered banquettes set against white laid tables with logotype crockery and magnificent crystal chandeliers sparkling above you.
The traditional French menu features some of their famous brasserie dishes such as Charolais beef tartare which is prepared at your table, home cooked duck foie gras, home smoked organic salmon and knuckle of lamb served on a Cristofle trolley. Finish with desserts of Creole-style profiteroles and chocolate sauce or the Train Bleu contemporary vacherin. There are a choice of several menus including a children's one and the all French wine list has a good choice with several available by the half bottle.
French / Brasserie
Restaurant Opening Times
Breakfast: 7.30am through
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express