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“A special night out” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Au 14 Fevrier Vieux Lyon

Au 14 Fevrier Vieux Lyon
6 rue Mourguet Vieux, 69005 Lyon, France
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Ranked #7 of 2,402 Restaurants in Lyon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“A special night out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

In brief, we highly recommend this restaurant. It might not quite be perfect, but it offers an unbeatable combination of ambience, service, gorgeous presentation and genuine fine dining at an affordable price. For details read on ...

Book early so you don't miss out. Au 14 Fevriere is deservedly one of Lyon's most popular fine dining restaurants, and as it holds only 14 diners you need to book early. We did so by email from Australia some months in advance, giving the restaurant a 6-day 'window'. They were helpful in finding a suitable time and told us about the restaurant and to expect an 8-course degustation for 82 euro pp. This is not a la carte dining, as the chef (Tsuyoshi Arai) prepares a gastronomic symphony for you to enjoy - no choices unless you have any food issues which they apparently cater for.

We were booked for 8.00 pm, and so it seemed were the other diners, who all arrived at about the same time. We arrived a few minutes early and were locked out in the rain and cold with another couple. This was odd, but once inside we found both the restaurant and the staff warm and friendly. In fact, the restaurant is one of the cosiest we have been in, with warm-toned plush décor, dividers discreetly separating tables, and a partially mirrored ceiling creating a sense of opulent space (and catering for the voyeurs amongst us). Easy listening music played softly in the background. Tables were beautifully set with fine china and novel cutlery, and re-set for each course with suitable utensils - very classy.

As all diners arrived at much the same time it was a bit of an exercise to get us all comfortably settled with water on the table, menu and drink options explained, and an aperitif on the way. Service was a bit clunky at this stage, but for the rest of the night (almost 4 hours) it was impeccable. Wait-staff made a serious attempt to explain each dish in English, which we appreciated.

To match the food there were three alternative wine degustations (3, 4 or 6 glasses each 100 ml), or you could order by the bottle from a limited cellar. We took the smaller of the wine degustations (23 euro pp) as we planned to walk back to our hotel unassisted! We also enjoyed a champagne aperitif (12 euro/glass). It's a bit hard to happily marry 3 wines to 8 courses, so the food/wine matches did not always work well.

The meal started with a signature amuse bouche of sliced/toasted brioche with embedded saucicon - delicious. In a seeming nod to Japan, we then had a second amuse bouche of salmon and salad greens in a fried rice wafer with shrimp mousse. Then 8 courses followed, followed by a superb complementary petit four presented in a special double-deck Japanese box full of sweet surprises. The Japanese element of the French-Japanese fusion was most evident in the fastidious presentation of every dish, making the overall experience a feast for the eyes, as it should be in fine dining. The Japanese influence also meant the food overall was light, but seafood featured less prominently than we had anticipated.

The 8 dishes, often successfully innovative, comprised (i) an egg froth with mustard sauce served in an egg shell with potato waffles, (ii) avocado, crab gel and trimmings, (iii) white asparagus with legumes and chorizo (the asparagus spear came in 4 sections, the base being disappointingly fibrous), (iv) superb fois gras with beetroot, pistachio and raspberry coulis, (v) a delightfully light cuttlefish with butter sauce, (vi) veal with vegetables and buckwheat, (vii) a heavenly mousse of Guiness, mandarin and passionfruit served in a champagne flute and, for those still craving something sweet, (viii) a stack of mousse, raspberry and white chocolatea with pear meringue, green sorbet and a pistachio sponge. Then the amazing petit four, followed by a selection of teas (at 5 euro pp).

I mentioned when booking that we were celebrating a special time, so it was a nice touch when a celebratory candle was brought to our table with dessert.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“A little bit of magic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013 via mobile

Superb quality of food and some dishes really innovative. Service was professional and we appreciated their efforts to describe everything on English. So 82 euro gets you 8 courses plus cheese, amouse Bouche and petit for. It's not expensive considering the work that goes into each dish. The decor inside is stylish and it has quite a magical feel about it. Would agree with another reviewer in that theres french than japan in the fusion! not that that bothered us. Giving only 4 stars as for us the fish dish lacked any wow factor and the meat dish - the meat was incredibly tough. We enjoyed ourselves though and would definitely recommend.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Oslo, Norway
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67 reviews 67 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Modern food in the old city”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

The restaurant only has room for 12-14 guests, so make sure to book ahead (we ended up calling, as the feedback by email was poor).

We arrived with very high expectations, and were surprised to find that most guests arrived at the same time (causing a bit of a wait before the pre-drink could be served, as the staff is only 2 persons).

The meal was of course very good, but nothing really stood out. We had expected an even greater touch of Asia, so we were a bit disappointed in that regard. The wines were adventurous and the staff was friendly. However, in a city that offers such a great choice of restaurants, we will choose a new place next time....

Visited May 2013
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Perth, Australia
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

We recently dined at Au 14 Fevrier and were thoroughly impressed by the skill and creativity of chef Tsuyoshi Arai. If you want to experience a special meal in Lyon, this is the restaurant to visit! The gastronomic experience of a lifetime!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“The most fabulous gem in Lyon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

This was truly a fabulous find!! A tiny restaurant in the Old Town, with seating capacity for around 12 people...you have to book ahead! There is only 1 sitting, so unlike so many pretentious places in London, you are not pushed out after 2 hours. The mood is relaxing and exciting at the same time.
The chef (Japanese with training in Paris) produces a series of dishes which defy imagination and are absolutely delicious. There is no menu to choose from, as the food is based on the daily market availability...just trust him and you will not be disappointed. The creations are Franco-Japanese fusion and come on specially matched crockery with stunning cutlery (from Japan). For foodies!!

Visited August 2012
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