Finding innovative vegetarian-friendly French cuisine in Lyon is nearly impossible, so when we ran across the reviews for Place des sens we were convinced we should give it a try and we couldn't be more pleased that we did!
My dining companion (a full vegetarian) and I (a pescetarian) found Place des sens to be the perfect place for a special, delicious and memorable meal in Lyon. The menu caters to a variety of diets, without compromising on flavor or creativity. Meat eaters and vegetarians alike will be satisfied.
Lyon is a very walkable city and we were able to walk there and back from our accommodation in Vieux Lyon. We were warmly greeted by the owner, who was also our gracious waiter. Our French may as well be non-existent (especially when it comes to culinary terms), but the owner's English is wonderful, so we were able to easily communicate our dietary restrictions, and in turn, we learned about the dishes we were served, as well as recommendations on how to combine flavors, etc.
The chef is clearly passionate about his flavors. The menu is set--you have a choice from a couple starters, ~3 main dishes, and the dessert, all for 27 Euros. The menu changes every 8 weeks, and a great deal of testing happens prior to the menu being introduced to the pubic.
You will experience seemingly "simple" ingredients perfectly seasoned with things like French chili, essential oils, and flowers. No flavor was overbearing; everything was delicious.
Because the restaurant is quite small, definitely make reservations as far in advance as possible (you can do it in English via their website). I did so and received a confirmation by email straight away, as well as a reminder by email the night before.
For 2 glasses of champagne, 2 half bottles of wine, and 2 three-course meals we paid 99 Euros. A very good value in my opinion. My only regret is that I forgot to tip--I think we were enjoying our end-of-the meal-drinks a bit too much, and it's easy to forget because French credit card receipts don't include an area to add a tip.
I will be sure to be back to dine there next time I'm in Lyon, and will be sure to make up for the tip then!
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