We found ourselves wandering around, like always, looking for a place to eat dinner. We went through this one area of Lyon that had quite a number of restaurants but none really called to me. The area was adjacent to the shopping area so there were a lot of people who like to be seen. We walked over toward the river La Sabine, and stumbled upon Mendo.
It is a rather large restaurant with sidewalk tables as well. The menu looked interesting, sort of a cross between several Asian foods: Chinese, Japanese, and Thai. We were greeted warmly and decided to stay. Tonight would be beer night, since they had a nice selection of Asian beers. I ordered a Tsing Tao, but I guess my Chinese/French accent made it sound like "Saigon," so that's what they brought me. It was actually very good, so a happy mistake.
We ordered the shui mai and gyozas to start and they were very good. I could see the cooks in the open kitchen and they were all Asian, so that was a good sign. We also ordered a chicken teriyaki dish and the pad thai with chicken. Both dishes were good as well. I'm thinking that we had the duck fried rice, but I didn't get a picture cause we devoured it. Everything came out in a timely manner and the service was very attentive and fun. My French isn't good, and our server's English wasn't great either, so we laughed each time we tried to communicate.
Overall, we had a very enjoyable meal at Mendo. The ambiance is relaxing, especially on an off night during dinner. I did wonder what it was like during either the lunch or dinner rush. I would definitely come back if and when we return to Lyon. We would've during this trip, but there was so much more to eat elsewhere in the city.
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