This is a review of the downstairs lunch bar, located in the wine cave. With seats around a 3 sided sit down bar (side by side seating), there is a brief menu as well as separate special for each day. All dishes are fairly priced for Fauchon. Lyon Saucisson, salad frisee, caesar, soups, a variety of lovely desserts. Average main plat about 10-12 euros. WIne by the glass. Service fast and friendly.
Having now eaten there a few times, I have to say the food is moderately satisfying. I keep trying, but as yet, haven't hit gold. Caesar salad with chicken came with very tender, chicken slices and perfectly made croutons (worthy of eating, not shoving to the side), but the dressing critical for a good caesar, lacked pizzaz and depth. The lettuce had been chopped in tiny bits with a few large romaine leafs as edible decor. Saucisson Lyonnaise, one of my favorites, with hot potatoes is good, nothing out of the ordinary and fairly priced. Tarte Tatin definitely special and well worth ordering.
I would and will return, as much for the casual cave atmosphere as the food. It is fast if in a hurry. And the waiters who operate from the center of the bar are pleasant.