Reading the reviews of the Vieux Lyon you know that it's the old town area, and as such is a bit of a tourist trap, but the old town is certainly a "must visit" part of the city.
Les Chandelles is one of many restaurants in the area, the bonus of this place is they offer a 30% discount for the early diners - families with small children, and people like us who had had a very long day (our first day in France, and we had driven from Paris that day and been walking around for approximately 5 hours, so we were ready to eat). We looked at the menu and decided "why not?" At 7pm there is certainly no discount offered in Australia, so we took the offer.
Momo, the maitre d is exceedingly charismatic, speaks enough of several languages to get people in, and waits out the front and directs the staff inside if they seem to be getting off-track in the service department (or at least that's what he was doing when we were there).
We ordered from the fixed menu, which in hindsight, was a mistake. You can't truly appreciate provincial French food from a tourist-trap menu. The error was realised when we lingered over the starter - while the waiter had asked how we would like our steaks cooked (I like mine rare, hubby medium-well), I didn't realise that these would be cooked immediately after the salad was dished out, so when we lingered the steaks were a little, well, let's just say they probably weren't in the condition the chef intended. All things being even and in all fairness though - I've eaten far worse steaks that were (allegedly) cooked 'fresh'.
Dessert was okay, and the wine was perfectly suited to the meal.
We had absolutely no problems with the service. The staff were attentive, courteous, prompt, and while they did not speak English (and my French is poor at best), were knowledgeable enough to recognise our native language and bring the menu in English for us as soon as we sat down.
Overall, I can say that it may not have been the best meal of my life or my trip - but it certainly wasn't the worst by any stretch of the imagination. A little above average to be fair.
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