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“Good but overrated”

Au 14 Fevrier Vieux Lyon
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Ranked #2 of 3,258 Restaurants in Lyon
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Lyon, France
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Good but overrated”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

Good quality, good service, but the inventive cuisine is a bit too much. There was just a mousse too much!

Visited October 2012
3 Thank parislyon
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Port of Spain, Trinidad
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A nice restaurant.”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Yes, is a nice restaurant. Though we totally expected more.! We had better food with cheaper establishments.! Nice service, nice atmosphere, but nothing above the average.! And what's wrong with the prices???

  • Visited June 2013
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2 Thank dollores o
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Cape Town, South Africa
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46 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Oh my God - is this really the best that Lyon can offer???”
Reviewed June 28, 2013

Booked it over a month in advance, and expected great dinner for the last night in Lyon.
But - it was only nice, not the best.
Atmosphere was clean in Japanese style - without too much.
Nice starters - boiled egg with mustard that was a strange combination. Almost transparent toast with the Lyon sausage on the center was nice.
One of the best dish was 3-kinds tomato carpaccio with watermelon sauce.
Foie gras was average, lack of taste.
Fish - average, lack of taste but nice prepared, precise and the right texture. It was accompanied with celery mush that was outstanding as well as the seaweed.
Pork - in ham style, but too gummy on the teeth, again lack of taste except the smoky part.
Plate of cheeses was great.
Sorbet of bitter caramel was outstanding but the mousse of Guinness beer was punch in the eye and it almost ruined everything.
Desert was great and could be served anywhere.
But overall experience was just the average.
Vine was nice, but there was a lack of water that we had to remind the waitress all the time to bring, no matter that there were two of them serving people on 7 tables!

  • Visited June 2013
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5 Thank tikiNicosia
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79 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Expected more, have eaten better at cheaper establishments!”
Reviewed June 28, 2013

First let me tell you that I have spent five days in Lyon as it is dubbed the gastronomical capital of France. My foot! We have saved this restaurant for the last as it was supposed to be the best and boy, were we disappointed. You can eat better and more flavoursome food anywhere in Barcelona, not to mention Madrid or San Sebastian, which I truly believe is the foodie capital of the world! For the money you pay, 82 Euros I would expect consistency and amazing taste, but out od 8 dishes, perhaps two were top notch, definitely desserts and the others I cannot even recall and I was there two nights ago! The service was impeccable, the interior nice, the wine suggested fantastic, pity the food lacked character or was too chewy. i honestly cannot understand how did this restaurant become number one in Lyon??? Obviously people are snoba, if they pay a lot, they assume it is the best. I would happily pay more and have done so in many different establishmenst, but this time the price did not equal quality.

  • Visited June 2013
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2 Thank LouLouCroatia
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Sydney, Australia
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68 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“A special night out”
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
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Thank Petercorn
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