Abel is recommended in most Lyon guides as the oldest bouchon. Apart from the ambience which was indeed quaint and very charming, the food is not a good representation of Lyonnese culinary standards.
I had tried to make reservation for one person for the first sitting but it was full and the earliest I got was at 10pm. Upon reaching earlier at 930pm, it was busy but not full. Despite empty tables, the staff could not acede to my request to a table by the wall so I had to sit in the middle of the dining room.
I ordered the 2nd dinner set (€30) and chose for my appetizer artichoke with fois gras and for mains - fish dumpling. Unfortunately it is not fois gras but more pate. Fortunately it was rather tasty and went well with the clean tasting artichoke. Presentation was poor though.
The fish dumpling is probably one of the most overrated dishes here. It's a dish that is more flour and cream than fish.
I had the apple tart for dessert which was too sweet and not very good.
Overall it was a poor dining experience in a somewhat charming ambience. Can't recommend this to anyone.
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