Le Train Bleu is a restaurant located in the hall of the Gare de Lyon railway station in Paris, France. It was designated a Monument Historique in 1972. The restaurant was created for the Exposition Universelle (1900). Each stylish dining room is themed to represent cities and regions of France, and they are decorated with 41 paintings by some of the most popular artists of that time. Initially called "Buffet de la Gare de Lyon," it was renamed "Le Train Bleu" in 1963, after the famous train of the same name.
During summer 2014, the legendary Train Bleu has been renovated to give a glow to the restaurant and to « awaken » this iconic address of 1900th Paris.
Embark on an unforgettable journey aboard a legendary train from Paris: Le Train Bleu. This gastronomic institution, located at the heart of the Gare de Lyon, welcomes you. It is located in the 12th arrondissement, a central area of the capital. An emblem of the Belle Époque with its decor, Le Train Bleu in Paris takes you to the edge of the Mediterranean through its mural frescoes. A unique place, dazzling, magical, the restaurant Le Train Bleu is one of the must-visit addresses in Paris.
Le Train Bleu shines by its decoration but also by the quality of its service and its inspired cuisine of French gastronomic traditions. Whether at the restaurant or the bar, it's always good to meet up at any time of the day.
Having lunch or dinner at the Train Bleu, you can be sure to enjoy a personalized service, discover a friendly menu and a rich selection of wines, a genuine guarantee of unforgettable moments in the midst of a busy dining room with its maîtres d’hôtel as its main participants…. It is also the luxury to take a little time, going back to basics and enjoying an inspired cuisine around our French gastronomic tradition.
The must-haves and representative dishes of the Train Bleu will be served on the new menu. You will find: the leg of lamb, carved on a trolley in front of you, the « homemade » semi-cooked duck foie gras so I ordered both.
You feel transported the minute you walk in. It’s like no restaurant I’ve been to ever before. The decor has been preserved for more than a hundred years with a certain ambiance you will never experience at a train station. It’s majestic; it’s classy and superbly maintained, a restaurant travelers and tourists visit. Spread on two halls; this beauty makes you fall in love with French heritage.
On the menu, find a selection of starters, fish, poultry, and meat as well as a preset choice of menus prepared for you by the chef. They say that you shall not leave without having a dessert.
Presented the fine-dining way, three shanks of foie gras with a half toasted brioche cut in a square cylinder, figs, and Porto wine sauce. A mix of savory and sweet, salty and acidic, a delicious combination that sets the tone for food that is expected next. My wife’s salmon was excellent and the salad prepared a la minute in front of our eyes is a creative idea.
The gigot is cut in front of you and presented on a plate without any decoration. I expected more from a local signature. My family also enjoyed their meals, fish, and meat accompanied by a glass of red wine. As good as an upscale brasserie would serve it, nothing very memorable to make it a culinary discovery.
I’ll come back for their desserts! Exceptional desserts, crunchy and intensely dark profiterole with a refreshing ice cream, a lemony minted meringue citrone cream, and the Baba Au Rhum infused with rum à la minute. The profiterole is my favorite, I started and couldn’t stop. Very well balanced, it’s surely one of the best I’ve had to date. A must try for sure.
A journey to 1900 and back, a culinary experience, great service, and excellent desserts. One of Paris must-visits is located in the heart of Gare de Lyon.