F&F: Lyon

November 23rd, 2010 by Dick Johnson


PX This presents THE F&F REVIEW

Hey, sorry we couldn’t make it to "Friends&Family," we were out of town/ had to work/ not invited. We’re really glad we finally managed to come by, though— it’s so nice to see you!
What’s that? You would still like us to take the time to fill out the F&F survey, because you’d love to take advantage of all our vast experience, knowledge, insight, and expertise as long as we’re already here? Because you invited 75 people to F&F, and afterward all you got was 41 "Congrats[es]!" 22 "Awesome[s]!" 3 "Ciao[s]!" and 9 "Best of luck[s]!" ?
Of course, we’d be honored. Oh ha, yesss, we’ll be honest— brutally honest even, ha ha! After all, that’s what friends & family are for!
No no please, don’t send anything more, we’re stuffed, we can’t breathe, you’ll have to roll us out of here, ha ha ha… !


Lyon Bouchon Moderne (the Bar)

What was your first impression?
Very first impression: wow, that’s some marquee. [This isn’t a "landmark"? Huh.]
Second impression: Cute.

Please rate the Bar:
Nice. Welcoming, charming, clean. Friendly bartender.

Please rate the drinks/ cocktails/ wine:
Good. Simple but sapient and very reasonably priced.
Oh but, oops— vodka on the rocks served in a highball? Is that intentional or does that nice friendly bartender need a few more lessons? (Hmm, no inquiry as to a garnish either…)

Please rate the Dining Room:
Pleasant. Uncomplicated but astute. A fine usage of the odd square footage.

Please rate the BOH:
Very good, better than I expected. Basic but hardly ordinary. Excellent unfussy execution of classic straightforward food.

How was the staff?
Gracious and cordial, and (aside from the vodka/rocks debacle?) perfectly proficient.

What did you eat?/ How was the food?
Onion Soup : Very good. "Marrow jam," was it? Delicious.
Truffle hot dogs on pretzel buns :
Oh boy. Just plaque my name on this seat right now…
Smoked gouda croquettes : Bring a blanket and some pillows too…
Croque Monsieur : Somebody fetch my toothbrush, I’m moving in.


What did you like?
Pretty much everything…

What did you dislike?
… Except this lamp is shining right on my head; it’s kind of glaring.

What was your last impression?
Hot dogs! And good vodka. I mean, what more does one need? (But maybe next time I should try a full dinner…)

Would you come back?
Hells yeah.


Thank you, and hope to see you soon!
You won’t have to look far…



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