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Having already tried a traditional bouchon in Lyon, we decided to check out Le Bouchon des Filles, a restaurant serving up regional specialties with a modern twist.

The restaurant is located a short walk from Place de Terreaux on an unassuming street. Upon entering the restaurant, we were warmly greeted by one of the two female owners. The two owners had each previously worked at Café des Federations at different times so they’ve got some street cred.

Le Bouchon des Filles

It’s not a very large space, seating maybe 30 people or so. It’s nothing fancy either but has a really charming and cozy feel to it. We were able to get a reservation, calling ahead a few days in advance. Unfortunately they don’t have a website so you aren’t able to book online.

Le Bouchon des Filles

Like most bouchons, Le Bouchon des Filles only has one option – a 25€ prix-fixe for a “four” course menu (starter, main, cheese and dessert). I said “four” in quotes because it’s really many more than just four dishes. You’ll see… it’s really amazing value and I guarantee you’ll leave stuffed to the brim.

The Menu

They started us off with an Amuse Bouche which was a cake made with andouilette and cheese – basically, a meat cake! It was a perfect little bite.

Amuse Bouche

Up next was a selection of salads to start, all of which were served communal-style to share between myself and Mike. The first one I dug into was the Lentil and Chorizo Salad. Covered in a creamy dressing, the lentils were cooked perfectly and the chorizo gave it all a nice saltiness.

Lentil and Chorizo Salad

The second salad was the Cheese Quenelles Salad. It consisted of your standard greens which were lightly dressed. What made it stand out was the delicious light, fluffy cheese quenelles which were served with it. Delish!

Cheese Quenelles Salad

The last salad we had was the Cabbage Salad with Smoked Herring, my personal favourite. I loved the smoked herring which had a nice fattiness to it which was complimented perfectly by the freshness of the cabbage.

Cabbage Salad with Smoked Herring

I have to comment on the portions of these salads – they were each served in a huge bowl and the two of us barely made a dent in any of the bowls!

After our salads, we were given a little shooter of soup. If I can recall correctly, it was made of a root vegetable.


For your main course, there are five to six Lyonnais specialties to choose from. I decided on the Croustille de Boudin aux Pommes – salade d’herbes which consisted of blood sausage and apples encased in phyllo pastry.

Croustille de Boudin aux Pommes

The blood sausage was flavourful and wonderfully moist and the sweetness from the apples complimented it well. Since all the components were soft, the phyllo gave it a nice textural contrast and the light greens provided some much-needed freshness. Overall, a great-tasting and well composed dish.

Croustille de Boudin aux Pommes

Mike chose the Quenelle de Brochet – sauce crustacée et écrevisses which was the highlight of the meal. It consisted of one long football shaped dumpling which was soft, fluffy and so, so delicious! The creamy sauce which accompanied it was equally delicious. It actually reminded me of a seafood chowder.

Quenelle de Brochet

For the cheese course, you have three options: fromage blanc (a sweet cheese dessert), cervelle de canuts or a cheese plate. I went with the Cervelle de Canuts, a cream cheese dish with shallots, garlic and chives.

Cervelle de Canuts

Mike ordered the Cheese Plate which came with an assortment of four different cheeses. You can’t have dinner in France without some cheese!

Cheese Plate

To end the meal, I chose the Molten Chocolate Cake – with salted caramel ice cream for dessert. When I heard salted caramel, I was sold. I couldn’t think of a better way to end the meal. The chocolate cake was moist with a gooey, oozing centre which went so nicely with the coolness of the ice cream. Loved it!

Molten Chocolate Cake

Mike chose something on the lighter side, the Raspberry Ice Cream – with fresh berries, meringue and white chocolate Chantilly. It was simple, light, refreshing and just as satisfying as my chocolate cake.

Raspberry Ice Cream

Overall, we had a great meal at Le Bouchon des Filles but don’t eat here if you’re in a hurry. Our meal took about 3 hours but we weren’t in a rush. It really allowed us to enjoy the meal and experience. If you’re in Lyon, a visit to this bouchon is highly recommended!

At a glance:
• A bouchon serving Lyonnais classics with a modern twist
• Prix-fixe menu for 25€ for 4 courses – lots of food and great value!
• Long meal – dinner was around 3 hours
• The Quenelle de Brochet is a must-order
• Warm, cozy atmosphere; small restaurant; call for reservations
• Short walk from Place de Terreaux

Ratings (out of 5):
• Food: 4 stars
• Service: 4 stars
• Atmosphere: 4 stars

  1. Pete W (Reply) on Friday 28, 2013

    Hi Jess – your comprehensive review is much appreciated – I only hope nothing’s changed in the two years since it was posted. My wife and I are visiting Lyon at the beginning of June (2015) and having read your mouth-watering piece, Le Bouchon des Filles will definitely be the venue for our first night in France’s soi-disant gastronomic capital!

    • Jess (Reply) on Friday 28, 2013

      Thanks for stopping by, Pete! You’re in for a treat. Lyon is the perfect destination for a foodie. Have a wonderful trip 🙂