Rare are the restaurants in France, even the most prestigious, that can boast as long a track record as Mère Brazier in Lyon. Almost a century at the top since 1921, a young talented female chef, Eugénie Brazier, settled in rue Royale to re-create the same skills she had learnt both in the rustic farm where she was raised, and during her apprenticeship at Mère Fillioux. From its humble beginnings as no more than a local café, in just a few years she created one of the most distinguished restaurants in Lyon, extending the house and opening other dining rooms. Her clientele included politicians and artists, and in 1933 she was awarded three Michelin stars, the same year as the trailblazing Fernand Point at the Pyramide and another female chef, Marie Bourgeois. The legend was launched, to live on forever. Succeeded by her son Gaston, and then her granddaughter Jacotte, this took Mère Brazier up to the turn of the century. In 2004 she sold the restaurant to two venture capitalists, before it being taken over again in 2008 by Mathieu Viannay, with his prestigious title of Meilleur Ouvrier de France. And Viannay, while keen to stamp his individual style and more contemporary feel, is especially vigilant to maintain the house style, with its distinctively Lyon identity as is reflected in the “classic” menu, which is a repertoire of French standards and of the distinctive house cuisine in particular.
La Mère Brazier
12 rue Royale
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