A trip to Paris might not be on the cards right now. But luckily for those living on the North Shore, the taste of France is never too far away.
While you won’t need your luggage or passport, you can be easily transported to the City of Love, just mere steps from the Pacific Highway.
Their specialty is creating authentic yet contemporary takes on classic French dishes. The high calibre cooking combined with modest prices are reminiscent of what the French call neo-bistros. Humble eateries that flourish across the arrondissements of France.
Rainer Korobacz is the owner and chef-de-cuisine at Cafe Lyon. With over 25 years’ experience working in some of the finest restaurants around the world, you know that any meal at Cafe Lyon is in good hands.
But it’s not just Chef Rainer’s cooking expertise that makes his restaurant magnifique. It’s the atmosphere. He has worked hard to create a friendly and relaxed experience inside this little French Bistro. So much so that you may just feel like you’re on vacation each time you visit. Only this time you won’t need to worry if your French is a little rusty.
As you drive down the Pacific Highway, keep your eye out for a bright flash of red. Just like the Moulin Rouge beckons it’s patrons with the iconic rouge coloured windmill, Cafe Lyon calls out to those passing by with a bright red exterior.
Inside, the cafe is quite understated with mood lighting created by candles and lamps, simple black chairs and tables covered in white, cotton tablecloths. Many regulars enjoy sitting beside the large window overlooking the busy street outside. But our favourite table is the one next to the quirky French poster hanging on the red wall. It reads ‘Exquisite escargots’ with a large snail trying to escape from becoming an entree.
But if it’s not your eyes that draw you into Cafe Lyon, it will certainly be your tastebuds. In typical bistro fashion, the menu is ever changing. They are currently serving a fresh, spring menu.
For L’ Entree you could try the Pork Belly or Citrus Cured Ocean Trout. For mains, the Duck Confit or Beef Fillet will not disappoint. To wash it down, sip on a French Martini. Shaken, not stirred, with fresh lime for a refreshing finish.
Our advice is to always make sure you’ve left enough room for dessert. France is famous for its decadent desserts and Cafe Lyon certainly maintains this reputation. We can’t go past their chocolate coated profiteroles with raspberry and pistachio brittle, drizzled in Grand Marnier liquor.
Their Raspberry Soufflé with Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream is a heavenly experience too. Make sure you go with someone willing to share their dessert with you so you can enjoy more than one.
Like many hospitality businesses, Cafe Lyon has had to adapt to the changes brought on by 2020. They now also offer takeaway and pre-prepared meals that you can heat up and enjoy at home. This is available Tuesdays through to Saturdays.
Now you can enjoy anything from an Espresso Martini to French Onion soup or even a Smashed Pavlova from the comfort of your home. Order through their website or over the phone and pickup your delicious meals in store.
Cafe Lyon is located at 366 Pacific Highway Lindfield. If you’re stopping by, be sure to say Bonjour to Chef Rainer and the friendly staff from all of us here at McConnell Bourn.
What could be better than having a little bit of Paris in your own backyard? If you’re thinking about making the move to Lindfield, be sure to stop by our office just down the road from Cafe Lyon. We’d love to hear more about what you’re looking for. We can celebrate with champagne at Cafe Lyon once we help you find your new home.
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