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le lyonnais (Acton, MA) review

zamata | Apr 29, 200707:30 AM

Last night I dined at Le Lyonnais on Route 2A in Acton.
Although I prefer minimalist settings, this quaint place had
a homey feel to it. As far as I can tell, the owners live upstairs.
I briefly saw the chef/owner who has a heavy French accent, which
helped set the mood for a homey French dining experience.
The waitress brought two lightly toasted buns with peppery olive oil for a dipper (nice to get warm buns but if you are bread junkie like me, watch out!)
I ordered Escargot for an appetizer. Six for the price of $11. Not bad but
could've been better (comparing to one I had in Paris which was less
expensive). As an entree, I ordered Beef Tripe. I am Turkish (beef tripe soup is very famous in Turkey) so I get excited when I see beef tripe on menus. I had Italian, Chinese, Korean versions before and I just couldn't resist a French version.
I wasn't disappointed. I expected a heavy dish (Italian version is) but this was braised to perfection with red wine. It had ample mushrooms and tomatoes that made the sauce a perfect candidate for more warm buns. Needless to say I had no room for desert.
As much as I like the tripe dish, its price of $20 was a bit over inflated.
I shouldn't complain as good restaurants in this area are a rarity.

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