My favourite cuisine is Chinese, so no matter where I live, I’m always on the lookout for some great Asian restaurants. Today I’m going to introduce you to my preferred Asian eatery in Lyon – Mendo.
There are two Mendo restaurants in Lyon and my husband and I usually go to the one in the 2nd arrondisement (district) in Lyon. Here are its address and other details:
30 Quai Saint-Antoine
They offer a variety of dishes, right from soups and starters to noodle and rice dishes. There isn’t a wide variety as far as desserts go, but my husband and I usually end up ordering so much food that we rarely have space for dessert! My only gripe with the menu is the lack of vegetarian dishes. It’s not a problem for me, but for those who don’t eat meat, there are just one or two options!
The prices aren’t very high, we usually pay 30 euros for one starter and one main dish each, which is pretty standard for most restaurants in Lyon. Here’s a snapshot of their menu.
We usually eat there, since the decor and ambience are warm and the service is very efficient. But yesterday afternoon it was very crowded, so we just decided to buy our lunch and take it home. Even in that case, the service was super quick, we had our food within 10 minutes of ordering it!
We chose Samoussas for starters, which are basically bite sized beef samosas. They were delicious – a crispy, flaky outer covering with tender meat inside. The accompanying sauce was really tasty as well – garlicky, sweet and spicy!
For the main course, my husband chose the Chicken Ramen noodles, while I chose Peking Duck Cha Han, which is basically duck served with tomato rice. Both were finger licking good and the portions were really generous. Totally worth the price!
Mendo also offers a selection of Asian beers and hubby and I decided to try out a Japanese beer called Asahi. It’s a dry beer and even though I’m not usually a beer fan, I enjoyed it!
Overall, Mendo is a great Asian restaurant, both to eat in and to buy and take home from, unless you’re a vegetarian. It isn’t inexpensive though, so we can’t eat there too often, probably once a month or so. If you’re ever in Lyon and looking for something other than French food – I highly recommend this restaurant!
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