Jaja Bistro

Restaurant Jaja Bistro (Lyon)

© Chloé Courbière

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Oh Jaja! After the success of their beautiful wine shop located on the other side of the Lyon peninsula, Antoine Kochen and Chloé Courbière, who recently partnered with Chloé de La Roche and Simon Verdannet, had the brilliant idea of lifting the curtain on Jaja Bistro (bistro chairs, marble tables, engraved glassware), a coolinary residence where they hand control of the kitchen over to chefs from around the globe, for cooking sessions with friends! From now until late July, Australians Eliott Vials and Nathan Fallowfield (ex-Garde Champêtre in Gyé-sur-Seine) will be shaking up the terrace, the latter of whom sent out all of the following the day we were there: flat beans and fresh peas nestled among a darling little mound of creamy ricotta, paired with barbecued peaches, mint and cilantro; flank steak with tare dipping sauce (a sort of sweet soy sauce) prepared with tahini and shiso; tender eggplant that was tossed on the barbie as well, covered in sunflower seed butter and a fiery XO sauce; along with some fabulous octopus given a green makeover with lovage and black garlic sauce… Before a lovely cheese course from the MOF cheesemonger Hervé Mons, followed by a few strawberries with some refreshing raw cream and sorrel granita. Get there quick before they leave town! // Eddie Muffin 

FEELING THIRSTY? : Natural bottles snatched up from the original wine shop: Déferlante, a highly drinkable Languedoc blend from Olivier Cohen (€6.50 a glass), Tohu Bohu, a sparkling wine from Les Errances, a winery in the Loire region (€7.50), La Luna, a Roussillon grenache blanc and grenache gris blend produced by Bruno Duchêne (€36 a bottle), or Lux, an Auvergne red from Marie and Vincent Tricot (€32).
PRICE: : Plates €4-20, cheeses €12, desserts €8. 

Hopopup! Because sometimes wiping the slate clean is the best way to fill it back up again, this restaurant hosts a chefs-in-residency program. So it’s possible that when you visit, a new talent might have taken over the kitchen!

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