Lyon’s Mère Brazier Restaurant Named Best Enduring Classic in the World

Published: 2019/02/19

Lyon’s Mère Brazier Restaurant Awarded a new Honour

Lyon’s Mère Brazier restaurant, located in the 1st arrondissement, walked away with the top prize in the ‘Enduring Classics’ category at this year’s World Restaurant Awards.

The World Restaurant Awards

The international World Restaurant Awards celebrate the best chefs and restaurants in the world. The winners of the prizes are voted for by a jury of 100 people, including many well-respected chefs such as Elena Arzak, Alex Atala, and Massimo Bottura, along with journalists and influencers.

Double Michelin-starred chef Mathieu Viannay owns the Mère Brazier since 2008. © Lionel Pinar Studio

A small South African beach restaurant was hailed the best restaurant in the world. Meanwhile, it was also a good year for France. Two French restaurants were amongst the winners at this year’s award. One of such restaurants is the Mère Brazier Restaurant in Lyon 2. 


The Mère Brazier Restaurant – An Enduring Classic

Lyon’s Mère Brazier Restaurant came top in the ‘Enduring Classics’ category. The Mère Brazier is the baby of the double Michelin-starred chef Mathieu Viannay. The restaurant was opened in 1921 by Eugénie Brazier, the woman responsible for training the great Paul Bocuse.

Viannay came to The Mère Brazier in 2008, updating the restaurant whilst maintaining its classic cuisine. Many of Mère Brazier’s original and best known dishes are still on the menu. For example,  during truffle season, Brazier’s Poularde de Bresse demi-deuil – a truffled chicken – is always sure to make an appearance.

Poularde demi-deuil by Mathieu Viannay, a Lyonnais Classic © JF Mallet


This didn’t stop Viannay from adding some of his own touches. Viannay introduced ingredients such as Jerusalem artichokes and nashi pears to the dishes. This will undoubtedly have contributed to the restaurant’s status as a timeless classic.


Lyon – France’s Capital of Gastronomy

Lyon is often dubbed France’s capital of gastronomy, and it’s not surprising when restaurants such as The Mère Brazier have consistently satisfied customers with their classically delicious restaurants. The new award for the restaurant only gives you more of a reason to try it out.