The design district is a weird animal for me. When I walk on the streets there is not a soul, but as soon as I enter one of the (so stylish) restaurants in the area it is packed, I don’t get it. How do these people get into these places, I do not see anyone walking ever. So I decided to visit Fratelli Lyon, which by the way, I used to pronounce it wrong until I heard someone else saying it the correct way (embarrassing). I think that if you do not know the area and are driving by, you will never spot this place, it looks like another gallery from outside, but I knew this place because two of my friends work close by and they mentioned it to me.
I usually go straight up to the bar. The decor and ambiance here are nice but I find the tables a bit cold (don’t ask me to explain why), so my choice of preference at Fratelli Lyon is at the bar. I had to take this picture above, I just love how all the glass looks .
Their focaccia is quite good (not superb), but good enough. I like that they serve it with olive oil (and it is the good quality one).
I came several times to eat here, and their “tapas” style serving are a fun way to explore the menu as you can choose from their antipasti menu 1 for $10 or 3 for $16. Starting from the right hand side, I had calamari, shrimp with potatoes and mint and mushrooms with lemon and herbs. The three choices were good, my favorite were the mushrooms.
Below on the video I tried their tuna confit with borlotti beans, scallops with preserved lemons and hot and sour buquerones that are like sardines, not as fishy though.
Fratelli Lyon Restaurant – Video