Mezzo supremo but not so grandissimo

Mezzo is “said to be the largest eating place in Europe” is it? (DW 22 September). – During lunch at the Brasserie Georges in Lyon, I noted the following from the back of the menu: – Opened in 1836 and then seating 500 customers, the brasserie holds the G

Mezzo is “said to be the largest eating place in Europe” is it? (DW 22 September).

During lunch at the Brasserie Georges in Lyon, I noted the following from the back of the menu:

Opened in 1836 and then seating 500 customers, the brasserie holds the Guinness Book of Records record for the number of place sittings in a restaurant at lunchtime, with 2500 paid sittings. It also holds the record for the number of eaters in a restaurant at one time – 2000 in 1988 to celebrate the anniversary of the restaurant. The waiter told me the restaurant now has seating for an impressive 800.

And the food? Great mounds of choucroute Lyonnaise from the menu de jour seem a perfect complement to the no-nonsense, column-free interior.

Michael Dowd

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London NW1

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