French Top Chefs invent the Fast Good

ouest express by bocuse

France is renowned for its culinary excellence. Leave it to them to reinvent the fast-food industry. Fast Good is the latest breed of restaurant. Instead of the unhealthy meals, you get the excellence of the French café in a self-service version.

In January 2008, Paul Bocuse opened Ouest Express located in the 9th arrondissement of Lyon. The long white Corian service counter is split in 6 themes: hot, bread, fresh, sweet, coffee and drink.

interiors of ouest express in lyon

The menu changed 4 times a day. Breakfast is served until 11 AM, followed by lunch, then, the afternoon snack and the dinner menu starts at 7 PM.

It is more expensive that a fast-food meal but the quality is there. It costs between 10 and 14 euros for a well-balanced meal. This time of establishment did not really exist in France.

Fast Good In Paris

miyou by atelier guy martin

Guy Martin opened an upscale sandwich shop called Miyou at its 9th arrondissement cook studio in Paris. Sumac shrimp, goat cheese with fresh coriander and vegetables, duck foie gras are a sample of the flavors. If you have a connecting flight at Roissy airport, look for Miyou’s sister shop at the Terminal E.

These places are great to know if you travel and do not want to pass a lot of time eating.


  • Miyou by Atelier Guy Martin – p (0)1 42 66 33 33
    35, rue Miromesnil, Paris in 8th arrondissement
  • Ouest Express by Paul Bocuse – p (0)4 72 17 95 95
    41, rue des Docks, Lyon in 9th arrondissement

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  • Amy
    October 28, 2008 at 18:33

    It looks a little like a cafeteria at a hospital. I think I’ll stick to my Starbucks!

  • At Home with Kim Vallee
    October 29, 2008 at 00:48

    Amy: I would be glad if the government run hospitals in Quebec look that fresh. The design of Ouest Express is not amazing but I can appreciate it. Anyway, I wrote this post for the food not the interior design.

  • Renée
    October 29, 2008 at 13:12

    fast food = repas rapide – et ça peut être tout simplement délicieux quand c’est bien préparé. Le problème, c’est que nous avons assimilé fast food avec “repas pas cher et pas santé”.
    Comme le commente Amy, le décor est un peu froid – mais je donnerais tous les starbucks du monde pour un repas signé Bocuse, surtout à ce prix-là!

  • Yachtcharter Griechenland
    January 8, 2009 at 05:33

    That’s great, I never thought about French Top Chefs invent the Fast Good like that before.