Le Comptoir by Barbra Austin

Le Comptoir du Relais

Yves Camdeborde’s beloved bistro, once neo and now classic. Book months in advance for weeknight, no-choice dinner, or just queue up at lunch or weekends for the so-called “brasserie menu”.

Practical information

Address: 9 carrefour de l’Odéon, 75006
Nearest transport: Odéon (4, 10)
Hours: Open every day
Reservations: Book many weeks in advance for dinner weeknights; reservations not accepted for lunch and weekends
Telephone: 01 44 27 07 97
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: Classic French
Special attributes: market-based cooking, prestige ingredients, renowned chef, outdoor dining, good for solo dining, open Sunday, open Monday

Reviews of interest

Bon Appetit (2014) “Part of Le Comptoir’s appeal is its price… Part is the restaurant’s bustling, studio-apartment-size space, completely free of pretense in a city famous for pretense; Part of it is the fact that there is no menu—you eat whatever inventive, abundantly fresh, elevated bistro dishes Camdeborde chooses to cook that evening… Finally, there is the cheese board, oozing with only-in-France creations (and honey and quince jam and all that good stuff) that your waiter plunks down on the table after your meal and lets you have at it.”

Le Figaro (2011) “Bistrote de haut vol au déjeuner invitant le meilleur des produits et clamant haut et fort le goût du terroir…”

Le Figaro (2010) “Canaille et décomplexée en journée et le week-end, elle s’adapte à son écrin, le soir, en titillant les produits nobles, la saint-jacques, la truffe, le foie gras… le tout au rythme des saisons et en rotation quotidienne. Menu unique, certes, mais quelle qualité !”

François Simon (2010) “C’est parfait.” (Video review)

Alexander Lobrano (2010) “If the overall quality of what we ate was better than average, everything was boldly over-priced and by the time we’d finished our meal, a huge looming crowd had gathered…my distinct impression of this place is that it’s become a savvy tourist-oriented money-spinner. So I’d say, if you really want to sample Yves Camdeborde’s rightly legendary bistro cooking do everything you can to snag a table for the excellent prix-fixe dinner”

Caroline Mignot (2010) “salades gourmandes…assiettes de salaisons, de fromages et plats mitonnés qui font envie. Comme cette poitrine de veau braisée aux épices tandoori…croustillante et caramélisée…c’est trop bon.

Barbra Austin (2009) “…there is no mistaking Le Comptoir for a typical bistro…”

Food Snob (2009) “The general theme was one of simple yet luxury ‘comfort food’…A good idea though was foiled by execution and raw materials that were found wanting.”

François Simon (2009) “Toujours à la hauteur….”

Chrisoscope (2007) “…très belle expérience gastronomique…”

Sophie Brissaud (2005) “…pur Camdeborde : saveur, moelleux, croustillance, richesse et imagination ; des plats érotiques et nobles qui semblent vous déclarer leur amour à chaque coup de fourchette.”

 

 

 

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