L’Avant Comptoir

L'Avant Comptoir wine bar in Paris | parisbymouth.com

Crêpes up front and pork (Ibaïona) in the rear. It’s standing room only at Yves Camdeborde’s tapas and wine bar, a hit since it opened in fall of 2009. Go during the off hours or be prepared to be get to know the person next to you very, very well.

Practical information

Address: 3 carrefour de l’Odéon, 75006
Nearest transport: Odéon (4, 10)
Hours: Open every day for lunch & dinner
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: No phone
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Basque, small plates & tapas

Reviews of interest

A Good Forking (2012) “The walls are decorated with customer’s scribblings and pig memorabilia, there are slabs of butter, cornichons, mustard and hot bread for the taking, bottles of wine spill over the bucket onto the counter, and there is no real system for ordering; you squash up next to a trendy Parisian, you study the little pictured placard menus hanging above your head, you wait until the chef makes eye contact and then you go about reeling off every single tapas plate there is on offer, and times it by two.”

Not Drinking Poison in Paris (2011) “I should say that I actually liked the place well enough.  The deal is it’s a quality-conscious, natural-wine, Bordier butter establishment that nevertheless is standing-room only, with self-service bread and condiments, and no plates.”

Dorie Greenspan (2009) “Not to be missed: Iberian ham croquettes (once fried, the ham dissolves inside its crispy shell — too bad I just used the word voluptuous, it would be perfect here, too)…”

Le Figaro (2009)  “Quelques mètres carrés de néogouaille orchestrés par un Camdeborde toujours aussi fameux à faire trinquer mémoire et moderne…”

The New York Times (2009) “…This short, narrow, standing-room-only space with white tile walls, a broad pewter counter and an open kitchen is what Camdeborde calls an “hors d’oeuvres bar,” and it serves up an array of delicious small-plate Basque- and Béarnais-inspired nibbles…”

John Talbott (2009) “The entire Bayonne rugby team was celebrating; they were very drunk, very into jumping in unison on the fragile floor-boards, chanting/singing Basque fight songs, smoking and drinking much more…”

The Paris Notebook (2009) “Claustrophobics might want to abstain as it’s standing room only at the zinc bar laden with a communal bread basket, a tub of Bordier butter, white jars of pickles and peppers meant to be shared amongst your neighbors…”

4 Comments on L’Avant Comptoir

  1. Not impressed. Salad had so much vinegar it was inedible. Foie grass superb. Nothing else impressed. So overrated.,

  2. Disappointing lunch. More PAris foutaise. Would last a month in New York. Cool Paris is pretentiou crap.

  3. In response to The Daily Bite: Uncomfortable at L’Avant Comptoir:

    L’Avant Comptoir, a convivial place. Disappointed to discover on two separate occasions staff using packages of prepared peppers, cooked turkey, cheese slices, and battery eggs (Carrefour). When questioned as to the use of prepared peppers, the somewhat defensive response was “with over 500 orders per day we don’t have time to prepare everything ourselves”. Using the lowest quality prepared products does not seem a worthy alternative particularly when promoting the notion all ingredients used are of the highest quality from the best regional producteurs.If this is happening where you can see it, what’s happening on the other side (Le Comptoir)?

  4. In response to The Daily Bite: Uncomfortable at L’Avant Comptoir:

    It’s funny that Aaron should call the place a “total crapshoot”, this is what I wrote about it in the recent update of a Paris guide: “Vous vous faufilez avec un chausse-pied dans ce réduit blindé de monde, et c’est la plongée en apnée. Bien au-delà du coude-à-coude, c’est une méditation étourdissante sur la plasticité du corps humain (attention aux côtes enfoncées tout de même) et le pouvoir de la mode. Vous êtes sur le mètre carré le plus parisien de Paris…”

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