5.19.2011

Le Comptoir

Le Comptoir. Also known as thebestmeali'veeatenin2011sofar. Situated on the left bank in the 6th arrondissement, we heard about this spot from Anthony Bourdain's 100th episode of "No Reservations." Also heavily written about in GQ, NY Times, blahblahblah.


Expecting to either wait for hours or grab a sandwich at its deli next door, we were surprised to be seated within 15 minutes! Score.
Every restaurant with a pig logo is a winner.
Scallops in butter sauce, with caviar and toasted onion.
Escargot.
Plump lobster ravioli.
My favorite: penne pasta with braised pork and foie gras.
Coffee Creme Brulee.

Eating in Paris was a challenge that we prepared for as much as we could. The 2 main obstacles when eating in Paris are 1) the chalkboard menus in tiny handwritten French, and 2) reservations. To overcome the language barrier, we memorized a long list of French foodie vocab, everything from paillard to veau. The reservations on the other hand, were quite another feat. We had a lofty list of dining destinations, and less than 2 weeks to go. If we were getting in anywhere, it wouldn't be through reservations; it would be through luck and persistence.

The back up strategy: Try to dine at the tail end of lunch or early dinner. And? It worked! We got into most of the restaurants we aimed for, except for Le Chateaubriand which was closed for renovations.

Hang on. More Paris food coming.

4 comments:

Patricia Ann said...

Damn damn damn. You're having me look up how to make foie gras. Can't wait for the next Paris feast. :)

Patricia Ann
www.theshapesofthings.com

Journolista said...

The scallops and creme brulee look top notch. (".)

Al said...

love french food! mouth watering

Fashion Intel said...

This looks amazing! I cannot wait to go. xo