Le Comptoir and more…

This weekend was filled with tasting and trying new ingredients and dishes.
First off, on saturday late morning, I paid a visit to the market in Alma-Marceau. The market is covered with store tents and is about 500 m long, up Avenue du President Wilson. There you can find every sort of produce: fruits and vegetables (notably from one supplied who sells to all the Michelin-star restaurants), meat, cheese, seafood (also boasting one of the best fishmongers) and even cooked food.

yellow cauliflower

Then a small group of us culinary students ventured into the 6th arrondissement to try the highly praised Le Comptoir du Relais (without reservation!) located in Odeon. The food is inexpensive and delicious at the same time. Yves Camdeborde opened this restaurant of 20 seats in 2005 and now it’s one of the hottest ticket meals in Paris. The menu is different during the weekday where customers eat a set-prix fixe menu while the weekend is more laid back and a la carte. From outside, it looks like any other small brasserie but the uniqueness of menu sets it apart from others. Camdeborde calls his food traditional but I found it innovative and very forward, updating French classical dishes.
I thought the prices were fair, the service attentive and a great atmosphere in general. No wonder people line up outside the restaurant – even at 3 pm!

L’avant comptoir – le comptoir’s bar next door where you can grab a glass of wine and some Spanish tapas before seating

Writings on the bar’s wall

It was rather a meaty lunch on our part but who could resist? 


I had the carpaccio of head of veal (cooked) and it was THE BEST carpaccio I have ever had. Seasoning and tastes were perfect.

Carpaccio de tete de veau

Eggs Mayonnaise

Salade de poulpe (octopus) et fenouil (fennel)


Stew of beef cheeks with vitelote chip

Slice of suckling pig on a bed of lentils and vitelote chip

Tranche de lard – pork belly

Souris d’agneau (lamb) with dried fruits – AMAZING

And finally, a little room for dessert – which was an interesting mix: Chocolate ice-cream with piment d’Espelette (type of chili pepper) and Caramel au beurre salé (salted butter cream).

Le Comptoir du Relais
5, Carrefour de l’Odéon, 75006
Tel: 01 44 27 07 97
Metro: Odeon (Ligne 10, 4)



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