Le Comptoir du Relais (Saint Germain)

After a short plane ride, we arrived back in Paris late afternoon. For dinner we decided to check out one the restaurants on our radar Le Comptoir de Relais in the Saint Germain area of Paris. Yves Camdeborde, the chef/owner of Le Comptoir is considered the founder of the bistronomie movement. Chef Yves first made a name for himself at his first restaurant La Régalade, which he eventually sold to his protege Bruno Doucet, in order to open Le Comptoir. Along with being involved with various French television programs including Masterchef, chef Yves was prominently featured on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations series. The rest is history. Since Le Comptoir does not take reservations, we showed up around 7:00pm and got a table right away. Right away we were brought warm sourdough bread. This is the first restaurant we’ve been to in Europe that warmed the bread. To start my wife ordered the gem lettuce salad with seasonal vegetables and I ordered the Foie Gras mi-cuit with toasted bread and lemon jam. The salad was delicious with a ton of vegetables and a perfectly balanced vinaigrette. My foie gras was incredible! It was dense, rich and perfectly seasoned. The lemon jam that came with the foie gras was nice and tart, but the foie gras was so good on its own, that I ate it without the jam. For mains my wife ordered the braised and roasted suckling pork with lentils and I ordered the braised & pan roasted pig trotter with potato purée & sucrine lettuce. My wife’s dish was delicious. The suckling pork was fork tender and the lentils had the surprise addition of diced pig’s ear. The pork trotter was amazing! It was crisp on the outside and moist on the inside. The potato purée was almost as buttery as Robuchon’s version. The sucrine lettuce, which was dressed with a vinaigrette, balanced the dish out nicely. For dessert we shared the caramel rice pudding. To drink we shared a half bottle of the house Bordeaux. Definitely one of the best meals we’ve had in Europe.
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Gem lettuce salad with seasonal vegetables

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World’s greatest foie gras!

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Suckling pork with lentils

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Pork trotter with potato purée and sucrine lettuce

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Inside of pork trotter

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Caramel rice pudding

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2 thoughts on “Le Comptoir du Relais (Saint Germain)

    • Hi Sara,
      It was nice meeting you and your family. I hope you’re enjoying my blog. I was checking out your blog and you’re doing some serious traveling too. Since you’re staying in Dijon, I’d recommend taking the train over to Lyon and checking out some of the best food France has to offer. Either way keep in touch.

      Reply

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