L'Avant-Comptoir

Restaurant L'Avant-Comptoir in ParisL'Avant-Comptoir (Paris) - © L'Avant-Comptoir

We dream about filling our bellies with Yves Camdeborde’s miniatures in this rather wine-heavy and eternally jam-packed spot. It’s a little den fueled on human warmth, where everyone tutoies everyone else, has a glass in hand before even reaching the bar that’s lined with full glasses of wine, terrines and good bread. Come at any time of the day for a snack or a meal, with pyrotechnic mouthfuls made by the son of a delicatessen: an uncompromising country ham plate (€9), plus sophisticated tapas: white Landes asparagus and citrus slices under a snowfall of Parmesan shavings; good flash-seared roast beef, prepared as a carpaccio with Parmesan, arugula and tapenade (€6.50); big artichokes in vinaigrette; crisp boudin and apple cigars (€5.50); crispy and tender pork trotter croquettes (€5); and for all those with a sweet tooth, tapioca pearls cooked in coconut milk (€5). Naturally, this place wouldn’t still be standing without the wines: Tavel blanc from Anglore (€7 a glass), Cévenol, Sota Mon Soleu, from the Mas de L’Escarida (€6), Cheverny rouge, Le point du Jour, from Philippe Tessier (€32 a bottle) …. À la carte €15-40. // M.J.-D.

Getting there

Restaurant L'Avant-Comptoir
3, car. de l'Odéon
Paris
(75006)
France
48.8520554
2.3388385
TEL: +33 1 44 27 07 50
Subway: Mabillon, Odéon, Luxembourg, Saint-Michel