Le Comptoir à Manger

Restaurant Le Comptoir à Manger in StrasbourgLe Comptoir à Manger (Strasbourg) - © Le Comptoir à Manger

Biggest crush of 2018

“Nature calls all the shots, for us and for you.” That’s the lovely slogan of the tiny cafe with entirely wooden décor (walls, tables, shelves) that has replaced Vincent Splené’s Vince’Stub. Tasked with regaling 20 guests per seating, max, Bérangère Pelissard (who was trained in France under Marcon and in England at the Four Seasons) only works with 100% local ingredients: fruits and vegetables from Marthe Kehren, meats from Christine Spiesser in Holtzheim, etc. The night we went her set menu included: fresh goat cheese wrapped in a spinach leaf and herbs (wild garlic blossoms, dill and chickweed); crisp asparagus in a toasted breading, placed atop a cider vinegar sabayon; crisp glazed turnips with jus de viande and carrot frond oil. All of that was followed by tender slow-cooked lamb saddle with braised lettuce hearts and almond granola, before a pavolva composed of flame-caramelized meringue, rhubarb compote, rhubarb ice cream, and fresh cheese faisselle. To sanctify all that goodness, Carole Eckert (ex-The Oak in Notting Hill) rocks the food and drink pairings with some very carefully chosen wines – crémant d’Alsace from Kumpf et Meyer (€26 a bottle) – and well sourced beers – Bendorf, a pale ale from Strasbourg (€6), Dark Sister black IPA, a Belgian gem (€6.50)…. Menus €13.50 and €17.50 (lunch) and €29 (dinner), food and beer or wine pairings €15. // Marc Fournié

Getting there

Restaurant Le Comptoir à Manger
10, petite rue des Dentelles
TEL: +33 3 88 52 02 91