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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

L'Avant Comptoir Stand Up Restaurant in Paris

L'Avant Comptoir
9 Carrefour de l'Odéon, 75006, Paris, France 

My first time at the French tapas spot, L'Avant Comptoir, was a few years ago after watching an episode of one of Anthony Bourdain's many travel shows that took place in Paris. I wasn't thrilled with the place because is was standing room only, crowded, and I ordered the wrong menu items. I thought the savory macaron would be a good idea but when it arrived I found out it was blood sausage and let's face it, my palate is just not there yet.

Well, this time around I was traveling solo and walked by L'Avant Comptoir before the after work crowds arrived. I went it and claimed my spot at the far end of the bar against the wall so I could lean and watch all the action as I stand in my corner. The server was very accommodating, as he spoke English for me and asked what kind of wine I like (Strong? Sweet? Red or white? Strong red, yes.). He picked out a wine for me that was delicious, and I wondered if the taste reflects the price, however I found later that the wine was only €5. My kind of place. 

The laminated cards hanging from the ceiling were the menu items displayed by a photo, description in French, and price. I saw the savory macaron was with foie gras with citron and I ordered it. It arrived as a double decker macaron, generously stuffed with foie gras. This was the highlight of my trip to Paris. I ordered a second serving (€5 each and worth every cent).

I then switched to a nice white wine and ordered the spicy prawns and a coffee crime brûlée for dessert. I have to say, I will continue to come to L'Avant Comptoir. This was an experience that went above and beyond my expectations. I stayed for about an hour and I forgot I was even standing the whole time (or leaning). This is a great spot for solo travelers like myself or for couples looking to try multiple dishes and wines without shelling out a crazy amount of cash. If this place existed in NYC prices would be through the roof!!!!! Santé, L'Avant Comotoir!!! Merci!